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Not Just Travel This Summer! Try Out These Offbeat Summer Vacation Ideas To Soothe Your Parched Soul

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - May 9, 20248 min read

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Unplug yourself from work & take a break from that chaotic mediocre life while trying out these offbeat Summer vacation ideas that are just perfect to soothe your parched soul. So, where should you go? What should you do this summer to soothe your soul? We have a list that outlines 8 different possibilities for you to explore. Start on your journey toward a balanced wellness lifestyle and go for it! Book that soulful vacation NOW! 


1. Take A Solo Trip

Many of us don’t consider traveling alone. It can be scary and can also be really lonely. Yet, out of this loneliness and uncertainty, you can really get to know and understand yourself. Maybe you will discover you actually aren’t a morning person at all and love sleeping in. Maybe you will find a new hobby you love. Maybe you will find that peace or freedom you’ve been craving.


Without the opinions or input from others, you get to do you. You get to do what you want when you want. Sometimes that’s hard to find in our day-to-day. And sometimes you need that freedom to steer your own ship. You may also make new friends. Traveling alone offers abundant opportunities to meet other people - people you may not have had the opportunity to talk to or meet otherwise. So, try flying solo, you have nothing to lose.



2. Take In Nature

This can coincide with a solo trip or you can grab your best friend and head out for the weekend. It can be a big trip or a small trip, just for a night or for an entire month. You choose what you need. Find somewhere picturesque. Surprisingly, sometimes these places are right in our backyards. You may not have to travel far. Look up hikes or Airbnb in your province or state. Your soul may just need a reset. You might need a break from the big city or the regular grind. Maybe a cozy cabin tucked away in the woods? Or a relaxing houseboat that will rock you to sleep every night?


Nature is a beautiful accident. It has a calming effect on us. Surrounding yourself in greenery and spectacular views can bring things into perspective. It can remind you how lucky you really are. A new perspective can work wonders on the soul. Plus, nature is proven to improve mental health and well-being. Talk about a health and wellness lifestyle! Treat yourself to a hiking getaway amongst nature and reap the physical, spiritual, and mental benefits. It doesn’t have to be high intensity, just as long as you’re getting out there.


3. Chase An Adventure

Feeling stuck or bored? Maybe you need an adventure. Think surfing lessons, skydiving, hiking Kilimanjaro, or camping - something you’ve never done before! An adventure can ignite that fire and drive in you once again. Challenge yourself physically and mentally. Prove to yourself you can, that’s how you grow.


Has that fear of heights haunted you? Have you wanted to push back? Take that jump, literally. Sign up for skydiving or bungee jumping. Has it been a while since you tried something new? Have you allowed yourself to settle into your comfort zone? When was the last time you were uncomfortable? When did you push your limits last? Hike that mountain, or take that canoe trip. Break through the walls you yourself have built. Tear them down on your own hand, and let your spirit soar.


4. Sign Up For A Yoga Retreat

You don’t have to be a yoga pro to take a yoga retreat. There are so many options for this kind of retreat. There are even retreats that offer meditation, yoga, and surfing. So if you are interested in yoga but it’s not necessarily what you want to spend all your time doing, try a combo retreat. Make sure to research your retreat beforehand to know what to expect.



6. Challenge Yourself To A Silent Retreat

Silent retreats are becoming all the rage. Surprisingly, they can be pretty beneficial for your soul and your mind. They are challenging and intense though. If you want a relaxing and easy-going vacation, this probably isn’t for you. A silent retreat allows you to venture deep inside yourself. Preparing yourself is necessary for a silent retreat. Do your research well in advance and before signing up. Know what you are getting yourself into.


If you do decide to try this out, be kind to yourself. Take it as an opportunity, and don’t give in to negative self-talk. You got this! Go find your inner peace. Push the edges of your comfort zone so that the whole world can fit inside it.


7. Reconnect With Your Roots

Ever wonder where your ancestors lived or what their lives may have been like? Learn about your family. It can offer insight into not just your soul, but your relatives’ perspectives and views as well. Catch a glimpse of your past. Ground yourself with this new information.


Keep this information as a cool souvenir for the rest of your life. Best of all? You can share it with your family and the people you love. Re-ignite those connections, and dip your toes in the past.


8. Volunteer Across The World

Helping others helps you. You have probably experienced it before - that sense of reward and instant gratification after you have helped make someone else’s life better or easier. The best part is that you can travel and experience new things while volunteering abroad. Help others or give back to mother nature. You choose.


A volunteer vacation can fill your soul and lift your heart. Let these emotions in. Let them change you. You will grow and become better for it. Again, there is so much variety for volunteering abroad. If you are an animal lover, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. If you love people, check out teaching in Asia or Africa. If you want to give back to nature, check out tree planting organizations. Find your way to give back and feed your soul all-in-one.


Go Book Your Soul Vacation!

You may have been contemplating it, perhaps mulling it over. There is no better time than right now. If you want to lead your best holistic health and wellness lifestyle, take time for yourself. Give your soul what it craves.


Go on that solo adventure. Sign up for that retreat. Push through your comfort zone. Find your roots. Bask in nature. Let yourself live, and allow light to shine into your soul. This summer is your time.

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Q. How do I reach Manali from Shimla?

A. Himachal Pradesh transport operates a day AC bus from Shimla to Manali (departure at 9). Will reach Manali at 6 pm. Charge 450+. Non AC operates at night. If direct bus not available catch a bus to Mandi, from there lots of buses available to Manali.


Q. Where can I find Malana cream in Manali, India?
A. The real Malana Cream, you will only find in Malana Village. You might find it in Manali also but there are good chances that you might get scammed. That is why I would suggest you go to Malana and get it.


Q. Is snowfall possible in Manali in the first week of January?
A. There is a very high chance you shall get to observe snowfall in that time of the year. However, just keep in mind that there is also a very high chance that you will be stuck inside your hotel for days just due to snowfall. First few hours of snowfall looks really amazing, after that it becomes really annoying.