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The 10 Most Sacred Places on Earth

Every single person who has traveled at least once in his life has said that traveling is by far the best investment, intangible as it may be. However, while it’s not something you can hold on to, lik

Every single person who has traveled at least once in his life has said that traveling is by far the best investment, intangible as it may be. However, while it’s not something you can hold on to, like real estate or jewelry, the investment is the memories you'll acquire from your trip and the learning experiences that will undoubtedly make you a better, more interesting person.

Traveling opens up a whole world of possibilities that will teach you great lessons. First is how to handle your pocket money. Whether you're on a budget tour or a lavish one, the fact of the matter is, you have to handle your own money, whether you're using hard cash, credit cards, or traveler’s checks.

You'll also learn how to pack in as many items of clothing that you can bring without exceeding the luggage space or weight limit. Packing light is the smartest way to go, especially if you're lugging around your own bags.

More concretely, traveling enables you to learn about the country’s different cultures and traditions, so different from your own, which is what makes it utterly fascinating. What is beautiful in one culture may not be considered so in another and discovering these diverse practices is what makes the travel experience so enriching.

Lastly, everyone needs to take a step back from the humdrum of everyday life and recharge our batteries. Traveling to a place so unlike home is sure to teach you a thing or two about life. Although, going shopping and seeing museums is not the only way to unwind. Going to a spiritual place is even more ideal for the occasion. Yes, some sacred sites might be a little harder to get to than others, but the experience and positive energy that can flow into you in these places may well be worth the money and the effort.

Here’s a list of the world’s most sacred places worth visiting, regardless of your religion or spiritual views. These are in no particular order because who’s to judge which place is the holiest?

10 Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia

9 Bodh Gaya, India

8 Cenote Sagrado, Mexico

7 Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Turkey

6 Mount Kailash, Tibet

5 Mount Sinai, Egypt

4 Glastonbury Tor, England

3 Vortexes, Arizona

2 Mecca, Saudi Arabia

1 Jerusalem, Israel

One of the holiest cities in the world is also ironically, lacking in peace and order, due to clashes between Israelis and Palestinians. These clashes date back to Biblical times due to territory disputes. However, Jerusalem is still considered a sacred site by three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Among the three religions, it’s perhaps considered the most holy to Christians as it was in Jerusalem where Jesus lived, preached, and died. Literally millions of pilgrims travel to Jerusalem to walk where Jesus walked: to the room where the Last Supper was held; to the garden of Gethsemane where he was captured; down the Via Dolorosa, where he bore the burden of carrying his cross; and finally to Mount Calvary, where he was crucified.

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