Fly to Hawaii This Winter: Healing Vacation In Hawaii Contest

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Well Traveled Tours promotes contest to launch its 2006 wellness vacations.

Well Traveled Tours (http://www.welltraveledtours.com) launches its 2006 season with a 7 day wellness vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii and a contest. The Healing Vacation in Hawaii was developed by professional writer and lecturer, Susanne Sims. Sims, the author of the book on wellness tourism in Hawaii, has designed the tour to incorporate elements of fitness, spa and relaxation, self-discovery and discovery of the history and culture of Hawaii.

Well Traveled Tours is also offering a “Healing Vacation in Hawaii” contest. The winner will receive a round trip airfare for two from North America and 7 days to enjoy the luxury of Hawaii’s paradise surroundings while staying at Kona´s newest gem, The Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort and Spa. Consumers can sign up for the contest at http://www.welltraveledtours.com. Deadline for entry is March 1, 2006. The winning entry will be announced on or about March 15, 2006.

The largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island, is known as ¨The Healing Island. Well Traveled Tours guests will learn about native Hawaiian traditions and spiritual practices, then partake in a special cleansing and healing ritual at one of the island´s most sacred sites - the Puu Honua O Honaunau, also known as The City of Refuge, or place of forgiveness. There will also be a hike through the Volcanoes National Park where you experience the geological grandeur and natural history of the island and learn about the legends and mysteries of Pele, Hawaii´s fire goddess, credited with birthing the island chain.

Health and wellness travel consultant and author Susanne Sims has designed this exclusive package for Well Traveled Tours. An autographed copy of her latest book ¨Healing Vacations in Hawaii¨ will be provided to guests. Ms. Sims will be on hand to host this one of a kind journey to Hawaii´s healing island and to provide valuable wellness wisdom along the way.

Five Cool Things about the Well Traveled Tours Vacation:

Take a traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage to get you unwinded and ready to relax on your vacation at the luxurious Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort and Spa

Learn about Native Hawaiian traditions and spiritual practices, then partake in a special cleansing and healing ritual at one of the island´s most sacred sites.

Visit volcanoes and learn about the legends and mysteries of Pele, Hawaii´s fire goddess.

Snorkle among the colorful reef life along the crystalline waters of Kealakekua Bay.

Enjoy an optional round of golf on the spectacular tropical fairways of the Kona Country Club or a hike among bird sanctuaries and of the Hualalai Mountain.

Betty Alexander, president of Well Traveled Tours, explains, “We wanted to create a service that would appeal to the Baby Boomer interested in embracing an active and balanced lifestyle. We are offering a vacation package that helps our guests relax from everyday life and to learn more about how they can incorporate wellness in their lifestyle.”

Well Traveled Tours brings a broad definition of wellness to its vacation packages. “We believe in balance and moderation but also in fun. We’ll offer yoga and meditation but you’ll also find us enjoying a glass of fine wine. You’ll see us trekking through a Thai jungle on an elephant but coming back to the hotel in time for a relaxing massage and a nap around the pool.”

According to the Travel Industry Association of America’s (TIA) Domestic Travel Report, Baby Boomers generate more travel than any other age group in the U.S., registering more than 241 million household trips a year. Mature travelers (age 55+) took 31 per cent of all household trips. Baby Boomers are also the most affluent group, with 44 per cent having an annual income of $75,000 or more.

Hawaii – a seven day package to The Healing Island includes native spa treatments, a Hawaiian luau, a cleansing and healing ritual at one of the island’s sacred sites, and a geological trip to Volcanoes National Park. Susanne Sims, the author of Healing Vacations in Hawaii will host the tour.

Thailand – a two week tour that starts in Bangkok, where travelers will discover the pleasures of the ancient Thai massage and visit the Baan Dvara Prateep Wellness House to practice meditation and deep-breathing techniques. In the moated city of Chiang Mai, visitors will learn about the culture and traditions of hill tribes over dinner, bathe an elephant, take a trek through the jungle to dine and dance with the tribal people and receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk. Anita Draycott, travel journalist and managing editor of GolfStyle magazine will host this vacation.

Prices for hosted tours are competitive with major tour operators, starting at approximately US$1500./per person based on double occupancy (land only). Tours are sold online at http://www.welltraveledtours.com or through 1-888-WELL-ALL (1-888-935-5255). Flight arrangements and extended accommodations can be made through the customer’s travel agent or through Well Traveled Tours’ affiliated partner, Lorraine Travel. Lorraine Travel, founded in 1948, is one of the largest privately owned travel management companies in Florida, with significant resources in both Corporate Travel Management and Personal Vacation Travel Planning (http://www.lorrainetravel.com)

About Well Traveled Tours

Well Traveled Tours is a Boca Raton-based company offering wellness vacations designed by professional travel writers. Vacation packages to world destinations will appeal to travelers aiming to balance the pressures of hectic jobs and busy lives while making time for laughter, family, friendships and a little pampering. Each vacation package contains three key elements: Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle, Spa and Relaxation, and World Discover/Self-Discovery.

Media Contacts:

Betty Alexander, President, Well Traveled Tours, 561-459-5125

Michelle Magee, PR Consultant, Xposure PR, 905-326-7010

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