Vacation With Meaning

Sandra Keros

We all need a little R&R from time to time. When I spent two months in Belize this past summer, I was able to catch up on some much needed downtime with a little adventure touring exotic sites steeped in ancient culture. 

Connecting with the gentle spirit of people who were so kind and giving made the whole experience unparalleled. I wanted to give back to the community who had welcomed me and shown me such kindness, especially the beautiful children, but I didn't know how. 

When my friend, Sallie Fraenkel, former COO of SpaFinder, told me about her new company, Mind Body Spirit Network, which combines exotic travel, self-care, and giving back, I had to spread the good word. As mentioned on her website, all events and trips are thoughtfully designed for women to "come together to expand their minds, engage their bodies, and enrich their spirits."

Check out Sallie's website, and peruse the descriptions of upcoming trips to beautiful Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. The one in Guatemala on January 15-20, 2016 has me particularly piqued. I've heard firsthand about how stunningly gorgeous Lake Atitlán is  (first picture shown above) and the remarkable quaintness of the colonial town of Antigua. 

Not only are you drenched in breathtaking scenery and ancient culture, you get to visit to a local women's textile cooperative, explore mayan shaman healings and help an indigenous town rebuild a school with recycled materials. And don't forget the amazing food! It's thoughtfully prepared by local women using local ingredients with handed down recipes way more delicious than any common restaurant. Yum! 

If you decide to go, let me know! No doubt it will be the kind of experience you will want to share with friends, family and soon wish to repeat.

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