It’s not always for parties and fun that people travel internationally; sometimes it’s to experience bliss and inner peace. Wellness travel is all about having awe-inspiring yogic experiences to help you achieve health and well-being goals.
You may be a yoga beginner or an experienced yogi, there’s no better place to practice yoga than in a beautiful, exotic location. Your yoga travel destination doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can always plan your finances and travel on a budget. There are quite a few exotic yoga destinations around the world, which you can easily afford. While you may have got all your travel expenses covered through your savings but getting a travel loan as a safety net for emergency situations is recommended.
Highlights of a Great Yoga Destination
- Beautiful setting
- Amazing culture
- Incredible outdoor adventures
Keeping these criteria in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best yoga destinations around the world.
The Himalayas has something to offer to all kinds of travellers – from spiritually-inclined souls to adventurers, from explorers to nature-enthusiasts. With its beautiful lush forests, snow-capped peaks and secluded valleys, it provides a perfect setting to medicate and embark on a soul-searching, life-transforming journey.
The region is dotted with many Tibetan monasteries and Hindu temples. You can also indulge in outdoor activities like trekking, water-rafting, mountaineering, etc.
Costa Rica is one of the best exotic yoga destinations in the Americas. The dense jungles, spectacular mountains, and pristine beaches make Costa Rica a perfect place for the yogis.
Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. It is the world’s most biodiverse terrain and that gives plenty of options for activities like trekking, and volcano climbs.
Bali offers excellent opportunities to meditate and pray. It is a perfect place for spiritual sightseeing. People in Bali follow Balinese Hinduism and their temples are extraordinarily beautiful. People prepare offerings and place them in temples and in their homes.
Although the streets of Bali are chaotic, you can easily find a quiet rice field where you can peacefully ride your cycle or walk. On the northwest coast of the island is a small fishing village that is known as the best snorkelling and diving spots. Other outdoor activities include climbing the volcanoes, surfing or taking a stroll on the beach.
If you are looking for a place with an ample amount of sun, sea, and sand, Portugal is the place for you. It is budget-friendly and offers excellent yoga retreats and divine cultural experiences. With a beautiful coastline, Portugal offers a blissful and relaxed experience. If you have the hunger to explore ancient places, the medieval walled cities and the romantic architecture are sure to mesmerize you. Portugal is high on water sports. The outdoor activities include surfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Croatia comprises of the pristine coastline, glimmering waters, white-stone architecture and secluded beaches along the Dalmatian coast. You get to experience the rich culture of Croatia while taking in the beauty of nature as you practice your yoga. The nearby island of Brac has white pebbled beaches, quaint stone villages, and picturesque vineyards. At Croatia, you can truly connect with self through meditation and yoga. The outdoor activities include hiking, sailing, biking, windsurfing, caving, kayaking, etc.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of Thailand’s largest cities, Chiang Mai is far away from the hustle-bustle of Bangkok. It has a laid back feel to it, which is great for yoga. To the north of Chiang Mai is a small village of Ban Si Bunreuang, which is surrounded by lakes, forests, and rice fields with picturesque mountains as the backdrop.
Samaná, Dominican Republic
Samaná is a secluded paradise nestled on the northeastern shore of the Dominican Republic. It is where the coast meets the rainforest. It has brilliant white sand beaches that stretch along the Atlantic. The dense forests and the white beaches make Samaná a paradise for yoga lovers.
When not on your mat practising yoga, you can bask in the sun, lounge at the pool or curl up in a cabana. Outdoor activities include Catamaran tours, parasailing, ziplining, hiking, and horseback riding.
Big Sur, California
Big Sur has been attracting yogis for more than a decade now. This picturesque coastal destination is known not just for yoga, but also for the therapeutic massages, and creative and healing arts. The sulfur hot spring baths are like a giant shower on a cliff with constant waves hitting against it.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Practising yoga overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea along the Amalfi Coast is truly a spiritual experience. You’ll feel the spiritual connection when you hike on the Path of the Gods, which joins the beautiful hilltop town of Agerola with Nocelle as you soak in the breath-taking view of the coastline and the island of Capri. Towns like Praiano, Ravello and La Selva offer a perfect setting for a beautiful yoga adventure.
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