Spirit-Renewing Destinations

There are many paths to finding yourself. We asked several spiritual travel writers for their picks for destinations with the most spirit-renewing focus. Here's what they had to say.

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Welcome to Wanderlust O'ahu. Yogis take their practice to the crystal clear Hawaiian ocean for standup paddleboard yoga – the ultimate test of balance. Hawaii was the birthplace for standup paddleboarding, after all, so it's no surprise SUP yoga has taken off here, too. 960 1280

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Low lunges meet tall palm trees during yogi, surfer and “blissologist” Eoin Finn’s class at Wanderlust O’ahu. 960 1280

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Wanderlust O’ahu pays homage to Hawaiian culture with classes in the art of carving traditional wood surfboards with Hawaii native Tom Pohaku Stone. 960 1280

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Today’s hottest musical acts like ALO rock the outdoor stage at Wanderlust O’ahu. 960 1280

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Wanderlust festival is the largest multi-day yoga event in the world, with annual events in Squaw Valley, CA, Stratton Mountain, VT, Copper Mountain, CO, and Whistler, British Columbia. In 2013, it has expanded to Chile and O’ahu. 960 1280

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The infectious beats of musician Michael Franti leads to a spontaneous dance party during Shiva Rea’s “trance dance.” 960 1280

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Tutu Janet teaches Wanderlust-ers how to play Hawaii’s favorite musical instrument -- the ukulele! 960 1280

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In between yoga classes, yogis soak up the Hawaiian sunshine on O'ahu's North Shore. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

Wanderlust O’ahu showcases the best of Hawaiian culture -- like these fire dancers from Soul Fire Productions heating up the stage. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

Michael Franti, no stranger to the stage at Wanderlust, brings the crowd to new heights with his catchy beats. 960 1280

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Turtle Bay Resort, which hosted this year’s Wanderlust O’ahu, is a 880-acre paradise that sits on the northernmost tip of the North Shore with 5 miles of remote beachfront. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

Dancing in the sun on Hawaii's fabled North Shore in your comfy yoga pants? Pure happiness. 960 1280

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Michael Franti leaves the stage to dance with the crowd in his sold-out performance. 960 1280

  

Female surf legend Rochelle Ballard discusses the synchronicity of surfing and yoga during her speakeasy at Surfer, The Bar. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

LYFE Kitchen showcases their new healthy fare with free tastings. Look for the health-conscious food line in supermarkets near you soon. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

Yoga meets tightrope for a true balance challenge -- slackline yoga. 960 1280

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Forget your mat -- practice yoga right on the grass at Wanderlust. 960 1280

Ali Kaukas  

Standup paddleboard yoga lets you soak in the sunshine (and take a dip to cool off) while you practice your down dogs. 960 1280

Kathleen Rellihan   

Yogis take to the waves for surf lessons on O'ahu's North Shore, where big wave surfing was born. Luckily, there are smaller waves in spots for beginners, too. 960 1280

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

Each year, nearly 3 million visitors take in the waters at the Kusatsu Onsen, a 2-hour drive from Tokyo. 960 1280

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

A trip to the Onsen is a part of Japanese culture, and locals head to the natural hot springs water at Kusatsu Onsen for relaxing and relief from muscle pain, hypertension and other ailments. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

The view from the open-air rooftop pool at Britain's Thermae Spa overlooks the city of Bath and the Abbey. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa is the only spot in Britain where you can soak in the mineral waters, which that the Celts and Romans enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Visitors have been taking the waters at Chena Hot Springs, deep in Alaska's interior, since 1905 when visiting prospectors discovered the water's healing nature. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Winter is the busiest time of year at Chena's Hot Springs when the 105-degree water offers a reprieve from the cold. Soakers may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights over head. 960 1280
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Soaking in the baths is a way of life in Budapest, sometimes called Spa City, thanks to the healing waters found at spots like the Szechenyi, largest outdoor thermal bath in all of Europe. 960 1280

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reykjadalur Hot Springs

A hike through the Reykjadalur valley to the thermal steam vents and boiling hot pools is the perfect place for outdoor bathing. 960 1280

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Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths

Explore the beautiful Art Nouveau style thermal baths at Hotel Gellert in Budapest. 960 1280

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Spa is a Napa Valley institution, helping locals and visitors relax in bubbling mud baths in Calistoga, CA, since 1952. 960 1280

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort  

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

At Dr. Wilkinson's Spa, guests can relax in a warm mud baths with plenty of healing properties thanks to pure volcanic ash and Canadian peat or enjoy one of the many bath house treatments available. 960 1280

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort  

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

Spa treatments at the Polynesian Spa overlooking New Zealand's Lake Rotorua include a mud wrap using the thermal mud that's believed to have healing properties. 960 1280

Polynesian Spa  

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

There's no shortage of healing water at the Polynesian Spa, with 2 natural hot mineral springs and 26 soaking pools filled with soothing alkaline water. 960 1280

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Africa's highest peak is Mount Kilimanjaro where hikers may encounter elephants moving across the African savanna. 960 1280

  

The trek through Nepal's Annapurna Circuit promises 21 days of crossing jungles, rivers and mountains. 960 1280

Explore Glacier National Park with a hike through the Logan Pass. 960 1280

  

Australia's Larapinta Trail, a 130-mile trek through the Northern Territory, is almost entirely through the desert. 960 1280

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Head to the hills in Cape Town, South Africa, for a scenic hike through the trails at Table Mountain. 960 1280

  

If you're looking for history and incredible vistas, head to Peru's Inca Trail for a 27-mile hike to Machu Picchu. 960 1280

  

The Val di Fassa in Italy is in the heart of the European Alps with gassy paths and endless mountain views. 960 1280

  

The John Muir Trail is a 211-mile stretch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains stretching from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. 960 1280

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a luxe eco-safari resort in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada, accessible by boat or plane from Tofino. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

Guests can soak in a wood-fired cedar hot tub overlooking the mountainous wild at Clayoquot Healing Grounds compound, which promises Zen in the wilderness with soaking tubs and spa treatments. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

People come from around the world to soak in Iceland's Blue Lagoon with mineral-rich, geothermal water known for its healing properties. 960 1280

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Bathers may soak in the warm Blue Lagoon waters even during the cold winter months when the geothermal water and cool air meet to create a haze of vapor steam that rises from the water. 960 1280

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Guests at the snazzy Burj Al Arab may soak in an ornate tub with impressive city vies of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. 960 1280

Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Group  

Cunard cruise line brings swanky hot tubs to sea with state-of-the-art aqua-therapy pools aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

Cunard Line  

Multiple hot tubs are available for a relaxing soak at the Canyon Ranch spa facilities aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

Cunard Line  

The VUE Bar atop the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai has a cool hot tub amidst a busy nightlife scene. Bathers enjoy cocktails and a killer city view from the bar's bubbling hot tub. 960 1280

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The soaking tub at the Hotel Rio Sagardo in Peru has expansive windows that look out over Cusco's Sacred Valley, the heart of the former Incan Empire. 960 1280

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Onsen are public baths fed from hot springs found throughout Japan where locals and tourists take a wellness break in remote spots and even along the waterfront in Tokyo. 960 1280

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