3 Practical Places To Begin The Journey of Finding Yourself

practical places to begin journey

Do you want to begin the journey of finding yourself?

Everyone at some point feels a little lost.

Some people experience it, feeling like they’ve been on autopilot, stuck, anxious or bored, and living a life devoid of meaning.

You might have given so much to others that you felt like you’ve lost yourself in the process. Who are you at your deepest core?

That yearning for more in your life and the ultimate question of ‘Who am I’ don’t have to go unfulfilled. You can get your meaning and your answers.

Many people swear by travel to find themselves when they feel lost. They plan exotic adventures to India, South America, Africa – even Mt. Everest.

A travel adventure can be rejuvenating, and open you up to new perspectives, that’s for sure. But you don’t have to run away to Bali to find yourself or do anything else drastic.

The problem with traveling to find yourself – besides the investment in time and money and stressing overpacking – is that wherever you go, there you are. And so is your mindset.

No matter how far away you are, you cannot escape yourself.

Sometimes people find their true selves on the other side of an experience like serious illness, divorce, or loss of some kind. A profound life change can force you to consider what’s vitally important in your life and create a foundation from which to make your future decisions.

Others choose to work with a coach to facilitate the process of discovering who they are and what they’re meant to do. The work I do with clients around uncovering their heart magnets, strengths and purpose can have a profound impact.

In the end, though, you have to do your own inner work.

Your answers are not 1,000 miles away; not even 100 miles away. They are probably in your backyard and right at your fingertips.

Here are my top 3 practical places to begin the journey of looking for yourself, that don’t involve packing or travel of any real kind:

1. Near a body of water.

You are born in water, and your body is made up of 75% water. You are deeply biologically connected to it.

Have you ever noticed that your brain prefers blue? Water increases your ability to focus and calm down.

So, find harmony and peace by visiting your local beach at sunrise. Feel the magnetic pull of the earth, listen to the waves ease your mind.

If you’re not near a body of water, is there a stream or babbling brook? Or download some music with waves or sounds of streams. Connect to Mother Earth. Connect to your original self. This will help you to begin the journey of finding yourself.

 

2. On something tall.

Climb a hill, ride an elevator to a rooftop, or safely stand on a table or tall structure. See your life from a new angle, even if you’re just a little way up.

If you’re really high up, you’ll notice all the activity below that you might have ordinarily missed. You’ll see the majesty of the clouds and the distant landscape. You will recognize your place in the world – the bigger picture — and suddenly see the map that leads you where you want to go.

 

3. On the mat.

Perhaps the best place to find yourself is by being with yourself, your thoughts, and your breath. You don’t have to do this on a yoga mat; you can sit on a chair or anywhere else that’s comfortable.

Firmly plant your feet on the ground. Breathe and feel your life force, your humanity. Let your thoughts come and go, without judgment. Give yourself the kindness and compassion that you give to others so easily and allow yourself to simply be. This is the essence of mindfulness meditation.

Finally, inquire and reflect on the answers to questions like:

  • Who am I?
  • What activities do I enjoy?
  • What lights me up?
  • Who are my role models?
  • What’s important to me?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What do I truly want for my future?

Ask the universe for answers and see how it whispers to you in those quiet moments by yourself.

When you discover what matters to you most and who you are, you will open your heart to incredible opportunities and immense joy. You’ll finally trust yourself and make decisions from your center; the one that knows you best.

10 Spiritual Places On Earth With The Strongest Energy Fields

10 Spiritual Places On Earth With The Strongest Energy Fields That You MUST Visit

There are places in this world that enable us to get connected to the divine. These spiritual places have profound energies making sensitive people dream or experience certain encounters which have answers to question they have been asking for long.

 

Here are 10 spiritual places on earth with the strongest energy fields that you must visit:

(1)  Rila, Bulgaria:

Located in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of the country, Rila is one of the prominent energy centers of the world. Benissa Duno, one of the greatest spiritual masters of the twentieth century chose to transmit his wisdom in the Rila. The area surrounding the lakes of this mountain range has strong energies. Many sensitive visitors have felt this and saw strange dreams during their stay here.

Rila Bulgaria

Bulgaria Spiritual Places

 

(2)  Machu Pichu, Peru:

“Give me silence, water, hope.
Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.
Fasten your bodies to me like magnets.
Hasten to my veins to my mouth.
Speak my words and my blood.”

