As travelling has become part and parcel of everyone's life, there is a significant outcry from seasoned travellers to endure worthy travel ideas. Moreover, millennials and Gen X are not just looking for a fun-filled vacation but for something that has more profound and far-reaching experience.
For globetrotters, who regard themselves beyond the ordinary vacationists, there's a sincere and deep-rooted need for travel to change the status quo! They wish to embrace reality besides the superficial appearances, endure things they can't at home and know personalities whose walks of life and views are as vibrantly distinctive as their weather and language.
Why transformational travel matters
Transformational travel is more than just a fad or buzzword. It's helping everyday traveller tap into the privilege and real power of tourism as a push for change.
It enables us to precisely recognise the hurdles people face around the world (outside our bubbles) and allows us to see the world in a whole new and better perspective. It's not only crucial for our understanding of ourselves and our identity in the world, but it's also necessary to the future of our paradoxically connected yet disengaged current world.
Travel experiences will be distinctive for each traveller: some will be about traversing surface or exterior landscapes, while some like crossing inner or interior landscapes. Conclusively it's about being more than just an observer, more than just a traveller. It's all about progressing gradually and mindfully, freeing yourself up to occurrences that will change you for good.
Be it solo or with family; a vacation does offer a chance to get under the skin of the destinations; however, the transformational travel takes things a step further in a more profound way.
Transformational travel destinations in India (and what to do there)
Try a simpler life in a remote Leh Ladakh
You don't have to go to a mystical place to transform. The law of the tangible world and virtues can be observed all over the world. One winning location is the highlands of Leh Ladakh. Secluded, with fewer people, you can appreciate the silence and calmness and go back to the basics, especially where your better half; mobile phones doesn't ring and social media notifications can't get through.
Walking the abandoned trails and to admire the incomparable natural scenery is an excellent antidote to a technology-dominated modern life. It will give you the outlook you need to improve those things in your own life that don't serve you and your happiness. The mountains and serene valleys offer unbelievable views, deep valleys to traverse, ranges to hike and beautiful lakes, where you can even free swim in the summer months.
Mix internal exploration and meditation at South Indian ashram
You don't need to be pious to start upon a spiritual escape. But you do need to arrive with a prejudice-free mind. Do your research and communicate with the ashram before you book, let them know what you're seeking so they can be fair about what they can offer.
You'll be taught a few meditation methods, and yoga, along with the opportunity to sign up to other tutorials and supervised workshops. But more importantly, understand and remember that there will be no one there to give you a program, target or set of goals. There are no specific target lists that you can follow and tick off. A vacation to an ashram is not about having to-do lists and goals set for you to achieve; instead, you'll be encouraged to read, think, reflect, write, stroll around and perhaps meditate, but again it solely depends on you to bring meaning to this practice.
See another version of modern Indian civilisation by travelling by trains
India, culturally is at its most exciting times in decades, with innovative music, art, food and nightlife coming into their own. This is all entwined with its geography and history. Positioned between high snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, lush greenery in the south, stunning beaches in the west and serene hill-stations in the east; India boasts ample hotspots with charm and beauty.
Travelling across India via trains will be a much-needed break for those wanting to view the world through a different historical, cultural and political lens. Many cities in India are also getting notoriety for cuisine and nightlife, so don't miss the chance to try out bonafide local cuisine and dance the night away.