5 Inexpensive Travel Locations That Will Rejuvenate Your Soul and a Video

During a particularly difficult time at work, working too many hours, too many days in a row – I felt like I was splintered inside. I was miserable and unhappy.  My well was empty and I couldn’t seem to figure out how to fill it.

Driving down the road, I saw a sign for a psychic.  I’d had some positive experiences with psychic’s in the past and was so desperate for help, I was happy to pull in and pay the $25 fee for a palm reading.

The psychic was young and beautiful.  We sat at a small table in dim lighting.  Incense were lit and wafted calming scents into the air.

I looked at her expectantly.  The psychic shook her head.

“I cannot read you,” She said.  “You are all gray.  I see nothing but a gray cloud around you.”

I left the small room and in the incense, realizing that I needed to discover the answers for myself.  When I wrote, Finding Yourself in a Suitcase, several of those discoveries were revealed.  Traveling was a huge part of rejuvenating my soul.  Here I have shared some of my favorite places.  Some are included in the book but some are shared here – secret gems, shared for the first time.

Sometimes the only way to reconstruct our life is to first allow yourself to fall apart so you can reassemble the pieces.

We don’t allow ourselves to break down.  By holding back, we are twisted into an unrecognizable self we pretend to know.

The Solution: Plan an escape to let go.

Sometimes the journey comes out of nowhere.  When it rings true, your heart will sing and you will know the correct door to walk through.

Get in touch with you.  Focus on one beautiful feeling at a time.  Stretching.  Pen on paper.  Cold water in times of thirst.  Hugs.  Gratitude.  A smile.

You Can Plan a Trip To Change Your Life – and if you are struggling in this area. Let Me Know.


5 Wonders in the World That Rejuvenated My Soul 

#1 – Rishikesh, India  -The Yoga and Meditation Capital of the world

Rishikesh, India Yoga/Meditation Capital of the World

#2 – Half Dome, Yosemite National Park – Climbing the Cables

Yosemite National Park

#3 – Mazatlan, Mexico- Watching the Sunrise

Mazatlan Mexico

#4 – Sacramento, California, to Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington – Riding the Train

Northern California Train

#5 – Woodside, Califoria – A Moment of Silence at the Filoli Estate


Think of places you have been.  Where have you lived your own Golden Scenes?  Where will you go next to rejuvenate your soul?

How to Travel for Practically Free

The United States is far and wide.  Each state seems to have something to offer.  Are you one of those people who would enjoy experiencing those peaks and valleys?

Here is how people are doing it without an income:

If you’ve been to a Walmart or busy intersection lately, you’ll notice there are people with signs, asking for donations.  People can make more money in a day standing on the corner than a week being paid minimum wage.  Additionally, they have time freedom.

They stay the night at Walmart with their RV and grab essentials as they are needed. Save the money for gas and it’s on to the next town.

I call it The Walmart Business Plan.

Just because you’re broke no longer means you don’t get to see this beautiful country we live in.

If you make a go of it, let me know how it goes.  And don’t worry, I won’t judge.

An Inspiring Video before we part ways…

If you’ve ever had an itch to rent a car for a few weeks and drive across the United States… you are going to enjoy this video as much as I did.

It makes me want to grab that goal and live it right now.

Roadtrip USA from Mike Matas on Vimeo.





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