Since a very early age I’ve been fascinated with foreign cultures and the world “out there”, far from the small Italian town I was born in.
When in 2001 I left Italy with a suitcase full of hopes and dreams, little did I know, what was supposed to be a short internship in sunny California turned into a career in travels.
I was privileged to spend the next 20 years between London and Los Angeles, exploring the most stunning places in the world while building a successful profession with top companies in the luxury travel industry.
Until, at the top of my career, a traumatic event made me fall into severe depression. I started to question everything: work, life, relationships – anything that was having an impact on the person I was.
All this brought about a period of deep inner questioning and a different dimension to my travels. I was no longer traveling to explore destinations, but to explore myself. Each place I explored revealed something new about myself and my inner desires.
During that time, I learned the importance of energy and how to use it in my daily life. And before I knew it, I certified in Reiki.
Next, I discovered the power of my mind, and its connection to my body and soul. Learning how to rewire my mind to overcome depression and disempowering thoughts was a huge awakening.
I trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), meditation and mindfulness, becoming a certified practitioner.
I continued to expand my knowledge specializing in Positive Psychology and Wellness.
As my new, unexpected path unfolded before my eyes, some of the world’s most brilliant minds magically entered my life. For a few years I immersed myself in the knowledge of world-renowned life coaches such as Tony Robbins, Michael Beckwith, Kyle Cease and Gabrielle Bernstein, who all contributed to changing my life on different levels.
The more I travelled, learning and progressing along my journey of discovery, the more I noticed how many others all over the world were at a crossroad in their lives too, stuck in their own circumstances, yearning for focus and direction but struggling to move forward.
As my new life unfolded, a new sense of purpose emerged, directing me to a new calling: helping others achieve a happier, more balanced and meaningful life through travels.
A Wonderful Planet – Transformative Travel is the result of 20 years of travels and personal development studies that brought me from depression and a successful but unfulfilling career to manifesting a fulfilled, balanced and meaningful life.
My purpose is to offer retreats that truly nurture people, eliminating the distractions of everyday life that prevents many from tapping into their inner voices.
By incorporating holistic modalities, positive psychology, mindfulness, meditation, and other activities, each retreat is carefully designed to promote wellbeing for mind, body and soul.
The addition of a 30 Day post-trip wellbeing program was created to support individuals after a retreat, providing the advice and the help to continue the journey towards personal transformation and wellbeing.
It’s so easy to go on a retreat full of good intentions about how your life is going to change when you return home. Then you get back to work, open your inbox and stress slaps you around the face all over again. You’re thrown back into your old stressful routines with barely any time to think. And all the benefits of the retreat fade away as you fall back into your usual life.
My retreats are designed to overcome that backward step, providing long-lasting benefits upon your return home.
Imagine going to a far-flung exotic destination and immersing yourself in activities to stimulate and energize your mind, body and soul. You could give yourself time to detox, to learn new skills, to get fit or to improve some areas of your life.
And when you return home, build on the positive changes from the trip with a unique 30 day program, designed to bring wellness to your daily life with a newly-discovered conscious approach.
It’s been scientifically proven that it takes 30 days of focused action to create a new habit and begin to change your life.
How would you like to change yours?
Transformative travel works as a catalyst to help individuals learn more about themselves and the world they live in, while at the same time promoting inner growth and wellbeing.
The travel experiences we offer have been exclusively designed to stimulate and balance the connection between mind, body and soul. Why?
Recent studies have shown that there is a connection between how the mind and the body work together. Every time we have a thought, we set off a cascade of cellular reactions in our nervous system that influence all the molecules in our body in a positive or negative way.
Now more than ever the combination of mental, physical, and spiritual wellness is undeniably important. Mental health has finally gained worldwide attention due to a steep increase in mental issues affecting most of our modern societies.
For decades, we’ve been told to focus on the physical factor of wellness: healthy eating, being fit, showing an attractive appearance. But as our daily lives become busy with work, responsibilities and the stress that comes from it, it gets harder and harder to achieve mental and spiritual wellness which is a key element to attain a balanced life. Health is no longer just the absence of disease or symptoms; it becomes a state of optimal wellbeing, where mind, body and soul are aligned.
The ultimate wellness is no longer just a fit body, but the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth, and balance between mind body and soul. Travel has often been considered a way to escape from daily life’s problems. But what if it could be a tool for growth and personal development to make one’s life better?
It’s not a coincidence that when we travel we are in a state of happy flow, and we tend to be more receptive to learning and experiencing new things. When we leave our everyday environment, with all the distractions and the habits that come with it, we become more open to new situations that have the potential to inspire transformation within ourselves. We are free to explore old passions, new interests, reconnect with our life’s priorities, and change our perspective.
Our curated experiences and retreats are designed to promote wellbeing and personal growth while immersed in stunning locations. Luxury boutique hotels, healthy cuisine, and a wide range of activities and therapies to awaken the senses are at the core of our offering. Each retreat program can be tailor-made to suit your wellness needs in terms of length of stay, nutrition, holistic treatments and activities, to satisfy your every desire.
Below are some of the elements included in our programs to help align mind, body and soul:
We are not for everyone.
Our journeys are for those who are ready to explore themselves and not just the world around them.
We are for those wanting to reconnect to their inner voice, for those chasing spark in their life, for those willing to embrace change.
Or simply for those who feel the time has come to get out of their comfort zone.
We are for those who are ready to live, explore and evolve.
We believe in a different way of exploring this world. We want you to explore it, from within yourself.
We initiate transformation through travel knowing that wellbeing comes from within, when mind, body and soul are in balance. Therefore the more you connect these 3 elements and engage in activities that stimulate mind, body and soul, the more you will benefit from it.
We encourage you to dive deep into cultures, to meet and talk to locals, to understand their culture and their lives first-hand. All of our programs include activities or Q&A sessions with locals.
We prompt you to explore your inner world, your soul’s dreams and passions.
Whether it’s photography, cooking, meditating, journaling or more, our activities are designed to awaken your creative side and bring out inner talents, to awaken that part of you that your everyday life may have made dormant.
Ultimately, we want to help you discover a new spark for life and your infinite potential in beautiful locations worldwide.
The founder and director of A Wonderful Planet has 20 years experience in the travel and hospitality industry, gained with international luxury travel companies. She is also an accomplished travel photographer and a wellbeing expert with in-depth, first-hand knowledge about transformation and wellbeing.
We believe there is nothing wrong with spoiling ourselves with a bit of luxury in life. From comfy beds at luxurious boutique hotels to spa treatments and healthy meals, we want you to feel special. Because you are.
We don’t support any companies engaging in animal’s labour, ivory sales or other activity aimed at harming animals. You won’t ride abused elephants nor take selfies with drugged tigers with us.
Instead, you could spend a night watching and feeding rescued elephants from the comfort of your hotel’s bedroom as you watch them roaming free in their own natural habitat and falling asleep at your doorstep. That’s the kind of encounter we promote with these majestic, gentle creatures.
Nature is the world’s greatest healer. It’s where we are once again complete and reborn. When was the last time you stopped to listen to the natural sounds of the world? From the sound of crickets at night, to the flowing of rivers, you will experience being immersed in the soothing sounds of nature throughout most of our journeys.
Whether you join our small exclusive groups or choose to travel privately on our tailor-made programs, you will find a journey that will transform your perspective about yourself, your life and the planet you live in. Click below to start: