There is a big difference between being bitten by the travel bug and using your travelling experience to change the world around you. If you are looking for a meaning behind your desire to travel, if you are looking for ways to experience a different kind of adventure, there are some options out there that will inject a new depth to the discovery of new horizons and cultures. Here are three of the best ways to make your travel matter at a level that you have never experienced before.
#1. Unleash Your Muse: Creative Travel
It may be hard to believe it at a time of continual use of digital technology, but more and more creative minds enjoy taking a break from the everyday life and discovering new places to build a new artistic world. You don’t need to be a professional artist for it, but an interest in painting, sculpting, composing or writing will be necessary to appreciate this creative form of travel fully. More and more creative retreats appear around the world, where those who are imaginative can recharge their creative batteries with the support of professionals, such as at this writers’ retreat in Iceland for example, and get down to the core of their ideas to be able to create something new and moving. For many, this is the time where they can reconnect with their true feelings and their deep impressions of the world. You may not be looking at selling your creations, but this is a great experience to unleash your creative power for real!
#2. Do Something Good Around You: Purposeful Travel
This is an option that is preferred by students who want to take a gap year, but more and more full-time employees start to seize the chance to give their lives a meaning with a volunteering experience. Whether you want to help to set up a school in an African village, or you are keen to volunteer abroad with animals, discovering this side of travelling is life-changing. While you will get to see dramatic situations that you have never experienced before, such as conditions of extreme poverty or the difficult life of endangered species, you will also be able to measure day after day the difference that your individual actions can make. This is a travel adventure that will leave you changed forever and for the best too!
#3. Enlighten Your Mind: Spiritual Travel
Pilgrimage are often frowned upon by modern travellers who are worried about the dangers of religious cults. It is a misconception that all spiritual travel is only for highly religious people. In truth, spiritual travel does not require for you to have a religious faith. Some pilgrimage paths, especially Japanese pilgrims’ routes, are designed to give you space to breathe and think away from your everyday routine. Along the way, you will be able to connect with other pilgrims and with the traditions from the past. While this may not change your faith, this will certainly enrich your view and understanding of the world.