- 1 Choose your dates early.
- 2 Allow travel time
- 3 Figure out what type of retreat you desire, and what you can afford.
- 4 Consider the climate, culture, and language.
- 5 Consider your destination’s crime rate and safety concerns.
- 6 Make sure you have the necessary paperwork.
- 7 Always communicate with your doctor.
- 8 Think about medical coverage for when you’re abroad.
- 9 Research the local customs before traveling to your destination country.
- 10 Get a good handle on the exchange rate; it might be favorable for you to take some cash with you and change it at the airport upon arrival.
- 11 You can set yourself up for a great yoga retreat experience by doing some careful planning ahead of time.
Choose your dates early.
As soon as you have your destination in mind, start researching flight and accommodation options. If you plan early enough, you will have much more choice of travel dates and flight prices. You will also have more choice of accommodation, and can get better deals with hotels or other accommodations by booking early. By planning early you will also have more time to research the area, and what to do and see while on your retreat.
Allow travel time
Depending on where you live and where the retreat center is, travel time can vary drastically. For example, if you’re going to a retreat in Bali, you’ll have to account for long flights that are at least 11 hours long. In addition, some retreat centers are in more remote locations and may require a lot of driving or extra travel through difficult terrain. Consider how this distance will affect your schedule and budget when planning your trip.
Figure out what type of retreat you desire, and what you can afford.
There are a variety of different types of retreats available, and each one will offer its own unique experience. If you desire a more meditative retreat, there will be fewer activities offered and more free time to explore the area. On the other hand, the most active kind may feature group excursions and lessons daily.
Also important to consider is your budget. If you have traveled internationally before, you may already know what costs you can expect; if not, it would be beneficial to do some research on a destination website such as TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet to get an estimate of what an international trip may cost. Most importantly, don’t forget to account for travel expenses when deciding your budget! It may also be helpful to look into any tour packages that are available from local companies—these options often make planning easier since they include all transportation and lodging costs in one price.
Finally, take into consideration how much yoga you want included in your retreat. It would be wise to book a session with a teacher before committing so that you can see whether or not their style matches yours; this is especially important since it is likely that your teacher will also lead meditation sessions throughout the retreat.
Consider the climate, culture, and language.
It’s important to research the cultural norms of your destination of choice, as well as consider how you want to dress and what activities you would like to do. For example, if you are traveling from North America to Japan, it might be a little cold for summer clothing during some of your stay. One expert recommends bringing a mix of light and heavier clothes so that you can enjoy all the yoga retreat has to offer in weather-appropriate attire. If there is an activity or excursion that requires hiking in warmer or cooler climes than usual, make sure you have the right clothes for it.
Another factor is language differences. You don’t need to be fluent in a foreign tongue, but it’s best if you at least know some basics (hello, goodbye) and can read simple signs/instructions etc., especially when using public transportation or going on excursions by yourself. This could possibly involve asking around at hotels or tourist spots for any free beginner classes in the local language. Having even a basic understanding may help reduce frustrations, particularly if your trip involves traveling alone with no one who speaks your native tongue
Consider your destination’s crime rate and safety concerns.
Your retreat’s location should be chosen carefully. Wherever you decide to go, make sure that you do the research around basic safety precautions that are necessary when traveling abroad—and remember to practice these when you’re on the trip itself. These include not traveling alone, not engaging in risky activities, limiting your exposure to people who aren’t trustworthy, and not leaving valuables lying around in insecure places. In addition, it’s important to pay attention to crime and safety ratings for your destination country; travel advisories are issued by a country when they advise against going there because of safety concerns. It’s also best if your group doesn’t travel too far from civilization or too far from home at first—you don’t want to be stuck somewhere with limited access to medical care or other forms of assistance.
Make sure you have the necessary paperwork.
The world of international yoga retreats can be a beautiful and exciting place for the seasoned traveler. However, for those who are new to traveling abroad or those who may not know all the ins and outs of travel planning, this process can be a little stressful—and it’s important to remember that you don’t have to take on all this stress alone! This article will walk you through everything you’ll need before leaving on your trip.
Always communicate with your doctor.
