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Transformative Travel

Curacao For a Little Magic in the Dutch Caribbean

Renee Blodgett | Posted 02.13.2015 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Rain falls on me and then stops. It starts again 15 minutes later and along with several other locals, I huddle beneath one of the shop awnings - they all seem to have one as if they prepared for the frequent rain spurts a century ago when some of these shops were likely built.

Five Ways A Destination Spa Can Change Your Life ... It Certainly Changed Mine

Sallie Fraenkel | Posted 12.03.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Sallie Fraenkel

All of these things have served to help me become more open-minded, less judgmental and much more balanced. While these intangibles were certainly not conscious reasons for me to go to a spa, I am struck by how transformative my destination spa experiences have been.

Lessons From Ladakh: The Economics of Happiness

Ariel Bleth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I first heard of Ladakh in the early 1990s when anthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, on a book tour, spoke of her decade's worth of experiences in this remote region north of the Indian Himalayan range.

Mindfulness: Don't Leave Home Without It

Ariel Bleth | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

More than being aware, mindfulness is often thought of as a state of being fully in the present moment, free from habitual reactions, conclusions and judgments. This can come in handy when we are in situations that we can't change.

Service and Travel: The Call to Delight in One Another

Ariel Bleth | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I think it is time to admit it: I'm nearly a professional volunteer. I haven't always been. For a long time I managed my impulse toward service in a way that allowed me to keep my normal life pragmatically rolling along steady, even occasionally service-oriented.