This year, “ends of the earth” journeys has been quite the trend, as many travelers are flocking to more off-the-beaten-path vacation spots. Purpose? A spiritual detox, so to speak, and interestingly taking place in third-world-ish, bohemian-minded, backpacker-friendly destinations. But why fling yourself all the way to South East Asia when you have all the goods in Sedona, Arizona? We’re talking the magical Red Rocks, psychics, UFOs, miles of sublime scenery, plenty of yoga studios, weird locals (in the best way possible) and, of course, the number of vortexes that are hot spots for energy. While Arizona is entering its low season, it’s the best time to go. Still feel like it’s super crowded with travelers hopping off tour buses for a few hours on their way to the Grand Canyon? We’ve got you covered.
On our recent visit, we hooked up with Mr Sedona, a tour operator offering private guides in the desert. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the ever-so-charming Jason, who took us on a hike only locals know, which eventually ended up at a cave in the middle of nowhere and atop an actual vortex. You don’t have to twist his arm when you tell him you want to go cliff jumping. He’ll take you to a spot only locals know. Seriously. Being with him is like being with a friend you’re visiting, so you’ll get the VIP treatment (and strawberries for a snack!).
Stay at the uber-rustic L’Auberge de Sedona, whose rates drop considerably for the summer. You’ll be one of the first people to brag about staying in one of their new vista villas or had a bite at their creekside restaurant with new chef. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, and if you see a UFO, please take photos. Ours came out a little blurry.