What did you get out of your last vacation?  While rest and relaxation are key components to unwinding, a vacation can be more than just a break from the rat race.  Here are five vacations that give you fresh perspective and expand your horizons.  You’ll be able to do some deep soul-searching and see the world at the same time.

Go Back to Your Roots

Learn about your family culture with a trek back to your ancestral roots. Consider Genealogy tours and do-it-yourself travel to explore your family’s hometown heritage – wonderful ways to discover something new while getting a glimpse of your past. Returning home after the trip with a greater sense of your family history is a souvenir that lasts a lifetime.

Head to the Farm

Get away form the hustle and bustle of the city with a farm stay.   Connect with nature and see the ins and outs of farm and food production; it may just be the vacation you need to kick start creativity and bring home inspired, healthier eating habits.

Take A Silent Sojourn

Push your comfort zone with a silent retreat vacation.  Disconnecting completely from the outer world and connecting to your inner world through silence and meditation can do wonders for your health.  Once reserved for monks or the religious sect, these vows of silence are the latest trend in vacations to nurture the whole self.  Silent retreats abound, so pick one and savor quiet – and inner peace.

Be Adventurous and Awestruck

From challenging yourself physically (Kilimanjaro hiking tour anyone?) to a Safari camping trip, these adventures make lounging on your beach towel a thing of the past.  Whether you need to get out of a rut, celebrate a milestone birthday, or perhaps reflect after a life-changing event, adventure vacations can jumpstart your spirit.

Volunteer Vacations

Helping others can help your health.  Volunteer vacations can send you on a world tour of foreign lands while working to improve the lives of communities that need your help. Whether you give to people or Mother Nature, a volunteer vacation can send your soul on a journey of the heart.

Get packing! Plan your next vacation and nurture your soul at the same time.