“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller
From mission trips to pilgrimages to holy places, religious travel or faith tourism brings millions of people to places, attractions, retreats and conventions for the faith-based traveler. While many attractions in the Middle East and Asia appeal to millions of people the world over, nearly every country and community has a religious history to share—from historical figures to places of worship that have broad appeal to travelers.
People have their own reasons to travel. Some travel to explore the world or nature while some travel to follow their faith or religion. Religious Travel is done may be because its a part of their age old customs and traditions or just to find some peace in God’s Home.
Growing up in the Philippines, an intensely Catholic country, I have seen the extremes that people sometimes go to in the name of religion. “Stairway to Heaven,” a giant, outdoor stairway leading to a breathtaking replica of heaven, or how heaven looks according to traditional beliefs. Read moreAsia Experiences Religious Travel
Though it’s best known as a religious pilgrimage, walking the Camino de Santiago does not need to be a spiritual journey and people from all walks of life can and do take this adventure for different reasons. Read moreEurope Experiences Religious Travel
Islam is the second-most followed religion after Christianity. Out of the 195 countries on Earth, 56 have a Muslim majority and are governed by Muslims. Read moreThe World Insights Religious Travel History Humanity
India cradles an ancient and spiritual culture that draws visitors from around the globe. Spiritual experiences in the country range from temple visits and yoga retreats to 10-day silent Vipassana meditations. While India is best known by tourists for wonders like the Taj Mahal, our six-month sojourn brought us to … Read more Read moreIndia Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
A half hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh, the tiny Western Pennsylvania town of Harmony, with a population of fewer than 1,000 people, has an unusual history that makes for a fascinating visit. Read moreUnited States Religious Travel History
Strolling through the southern Spanish city of Sevilla on a sunny early spring day, the sweet smells of orange blossoms surround you as they waft through the air. These fragrant fruit trees flourish in the cobble-stoned streets and bring color to the beautiful Royal Alcázar of Seville. Read moreSpain Religious Travel History
For the Vatican and the City of Rome, Holy Week has been eerily quiet. The thousands who generally flock to St. Peter’s Square have stayed away because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the Pope will be celebrating all services on his own with no audience. And the Vatican’s offices remain … Read more Read moreEurope Health & Wellness Insights Religious Travel
Entrance wall to the City of David in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints will explore Biblical history at the City of David, Namibia’s political, economic and natural landscape and small town treasures that offer a taste of Sicily and more. According to Hebrew tradition, the area outside of … Read more Read moreThe World Adventure Religious Travel Architecture History
When planning a trip to Asia, not many people consider Taiwan as part of their itinerary. But this small island off the coast of China has a lot going for it, in particular, the capital city Taipei. For a relatively small capital city – it has a population of just … Read more Read moreAsia Religious Travel Architecture Food & Drink
The Catholic Church in 1517 had developed a most excellent fund-raising scheme. Sinners were permitted to purchase “indulgences” to buy their way out of Purgatory. The Pope used the funds to purchase lands and for the the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Catholics were told that they … Read more Read moreEurope Religious Travel History