—Pablo Neruda, Heights of Machu Pichu.

Located on the hills of Andes in Peru, this lost city of Inca has not only been the source of inspiration for renowned poets like Pablo Neruda but also the site of powerful energies. People have been said to experience things that don’t belong to this world.

Machu Pichu Peru

Machu Pichu Peru Spiritual Places

 

(3)  Easter Island, Pacific Ocean:

The Chilean territory of Easter Island in Polynesia is the home to mysterious statues, 53 storehouses without doors and windows and the ‘Naval of the World,’ a circular stone which is said to hold secrets of the world. Scientists have not been able to find out the origin and meanings of these statues and artifacts. The place is believed to treasure some significant energies of this universe.

Easter Island Pacific Ocean

Easter Island Pacific Ocean statues

 

(4)  Berat, Albania:

A city on the banks of the Osum River, Berat located in central Albania is now a UNESCO protected site. It is a treasure-chest of Albanian history and culture and manifests a beautiful conglomeration of eastern and western cultures. Many have reported experiencing spiritual and healing energies here.

Berat Albania

 

(5)  The Pyramids of Bosnia:

The Bosnian Pyramids, located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, have been on earth since eras, even before the Neolithic age. The radio-carbon analysis stated that they are 12,350 years old. 1000’s of years older than the Egyptian pyramids, these Bosnian pyramids manifest healing energies. It has been found that there were 3 rooms and a tiny blue lake, filled with clear water, which is also known as ‘living water’ because of its healing properties.

Pyramids of Bosnia

the Pyramids of Bosnia

 

(6)  Socotra, Arabian Sea:

The archipelago of 4 islands, Socotra, a part of Yemen is the home to some unique flora and fauna which are not found elsewhere. This peculiar flora and fauna create a feeling that one is another world and the environment helps the visitor to get connected to the spirit of the universe.

Socotra Arabian Sea

Socotra Socotra spiritual

 

(7) The plateau of Uluru, Australia:

Located in the center of Australia, the plateau of Uluru is also known as Tiukurpa, meaning ‘Dreamtime’ by the Aboriginals. It’s said that the paintings in surrounding caves are stories from the ‘Dreamtime’ left by the ancient tribes. According to them, any visitor to this place will receive spiritual visions.

plateau of Uluru Australiaplateau of Uluru

 

(8)  Peak Kailash, Tibet:

Significant to both Hinduism and Buddhism, the peak of Kailash, located in Tibet is known to be the abode of Gods. This summit spreads spiritual aura to those who manage to reach there.

Peak Kailash Tibet

Peak Kailash

 

(9) The Sanctuary of Belintash, Bulgaria:

Located in the plateau of Belintash on the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, this sanctuary is one of the three significant points, Belintash, Cross Forest and Karadjob that form one of the most prominent zones of energy in Europe. The sanctuary is dedicated to the ancient Thracian God, Sabazios. Paranormal activities have been reported here.

Sanctuary of Belintash Bulgaria

 

(10)  Stonehenge, England:

Dedicated to the sun, the Stonehenge is located at Wiltshire, England. It is one of the famous megalithic structures of the world. It is believed that it functioned as an astronomical observatory.

Stonehenge England Spiritual Places

Stonehenge


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6 Reasons Why Travel Is Good For Your Relationship

Vacations can dramatically improve any couple’s RELATIONSHIP. It can work wonders.
Everybody needs a break from their busy life from time to time. When you travel, it literally makes you feel LIFE on a deeper level and you get to know yourself better. Vacation makes you feel ALIVE.

We live in a world where there is too much hustle and bustle so it’s a very good idea to take the vacation with your partner as many as you can as it gives both of you much more space and freedom to know and love each other without any distraction or worry.

If you’re interested to learn about the 6 ways vacation can be good for your relationship, here we go!

 

1. Distraction-Free Space.


What is so great about taking Vacation?
It’s Distraction-Free environment where you can really feel focused and more attentive. It gives you free space to talk more and know each other’s feelings, insecurities, dreams and aspirations.
TWO people listening to each other’s Heart-beat.

 

2. Both of You Can Experience Better sex.


Life seems busy but when you travel you kind of feel like everything has stopped. You feel completely relaxed and calm.
No hurry.
Great mood.
That feeling leads you into a state of mind where you can enjoy sex better than ever. You kind of feel more energetic and FREE.
Having SEX while on a vacation guarantees sexual satisfaction and better connection on a deeper level with your partner.

