What inspires you when you travel?
What sights lift your spirits and touch your soul?
Some places have a greater effect on you than others, their backdrops offering more inspiration and inner peace away from the busyness of everyday life.
John and I love to take the road less travelled, but sometimes the well-travelled road can be just as stirring.
Here’s our list of the most inspiring tours for every soul-seeking traveller.
NEW ZEALAND: MILFORD SOUND
Widely considered the most beautiful part of New Zealand, travelling through Milford Sound either by rental car or tour group is easily one of the most inspiring tours in this country.
For us, it was the perfect conclusion to our Southern New Zealand honeymoon in 2016, winding through majestic fjords, witnessing spectacular waterfalls and cruising between incredible peaks.
Sometimes the water offers glassy reflections, other times (like on our honeymoon) the environment will be wild. When it’s wild, expect to be in awe of the thousands of waterfalls which only pour out during the rain, and disappear a few hours after it stops.
AUSTRALIA: JOURNEY TO THE RED ROCK
Australia has many famous journeys, but one that will truly touch your soul is the journey to the incredible sandstone monolith, Uluru, or Ayers Rock.
You can fly there, but if you love slow travel and want a road trip that will challenge your every being, then start with a car hire in Sydney Airport. It’s about 30 hours of driving time so give yourself several days each way to enjoy the journey into the Australian outback.
Take in the local Aboriginal culture and pay respects at the famous red rock, which is considered to be the place where the spirits of their ancestors reside.
NORWAY: BERGEN TO FLAM
I first completed this trip at the age of 13 and thought it was quite frankly the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced.
I have a crazy attachment to Norway at the best of times due to my ancestry, but there’s a reason why they say the Flam Railway is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Not dissimilar to New Zealand’s scenery in Fiordland, but on a much grander scale, the journey to Flam offers spectacular panoramic views of the fjords and the best mountain landscapes of Western Norway.
I’ll be repeating this journey next month when I return to Norway for the third time.
ICELAND: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Another bucket-list country about to be ticked off when I head to Iceland next month!
The famous Golden Circle travels through some of Iceland’s most spectacular scenery, encompassing dramatic waterfalls, impressive geysers and stunning glaciers. If you have time, you can explore the entire Ring Road of Iceland and capture the country’s dramatic volcanic landscape in all its glory.
While the journey through the Golden Circle may only take around three hours, chances are you’ll need at least double that by the time you’ve stopped at all the incredible spots along the way.
PHILIPPINES: TAO TOUR OF PALAWAN
While parts of the Philippines may be exceptionally busy and overrun with people, there’s a special place to get away from it all. The Tao tour takes you through tropical islands in northern Palawan, reefs and coves in an enriching, authentic experience through local communities.
It forces you to disconnect. You have to unplug from technology, leave your emails and social media behind and simply be one with nature. Tao is a journey to the most remote islands of Palawan to truly appreciate what nature has to offer.
Have you been on any of these trips? What’s one of the most inspiring tours or trips you have ever completed?
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