10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

Whole Journeys Trip to Peru (Photo: Whole Journeys)
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Peru (Photo: Whole Journeys)

Skip the self-help books, and let travel transform you. These 10 trips—from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland—will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.


Hiking and Wellness Trip, Peru

Why Go: Learn to live mindfully and get grounded in nature.

The Experience: Whole Foods Market's new travel company, Whole Journeys, takes you deep into the Andes Mountains to the center of Inca civilization on its nine-day Pachamama's Peru hiking and wellness trip. Trip guides help you discover the sacred in yourself and the sacred in the earth as you descend through ancient agricultural terracing, wander the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, and interact with craftspeople in a local market. Each day includes a life-balancing lesson taught by a holistic expert who gently nudges you into personal-exploration mode with meditation, yoga, and journaling. Ceremonies to Mother Earth connect you to natural elements and the apus, or spirits of the mountains.

The Payoff: "Peru itself is transformative," says Kathy Dragon, executive director of Whole Journeys. "Travelers return from Peru more connected to the earth and the mountains. It's grounding and inspiring at the same time."

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