There comes a point in life when you might feel tired, lost or confused, and just want a few days to yourself. Sure, you can spend a day or two on the beach or in your favourite getaway. But sometimes, what you really need is an enriching experience that allows you to go an inner journey to find yourself. In one word – travel. Not only do you get to discover new places, meet new people, and learn new things; but you also get to discover new and old things about yourself while having rewarding and life-altering experiences.
Check out this list of the 5 best soul searching destinations to help you get back on track!
Meditation is said to be one of the best ways to help you clear your head, reflect and search for answers. And booking flights to Sri Lanka guarantees that you get do just that. Put things into perspective by visiting calming spots like beaches and ashrams – maybe even enroll in one of the acclaimed best Yoga retreats in the world. Or bathe yourself in enlightenment by vistiting famous spiritual sites like Sigiriya (a 5th century rock fortress), the Temple of the Sacred Tooth (the country’s most valued Buddhist relic), the Dambulla Rock Caves (a cave temple complex) and Polonnaruwa (home to ancient temples, tombs and statues).
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Flights to New Zealand may take up almost a whole day (or more); but this all becomes worth it when you take in the breathtaking scenery and the artistic beauty of the place. A visit to Mt. Aspiring National Park allows you to discover the rocky landscapes, blue pools, mountain peaks, alpine meadows and dense forests. Join guided hikes or jet-boat rides to explore more of this enchanting park. Also, discover something new about yourself by enrolling in local workshops like carving and harakeke (flax) weaving.
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Remember “Eat, Pray, Love”? Experience one-third of that refreshing experience and get on one of those valued flights to Indonesia. Bali, in particular, does not run short of meditation sites and yoga retreats. It has a famed image of healing and calming energy so you definitely won’t be alone in your soul searching journey – solace in numbers. Challenge yourself to a complete spiritual and physical package by exploring the rice terraces at Tegallalang, the botanical gardens at Bedugul, the temples at Pura Taman Saraswati, and the peaks of Gunung Batur and Gunung Agung.
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Have you ever imagined what it would feel and look like if heaven and earth meet? Make it a reality when you get yourself one of numerous flights to Tibet. A lot have attested to how a trek to Mt. Kailash is life-changing as you immerse in Buddhist traditions – from treks through high plateaus and remote villages, stops at meditation caves and monasteries, and random meet-ups with nomads and monks along the way to the peak. Visiting the holy city of Lhasa is also another option as you go on a spiritual soul search by visiting Jokhang Temple (most sacred Tibetan Buddhist site) and Potala Palace (former residence of the Dalai Lama).
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Pilgrimages not only allow you a chance to go on an inner journey and know yourself more, but it also gives you a reprieve from daily life and a chance to discover a deeper sense of spirituality. The Spain experience gives you the opportunity to get on one of the oldest and most traversed pilgrimage routes – the Camino or the Way of St. James. This network of trails has been around for thousands of years and leads to the tomb of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Even experiencing just a small section of the 500-mile trail route already takes you to scenic farmlands and villages, peaceful monasteries and glorious cathedrals. Keep in mind that this route is also speculated to sit right under the Milky Way which makes it more mystical than ever.
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Have you been enlightened on which destination can get you to rediscover yourself? Did any of the destinations call out to you?