Travel can offer more than an eye-opening glimpse into a new culture’s relics, ruins, history and traditions—it can also be a heart-opening pilgrimage into self-discovery. As we imbibe the mysterious, delightful scenery that travel affords us, we unearth similar qualities within our own selves. The clarity we attain while on vacation can transport us to the core of our purpose, bringing us closer to who we are, what we are here to do and how we can best express the true essence of our being. From international to domestic, these five destinations share a sanctity that is sure to inspire your own expansive journey inward.
1. monteverde, costa rica
Thick with nature and adventure, Costa Rica is a haven for eco-tourism and adventure-based explorations, and the town of Monteverde is one of its most stunning destinations.
Embedded within a pulsing forest with low hanging clouds stretching from crystal clear streams to the tallest tree tops and beyond—the town of Monteverde is celebrated for its exotic wildlife and pristine beauty. Celebrated for its exotic wildlife and pristine beauty, Monteverde captivates visitors with towering peaks and rare species of reptiles, birds and butterflies. Check out the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens and explore 40 of the 550 species of butterflies native to this region.
2. the highlands, scotland
3. big sur, california
In Northern Scotland, winds sweep over thundering waves onto the vast and rugged land known as The Highlands—a romantically dreary destination where myths and fables continue to guide everyday life. Old, anchored castles stand sentry at the lakes’ end while stones along the shore are slowly eroded into smooth rounds. Take the trip to Loch Lomond where you can hear locals singing melodies, with heavy regional intonation, such as “Me and my true love will never meet again on the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond” or engage your imagination and dive into the legend of The Highlands’ most mystifying spawn: the Loch Ness monster.
Cameron is a travel writer, photographer and retreat coordinator based in Seattle, Wash. For more on his upcoming summer retreat in Bali visit danutours.com.