Recharge Your Soul with our Best Picks for a Healing Holiday
If giving all you’ve got nearly every day is your new “normal”, this article is written especially for you! Being engaged in a fast paced lifestyle sometimes seems inevitable in modern day life. Luckily, throughout the world, many suitable places can be explored for the sole purpose of liberating yourself from your everyday strain. It is an opportunity to get away from it all and recover physically, mentally, spiritually: a chance to recharge your soul!
We selected seven locations, one on each of the world’s seven continents, where you can enjoy a well-deserved break. The possibilities range from relaxing in a tranquil environment to engaging in exciting activities in mother nature. Loosen up your muscles as you spend time at a spa in Greece or empower yourself as you complete a breath-taking hiking trail, literally and figuratively, in Colombia.
For each individual, re-connecting, releasing tension and re-energizing is a different experience, which requires different stimulation. Therefore, our examples aim at different needs. We have incorporated visual spectacles, physical challenges, music and more. A mental boost, however, is included in each journey, as we offer a literary recommendation for each healing holiday. Who doesn’t appreciate a good book while enjoying some free time?! Reading is known to help reduce stress and therefore the ultimate solution to gain mental peace and an overall sense of serenity. Each literary travel companion is either thematically or culturally linked to your retreat of choice. The prices we mention pertain to our books of choice. To inform yourself on the costs of the actual trips, visit the websites of the recommended retreats for more information. Get inspired by one of these unique soulful trips: our ultimate top seven books and retreats to nourish body and mind!
Discover a part of the world that you would otherwise never get acquainted with! Travel to Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions and treat your senses to a feast of new impressions. If you are lucky, you might be able to spot aurora australis, also known as the southern lights, adding an unforgettable visual spectacle to your journey. While you travel from one location to the next Alone on the Ice will offer you insight on the very thrilling exploration of Douglas Mawson during his stay on this beautiful, but harsh continent.
Spend at least seven days at the beautiful detox retreat Baja Cleanse and invest in a new and improved you. Detoxing the body can elevate your health and enhance your overall feeling of well-being. Best of all, the detox program at Baja Cleanse is custom-made and therefore fine-tuned to the needs of your body and mind. While you focus on yourself, read up on the culture and history of your surroundings with The Labyrinth of Solitude, a book written by one of Mexico’s most recognized authors, Octavio Paz.
If the utmost luxury leads you to your happy place, this journey to Greece was made for you! Crete’s five star elite resort Capsis will fulfill all of your heart's desires: an exclusive suite, top quality wining and dining, and several wellness offers to further foster feelings of calmness and well-being. Bring cultural depth to your journey by reading about one of the world’s most famous journeys in Homer’s Odyssey. A true classic which has survived the test of time and offers a taste of Greek mythological literature.
This safari exposes you to the sounds of South Africa in the broadest possible sense. You will hear nature’s sounds through the trumpet of an elephant or the roar of a lion and on top of that, this safari has also included South Africa’s cultural sounds! South African musicians introduce you to typical South African music with their exclusive performances. Next to nature and music, get acquainted with the political history of the country by reading Coetzee’s fictional allegory of apartheid during the ‘80s in Waiting For the Barbarians.
What better country to book a yoga retreat in than India, the country where yoga finds it’s origins. At the Purple Valley Yoga retreat in Goa, you can immerse youself in ancient yoga traditions while being surrounded with modern comforts, such as: WiFi, a swimming pool and pleasant accommodations, with simple, yet charming traditional interior design. As you occupy yourself with yoga physically, you can read up on yoga theory with Osho’s book Yoga: The Science of the Soul , a guide to understanding how the physical expression of yoga is intertwined with the spirit.
The Australian Surfing Adventures retreat at Byron Bay is a kill-two-birds-with-one-stone kind of holiday, not only will you spend time at the beach and surf the hours away, on top of that you are also offered some relaxing yoga classes. An alluring combination of finding serenity and adventure! While you are enjoying present day Australia, why not take a trip down history lane to see how did this country came to be? The White Possessive provides a critical reflection on how Australia changed from a country of its indigenous people to the western country it is today.
This healing holiday is not for the fainthearted, the hiking trail to the indigenous city "La Ciudad Perdida" is a four-day trek, but it is worth the effort! You will see various sights of Colombia with the indigenous city as an absolute highlight. Scientists have estimated that the city was founded somewhere around the beginning of the 9th century. Check this hiking guide to book this adventurous and cultural trek. Now you may not find the time to read during your hike, but One Hundred Years of Solitude is a must read for this journey. Even though it is a fictional, the novel offers many reflections on Colombia’s history and politics. So be sure to take the time beforehand or afterwards to delve into this literary work of art.
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