Top 7 Spiritual Destinations
The prolonged lockdown and everchanging restrictions are certainly having a negative effect on us, leaving many with the desire to escape to a faraway destination and begin to heal our physical and mental well-being. There are some places around the world which are said to have spiritual and healing powers. so here are seven of those magical places where you can escape to find a sense of calm and serenity.
There are countless myths that revolve around the famous blue stones of the Stonehenge and endless theories that attempt to explain their existence and meaning. It has been speculated that the stones have an astrological, religious, and even extraterrestrial purpose. Among the theories is one that the Stonehenge is actually a healing shrine, because buried human bodies have been found there. In fact, after several examinations, it was discovered that the bones were showing obvious signs of illness and that many of them were believed to have come from different parts of the country, suggesting that people who visited the Stonehenge were looking for a cure.Whether it's to heal your mind or simply to contemplate the beauty and mystery of these incredible stones, Stonehenge is definitely a mystical place to disconnect from the world.
2. The Dead Sea
Located near Jerusalem, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, being almost 400 meters below sea level. The water and minerals in this ultra-salty lake contain healing properties that can rejuvenate your body. Its extraordinary salinity, combined with other minerals such as magnesium, bromine or iodine, has been shown to have a positive effect on the nervous system, as well as a beneficial effect on the skin and bronchi. Additionally, it also aides in the relief of muscle spasms and rheumatologic conditions, making it the perfect destination for underwater skin therapy.
3. Machu Picchu
This incredible monument was built by the Incas and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Known as "The Lost City", this citadel consists of palaces and temples and is a historic site for religious celebrations. Energy fields are said to intersect here, among the mountains and jungle of Peru, 2,500 meters above sea level. This city remains a mystery because nobody knows why it was built. Some say it is a sign of how our ancestors already knew how to channel energy, as it is located in an enclave with very powerful energy levels. This is why many spiritual experts recognize it as one of the "chakras" of the world. Its large amount of quartz is believed to have a positive effect on people, as it is good for increasing harmony, calm and finding mental and physical balance.The energy which circulates in this place is believed to come from Mother Earth or "Pachamama", the Inca goddess of fertility.
4. Cape Reinga
In the northern part of New Zealand, precisely where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular whirlwind of currents, there is a stunning oasis of green hills and blue waters: Cape Reinga. While it is not New Zealand's northernmost point (the North Cape is further north, but not open to the public), Cape Reinga is undoubtedly the end of the line. An ancient pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse mark this special place, also known as “Te Reinga Wairua” which translates to “place of jumping spirits.” According to Maori mythology, souls of the dead ascend the coast to the old tree. where they join the goddess Hinenuitepo to return to their ancestral home in Hawaii. Prepare to be awed by the beauty and serenity of this northern gem, and captivated by its spiritual atmosphere.
A medieval Italian hilltop town in Umbria, Assisi is rich in history and is considered as a sacred place, having been built around a holy spring. Saint Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan religious order and patron of the city was born here. For this reason, the city has become a Christian pilgrimage destination and is also popular with tourists who want to meditate or practice yoga. This area offers a spiritual experience through interfaith concentration. Located on the western slope of Monte Subasio, you can admire the magnificence of the Umbrian hills as well as the forests of Monte Subasio. Assisi also offers many important historical sites including the Basilica of San Francesco, the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Cathedral of San Rufino. History, religion and stunning landscapes, Assisi has it all!
Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, located in the center of the Ganges valley in northern India: rich in culture, colorful, alive, it is considered sacred by those who practice the Hindu religion.Also known as the spiritual capital of India, the city attracts foreigners and Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the waters of the Ganges, which is considered to be holy water. The city is also great for meditation, reflection and connecting with spiritual advisers. If you are looking for inner peace, this is the place to be!
Religious and mystical centers are certainly good for our spirits and physical well-being, but a serene paradise is just as important. Off the coast of mainland Belize is a 44-acre dream island with beautiful beaches, a historic national park, and a protected area. From diving in the very popular Blue Hole, an underwater cavity so large you can see it even from space, to snorkeling beside colourful sea creatures, you are spoiled for choice in Belize.
Taking a break and travelling to a place that can help us regain our peace of mind and physical health is one of the most important things we need to do for ourselves in these difficult times. Self-love and self-healing are more important today than ever and when the borders open again, so wellness trips will be the way forward. Check our our blog on the top travel trends of 2021 to learn about the up and coming travel trends we forecast.