Working full-time in an industry where health and wellness promotion and prevention are the focus, I personally know the importance of keeping up my healthy lifestyle changes even while traveling. The travel industry has noticed this trend as well, which is why the Organic Spa Magazine hosted a wellness travel event: The Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event.

The Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event


Wellness now represents a $3.4 trillion global consumer-driven market and wellness tourism is growing at a faster rate than any other travel category.

The event took place at the posh Mandarin Hotel in New York City, and brought together both travel media influencers and wellness travel brands at an interactive showcase demonstrating what’s new in travel for health and wellness.

Health and wellness of the whole body was the focus of the Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event, and that was reflective in the brands represented there.

Costa Rica Travel Board

I was excited to see the Costa Rica travel board in attendance, as it is one of the locations on our travel bucket list. I was able to chat with the representative, Cheryl, about the many ways Costa Rica is the perfect setting for eco travel full of adventure, culture, and relaxation. It was also refreshing to hear that most, if not all of the restaurants in Costa Rica are farm-to-table using fresh and organic ingredients. The Costa Rica booth was also equipped with a masseuse giving you a glimpse of one of the services to be taken advantage of when visiting this beautiful country.

Pyore Skincare

Skincare brands like Pyore (pronounced pure) develop products from natural ingredients, and are created with one’s complete well-being in mind.

MyChelle Sun Shield Organic Spa Magazine

MyChelle, a brand with which I’m familiar was also in attendance to educated attendees on its SunShield products that are reef-safe that allow you to protect both your skin and the coral reefs when swimming at the beach.

Violets are Blue

I was able to chat with breast cancer survivor, and founder of Violets are Blue, a skincare line that’s both natural and safe for the environment.


Taking care of your skin topically is one thing, but it’s also great to work on it from the inside because what we put in our bodies can always show on our skin. Neocell presented smoothies featuring their premium quality collagen-based supplement line.

Aura Cacia

Because I want to reduce the amount of chemicals used in the products I use most often, I sometimes sit at home and experiment with essential oils. I’ve made hair treatments, body scrubs, toners, and even deodorant for my daughter, so when I saw Aura Cacia, one of the leading brands in the essential oil market, I just had to stop and chat. Charlynn was able to debunk some myths about essential oil use, especially surrounding Lavender oil use in children. I also made a hair mist using sustainable Moroccan Argan Oil and special oil blend that I was able to take home.

Mayan Shaman Rosewood Mayakoba

I had the most amazing experience at the Rosewood Myakoba / Riviera Maya booth with a Mayan Shaman. So amazing that I am working it out in my head on how to get there to indulge in the full experience at this beautiful resort. The Mayan Shaman begged me to follow what it is in my heart to do. She knew exactly what it is that I want to do, and knows that I am suffering because I am not doing it. How did she know?



Another beautiful tropical location represented at the Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event was St. Lucia, which is another location on my travel bucket list. Armin gave me a detailed rundown of the bodyholiday, a wellness resort that focuses on whole body wellness. The resort caters to couples and singles, but, if you’re looking for a little romantic twist to your wellness vacation you may want to check out its sister resort Rendezvous.


Is this a sign? For the second time in one week I got to meet a representative from Canyon Ranch, only this time it was at the Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event. Canyon Ranch is the ultimate luxury health spa resort offering guests weight loss programs, stress management techniques, and vacation spa services – everything needed to detox, relax, and release. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect place for parents, especially moms to de-stress and decompress? I’d love a weekend visit here.


Other travel destinations with a focus on wellness and adventure include the following:

  • Mahasukha Spa at MENLA
  • Deer Lake Lodge Resort
  • New Life Hiking Spa

Attending the Organic Spa Magazine 4th Annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event has ignited a greater interest in traveling for wellness. Traveling can boost your health, mental status, focus on becoming a better you, and help you to fully recharge. With the business of life whether it’s due to work or being a parent, we all need to focus on our health and well being, and what better way to do that than through travel. Thank you Organic Spa Magazine for putting together this event.

If there are any specific places you’d like to see featured on Beauty and the Bump, just leave it in the comments below.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Walk One Day In Our Shoes

    I have a daughter with autism that I use lavender oil on. What have you heard about it?

  • I love events like these. I’m familiar with a few of these brands and would have loved the opportunity to get to learn more about them. Great recap

  • Katherine Gilbert

    This sounds like it was amazing event. I so want to try some of the products that you shared.

  • I need to look into some of those skincare products! My skin is so sensitive. This sounded like it was a nice relaxing event.

  • Oh em gee, what a dreamy event! Costa Rica is on the top of my list as well. One of the reasons for traveling is health and wellness, but I never take advantage of spa treatments. I need to fix that. I went on a retreat in Jamaica and we did yoga daily, ate vegan meals, and got some life coaching. It was a blast. That was 5 years ago. I need another retreat in my life.

  • Valerie Robinson

    Oh I just love this post! I am admiring all of these new organic products. They’re definitely on my radar.

  • Looks like an amazing time. I travel to have fun and relax. I haven’t done a spa day on my travels, but laying out by the pool or on the beach is always good for me.

  • This looks like such an amazing place!! I have yet to treat myself or experience a spa but this post definitely makes me want to change that asap!

  • Man if only I was in NYC i would of totally attended this event. Great recap and thanks for introducing me to new brands!

  • This looked like a fabulous event! So amazing to meet with a Mayan Shaman!

  • It sounds like you had an amazing time!

  • Justina

    Looks like you had a great time!

  • foodfashionandflow

    I love organic products! It looks like this was an awesome event. I have never traveled for health and wellness specifically, but it is a great concept.

  • I never heard of Pyore, but it sounds like a brand I would love to try!

  • MyChelle sounds like an interesting skin care brand. This even looked fun, informative and relaxing.

  • What a great event! I’m defiintely going to be exploring more organic products, especially in skincare.

  • That sounds like such a fun junket! I need to go on a wellness vacay and spend a week at a spa-resort.

  • I would love to go to Costa Rica.

  • BeautyJudy

    Oh man. This sounds wonderful! I’m going on vacation next week but while there will be fun and relax arming moments that’s not the sole purpose. I wish it was now!

    • Where are you going? I love hearing about people’s trips.

      • BeautyJudy

        We’re driving from NJ to Florida, to visit my best friend! We’ll stay the weekend we arrive at their shore house in Flagler Beach, then head to their home outside of Orlando. First vacation with the little, we’re stoked!

  • That place sounds like THE place to go to relax!

    • Which place? I know I have to visit Rosewood Myakoba, the Bodyholiday and Canyon Ranch.

  • Jen Mathews

    I love all of those brands – especially MyChelle and Pyore. I went to the Organic Spa Mag event here in LA – it was really nice! 🙂

    • Oh really? I wonder if there were similar brands represented?

  • Khadijah Red

    This is so on-time. I’m finally getting into using more organic products on my skin. After all, it’s not just food we should be concerned about when it comes to being healthy. I would also love love love to travel to Costa Rica. I need a vacation ASAP!

    • What organic products are you now using? You’re right, it isn’t just food that we should be concerned with, it’s our mental well-being too.

  • Melissa Velazquez

    Can I say just reading this made me more relaxed? LOL. Seriously though you introduced me to a lot of new lines I want to check out.

    • Haha did it? Being there was relaxing and fun.