21st Century Leisure
Have you ever thought you need a holiday after a holiday? Studies show that vacations can cause you more stress, anxiety and irritability than they alleviate, often proving an unsatisfying and frustrating experience.
Not long ago, TIME magazine carried out a survey among European holidaymakers to find out their preferences regarding holidays. It would appear that the old idea of lying out in the sun all day is outdated. People are now seeking holidays which are stimulating for the mind, body and spirit; a time for healing, relaxation and personal growth.
Many years before the TIME magazine survey was published, Francisco López-Seivane, the creator of Vacaciones Inteligentes (Smart Holidays), had already developed a model for a holiday that combines the pleasures of a traditional holiday along with personal growth activities. The ancient techniques of yoga, relaxation and meditation have proved to be extraordinarily effective in soothing tensions and promoting physical and mental health. The result was a new concept for a holiday that integrates all of these techniques against a backdrop of rich interpersonal communication, freedom and fun.
The growing success of Smart Holidays and the many similar options that are invading the market is clear evidence that society is looking for intelligent and holistic alternatives to the disenchantment of the traditional holiday.