The Launch :- Spiritual Radiance Tours

Spiritual Radiance Tours logo - 3 circles symbolizing the Mind, body and spirit coming together and forming a connection. The 7 colors are Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and magenta; representing the 7 chakras of the human body.Today, the day after a new moon, a full solar eclipse and Spring equinox, please allow me to present my new business venture – Spiritual Radiance Tours.

It has been my intention for the past few years to share my joy of travel. Within this time, I wasn’t sure what was the best method, in addition to this blog. The experiences I have gained by combining spirituality and travel has been life changing to say the least for me.

My journeys have taken me to various corners of the world, however, it has also taken me to the deep and sometimes dark corners of my inner world. Aspects of myself that I have neglected or forgotten. Aspects of myself that needed resolution. Aspects that I needed to accept as a part of me.

I am nothing without my past. I live in the present and embrace the future.

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2013 in Hindsight

Today is the last Friday the 13th for 2013, the 13th year of the 21st century, no less. With the last month of the year almost half over, I can’t help but to think of all that has happened and all that I’ve accomplished this past year. And let me say it’s been quite the year for me – EVER!

Let me elaborate a bit…

I started the year by ringing in 2013 on a ship (Quark’s Ocean Diamond), with 183 other travelers from around the world, in the middle of the waters between South America and Antarctica. After reaching my 7th Continent, I knew I will head back to South America, explore Chile, Argentina and Brazil, then head over to Asia and due to return back to Canada by end of July.

This is the framework I gave myself to work with this time last year. With these 3 return flights in hand:

YYZ – EZE – RIO – YYZ
SCL – IPC – SCL
YYZ – BKK – HKG – YYZ

Epic Journey 2013 - Plan for South America and Antarctica

Epic Journey 2013 – Plan for South America and Antarctica

Epic Journey 2013 - Plan for Asia

Epic Journey 2013 – Plan for Asia (a friend I must visit in Singapore!!)

In the end, I finally returned to my home to ‘stay’ at the end of August. My 2013 Epic Journey took me to 14 countries, by all modes of transportation; airplane, ship, boat, subways, buses (lots of buses), ferries, mopeds, trains, etc. If I had a pedometer, that would be one impressive record!!

By mid-April, this was my accomplishments in South America + Antarctica

By mid-April, this was my accomplishments in South America + Antarctica

By end of July, I conquered a bit of Asia.

By end of July, I conquered a bit of Asia.

My intention in the coming weeks and months is to share with you my experiences (spiritual and otherwise) while exploring these 3 continents on my own, as a Single Woman. The people I met are incredible and so are the stories we created together!

From this I hope to create a travel-loving community that will join me and explore other locales together (physically and vicariously) – intuitively, curiously while having lots of fun.

Let’s create memories together!!

She did What!?! ~ with Bela

Single Woman Travels! (SWT) is a place to inspire and motivate women (and men) around the world to travel. She did What?! is a monthly series of Q&A – asking women around the world to share their past travel experience. From this, I hope a few more women who are on the brink of expanding their world will be inspired and motivated to turn their dreams into reality.

Bio…   Bela, I’m in Johannesburg South Africa and I’m a Compliance Officer but I’d rather run an institution for Holistic healing

SWT:     Where was the destination of your first solo trip?

B:          India

SWT:     How old were you?

B:          37

SWT:     Were you single or attached at the time?

B:          I had just asked for a divorce and had a lover ( jaw drop)

SWT:     What inspired the idea?

B:          The need to spiritually understand my connection to all that is Indian

SWT:     What was your trip style? (backpack, tour group, comfort, meetup with family/friends)

B:          Not much of a Back packer but I have no real preference

SWT:     What type of accommodations? (family owned, B&B, tents, if a hotel, how many stars)

B:          4 star hotels in Delhi, 3 star in Rishikesh (Ganges), 7 star in Goa (The Marriott). Although, it does not matter if it’s rough it’s an adventurous experience, the point is to see a different place and if you can’t afford luxury then do it anyway.

SWT:     How long was your trip?

B:          Two weeks

SWT:     Who looked after the logistics?

B:          Go India Tours – I was on my own with a driver and a tour guide would meet me at every location.

SWT:     If you planned and/or booked the itinerary, did you enjoy the process?

B:          Yes

SWT:     If you worked with a travel agent, how was the experience?

B:          They were great at helping out with the itinerary tweaking here and there to accommodate my needs and affordability.

SWT:     Would you / have you booked subsequent trips yourself?

B:          I now travel with friends so it’s a joint effort.

SWT:     What would you do different – in hindsight?

B:          Nothing.

SWT:     Did you feel comfortable traveling solo?

B:          Very much so yes, it gives you confidence.

SWT:    How much research did you do in advance?

B:          Not much just the average internet searches.

SWT:    What was the biggest surprise on the trip?

B:          My Ganges blessing experience, done on the male side which was unconventional but my driver escorted me.

SWT:     What did you learn about yourself during the trip that you weren’t totally aware of beforehand?

B:          I can do anything I put my heart and soul into.

SWT:    Was there any close calls or run-ins?

B:          A bomb in Delhi just after I left.

SWT:     Where is your next dream destination?

B:          Tuscany – Italy

Next time, we’ll hear from Serena who chose to travel on her own…

If you’d like to share your story, contact me! 🙂