- Whether adventuring solo or journeying as a group, you can learn how to swap a mundane vacation for a holistic holiday that cultivates the body, mind, and spirit alike.
- Each chapter focuses on a particular type of holistic or spiritual treat and outlines the benefits of taking one.
- It shows how the positive psychological effects of this recreation last long after the physical journey is over.
- A thorough examination of this alternate art of trekking, this guide is still short enough for those who don’t wish to spend hours poring over a travel guide.
Author Max Karimbeik wrote Vacations for the Soul to share the many inner and outer journeys he has taken through the world. He runs a travel club that focuses on this unique form of adventuring. He passionately believes that everyone deserves to travel and to take meaningful trips that will develop a person’s spiritual resources even while exposing them to the realities of how others live in the world.
The travel that Karimbeik describes is quite different that the one being sold on cruise ships and all-inclusive resort packages. He doesn’t confine his advice to any one region of the world but instead shows readers how to cultivate the mentality that is the hallmark of a holistic holiday. “Traveling brings you closer to reality and to the world and connects you with your source. Why? Because people who travel to new places are usually in the present moment, not the past or the future,” Karimbeik writes. “Traveling is like meditation.”
Karimbeik is honest about the stressful aspects of travel, from getting lost to not initially understanding the language or culture of your host country. Yet those stressful factors are also what can make travel spiritually transforming. He explains several types of holistic travel such as health vacations focused on restoring the full powers of the body as well as volunteer vacations where travelers donate their time and skills to communities in need. He also shows how vacation can be undertaken as a means for self-improvement or even as a way to heal from a traumatic experience. This alternate form of travel can also be a way for young couples or established married partners to recharge their batteries and renew their interest in one another, enhancing their relationship in an unlikely way.