With its back-to-school energy and crisper weather, autumn’s fresh-start vibes are perfect for travel. While summer vacations tend to lean toward relaxing and checking out, fall travel lends itself to wiping the slate clean, reflecting on life and gearing up for more productive times ahead. After all, September is the new New Years, right?
Here are my picks for the best fall vacation ideas to hit the reset button and get inspired for the season to come.
Gain perspective in the mountains
There’s nothing like a majestic mountain range to make you feel small and limitless at the same time. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, directionless or stuck at a crossroads in life, a date with nature is in order. Hiking, exploring and vista gazing will remind you to slow down and remember that compared to nature, we humans certainly don’t have it all figured out—and you don’t have to either.
Realign with a meditation or wellness retreat
Nothing says “reset” like a retreat. Head to a meditation retreat to clear the clutter from your mind and reconnect with what really matters to you. Or check out the many options for wellness travel that have emerged in recent years—yoga and detoxing are just the beginning. Don’t want to spend the cash? Give yourself a DIY personal retreat instead.
Tap into flow with a surfing adventure
Stave off the impending cold weather and head back to the ocean for invigorating waves. Fire up your brain and body by getting into an active flow state with surfing. Not a fan of riding waves? Any physical activity that allows you to tune out the world and forget that time exists will work.
Find clarity with a solo trip to the countryside
Self-reflection trips are best done solo, or with similar-minded travel buddies. Head to the countryside for quiet charm and just enough to do and see to keep you engaged, but not living by a bucket list of tourist attractions to hit.
Welcome a new chapter with a fall foliage escape
It’s not a fall travel inspiration list without mentioning fall foliage! A leaf-peeping trip is more than a beautiful escape. You can view it as a ritual to let go of what’s not working in your life and usher in a new season. As you’re gazing at the red, orange and yellow landscape imagine the falling leaves marking an end to one chapter and making room for a fresh new one.
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