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Why Travel for Personal Growth?

I often contemplate what motivates us to travel. Is it to become a better person, experience something different, learn about new cultures, taste different cuisines, or simply to relax and get away from it all? How about travelling for personal growth? We can achieve personal growth in many ways such as by making and learning from our mistakes, therapy, workshops and learning from others. Traveling for personal growth however, is a holistic, fun and unique way to achieve this. The experiences you have, lessons formed and memories made will stay for you for the rest of your life.

If you look at the motivations behind why and how you travel it all comes down to social values. Social values are formed during our childhood and remain with us throughout our whole lives. Although you may embark on different types of holidays such as a relaxing vacation, spiritual tour or adventure trip, the foundations of the trip are always set by your social values. If you, like myself are focused on responsible and sustainable travel, you will always minimize your impact on the environment and respect and empower the lives of locals. This would apply to a relaxing beach holiday in Mexico, where you could choose a more green accommodation and eat local cuisine to trekking Machu Picchu, where you could choose a sustainable tour operator that leaves the land in tact and provides adequate clothing and food for their porters.

Being an experienced traveller focused on personal growth, engaging with locals and respecting the environment, I’ve been fortunate enough to of had many amazing travel experiences that have helped shape me into the person I am today.

Some recommended travel activities and experiences to aid personal growth include:

Spiritual journeys – embarking on a spiritual journey is a good way to connect with your higher self, learn ancient wisdom teachings and be surrounded by deep healing energies.

Volunteering – surrendering, showing compassion and giving back has astronomical effects on personal growth.

Adventure activities – can take you out of your comfort zone and help you transcend fears and mental blockages.

Healthy travel – applying healthy lifestyle habits while you travel such as regular exercise and healthy foods can cement good habits into your usual daily life.

Sacred Earth Journeys offers transformative and purposeful journeys to exotic destinations such as India, Peru, Mexico and Greece that encourage personal growth.

Discover their upcoming Sacred Odyssey into the Heart of Ancient Greece in June.

By Kelly Weiss

Anticipation

Anticipation can sometimes be a blessing and a curse when it comes to planning a holiday. The most challenging, fun, stressful, exciting, and transformational times can occur before our trips even begin. Every traveller, no matter how seasoned, has been there before. First the idea, the dream, the destination! Everything is bliss. Then suddenly, overwhelming excitement just becomes a feeling of overwhelming all on its own. Plans to be made, things to do, details to be taken care of; at the end of it all we are definitely in need of a vacation. However, this time of anticipation is actually part of the journey in itself and a wonderful opportunity for growth and transformation.

We are often told that we must be participants in our own lives, but being observers is just as necessary. So many things go by us in a blur because we are doing, doing, doing, that we miss out on so many lessons and so much beauty because we forget to stop and actually observe. During this time of anticipation, it is so important to pause and observe, and if at all possible, journal. Stepping outside and watching ourselves as an outsider can be very revealing and enlightening. Recording the process from the conception of the idea to the actual destination and beyond can be a wonderful learning tool to help make the most of your journey.

Whether you find the waiting game excruciating or thrilling, do try and make the very most of your time between now and the day you finally depart. Remember that it is ALL part of the journey, so be aware, be present, be open, and reap the rewards of anticipation to the fullest!

~Daniela Masaro