About Voyage & Soap
Welcome to Voyage & Soap, a comprehensive and ever-evolving guide to the world’s most glorious corners
Designed specifically for those who travel far and often, dabble in mindfulness and enjoy staying healthy, Voyage & Soap is dedicated to cutting through the noise and delivering you to your happy place. If, like us, you know that an honest wellness-travel recommendation from a like-minded soul is worth its weight in Aztec gold, and you’d do anything to have a few minutes of calm every day then you’re going to love these accessible, vibrant guides. They strive to steer, inspire and help you rediscover yourself wherever you are.
About Dimple Sthankiya, Founder Voyage & Soap
Quite simply, I believe we travel because we need to. Life isn’t designed to be lived from the sidelines so it seems fairly crucial that we regularly pack our bags and go see what’s outside of our front door. Home is still home when we return, but something in our mind, heart and soul has changed immeasurably. Curiosity is something that courses through my veins, ever since my first trip to India at six-years-old where I experienced a complete contrast to my life in England. My young self ate food that was impossibly exotic, wore outrageous clothes in exciting colours and saw people singing and dancing more. It was intoxicating and liberating all at once. I saw people living more adventurously and enjoying a more vibrant texture to life that I perhaps hadn’t seen as much at home in England.
Since then, I have dedicated my professional and personal life to the search for adventure and peace, in equal measure. Having lived and worked across five continents, I’ve tasted all sorts of cultures and customs, revelled in wild sensory experiences and stockpiled my confidence to bolster my wellness. I have long believed that travel is a sort of secret elixir that unlocks creativity and I always feel at my most capable when freshly returned from a trip. Travel inspires me to discard the ordinary and seek out the extraordinary.
There is a strength you gain from travel and engaging with new people that really has no rival; even when backpacking aged 19 through South-East Asia, when it was all tuk-tuks and plenty of poverty, a friend and I were welcomed with friendly faces and heart-warming hospitality wherever we went. It was one of the purest examples of true ‘wellness’ that I’ve ever experienced and I knew that, whatever it was that I was feeling, I wanted to feel it all the time.
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My wellness credentials
So what qualifies me to talk about wellness? Well, over the past 20 years, I’ve trained with some of the most esteemed and accomplished yoga and meditation masters (I’m a Yoga Alliance-certified E-RYT 500 hours yoga instructor and meditation teacher), and worked with thousands of clients ranging from CEOs, A-list celebrities to politicians and athletes. It’s a portfolio full of people at the top of their game wanting to take things to the next level, although I have of course worked with those wanting to turn a corner, including children, pregnant women, busy everyday people and even those serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
In addition I practice daily yoga and meditation, have undertaken numerous short and long term silent meditation and yoga retreats and challenged myself on various processes to better understand myself and the human psyche. During my 18+ years in the consulting and business world I have specialised in the arena of human performance, behavioural change and leadership mastery. It is this kind of exposure that has thoroughly tuned me into my fellow human being and taught me what really works.
I’m also a 2004 graduate of The Hoffman Process (an intense, condensed experiential programme that can speed up the healing journey) that helps you work out who you really are, freeing your mind up so that it can make conscious choices that improve your relationships with those around you. To find out more about The Hoffman Process read this article, it sums it up pretty well: The Hoffman Process
Why do we exist?
In a nutshell, we’re obsessed with travel and wellness. We want to create a hub for the best wellness-travel ideas and experts, healthy food & drink recommendations, and mindfulness tools. We want to be the favourite site for those that believe that health really does equal wealth. We want to enrich your life with all the colour, vibrancy and energy that this planet has to offer.
We want to become your go-to place for wellness-travel inspiration and where you turn to when your list of life goals needs a little update. We always trust our friends’ recommendations, so think of this as one, big circle of like-minded people chatting about which Boot Camp really blew their minds on their last trip to New York or which healer was the absolute bee’s knees in Tulum. Just good advice from enthusiastic people, with mindfulness at its heart.
We’re all about small, accessible, simple ideas that will help centre you and take the way you connect with life and others to new heights. We listen to your feedback and experiences and use them to build wellness products and services that inspire, energise and, most importantly, fit easily into your busy lifestyle. We want to help you build on a healthy habit and make wellness an easy, everyday activity. Our content is designed to become something you can’t – and won’t want to – live without.
Being good at what you do is easy, but being awesome takes practice. And we’ve been practicing.
Of course, we’re nothing without word of mouth and public endorsement. If you love what we’re doing and have friends that would like it too, please spread the word.