 

3. You Can Do More Fun Stuff!


Without fun, life would be boring. We should learn to enjoy little things and do more fun stuff.
Vacation reminds you to enjoy life and explore the beauties of it.

Once I was on my Vietnam Tour exploring this beautiful Asian Country, where I met one old couple from Florida. I asked them how long they’ve been in this relationship, and got to know since they were in there Twenties.
So I asked them what would they do if they get another chance to start their relationship again from their twenties.
They said,”We Would Travel to as many places as we can and explore this world together.”

 

4. It Teaches You To Care For Each Other.


Travelling sometimes makes you a little bit nervous about your partner’s safety.
You suddenly feel more caring toward your partner. So it makes your bond better as you both know that they got someone who cares about them.
Caring for each other infuses strength in your relationship.

 

5. You’d Have Tons of Unforgettable Memories To Create.


What adds value to a relationship?
Unforgettable Memories.

Along the way, you’d get to create memories that you can cherish lifelong and that is the best part about travelling.

 

6. You’ll Learn To Trust And Rely On Each Other.


Spending a vacation together brings you closer to each other. As you’d have more time together you’ll learn to rely on each other that’ll help your relationship last lifelong.

 

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27 Beautifully Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

27 Beautifully Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

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The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years, according to the Telegraph

 

2. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador

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At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view.

 

3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize

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The Great Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s one of the top scuba diving sites in the world and the water is more than 400 feet deep.

 

4. Tulip fields in the Netherlands

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Many people often mistake Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, as the designated space of the tulip fields. However, these majestic fields are located just outside the garden and are mostly privately owned.

 

5. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

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Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, created 2–5 million years ago. A half-mile block of 40-story buildings could fit inside it!

 

6. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

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The park is in full bloom during spring and tourists often visit to see 4.5 million “baby blue-eyes” flowers blossom.

 

7. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States

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The cave lies beneath the Mendenhall Glacier and it melts as you walk through it.

 

8. Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana

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The incredible tabletop mountains are some of the oldest geological formations on the planet, dating back about 2 billion years ago. This was also part of the inspiration for Paradise Falls in Disney’s UP.

 

9. Ancient Region of Anatolia in Cappadocia, Turkey

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The area has become a popular tourist area and a favorite spot for hot air ballooning.

 

10. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

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What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking.

 

11. Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa

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This 354-foot waterfall lies at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is the widest waterfall in Africa. There’s also a famous feature on the Zambian side called the Devil’s Pool, which allows adventurous tourists to hang out at the edge of the falls.

 

12. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway

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Trolltunga is a piece of rock that hangs out of the mountain about 2,000 feet up in the air. The Troll’s Tongue (translation in English) is available to hikers from mid-June to about mid-September.

 

13. Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia

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This beach is known for its beautiful white sands and the crystal clear blues and greens of the water. The sand is very fine and walks along the shore are so fantastical it seems like magic.

14. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States

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This magnificent beauty is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

15. Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

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The Marble Caves, known as Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral, are located at the center of the lake and were formed by waves over the past 6,000 years.

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This railway engulfed in a tunnel of leaves is a Pinterest favorite and a Ukrainian hot spot for lovers.

Although it’s undoubtedly romantic, there is an active train that travels through the tunnel three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. Just beware of the train before snapping engagement photos!

Top 20 Places You Are Not Allowed To Visit On Earth

Find out the places on Earth you are not allowed to visit.

They say ‘Free World’… but the truth is that it’s not as free as you may think. In fact, there are over a dozen places on our planet which you CANNOT gain access to.

Here are the Top 20 Most Restricted areas on earth:

No.20-  Google Datacenter

Google eRuns the internet and its Data Center is as guarded as Area 51 is. It is a high-security location that contains trillions of records of our DATA.

You cannot access it, ever

 

No.19: Snake Island

A place you cannot access and a place where you really don’t want to go. Snake Island is a small Island located off the coast of Brazil and contains 4,000 of the DEADLIEST snakes on the planet.

Their venom is so powerful that it can MELT human flesh.

The Island has been deemed so dangerous that the Brazilian Government banned visitors from accessing it.

 

No.18: The Coca-Cola Vault

Have you ever wondered the true recipe of Coca Cola? It turns out that the secret formula behind the Coca Cola recipe is one of the most heavily guarded secrets on the planet.

