As human existence has entered the Age of Enlightenment, travelers head around the world in search of a spiritual awakening. If seeking to find your inner-light and spread your wings, awaken your soul’s purpose through these spiritual trips for finding enlightenment.
Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Walk, Spain
This famous pilgrimage attracts backpackers to walk 500 miles starting with a spiritual journey and ending in one’s heart. A popular route, Camino Frances, starts at St. Jean-Pied-du-Port and ending in Galicia. The path holds over a thousand years of pilgrimage and over millions of footsteps and is known to be the longest Christian Pilgrimage.
Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures, Australia
This indigenous tour offers travelers to head to Australia for an authentic Aboriginal experience. Tours take place in Broome and the surrounding regions to learn, discover and be hands-on ancient traditions. Book one of the epic journeys such as the, “Seize the Moment” tour to rest at the Kimberly wilderness setting, set amidst mineral springs the best of the outback landscape. With other explorations, visitors explore ancient rock galleries; learn about bush medicine and survival in the outback.
Studying Yoga, India
Enhance your karma and discover your life’s purpose through exposing your inner-world in India. Studying yoga, whether as a course or a holiday retreat, is available throughout the country. Rishikesh is known for its abundance with yoga ashrams, retreats and festivals. If searching for the traditional experience, head to small-town India to find longstanding ashrams. Goa is westernized and holds many retreats led by American, European, or Australian yogis.
The Powerful Vortexes, Sedona, Arizona
As life ventures into the Age of Aquarius, New Age believers head to Sedona to visit one of four energy vortexes, which were first discovered in the 1950’s. Vortexes are pulls of energy that provide either, or both, masculine and feminine energies. Bed Rock (masculine), Airport Mesa (masculine), Cathedral Rock (feminine), and Boynton Canyon (both) are the places where if one meditates, supposedly one can physically heal and spiritually awaken.
Meditation with Monks, Bhutan
Tour operators offer self-made spiritual journeys to visit and explore various Buddhist temples around Bhutan. The popular Tigers Nest Monastery is perched on a cliff 800 meters above Paro Valley. Known as one of Bhutan’s most religious sites, legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong where this place was to consecrate the Tiger demon.
Trekking in Tibet
Tibet is known as one of the most religious, and spiritual, destinations in the world. Grounding one’s feet in nature changes people naturally while enduring a highly physical challenge. Tour operators offer seven to 21 day trekking trips around Tibet and Nepal, with opportunities to visit sacred temples, sites, mountains and lakes. Visitors who are lucky enough may find the Dalai Lama conducting a presentation.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.