The Spiritual Side of Travelling

A Yoga Show in Kolkata. Photo via Wikimedia, by Biswarup Ganguly.

A Yoga Show in Kolkata. Photo via Wikimedia, by Biswarup Ganguly.

Nothing broadens your spiritual horizons quite like travel and nothing is as good for the soul as getting away to new places, experiencing new cultures, and basking in nature’s stunning and wondrous beauty.

If you’re looking for a more spiritual way to travel, there are plenty of places to start. Before you even set foot outside of your front door, begin to explore the deeper side of your psyche with yoga, meditation, tarot card reading or even online clairvoyant readings. Beginning to open your mind in this way is like stretching muscles before you exercise; the perfect way to prepare yourself mentally for your spiritual travels.

When it comes to picking a destination from which to begin your spiritual journey, there are plenty to choose from. You could choose to explore the culture and spiritualism of Thailand, with its many Buddhist monasteries, or the ancient wonders and mysticism of India, where spiritual and ancient practices such as Yoga originate from.

Swami Kriyananda in pronam pose and orange robes in India, 2004. Photo via Wikimedia by Jyotish Novak.

Swami Kriyananda in pronam pose and orange robes in India, 2004. Photo via Wikimedia by Jyotish Novak.

Tibet and Nepal are also popular destinations for those travellers looking to connect with the earth and with their own selves, and offer plenty of opportunity for spiritual reflection. Another location ideal for the more spiritual traveller is Bhutan. Located at the Eastern side of the Himalayas, Bhutan still offers many areas of untouched beauty away from large numbers of travellers, allowing time for self-reflection and meditation.

Seen as a spiritual haven to many, Machu Picchu is also an ideal destination for anybody looking to widen their horizons and perhaps even reach a new level of consciousness. Known as the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu was only discovered by the wider world in 1911. Hike the Inca Trail for the full experience and you can even find local shamans for spiritual cleanses and other ceremonies.

No matter where you go, traveling has the ability to open your mind as well as your soul. You’ll experience things outside your comfort zone, things that will make you see the world in a different way, and at the same time, know yourself in a different way. Even if you’re not looking for spiritual change, traveling often gives you exactly that.

 

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