In order to protect their recipe, the Coca-Cola Company has a high-tech vault that holds the recipe and protects it from prying eyes.

Only a couple of people knows the actual formula.

 

No.17: The Situation Room

You have probably heard stories of the situation room, the room where the president and his advisers gather together to discuss life or death situations.

This room can be found 50 feet below the West Wing and only the President and his advisers are allowed in.

 

 No.16: Vatican Archives, Italy

Owned by the pope, the Vatican Archives are not necessarily secret despite their name. Nobody can enter without the pope’s permission.

It is said that evidence of extraterrestrial life exists in the facilities and nobody is quite sure of all that can be found amidst the 84 km of shelving.

It’s often only been carefully screened researchers and journalists who have been granted access to this underground reserve.

 

No.15: Club 33, United States

Club 33 was originally a small restaurant that was one of the first buildings to be constructed in Disneyland, smack dab in the middle of New Orleans Square.

While its blue door façade looks like every other entrance to the theme park, this one soon became home to a secret club commissioned by Walt Disney himself who used it for years to entertain foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and high-class hookers.

There is a secret panel in the doorway that covers a buzzer, which those who have access use to gain entry into the club. It has been rumored to host sex parties and Illuminati meetings and was recently open to the public with an offer of membership to the first 100 people who applied.

 

No.14: Cheyenne Mountain Complex, United States

The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military installation and nuclear bunker in Colorado, located at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

It houses or has at one time housed the United States Space Command, the Aerospace Defense Command, the Air Force Command and the Federal Emergency Management System.

The complex is a fascinating web of buildings built 610 meters under granite that are protected from natural disasters. It boasts flexible piping systems and has its own power plant and water supply. Oh, and it can withstand a 30 megaton nuclear explosion, bombs, and radiological contaminants.

 

No.13: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where all food sources were destroyed and famine began to set it, that’s where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault comes in.

Located in Norway, this seed vault contains thousands of seeds of every existing plant in the world. In the event of a catastrophe like this, the seeds would be disbursed providing enough food to sustain the remaining population.

 

No.12: Room 39

Room 39 is said to be an area where nefarious crimes are committed like drug manufacturing, counterfeiting of U.S. currency and financial fraud.

This place is located in the Workers party building in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. North Korea in itself is one of the most highly restricted areas in the world so it is obvious why this place is on the list.

 

No.11: Dulce Base, United States

In 1979, American businessman Paul Bennewitz became convinced that he was intercepting electronic communications from aliens outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico in a town named Dulce.

Since then, the area he discovered signals have come to be known as the Dulce base, and it said to be a joint government-alien biogenetic laboratory that carries out experiments on humans and animals.

The upper level is controlled by the government while the lower levels closest to the Earth are reportedly run by extraterrestrials. A man by the name of Phil Schneider claimed to have helped build an entrance to the top-secret base but was later found dead in his apartment, piano wire was wrapped around his neck.

 

No.10: Queen’s Bedroom, Great Britain

In 1982, a man by the name of Michael Fagan scaled Buckingham Palace’s 14-foot high perimeter wall despite it being adored with revolving spikes and barbed wire, climbed up a drainpipe and wandered into the queen’s bedroom in the early morning hours.

He triggered alarms but they were faulty and then sat on the edge of her bed while she slept and drank a cup of tea. Since the incident, security at the Palace has been ramped up and the Queen’s bedroom perimeter is outfitted with sophisticated alarms, motion sensors and round the clock security guard presence.

 

No.9: Bohemian Grove

Every summer for around 150-years this secretive California campground hosts a gathering of the most powerful men in the world.

Past presidents such as Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover have attended. Women are not allowed.

Private meetings at this retreat were directly responsible for the Manhattan project, the project that led to the development of the atomic bomb.

 

No.8: Bahnhof/ Wikileaks, Sweden

Wikileaks is an international journalistic organization that has been publishing secret information to various governments around the world since 2006.

Bahnhof is an independent Swedish Internet service provider. What do the two have in common? Well, quite a lot as it turns out.

All of Wikileaks’ servers are hosted in a Bahnhof data center located in a top secret secured bunker named Pionen that is burrowed away into the White Mountains in Stockholm.

The controversial Wikileaks’ servers have long tried to be found by the Swedish police, without any luck or cooperation from Bahnhof. The bunker features steel doors and can withstand a nuclear attack, as it was originally built to be a Cold War Shelter.

