Bestselling books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild can make spiritual tourism seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but as author Lori Erickson points out, “People have been making treks to holy sites for millennia — in fact, these types of locations are probably the oldest form of tourism.”
You’d think after millennia of people traveling, not to mention how quickly the world has shrunk with access to the Internet, that we would have seen it all. But here are four beautiful and intriguing highlights from places that might not be as familiar.
A storied river with a history that dates back to the origins of the planet, the Nile has always been shrouded in mystery and enchantment. Weaving through some of Africa’s most intriguing countries, it was once the only way people could traverse the continent’s incredibly varied landscapes.
Considered the heart and soul of Central Europe, the majestic Danube River is over 1,700 miles long and travels through ten countries. From its origin in Germany’s Black Forest, to where it empties into the Black Sea, history has been made all along the shores of this scenic river, and rising from its banks are some of Europe’s most glorious cities.
There’s a certain charm that comes with an around the world cruise. Oceans are crossed, cities are explored, cultures are discovered and bucket list countries are checked off.
While many couples who honeymoon in India prefer the popular hill stations, a new trend is arising. Newlyweds are choosing to explore lesser-known, historically rich destinations for their honeymoons.
During a trip to Israel last month, I had the opportunity experience Sandemans NEW Jerusalem Holy City Tour – an in-depth four-hour walking tour that takes you up onto the Temple Mount, one of the holiest of religious sites in the world.
Travel is meant to transport you — to other places, obviously, but also sometimes to other times, other worlds, other possibilities. These four utterly unique hotels are full of the magic, mystery, and wonder that travel embodies. These are places you might never want to leave!
Thanks to Lonely Planet’s new travel guide exclusively for honeymoons, couples now have an essential resource to help them get started in the planning process for this long-dreamed of life event.
AmaWaterway’s Gems of Southeast Europe River cruises are among my favorite travel experiences, so, last July, I took an AmaWaterways river cruise so I could visit Southeastern Europe, a part of Europe I I hadn’t been to.