Before you go on your international retreat, it’s always a good idea to do a checkup with your doctor. Even if you don’t have anything wrong with you, it’s important to get any necessary vaccinations and find out what health risks might be present in the area you are going to. If you have an ongoing medical condition, make sure you are up-to-date on your medication and treatments, and think through how you would handle an emergency situation while traveling abroad. You might need to bring extra medications or something specific like an EpiPen if you have a life-threatening allergy. A first aid kit is always handy when traveling!
The most important thing is that before traveling anywhere internationally, always communicate with your doctor.
Think about medical coverage for when you’re abroad.
Yoga retreats can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember that they are still trips abroad. You’ll want to take the same precautions you would when visiting another country.
First, check with your health insurance company to see what your coverage is when you are out of the country. If you’re planning a yoga retreat abroad and don’t have international coverage, it might not be too late to get international travel medical coverage. The last thing you need at your yoga retreat is a medical emergency.
Second, if you plan on traveling internationally for a yoga retreat, make sure that you are familiar with medical facilities in the country where you will be staying. Look up hospitals and pharmacies in the area near your retreat location just in case something happens while on the trip—and always bring copies of any prescriptions that you take regularly!
Research the local customs before traveling to your destination country.
There are a few important things you should know before planning your international yoga retreat. You should learn the local language, and if that isn’t possible, at least learn about the local culture. Don’t dress or act inappropriately for the customs of your destination country. Learn common phrases in the local language, including any formalities that may be required to address locals. Know and understand the local customs around tipping and other forms of gratitude to service workers. Know and understand any laws about drugs in your destination country—even if pot is legal where you live, it’s still an illegal drug in most countries around the world! Research food options near your accommodations so you don’t have to worry about finding something gluten-free on short notice while traveling abroad. Learn as much as possible about local cultural norms regarding clothing, behavior (especially social behavior), customs, traditions, religion, etc., which will give you a better idea of what to expect during your travels throughout the country. Finally, check the weather forecast for rain or shine—you don’t want to be caught off guard by a torrential downpour halfway through a week-long yoga retreat!
Get a good handle on the exchange rate; it might be favorable for you to take some cash with you and change it at the airport upon arrival.
When it comes to planning for your finances during an international yoga retreat, it’s important to get a good handle on the exchange rate. The favorable exchange rate will either be in U.S. dollars, in which case you might want to take some cash with you and exchange it at the airport upon arrival, or it could be in another currency altogether, so bring a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. Both of these options are preferable to traveler’s checks.
If you get into trouble (for example, if your cash is stolen from your room), notify the front desk immediately and check with your bank to see what their policy is for reimbursing customers who lose money or credit cards abroad. In addition, if you’ve already withdrawn cash from an ATM but haven’t spent any yet and then notice that the exchange rate has changed significantly, ask your bank whether they would be willing to reimburse you for any losses due to this change. Most banks have specific policies regarding this issue; make sure that you know yours before heading off on your trip. Whichever option works best for you—whether it’s using credit cards or taking some cash along—make sure that you’re adequately informed about how much money things really cost where you’re going before arriving at your destination; don’t rely on Google alone!
You can set yourself up for a great yoga retreat experience by doing some careful planning ahead of time.
International practices and culture can be a major factor when planning a yoga retreat. In addition to the normal tips on how to pack, what to bring, and what not to bring, here are some more considerations:
- Know that the local climate will affect you. Hot and humid in the tropics; subzero cold in the Arctic Circle; steeps of fog at high altitudes…all these conditions will impact your practice as well as your comfort level.
- Research your destination’s crime rate thoroughly before you arrive—especially if it’s traveling solo. Even with an armed escort, foreign countries can seem frighteningly unsafe at times, which could lead to needless anxiety or even panic attacks for first-time travelers or those who have had bad experiences abroad in the past.
- Despite appearances, you don’t have to give up on your main goal of giving yourself time away from technology. If there’s a good Internet cafe or free Wi-Fi access available locally, find out whether it will work with your laptop (many places run on different operating systems) before you go so you won’t have technical issues when you arrive.
- If vision problems make it challenging for you to follow along with a class’ instructions during yoga sessions, consider bringing someone with whom you can practice privately or in smaller groups—a teacher who is sensitive to such needs is worth his (or her) weight in gold!