 

No.7: Fort Knox

The United States Army Post Fort Knox is located in Kentucky, just south of Louisville. This 109,000-acre base is considered one of the most secure places on the planet.

Protected by around 30,000 soldiers and a flotilla of attack helicopters, nothing is getting in or out of this base without it being known!

What are they protecting that is so important? The Fort holds the United States Gold Bullion Reserve as well as countless other national treasures.

Tips on Stress Free Travel With Kids

Tips on Stress Free Travel With Kids

There’s nothing better than watching a child run towards the ocean for the first time, meeting Mickey Mouse, or enthralled by some other wonder. The experience of travel brings the opportunity to see new things, taste new foods, and learn from other cultures.

 

That’s the best part of traveling kids. The worst is the tears and tantrums, ruined expectations, and crises that snowball into emergencies. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the likelihood of disaster and ensure stress free travel with kids.

 

Don’t Overschedule

 

Ask a kid what their favorite part of a vacation was, and they’ll often describe something rather mundane. Stereotypically it’s something like the pool at the hotel rather than some big ticket attraction. There’s a reason for this!

 

These seemingly ordinary events often resent periods of time where kids are simply allowed to play. They aren’t expected to walk here or there, pay attention to a tour guide, or use their indoor voices. Kids  need unscheduled free time to run and play. Adults can also use this time to regroup and unwind.

 

Make Sure There’s Something For Everyone to Enjoy at Each Stop

 

No kid is going to love every moment of a vacation. This is even more true if you have kids who have different interests, or are spread out by age. It’s not much fun to be a tween sitting through something you find babyish. Neither is being a toddler at a pizza and video game place where the games are all too advanced for you

The trick is to find or create some element that each kid can enjoy during each outing. For a little one that could be a trip to a nearby playground before or after the boring event. An older kid might be more amenable to sitting through something boring if they know it’s going to be followed up with a trip to a really cool shop to pick up a souvenir or two.

 

Take Frequent Road Trip Breaks Where Kids Can Stretch And Run

Stave off fighting and whining by pulling over to take breaks every few hours. Keep in mind that a 10 minutes sitting inside a fast food restaurant or walking in and out of a gas station aren’t enough to burn energy.

Instead, map out parks and rest stops along your route that are safe places for kids to play for a bit and burn off energy. Bring along picnic stuff for a cheaper, healthier alternative to burgers and fries.

 

Keep Expectations Age Appropriate

If your nine year old is a nightmare if she goes to bed after 10, that’s not going to change because you go on a trip. In fact the added stimulation and stress can lower kids’ frustration tolerance. Little ones may even regress.

Adjust your expectations accordingly. Kids may need more one on one time, or they may not have the same patience with one another that they normally do.

 

Kids Are Unpredictable: Try to Keep Everything Else Together

 

Don’t discount eliminating other sources of stress when traveling with kids. Stay on top of things and keep organized. Make a packing list and double check it before you leave. Get the car checked out by a mechanic before you leave to take care of any problems that might crop up.

 

Are you going overseas? If so, you have a host of things to manage. Plan ahead for passports and other important documents.  Also, don’t forget to contact your bank to let them know you’ll be using your debit card overseas.

 

Bring Snacks!

 

It doesn’t matter how you’re getting to your destination, food is going to be an issue if you don’t plan ahead. Meal schedules will be thrown off track. Kids may pick at unfamiliar foods, or simply won’t be hungry at meal times. If you’re flying there may not be a suitable in flight meal option, if there’s one at all.

Carry a variety of snacks to keep kids occupied and to prevent them from getting ‘hangry’. Cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, orange slices, homemade granola bars, grapes, and the occasional sweet treat will go over nicely. Consider personal bento boxes for kids who can be trusted to manage their own snack distribution.

6 Ways Travel Heals Your Mind and Soul

6 Ways Travel Heals Your Mind and Soul

Travel expands and heals one’s mind. Traveling is beyond having a destination in mind; it’s discovering a place in your heart you’ve never been to before.

Traveling is a cure to all sorts of monotony, depression, and heartbreaks. However, it is an experience that you can take in any situation; no matter what is happening to you. We don’t have to be distressed or in our low spirits to come up with the need to travel.

Embrace the Positive Effects of Exploring the World as a Traveler. Here are 6 Ways Travel Heals Your Mind and Soul

1.Increases your self-confidence and patience

Through traveling, you get to make new friends and create new memories. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you more tolerant increasing your self-confidence.

