Sustainable Travel

Soothing the Body and Soul Through Water

There are special waters that can soothe a weary traveler, ease the stress of modern life, and heal the body. Searching for these healing waters is a search for respite, even if just for a short time.
— By Pamela Grant

Water has been a source of healing for the mind and body for thousands of years, and some things never change. People still believe, so they go on quests to find the waters with special properties that time has not left behind.

There are healing waters flowing from an ancient underground ocean at Toskana Therme in Bad Sulza, Germany, and a disappearing Dead Sea in Israel. People today still seek out the thermal waters of Pamukkale, Turkey, following in the footsteps of ancient Phyrygians. There is the sacred oasis of the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs in New Mexico and the famous Huaqing Hot Springs in Xi'an, China.

As people search for true moments of relaxation in a hectic world, they find themselves stopping for a ...

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