It’s commonly known that travelling is good for the soul, but there are certain sites around the world with more spiritual significance than others. If you want to return from your adventures feeling like you’ve connected with higher beings, ancient races, and the world’s most powerful energy fields, these are the top ten places you have to put on your bucket list.
#1 Uluru, Australia
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is considered to be the spiritual heart of Australia. The iconic red rock is deeply sacred to the Indigenous Australian Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people, who are the traditional owners and custodians of the Uluru National Park. They believe that Uluru was created at the dawn of time by great ancestral beings. This sacred site is visited by thousands of travelers each year, and many claim to feel an immensely powerful spiritual energy surging through the land.
#2 Machu Picchu, Peru
The journey to this remarkable city of the Incas is undertaken by nearly one million people annually, all eager to glimpse the wonders of this incredible citadel. Not only is Machu Picchu a wondrous feat of architecture, the spiritual energy around the site is felt quite physically. The city contains many spaces once dedicated to the worship of the Incan sacred spirits, who were closely connected to the natural elements. Machu Picchu very much deserves its label as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
#3 Stonehenge, UK
This ring of standing stones set upon the Salisbury Plain in England is as mysterious as it is beautiful. A few facts are known about Stonehenge, such as that it was likely constructed between 3000-2000BC, and that it is almost perfectly aligned with the rising of the sun during the Summer Solstice. Yet a definitive reason for the stone monument’s origin has never been settled upon, generating many theories from Pagan worship to alien involvement. The allure of these sacred stones pulls in tourists and Neo-Pagans alike to admire and speculate.
#4 Sedona, US
Situated in the Arizonan desert, the town of Sedona is known as the New Age capital of the United States. It’s both a home and place of pilgrimage for countless spiritual seekers, artists, and healers. It’s commonly believed that Sedona is a center for vortexes—an invisible point where spiritual energies are at their highest point and the earth’s frequencies hum their loudest. The mystical landscape of rich red rock certainly does evoke a strong spiritual air.
#5 Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
This archipelago of four islands in the Arabian Sea is known as one of the most “alien” places on Earth. The archipelago is so isolated that it’s home to a high number of “endemic” species—that is, plant and animal life that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. One such species is the curious-looking “dragon’s blood tree”, whose red sap was once considered to be real dragon’s blood. Due to the otherworldly nature of Socotra, many visitors report having spiritual experiences here.