You get to adapt by figuring out ways to navigate and succeeding in the new ambiance. The taste of a new world makes you focus on the present rather than brooding over your past.

2.It soothes and energizes one’s mind and soul

It helps you take a break and escape from the daily monotonous rushes of life, refreshing your mind, tranquilizing your soul and making you feel alive.

Wandering to new places will help you discover a new meaning of your life. So, no matter how occupied or broke you are, take out time and travel someplace new every year leaving your everyday life behind to change your perception of life and find yourself along the way.

Visiting new places is not just new understandings and experiences found on the road, but what you earn and draw forth.

 

3.Traveling will make you understand that everything ceases

Traveling will make you realize that nothing is permanent in this world and all things come to an end at a certain time.

Be it your worries or your depressed soul or whatever it is, there is an end to every dilemma. Traveling will make you conceive the idea that time will heal everything and hard things are bound to pass away just as great things do.

 

4.Traveling takes you away from the social norms

Disrupting your social network on a temporary basis, traveling detaches you from the current society and helps you to sneak away from the fictional world that you have been living in, offering you a taste of another world of different cultures.

This reduces your anxieties and controls your compulsive behavior. Not having to regularly check emails or attending phone calls gives your mind a complete rest while you travel. Your stress level reduces and you feel fresh.

 

5.Your mood shifts

Your mood gets shifted to a positive direction when you travel. Your energy level increases and inner thought takes you to a different world far away from your worries.

Just as our body, our heart, and mind also need some rest. We need some time for ourselves and traveling gives us that time. It gives us a feeling of peace and happiness. Some time spent alone helps one to explore and find oneself in a new way. You also find new ways to overcome your fears and gradually finding a solution to your life problems.

6.You get to feel rich and happy

Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. It is the best education you will ever gain. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.

Traveling is knowledge. The more you see, the more you learn. So travel more, make memories and leave your footprints behind.

 

So travel more in this short span of life. Don’t worry about the money as experience is always of more worth. Travel to meet new people, find out how others live and realize that the world is a much bigger place than the town you live in.

At the end of your experience, you will return to your usual life but by then you will have turned your life into a story to tell.

Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of every day, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark


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9 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

9 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

Traveling alone may be the single best catalyst for personal growth.

My solo traveling experiences have created quantum leaps in various areas of my life. And every person I’ve met who has traveled alone has been among the most interesting and awesome people I’ve encountered.

It may sound paradoxical, but the more you explore the world outside, the more you explore the world within. Solo travel gives you free rein for the exploration of both the external and internal world.

Sure, it can be lonely at times, but you meet a lot of people and get to know yourself when there aren’t familiar faces always around. And yes, it’s hard leaving your friends and family behind for any period of time. But it’s completely worth it and you will come back a better person.

9 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

1. Self-sufficiency

You learn to be independent, do things on your own, problem solve for yourself, navigate on your own and become your own best friend. Self-sufficiency is an invaluable byproduct of solo travel.

 

2. You meet more people

When traveling alone, you’re forced to talk to more people (unless you just want to be by yourself 24/7, which would drive anyone insane). I’ve gone out alone plenty of times and I always end up meeting more people than if I went out with a group of friends. Why? If you go to a bar alone, for example, you’re not just going to stand in the corner by yourself. It forces you to leave your comfort zone and talk to anyone near you (which leads to the next reason).

 

3. You become a better conversationalist

Because you meet so many people when traveling alone, you naturally enhance your conversation skills. There is no one else who you can depend on to carry a conversation; it’s all on you. So naturally, you get better at starting conversations and less hesitant about approaching people.

 

4. You get comfortable being uncomfortable

 During solo travel, you’re almost never in your comfort zone. You get used to the excitement, the adventure and the bold decisions. Though you’ll undoubtedly face inner resistance, push through it. This is where the magic happens. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Growth only happens when you push your boundaries. This is a big reason why traveling alone spurs so much personal growth.

 

5. Flexibility, freedom and spontaneity

You are in complete control of everything you do during solo travel. If you want to do something, there’s no one else to consult with and no consensus to be made. You just do it. Traveling alone gives you ultimate flexibility, a high degree of freedom and the opportunity to be as spontaneous as you wish.

