The arrival of the new year can be the perfect excuse to take stock of our lives. Sometimes, however, the results are negative, which is what happened to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. The writer woke up one day in her new home in the suburbs of New York and realized that she was not living her life as she would like to be and decided to do something about it. She then changed her life by traveling.
If you think it’s time to take a break and set a date for the spiritual journey that you have always dreamed about, we have suggestions for your destination and all you’ll need to do is pack your suitcase.
Spiritual journeys can be like therapy, allowing you not only to get away from everything around you but also to find that inner balance we all desire.
One of the destinations chosen by Elizabeth Gilbert for her journey was India, a country that is the definition of spirituality. Every year hundreds of travelers explore the country in search of themselves and make obligatory stops at places like the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which is located near the border with Pakistan. The Sikh shrine dates from 1601 and is considered one of the holiest places in the world.
But spirituality in India does not end there. The birthplace of Buddha (Bodh Gaya), the city of Varanasi, and the banks of the River Ganges and Benares are sacred Hindu destinations that are also on the must-see list of places to find your inner balance.
Far from the bustle of London, this famous megalithic monument of the late Neolithic period is considered one of the places in the world with the most energy. Stonehenge is located near Amesbury (UK) and it offers a unique and clear view of the stars with the English countryside as a backdrop.
This sandstone rock formation located in the heart of Australia is a sacred place for Aboriginal and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Watching its color changing to bright red at sunset is one of the most memorable experiences you can have during your pilgrimage to Australia.
The Camino de Santiago
‘Traveler, there is no path, paths are made by walking.’ Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world but there’s also a spiritual side: the Camino de Santiago. This route, which culminates in the city of Santiago de Compostela, dates from the Middle Ages. It draws pilgrims from around the world who are seeking a unique experience through their pilgrimage.