5 Places Where You Can Find Yourself

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. - Miriam Beard More than just a leisure activity, travelling is an avenue for people to find themselves. After all, as Henry Miller said, a “destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Whether it's some alone time you're craving for or a weekend off to clear your mind and reflect about life, these places will allow you to wallow in peace, with natural beauty and serenity as your only companions.

Sedona, Arizona, USA. Over the years, Sedona has been providing people life-changing retreats in a “meditative red-rock landscape” of the city. A spiritual oasis to many, Sedona's beauty alone is a rejuvenating sight: majestic, red orange rocks stand against the bright sky, with velvets of green framing the scenic grounds. Among the city's popular tourist attractions are the Sedona vortexes, which are energy locations ideal for prayers, meditation, and mind and body healing. Alternative healers abound here, which provide intuitive healing and intellectual training for people looking for balance in their lives. Sedona also offers various spiritual awakening services, which include Life Coaching and Human Design as well as ancient arts of Astrology and Shamanism.

Jerusalem. One of the most popular sacred sites around the world, Jerusalem's 5,000 years of history and extraordinary unearthly charm seems to magically heal people's troubled spirits. It is considered holy by the religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Mount of Olives is a famous prayer site here, which is significant to the Jews as a place of resurrection. Its spiritual charm and relaxing vistas are enough to rebuild and renew tourists' faith in themselves, their god, and other people. Other esteemed inspirational sites are The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a famous Christian pilgrim destination; the Garden Tomb, where others believe Jesus was crucified and buried; and the Great Synagogue, a magnificent display of Judaic art, music, and faith.

Bali, Indonesia. People confused with the life path they're treading should come to this Indonesian island. Besides its amazing scenery of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, and lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides, the “Island of the Gods” is also home to exotic yoga retreats. Here, tourists will be able to find their inner guru with morning yoga (shala on the ocean) in Pondok Pisang and afternoon practice of Yin Yoga meditation. Traditional Balinese healing treatments and a sunrise hike up Mt. Batur, Bali's most active volcano, are other liberating activities.

House of Swallows (Casa Andorinha), Portugal. This Algarve retreat gives tourists a total self-renewal and development through traditional meditation, Usui natural healing, reiki (a Japanese method of reducing stress and promoting healing), and various spiritual workshops. Nestled in a peaceful valley bordered by magnificent landscapes, sexy beaches, and golf courses, the place offers other activities too such as swimming, fishing, hiking, and exploring natural reserves, ancient buildings, and Roman ruins.

Assisi, Italy. Known as the birthplace of St. Francis de Assisi, the small town of Assisi is also the home of pilgrimages and spiritual quests. Its sacred sites “attune tourists' bodies and souls to the greater vision that life holds.” The Basilica di San Francesco, a place of pilgrimage for Francis devotees; the Duomo di San Rufino, Assisi's cathedral; and the Eremo delle Carceri, the first monastic home of St. Francis, are sure to change your perspective about life in general. Spiritual retreats are also available here, which include practice of elemental breathing in olive groves and clearing techniques of the body and energy fields on the sacred mountain Mt.Subasio.

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