 

6. You’re able to put yourself first

This is most applicable to highly empathetic individuals, but still applies to everyone. When you travel alone, you have the rare opportunity to do whatever you want, whenever you want and spontaneously follow your own intuitive desires on a whim. It also allows you to work on any personal projects or develop specific skills you desire while traveling. To use myself as an example, I get much more writing and blog work done when traveling alone compared to when I’m with other people.

Traveling solo creates a situation in which you can put yourself first, without worrying about hurting other people’s feelings and having to come to a mutually beneficial consensus about everything. If you’re at all empathetic, you always make sure that people around you are happy. This is good of course, but sometimes you have to put yourself first in order to really know yourself (which is the next point) and evolve. And don’t view it as selfish; when you do the inner work, you actually expand your capacity to give to others.

 

7. You get to know yourself

When you have to do things on your own and spend time alone, getting to know yourself better is an inevitable side effect. You become more self-aware (in a good way). You become more in tune with your emotions, tendencies, habits, patterns and the deepest aspects of yourself. “Know thyself” was inscribed on The Temple of Apollo at Delphi for a reason. It’s that important.

Why I Travel Alone As A Married Woman

My husband and I were together for eleven whole years before we got married, but it’s only since saying our vows that the world has expressed displeasure with my propensity for traveling solo.

Eleven years isn’t an obscenely large amount of time to maintain boyfriend-girlfriend status for high school sweethearts, but it’s a decent period in which to thoroughly get to know one another. We began dating on April 1, 2005. And by that July, I had absconded to the tiny town of Villa Del Totoral in the Argentinean countryside, where my uncle lived at the time.

It was during this adventure that I recognized my dependence on others for keeping me entertained, structured and even fed. I was 15, but I knew then and there that my reality was whatever I made of it, an epiphany common to travelers who spend a lot of time alone. It was obvious how travel and the challenges it presents could impact my self-awareness in a positive way. There was never a question of whether I would continue on that month long trip rather than prioritize my young relationship.

There was never a question of whether I would continue on that month long trip rather than prioritize my young relationship.

Sure, we were teenagers ― and at that age it’s not unusual to see friends and lovers disappear for a few weeks with their families or away to camp ― but for my relationship, it immediately set the expectation that travel would always be a big part of my life, and an important one at that. This was cemented the following summer when I once again took off, this time to Ecuador and the Galapagos.

My desire to explore the world on my own continued on that trajectory, always with the support of my partner, friends and family.

But that attitude took a turn once the rings were on and the papers were signed.

Not for my partner, who continued urging me to pursue the solo traveling habit that I had let die down for the prior few years, but among my peers and the world at large.

Immediately following the wedding, I began planning a two month trip to Central America to gather photos and stories for my wildlife magazine, The Naturalist. I was pretty damn excited to be getting back out on the road, testing my mettle and rebuilding my resilience while pursuing a lifelong dream, the kinds of personal improvement catalyzed by travel. I never once considered it an affront to the commitment my peers had recently witnessed, a commitment that existed well before it became officially recognized by the government.

Others weren’t so convinced:

“He’s letting you travel alone for that long?” they asked, suggesting that my husband is somehow responsible for my actions.“Don’t you think he’ll leave you while you’re gone?” I was warned. But let’s face it: If he wants to jump ship because I peaced out for a few weeks, then he’s probably not the person I want to grow old with. “Didn’t you just get married?” asked many, implying that being a wife means being tied to her husband’s hip.

If he wants to jump ship because I peaced out for a few weeks, then he’s probably not the person I want to grow old with.

I do wonder if the roles were reversed, would my husband receive the same level and intensity of questioning? I imagine not. Extended business trips are par for the course for men, from seafaring Vikings to modern-day executives. People are not yet accustomed to women occupying the same roles, and I suppose it undermines their expectations of how a wife should behave.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that these comments got me down. Even I questioned the validity of my journey and my priorities in general when confronted in this way by people I truly respected. Now that I was a wife, maybe it really was important for the marriage that I remain at home… but doing what, exactly? I’m a freelance writer, I’m trying to launch a business, and also I want to travel alone. Would it really make our relationship stronger if I were to be tied down?

6 Ways A Woman’s Life Is Changed Forever When She Travels Alone

Traveling solo is a dangerous business, and any woman considering it should think twice. Experiences, encounters, and enlightenment will happen while she’s out there – things that could change the course of her life forever.

