Experiencing wellness while travelling

  • 1 Year Ago
  • TN-Leisure
Wellness tourism is travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being through physical, psychological or spiritual activities.

Wellness tourism is growing around the world, but what is it exactly and why is it becoming so popular?

This is a gap in the market in Namibia and Happy Health has embarked on a journey to provide tourism wellness locally.

Activities for tourism wellness may be spiritual, physical or psychological, but they all promote health. It is all about travel that is focused on maintaining or improving someone’s well-being. This may be physical, mental or spiritual, but they will all promote health in some way.

Happy Health’s primary focus is on holistic well-being by improving chronic illnesses through alternative medicines, physical exercise, nutrition and psychological improvements. In a twist of promoting its core function, there is no better way to instil this through such a platform.


As wellness tourism is growing globally, Happy Health wants to pioneer this type of tourism in Namibia.

While Namibia is a well-known tourist destination, Happy Health wants to move away from the typical sun, sea and sand package holiday model that has been the focus of travel for many people throughout the years, towards more alternative types of tourism.

Alongside this, there is an increased awareness and importance that has been placed upon wellbeing in general throughout society; people are more health conscious than they have ever been before and this is reflected in tourists’ holiday choices.

The pandemic has forced us to prioritize our health; it has encouraged us to visit our own country and for visitors to embrace relaxed restrictions. Therefore, escalating mental and physical solutions to well-being through tourism wellness comes at the most opportune time for us all to prioritize and respect this form of self-care.

Apart from holistic wellness, this also helps preserve cultural traditions in certain parts of the world. It also means that the locals can introduce these practices to others. This ensures that people are always learning about, and taking an interest in, different cultures.

Happy Health advocates local products, natural products and remedies that have been practised for decades in Namibia to self-heal in the most natural way possible.

Wellness tourism

This is what separates Happy Health from other wellness retreats.

There are two categories fostered by Happy Health. Firstly, there is primary wellness tourism; when someone’s trip is focused on wellness. It is their sole reason for travel and the major component of their trip. Every aspect of their holiday is tailored to wellness.

Then there is secondary wellness tourism whereby tourists incorporate some aspect of wellness (for example a massage on the beach during an all-inclusive vacation) into their holiday.

Statistically, primary wellness tourists spend 178% more than your average tourist does domestically – and 53% more internationally.

Tourism wellness packages that Happy Health offers include meditation retreats, yoga retreats, spa breaks, healthy eating breaks, weight checks, writing retreats and more.

For more info, contact [email protected]

*Dr Penehafo Shindume is a naturopathic doctor and the founder of Happy Health.