There are travelers, and then there are sacred travelers, which I believe are those of us who have a deep connection to the earth and have a desire to experience it all, the deserts, mountains, oceans and forests of the world. We hear the call of faraway distant lands and have a love for their landscapes and people.
As a lover of travel, I dream of exploring the world. Remote places like Zanskar, speak to my soul in a way that only a true traveler would understand. I imagine standing in the Himalaya’s, on top of the world, eating meals cooked over an open fire and listening to the spiritual chants of the Buddhist monks, as I breath in adventure, spirit, and life, with every breath I take.
I recall a few years ago when I was traveling to southern Texas, I was reading the book, “The Snow Leopard”, by Peter Matthiessen, which was about his adventures in Tibet in 1973. A man sitting next to me said that he had also read the book and had traveled to Tibet and found it to be a mystical place. When the flight ended, he turned to me and said, “I hope you get to Tibet.” I remember thinking, yes I need to get there…
The photo above is from my journey to Costa Rica. Ironically Costa Rica was never a place that called to me, but I ended up going on a yoga retreat and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I hiked up a volcano, zip lined above the rainforest canopy, went white water rafting and swam in volcanic hot springs. This trip brought me back to life after a long and difficult year.
Sacred travelers also find passion in other people’s travel journeys. What’s your story? What countries are on your travel bucket list? Where have you traveled to and why? What are some of your favorite countries and travel experiences? Please share!