By Nina Simons
Now and then, everyone needs to stop what they are doing and take a break for themselves. But the best you can do is look for that ancient bond that connects humans with the world around them and empowers them. And that means finding a way to reconnect with nature and yourself to reduce stress and build positive emotions.
Every soul-searching starts with a journey, and sometimes it’s best to go on a literal one to discover who you are and what you want to be. After all, the key to wellbeing is knowing how you tick and what keeps you going forward no matter what. So, if you need places where you can connect your body with nature, here are five destinations to get a ticket for.
Enjoy the calmness of Iceland
To truly distance yourself from the crowd, you need to find a destination that will allow for such experience. Iceland is one of the most remote spots on the planet with astounding nature guaranteed to help you in your efforts to find yourself. Snaefellsnes peninsula is a perfect spot to rent a cabin and spend some time alone in meditation, reading and simply enjoying the view.
Thingvellir National Park is full of history and buildings from Iceland’s past like the old parliament Althing. Also, this UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will have the best view of the magical Northern Lights. Go on the hike to climb the Sólheimajökull Glacier or to the geothermal springs of the Blue Lagoon. For the ultimate cleansing experience, go on a ride on the famous Icelandic horse and let yourself be completely immersed in the quiet nature all around you.
Hike the Appalachian Trail through the USA
Going on a 2,000-mile hike is not something that many will find attractive, but those on a soul-search will immediately jump on this opportunity. The Appalachian Trail connects Georgia to Maine taking you over magnificent landscapes across 14 American states. The hike lasts for six months, which will give you enough time to get connected with your personality and consider how to improve yourself.
Forests, mountains, canyons, and lakes are only some of the most prominent landmarks you will have to pass through with only a backpack. An elk or two, and even a bear are some of the animals you might encounter during this wilderness adventure. While the Appalachian Trail is a unique chance to think without distraction, it is a considerable endeavor, too. So, make sure you are truly ready for it before you embark on this half a year-long life in nature.
Explore the beauties of Tasmania
For those who want to be close to cities, Tasmania is an excellent destination. This Australian island is full of natural beauties and breathtaking sights that will be perfect for spiritual reflection. Freycinet National Park is one of the most dramatic Tasmania attractions with azure waters and pearly beaches like Wineglass Bay. This is a popular camping ground especially during summer where you will find peace to meditate and even do yoga in the open. If you are up for something more challenging, Overland Track is a 40-mile long hiking trail that will give you at least six days to reconnect with nature and yourself.
Relax in the emerald landscapes of Ireland
Ireland’s nature is full of picture-perfect landscapes and dramatic scenery that has inspired poets, artists, and writers for centuries. The Burren National Park is built from glacial-era limestone rock and is full of caves and archeological sites offering a perfect view over the horizon. If you want something more vegetative, Torc Waterfall underneath the Torc Mountain in the Killarney National Park which is accessible with a short hike.
Those who want to experience spiritual adventure in Ireland can do that on Slieve League cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean at 2,000 feet above sea level. However, in the County Mayo, you will find something that many consider the prettiest natural wonder in all Ireland – Clew Bay, a network of small islands. The locals say there is one island for each day of the year, but regardless of their number the sight is awe-inspiring and stunning.
Get inspired in Bali
Bali is the most famous place in Indonesia that attracts a lot of visitors looking to heal themselves. With so many yoga retreats and studios, you will easily find the one that best suits your needs. If you want to avoid tourists, go to Ubud which is considered to be a spiritual center of Bali. Balinese people take a holistic approach to resolving their troubles which is something that will go well with your journey of self-discovery.
Temples like Tanah Lot on the sea rock are perfect to spend some time and enjoy the breeze while overlooking the horizon. A hike to the Sekumpul Waterfall will take you over the green valley, while to reach waterfalls at Munduk you have to hike through the orchid fields. Snorkeling and diving will show you the tranquility of marine life especially if you choose a more secluded spot like Nusa Lembongan.
It is not easy to look inside yourself and try to understand who you are. For that, you need a perfect setting and traveling to one of these destinations may just be enough to reconnect with nature and yourself. However, the trick is to choose the one that will help you with spiritual awakening and give you the strength to change for the better.
About the Author:
Nina is a lifestyle blogger, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. In her free time, she loves to design clothes and furniture. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on twitter.