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Spirit Journeys Worldwide is all about experience, memories, and nurturing self-growth. We genuinely care about our customers, and ensuring that your travels leave you with everlasting memories and nostalgia, whilst providing rejuvenation and a new outlook when you’re back to the hustle and bustle of life is our aim. As a company that regularly organises trips abroad, we’ll take you through Three reasons why you need to be travelling !

       It broadens your outlook. A 2014 study from the Academy of Management Journal revealed that people who worked overseas were more imaginative and inspired than those stayed in the United States because of cultural immersion. Being exposed to different cultures and identities means that you’re naturally more likely to integrate with the locals, allowing you to think outside of the way that you usually would, and bouncing between different ideologies and ideas, aka ‘cognitive flexibility’. The more cognitively flexible you are, the more creative you are! Plus, you might learn a new language and sample some authentic food in the midst of it all. Psychologists have found that learning increases our brain activity, making us happier, especially when we’re learning something we enjoy.

City explore

     Immersing yourself in your holiday destination gives you the opportunity to get off social media. A 2016 study from the University of Pittsburgh showed that the more time we spend on social media; the more likely we are to develop depression. Also, the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media apps has a direct correlation to whether or not you feel stressed or happy. Social media has also been associated with low-self esteem. Give yourself a social media detox; enjoy every single bit of here and now.

beach relax

      Being at one with nature can actually improve your mental clarity. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers discovered that people who looked at a photo of nature for 40 seconds had improved focus and performance when completing their next task. Plus, it’s the perfect environment to take a breather, let go of stress and tension, and have some quality ‘me’ time.

Nature walking

So what are you waiting for? Let us help you plan your next adventure!

Spirit Journeys Worldwide is all about experience, memories, and nurturing self-growth. We genuinely care about our customers, and ensuring that your travels leave you with everlasting memories and nostalgia, whilst providing rejuvenation and a new outlook when you’re back to the hustle and bustle of life is our aim.

Our founder, Julia Macleay, was first bitten by the travel bug over 20 years ago and has since made safari travel arrangements for BBC Alba (she promises her name is in the credits), and won Scottish honeymoon/travel planner of the year 2015. We find out a little more about the lady behind her the brand…Awards Owner Julia

“Travel is my great joy of life and always has been. I love people to experience the world the way I see it,” she explains. “My greatest holiday is when I went sailing on the Star Flyer sailing ship with my 9-year-old son. It happens to also be his greatest adventure, and he still talks about it to this day.”

Julia Macleay and her son

Julia becomes audibly excited when she recounts a particularly memorable group of single women. “They came to Scotland on an Outlander tour. Some had never travelled alone before, only with their husbands, some were divorced and widows. It was a real challenge for them to travel alone. This group of ladies became friends, overcame their fears, travelled from the USA and Australia to Scotland, and had a fantastic experience!”

On Outlander tour

Of all the countries that she’s visited, India is her favourite. “The people there are kind and considerate, even though there is poverty and corruption. I have only ever seen kindness and great hospitality whilst I’ve been there.”

Whilst Macleay may be a champion of wanderlust, she also loves to share her own world with clients. “I am proud to be Scottish, although I have Irish ancestry as well, and take great pride in showing people around Scotland and Ireland.”

Her zest for life and upbeat personality is evident within her Scottish twang. “Life is too short to be unhappy, we all need to grasp opportunities and not let our fears hold us back.”

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