Blog Posts - Transformative Travel



ASTONISHING INDIA: 8 of the Most Awe-inspiring Places to Visit in India

If you had your passport taken away and could only travel within the borders of your home nation for the rest of your life, which […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Aug 17, 2016

THE LONG ROAD TO HAPPINESS: Is Bhutan really the Shangri-La that people think it is?

“Road sinking, drive slowly” a road sign warns as we drive from the moist and lush lowlands of Bhutan’s south border with India to its […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulw...
by The Mindful Word on Nov 25, 2015

GEOLOGICAL WONDERLAND: The awe-inspiring beauty of Yellowstone National Park

With canyons, waterfalls, rivers, forests and mountains, Yellowstone National Park showed us the beauty of this planet. The park also happens to be the largest mega-fauna location […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged l...
by The Mindful Word on Nov 21, 2015

Top 5 Inspirational Cities for Writers

Do you ever want to sit down and write a masterpiece, but you just can’t? Maybe the house is too noisy, the coffee shop is […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Aug 18, 2015

HEALING AND AWAKENING: A transformative and illuminating trip to Mount Shasta

Excerpted from Light Atonement by Ariyana ~a star child~, the story of an ordinary woman’s transition to life as an awakened spiritual healer, and the […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themind...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 11, 2015

FLOWERWOMAN: Magic words surrounded by petals

FLOWERWOMAN: Life thoughts surrounded by petals She runs a 24-hour flower shop in some lane in Montreal. It has a narrow entrance, but is long within. It is 2am and the light from her shop creates a luminous section of pavement, white and glaring. C...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 3, 2015

LESSONS AT VARANASI: Reflecting on life and death in India’s most sacred city

Wrapped in a white sari, she sat cross-legged on her paper thin mat waiting to die. The solemn look on her deeply creased face complemented […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 2, 2015

LESSONS AT VARANASI: Live every day as if it’s your last

Wrapped in a white sari, she sat cross-legged on her paper thin mat waiting to die. The solemn look on her deeply creased face complemented […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 2, 2015

HOMAGE TO THE SAHARA: Much more than just sand dunes and desert

Hollywood had taught me to think of the Sahara as an immense waste of endless sand dunes, unbearably hot by day and freezing cold at […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Mar 24, 2015

TIGER’S NEST: Sublimation and the essence of transformative travel

I was making my way steadily up the mountain to Bhutan’s most famous site: Tiger’s Nest monastery. The prayer flags thickened until I hit a […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Feb 13, 2015

LANGUAGE AND THE LAND: A visit to the indigenous Sami people’s Norway

The sign at Karasjok’s border is simple: the town’s name written in white lettering on a blue background, with a bold black “i” on the […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Nov 25, 2014

Epic adventures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica with Canopy Safari Tours

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves. Andre Gide   There are some trips you take only to rest, relax, eat, drink, sleep and repeat. Then there are others you take because you want to rise...
by Traveller Soul on Oct 31, 2014

GET OFF THE TOURIST BUS: 6 ways volunteering abroad will change your outlook

The only way to truly know another culture is to get off the tourist bus and be a part of the lives of the citizens. […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Aug 4, 2014

LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON: Some of Bhutan’s top sights [photo gallery]

The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s premier travel destinations, known for its Himalayan mountain scenery, Buddhist dzongs, happy people, and most notably its […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http:...
by The Mindful Word on Jul 6, 2014

PARADISE ON EARTH: Kashmir still lives up to its title despite the massive police presence getting in the way

Warfare ravages a country’s tourism for years after conflict ends. One place this is clear is in Kashmir. The border of this Himalayan region has […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.o...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 8, 2014

CITY OF CULTURE: Bhaktapur, a jewel in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu stores a number of jewels within the folds of its Himalayan foothills. One of the brightest among them is Bhaktapur, a royal city deemed […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.or...
by The Mindful Word on Apr 2, 2014

A SYMPHONY OF CACOPHONY: Walking the streets of India

In India the word “bad” doesn’t hold much meaning. For a country of 1.2 billion there’s not much room to move, which means a lot […] The post A SYMPHONY OF CACOPHONY: Walking the streets of India appeared first on The Mindful Word. ...
by The Mindful Word on Dec 22, 2013

WINTER SOLSTICE: Light up the longest night at Kensington Market

Kensington Market knows how to party. Despite the sub-zero temperatures of late December, market residents and visitors alike gather to celebrate the longest night of […] The post WINTER SOLSTICE: Light up the longest night at Kensington Market...
by The Mindful Word on Dec 4, 2013

VIVA LOS FUNHOGS: California to Patagonia and the climb of Fitz Roy

It was an epic journey, a wild and historic climb, an unusual adventure, a formative experience. In the context of the era and the lives […] The post VIVA LOS FUNHOGS: California to Patagonia and the climb of Fitz Roy appeared first on The Mind...
by The Mindful Word on Nov 21, 2013

TRANSCENDENT BEAUTY: From Pokhara to Sarangkot, Nepal

There are some places where natural beauty is so potent that experiencing it can bring a person to a higher place. Pokhara is one of […] The post TRANSCENDENT BEAUTY: From Pokhara to Sarangkot, Nepal appeared first on The Mindful Word. ...
by The Mindful Word on Nov 15, 2013


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