“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living” – Mary Ritter Beard

Travel has always been about experiencing something new; about stepping into the shoes of someone whose way of life is unfamiliar to you.

The best way to accomplish this is to participate in unique and authentic experiences. When you take the road less traveled, you find yourself among the locals – eating home-cooked meals, learning new languages, and adapting to a life that was previously unknown to you. This has been the focus of travel in recent years – to embark on a journey that will bring you authentic adventures.

We, at Authentic Vacations, challenge you to take this idea one step further with transformative travel.

Transformative travel won’t shift the focus away from authentic experiences, but rather take those experiences to a deeper emotional level. This type of travel will empower people to make meaningful changes in their lives based on what they’ve learned from other cultures.

In a world where we are cutting ourselves off from human interaction and turning our focus to the comfort of isolation, we need this now more than ever. The mixing of cultural ideas and rituals can help bring people together, one trip at a time.

The two pillars of transformative travel are self-reflection and development. If you want travel to change your life, it helps to reflect on where you have been and how you have grown. The best way to self-reflect is to give yourself the time and space to do so. Instead of packing each day of your trip full with activities, we encourage you to stay an extra night or two so you can spread these activities out.

If extending isn’t an option for you, try to pick and choose a handful of the most important sights/activities that you wish to enjoy. By shortening your daily schedule, you’re given enough time to fully immerse yourself in each new experience, leading to a deeper connection. You are also allowing yourself more time to reflect on the day’s activities. This self-reflection could be why travel journals and blogs are currently trending. Writing your experiences down and sharing them with family or people in your community will help you bring what you learned home – the goal of transformative travel.

Authentic and unique travel has always been at the core of Authentic Vacations – it’s even in our name – but now we want to take this to the next step by bringing you travel that will change your life; travel that will transform you. We invite each of you to open up your minds to new experiences, reflect on these experiences, and bring that home to share with others.

Do this, and travel will transform you.

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