Everyday life and work can run you down and having a week or two of vacation time each year to recover is important.  If you want to take your vacation to the next level though, to not just recover but to rejuvenate, you should look into health and healing trips.  Rather than laying on a beach and maybe spending an afternoon at the spa, healing destinations are about restoring your mind, body, and soul.  From places of “magical healing powers” to yoga retreats, health and healing holidays come in many forms and are found all over the world.  Try combining your next vacation with a healing trip to one of the top health destinations below.

 

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Ubud, Bali

Set deep in the jungles of Bali, Ubud has always been a center of healing.  From the very beginning of Balinese culture, Ubud, which translates to medicine, was home to the regions best healers and was a place to both heal physically but also spiritually.  More recently, the magical energy of Ubud has attracted outsiders, seeking help for their own health problems.

Visitors to Ubud are welcomed into the local culture with open arms.  You can visit the temple of Tirtha Empul and bath in the sacred healing waters or schedule a visit with a local healer, who will help you with everything from physical pain to emotional issues to black magic curses.  As more Western visitors arrive, so do the luxury spas, yoga studios, and meditation groups allowing you to combine both traditional Balinese healing with modern healthy-living practices. My Adventure Store have some great Bali breaks that include a visit to Ubud.

 

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Sedona, Arizona

Long considered a spiritual place by Native Americans, Sedona has become a mecca for modern day healers.   You can find everything from world-class spas to mystical tours of the areas “vortexes,” places where the earth’s energy is thought to be magnified, allowing for heightened spiritual experiences.

While a good deal of Sedona’s fame comes from the ideas about powerful and healing vortexes, less mystical healing also takes place here.  The town is filled with incredible spas offering detoxifying and rejuvenating experiences as well as meditation and yoga classes.  There are also many yearly retreats lead by well known life coaches and it makes a great place to visit if you are looking for a bit of help with your life/work balance.  And don’t forget the breathtaking local red rock landscapes, a great place to enjoy a nature hike, before coming back to a healthy, locally sourced lunch at one of Sedona’s many restaurants.

 

 

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The Himalayas

When it comes to healthy and peaceful living, the people of the high Himalayas seem to have come close to mastering the art.  From Tibetan Buddhists to Bhutan and their official measure of GNH (Gross National Happiness), the people of this region greatly value all forms of health from spiritual to physical to mental.

If you are hoping to add some more peace to your own life, consider a holiday to Nepal or Bhutan where you can spend your days studying with meditation masters, eating pure, uncommercialized food, and  reconnect with yourself among the beautiful Himalayan Mountains.  After all, this is the region that inspired the stories of Shangri-La; how could you not find peace and rejuvenation in such an earthly paradise?