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Visit Healing Waters

Everyone knows a vacation is good for the soul, but some destinations may heal the body as well. From hot sulfur springs to mineral-loaded seas, these waters will cure what ails you:

Blue Lagoon, Iceland: One of Iceland’s top attractions, the waters of the Blue Lagoon spa stay heated to around 100 degrees by geothermal activity. The lagoon is rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, which are purported to help treat skin ailments like psoriasis. To get there, take advantage of current flight sales through Icelandair.

Dead Sea (Jordan and Israel): Despite its name, the Dead Sea is a major center for health research. Its salt- and mineral-rich waters and muds, combined with the area’s dry air and warm temperatures, have been used to treat everything from respiratory conditions to arthritic pain.

Pamukkale, Turkey: Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle,” is a World Heritage Site along with the ancient city of Hierapolis built on top of it. Its extraordinary white terraces were created by limestone deposits left behind by the flowing hot springs. Loaded with calcite, the springs have been used for religious ceremonies and to treat various health ailments as far back as the fourth century. This 10-night escorted Turkey package includes a visit to Pamukkale.

Taupo and Rotorua, New Zealand: Health-seekers are drawn to the geothermally heated pools of these New Zealand destinations. The waters are said to soften skin, relieve aches and release toxins. Find deals on airfare and packages to New Zealand here.

Kusatsu Onsen, Japan: These famous springs are famously touted as being able to cure every illness except lovesickness. The hot water is pumped into public bath houses throughout the town, where people come to relieve pain, fatigue and other ailments. Roundtrip flights to Tokyo (five hours away) are currently on sale for as little as $761.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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