Traveling on her own will cause a woman to reevaluate her life and give her space to think, feel, and grow. It will turn into a crippling addiction of saving up for her next flight and constantly seeking adventures.

Luxurious things things like Rolex watches and BMWs that might have impressed her before will cease to matter. She’ll value experiences over all else.

Where she may have previously been perfectly content with a day spent on the couch while watching TV, suddenly her world will expand and jumping out of planes, trekking across mountains, and swimming under waterfalls will appeal to her much more.

Simply put, she won’t be simple to impress.

Here are six ways a woman’s life will be ruined if she decides to travel:

1. She’ll meet amazing and wonderful people

Remember back in kindergarten when teachers cautioned us about stranger danger? Whether aged 6, 26, or 56, this warning still rings true.

Think about it. All friends, acquaintances, and lovers she’s had were at one point strangers. People can cause all kinds of inconvenient emotions, such as wonder, joy, happiness, and maybe even intrigue.

Meeting strangers of a new culture, from a different walk of life, and who have different ideas of what is inspiring and what is important will widen her horizons. They may lead her down a completely new path. The more she travels, the more intriguing she’ll become, and the more her mind will open. There’s no telling what heights the mysteries, friendships, and new loves could take her to.

 

2. She’ll discover new and delicious foods

If a woman travels alone, she’ll make her own meal choices, too. Her curiosity will lead to all kinds of new tastes and aromas, and they’ll expand not just her palette but her mind as well.

Soon she’ll become the kind of person who knows exactly what an authentic Thai meal should taste like and who can cook all kinds of delicious curries, soups, and desserts. She’ll no longer be impressed by bland foods, or greasy Western takes on an Asian classic. She’ll want the real thing – she knows it tastes way better.

Before she knows it, she’ll find herself craving old favorites and seeking out new foods all the time. Traveling will become a fixture in her life as she hunts down new tastes to explore.

 

3. She’ll come to prioritize experiences over possessions.

While she’s out there meeting all these inspiring new people and trying all of these delicious new foods, she’ll undoubtedly also encounter some things she’s never seen before. Perhaps she’ll watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, spy a zebra while on safari in South Africa, or even catch a glimpse of an elf in Iceland.

These incredible sights are sure to leave an impression. She’ll no longer be satisfied with the mundane, impressed by things that are superficial, or excited about inanimate objects that don’t bring her any closer to more passport stamps. The longer she travels on her own, the more likely she is to prioritize experiences above all else. Stilettos and purses will lose their luster; she’ll crave far off places and splurge on plane tickets instead.

 

4. She’ll discover that the world isn’t that scary after all.

It’s possible that her whole life she’s been told that the world outside is a dangerous place, but through traveling, it’s a sure bet that she’ll realize that the world isn’t that scary, after all.

The more she meets people who smash stereotypes she once believed were true, the more acts of kindness perfect strangers show her, and the more she c finds that she has more in common with a Bedouin in the desert or a Hmong tribeswoman in China than with the politicians back home, the less she’ll fear the unknown. She’ll realize that the naysayers and her own self doubts were mostly wrong all along.

Once she makes these powerful realizations, there’s no telling how far she will go.

 

5. She’ll realize how strong she is!

When a woman travels solo, all of the decisions fall to her. When things go wrong, she will have to serve as chief problem solver. In time, she will find that it’s not actually all that hard to be captain of the ship. She’ll even come to find that she’s extraordinarily brave, capable, and fearless.

Most incredible of all, she’ll probably come to realize that she’s enough all on her own.

She’ll also realize that she’s so incredibly enough that she no longer needs external validation as much as she did before. She’ll start to really enjoy her own company, prioritize only the most nurturing friendships, give in to desires that are entirely hers, and do things for herself just because she loves herself, and that’s a gorgeous feeling.

 

6. She may never come back.

A woman who realizes how capable she is becomes independent. She turns into a free spirit without ties to anyone or anything. This type of woman is particularly hard to tame, as she tends to look towards the horizon rather than to other people for her happiness. She stops needing safety and security from others because she can provide those things for herself.

In this case, she just might never stop traveling. If she does, it will be her decision entirely, because she’s ready, and not because of anyone or anything else forcing the issue. She always has options, and she knows it.

Traveling the world alone can change a woman’s perspective on life. It can cause her to appreciate moments and people instead of things. After navigating the world solo, she’ll be fearless, stronger, and changed for the better.

 

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