Exotic Travel


“And What’s Your Idea of Happiness?” – Club Med’s current advertising slogan.  Club Med was the forerunner of exotic vacations.  Exotic travel has now evolved into everything from expeditions to the Antarctica, personal health & wellness retreats for HoopYogini, destination cooking schools, etc.

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What is HoopYogini?  It is the combination of yoga and hula hoop.  Currently it is part of the regime at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.  A premium five-day workshop for a couple which includes accommodations, meals, use of facilities and movement programs like transformative practices (Gestalt, massage, yoga, etc.) costs $4,025.  Sounds expensive!  According to the Global Wellness Institute’s Global Wellness Economy Monitor (January 2017), wellness tourism now accounts for $563 billion of the worldwide $3.7 trillion “wellness industry.”

Being in the food business, destination cooking schools pique my interest.  Here are some exotic options:

  • Beijing cooking classes at the HuTong Cuisine Kitchen. Image mastering dim sum or learning to make the perfect Peking duck.
  • Wake up at a retreat, enjoy a blast of morning wellness and forage for vegetables high in the mountains of Mexico. At the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende’s A Sense of Tasteprogram, guests take a morning trip to walk the fields and pick produce from local organic farms, before attending a cooking lesson from the hotel’s Executive Chef, capped off by a celebratory dinner.
  • Exclusive cooking classes at the La Canonica Cooking School in Tuscany on the 4,000-acre estate owned by the Ferragamo fashion family. Approximately $250 per person or $1,400 for a private lesson (note: excludes travel).  I always did want to learn how to make Scottiglia (wild boar stew) served with a side of home-made gnocchi.

“And What’s Your Idea of Happiness?”



3 thoughts on “Exotic Travel

  1. While I love exotic and not-so-exotic travel, it’s good to remember you can find happiness and beauty all around you. This weekend, I drove up to the Central Coast of California, and found beautiful hills, panoramic vistas and amazing wildlife all around me.


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