Staff Picks: Our Favorita Travel Destinations
Seek Retreat’s rockstar staff share favorite travel destinations and travel stories. It’s no surprise just how much we love to wax poetic about what makes our hearts sing.
From Aspen, Colorado to Venice, Italy, we at Seek love to pack up our travel mat and hit the road, hop on a plane and immerse ourselves in this big beautiful world. We’d love to hear your favorite travel destinations, your travel bucket list daydreams, what places light you up and get you excited.
Alex McAfee, Co-Founder: Aspen, Colorado ~ For its skiing, hiking, events (parties, opera, jazz fest and more), and tons of yoga.
Audra Stanley, Director of Operations: Charleston, South Carolina ~ Charming Charleston is a beautiful, historic city on the ocean with an amazing community of yogis and artists. Friday nights, you have a line out the door for a yoga class next to the line of people waiting to get into their favorite bar. Conde Nest voted Charleston the best city in the world for 2012 and best city in the United States for the past three years. Charleston has epic donuts, popsicle stands and to die for dining. Plus, Bill Murray calls it home.
Tess DiNapoli, Content Curator: Tuscany, Italy ~ This is a hard call for me; Greece is crying to me that I’ve cheated on her, England can’t be bothered, Paris was too fleeting, and the Amalfi Coast down south is just shaking her head, while more obscure places keep on smiling in their secret way, knowing their time in the limelight is just around the corner (there’s no hiding these days, after all.) I went to Tuscany for the first time when I was 16 and studied art/art history there when I was 22; I went further south in Italy in 2009. Tuscany called me back to Italy a fourth time in 2012 for my mother’s 60th; it was the must-see, must-take-her-to place and Tuscany became our solace from that summer’s heatwave; there’s nothing nicer than a salt water pool at an agriturismo style villa during a heatwave. What hasn’t been written about Tuscany? Not much. Tasting wine in Montepulciano, meandering labyrinthine narrow streets on steep hills, listening to the conversational cadence of my favorite language, or driving toward San Galgano at sunset bathes the landscape in gold, arriving at the ruins of a church with no roof just as an orchestra is rehearsing, studying the colors of the earth that shine through every painting in every museum… these adventures and memories make me not care how predictable my big, big love for this place is, because Tuscany gives you gold-leaf golden memories, and Italy keeps calling me back.
Nancy McAfee, HTML Guru: Venice, Italy ~ We loved that there were no cars, the narrow streets, the smell of the ocean, the historical richness, the language, music, smells, gondolas and the food! I usually do not repeat travel sites but Venice (and Italy) will be the exception.
Emily Mitchell, Sales Assistant: Maya Tulum in Mexico ~ Tulum is a magical place for me! I spent a week there for a yoga training in 2012. Well, full disclosure – I opted for a room at nearby Amansala, which shares the same lovely beach and coastline as Maya Tulum. Every morning I walked barefoot on the beach to settle into a breakfast at at Maya Tulum. Fresh fruit and a good pour of coffee prepared me for a very alert morning meditation and a rigorously playful master class! Even viewing those thatched roof palapas from my computer connect me powerfully to this place, and it’s amazing to know that thousands upon thousands of yogis have experienced powerful transformations in this space.
Alice Slater, Social Media Maven: London ~ for its art, theater, food, fashion, pomp and circumstance. The California Coast ~ From San Simeon through Bolinas, especially Big Sur and Point Reyes: windswept, breathtakingly dramatic, spiritual places – with wine tasting and artisinal cheeses. Yum! Harbour Island, Bahamas ~ With its crystal clear water, sugary beaches and nothing much else going on. Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica ~ sun, surf and cowboys – enough said.
Jacki Carr, PR & Media: Yosemite National Park, California ~ The mountains are breathtaking, the sequoia trees are enormously beautiful and the hikes are challenging! I have been twice. Every time, I feel a sense of awe, a reconnection sans cell phone service and a reminder to get outside way, way more.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Liz LaRocca, Brand Liaison: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica ~ I have been to Costa Rica multiple times in the past and can almost navigate myself around better than I can living in Los Angeles, but the time that was the most significant to me was when a friend and I drove to Matapalo in the Osa Peninsula.
The trip had been originally to venture down to see a music festival that was taking place in a nearby town… but when the fest turned out to be a bust we decided to drive further and ended up on the Osa coast. Since we had not planned ahead to be in Osa, we had not booked a hostel or hotel and therefore decided to camp out on the beach. We’d picked a spot that, as we later found out, was a coveted secret spot to the local surfers – essentially hitting the jackpot since we had prime realty in front of the pristine ocean. We were equipped with a few camping essentials to set up camp and planned to surf the next morning. Osa is absolutely gorgeous and reading about it won’t do you justice until you actually experience it. Flocks of macaw parrots and gangs of monkeys inhabit the surrounding jungle. This is the last remaining true jungle of Costa Rica, and it can only tempt your imagination to think what the country was like before tourists took over. I still use scenes of that weekend in meditation or the final savasana pose in yoga to put my mind in a place of pure serenity.