Metal symbolizes strength and determination, rarity and purity. Revel in humans’ long fascination with this malleable, precious material at The Gornji Ugao Tower in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Archaeologists only uncovered this medieval foundry several years ago. Then, to see how metalwork has evolved to its highest art form, take a tour of Geneva’s historic watchmaking workshops. Then purchase for yourself a piece of functional jewellery that will stand the test of time.
Commune with the ancient spirits and tune in to your inner voice deep in one of the world’s most ancient forests. Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, feels as if it’s inhabited by sprites, and is said to the the land of Robin Hood. Or perhaps you’re inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s soul-searching journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, but not up for too harsh of a hike? We recommend the Enchanted Valley in Olympic National Park, Washington State. So take a hint from the trees — get in touch with your roots, and reach toward the light.
Wash it away
As water morphs from vapour to liquid to ice, it creates highways much like the circulatory systems in our bodies, regulating all phenomena on our planet. Engage the power of this great shapeshifter to cleanse and transform yourself. If you need catharsis, head to the Iguazu Falls, straddling Argentina and Brazil. Made up of 275 distinct waterfalls, Iguazu sends mist up to the heavens, enveloping you in a refreshing embrace. If it’s serenity and clarity you crave, take a soak in the rejuvenating geothermal spas nestled among the fjords of Iceland.
Let it burn
Fire illuminates, warms, destroys. Sometimes growth is predicated upon erasure of past traumas. Standing at an elevation of 3,665 feet, Sakurajima in Kyushu, Japan is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. There, you can catch a glorious ash-and-lava show (from a safe distance, of course) almost daily. For the perfect marriage of flame and ethnic flair, let the rhythm of a fire dance course through your veins, or participate in a Hawaiian luau at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii.
Back to the origin
If the daily grind has you depleted, look to the earth for nurturing and nourishment. Get your hands dirty and still sleep in luxury at the Wharekauhau Luxury Lodge in New Zealand. There, join in the farm work, shear some sheep, and enjoy hearty locavore fare. For a purely pampering experience, we recommend Golden Haven in Calistoga, California. Its mud baths are famous for relaxing muscle tension, and its clay facials for purifying the skin.