Travel Southeast Asia for Personal Growth Development

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Yin yoga classes were plentiful in Ubud, Bali. I really enjoyed the Yoga Barn.

Erika Awakening is a part-time travel blogger and digital nomad. Happily, due to her location-independent entrepreneurship, she has the freedom to travel the world for weeks at a time. During the fall of 2013, Erika Awakening traveled to Southeast Asia. She intended to spend most of her time in Bali, Indonesia. But the Universe had other plans for her. It turned out her ex was in Saigon, Vietnam. And so she had an unexpected detour to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Read on to learn about the value of ditching your plans.

Travel Southeast Asia Can Help You Simplify Your Life in 30 Days

We kicked off the trip to travel Southeast Asia with an intention to Simplify Your Life in 30 Days. My plan was to record this brand new 30-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge on location in Indonesia. And also visit Malaysia and Singapore before returning home. You can read more about our intention to travel Southeast Asia and simplify our lives here:

Simplify Your Life in 30 Days: Do Less and Accomplish More

Discovering Yin Yoga by Traveling Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a mecca for the yin-style yoga that Erika Awakening practices and loves. Thus, we traveled to Ubud, Bali to the famed Yoga Barn. And we sampled some amazing yin yoga classes with some talented yin yoga instructors.

If you haven’t yet learned about yin yoga benefits, it’s time to try it! Yin yoga is fantastic for healing the body, releasing tension and stress, maintaining flexibility, and generally feeling good. Yin yoga is an essential element in anyone’s personal growth transformation repertoire.

You can read more about yin yoga in traveling Southeast Asia here:

What Is Yin Yoga?

Travel Southeast Asia to Enjoy the Benefits of Thai Massage

Erika Awakening is a powerful healer who incorporates massage into her personal growth transformation practices. Her favorite kind of massage is Thai massage. Like yin yoga, Thai massage helps to maintain the flexibility of the body. It also uses the same acupuncture pressure points as does Emotional Freedom Technique. So Thai massage is a very helpful complementary personal growth transformation practice for emotional release.

What Is Thai Massage?

Travel Southeast Asia to Experience Personal Growth Transformation in the Holy Water

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A holy water pond at Tirta Empul near Ubud, Bali

Another great reason to travel Southeast Asia is the spirituality. Temples abound, and so we visited the Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple near Ubud, Bali. Erika Awakening dipped her feet in the water at Tirta Empul, and this is what happened:

Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple in Ubud, Bali

Who Would You Be Without Your Story? Personal Growth Transformation While Traveling Southeast Asia

Travel is a fantastic personal growth transformation tool for seeing new perspectives. Perhaps when we are always in the same place, the stories we tell ourselves about what we can or can’t do seem very real. Now we are in a brand new environment and sometimes it’s easier to see a new perspective:

Who Would You Be Without Your Story?

Travel Southeast Asia and Personal Growth Transformation through Forgiveness

Erika Awakening was traveling alone in Southeast Asia, which gave her lots of time to contemplate. She also found herself in plenty of “scary” situations. So she used Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) and forgiveness mantras to tap into her faith. Having some powerful forgiveness mantras is a fantastic personal growth transformation practice. You will be amazed how much more empowered you feel with a few of these in your back pocket. (These mantras came in especially handy later in the trip when Erika Awakening ditched her plans and ended up traveling with no helmet all over the island of Phuket, Thailand on scooters with strangers.)

Simplify Your Life with Forgiveness Mantras

Travel Southeast Asia But Ditch Your Plans! Personal Growth Transformation Sometimes Surprises Us

Erika Awakening intended to spend most of her 30-day trip in Bali. The Universe had other plans. Nothing was working in Bali. Hotels were booked up, travel websites failed. Erika Awakening was super frustrated until she realized … she wasn’t meant to be in Bali. Then the travel Southeast Asia trip started to get really exciting!

Ditch Your Plans

Travel Southeast Asia with An Open Mind: You May End Up Somewhere Different than You Planned

After a fabulous detour to the island of Phuket, Thailand with motorbike rides from perfect strangers … the Universe made it clear the adventure was not over yet. Erika Awakening put it all on the line to follow her intuition. This led to a surprising in-person meeting with her ex in Saigon, Vietnam. The intention Erika Awakening had for this meeting was healing of the relationship. Unfortunately, her ex showed up to the meeting in body only. Still, it was an important step in the right direction of ultimately healing this relationship.

Saying What the F@*&

Travel Southeast Asia: Unexpected Detour to Cambodia and the Magnificent Ruins of Angkor Wat

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Exploring the ruins at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia as a location-independent entrepreneur.

Erika Awakening continued to follow her intuition and ended up in Cambodia. Traveling by land through the beautiful country of Cambodia, first to Phnom Penh and then to Siem Reap.

Although this part of the trip was seemingly “unsuccessful,” Erika Awakening felt happy anyway. That is because she was fulfilling part of her life purpose. Plus she got to see the magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat. Erika Awakening muses on what really makes us happy even under seemingly adverse circumstances here:

Why You Are Not Happy (And What to Do About It)

Travel Southeast Asia: How to Become A Location-Independent Entrepreneur

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Sunset in Langkawi, Malaysia. One of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen, and it’s all yours as a location-independent entrepreneur!

If you are lucky, your personal growth transformation journey just might lead you to the door of financial and location freedom. Feeling grateful for her freedom upon return from what turned out to be a seven-week travel through five countries in Southeast Asia, Erika Awakening teaches how to become a location-independent entrepreneur or digital nomad without sacrificing your lifestyle. You just might get to enjoy sunsets like this one that she relished in Langkawi, Malaysia.

How to Become A Location-Independent Entrepreneur


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