On Monday March 25th, we gathered together to discuss religious travel. A $20 billion a year industry held us captivated as we discussed spiritual journeys and attending services on the road.
HOW DOES TRAVEL AFFECT YOU SPIRITUALLY?
@cindyrichards Everything about travel is inherently spiritual–learning new cultures, reconnecting family, the zen of dealing with delays.
@CarolYemola It is awesome to see a world full of variety that is shared by all of us!
@tibstravel My eyes open wider and my mind stretches to spiritual possibilities when I travel.
@Chaotic_Barb I think expanding your horizons can help you grow spiritually. Don’t you?
@mimitravelz Enjoying & appreciating nature/creation makes me feel close to God.
@janettwokay When traveling with my family, I get those, “I’m so lucky to be alive” moments. Such a spiritual connection there.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR RELIGIOUS OBSERVATIONS/TRADITIONS WHEN YOU TRAVEL?
@Chaotic_Barb Youngest was very concerned there would not be Mass on the Cruise ship for Easter. Had to assure him.
@MaryHeston I love visiting different churches in different towns/countries
@autiglobetrot We try 2 find festivities & participate wherever we go (outside of our own religion)to teach our kids tolerance.
@MaryHeston In the UAE there was a church with services in 10 different languages.
HOW DO YOU OBSERVE/HONOR OTHER RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS WHEN YOU TRAVEL?
@CarolYemola It is good to research before you leave so you are prepared for your destination’s religious traditions.
@CindyRichards Religious culture & sites are always on our itinerary. Impossible to understand cultures w/out seeing them.
@janettwokay If I’m traveling with others, I love attending their services. It’s a fun way to learn about them.
@allierose In some cities I like visiting the older churches because of the history and being part of the community.
WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF A FAITH JOURNEY?
@CindyRichards If you believe, as I do, that travel is always spiritual, then all journeys are faith journeys in one form or another.
@mimitravelz Visiting a third world country to build schools, bring supplies, etc.
@TibsTravel For another faith journey I want to try a silent retreat. Contemplative time in hiking place.
@kimorlando A yoga retreat I took a few months ago was a faith journey. Contemplative. Unselfish, Quiet. Was able to listen.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN OTHER RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS TO YOUR KIDS WHEN YOU TRAVEL?
@janettwokay If I can answer my kids’ questions, I do it on the spot. Otherwise, I enlist help of someone more knowledgable.
@jspd We encourage our kids to respect but explore other cultures and traditions
@allierose I love reading blogs where someone retraces a journey. “Rd to Damascus”
WHAT SPIRITUAL DESTINATIONS ARE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? WHY?
@allnclusiveblog The Mayan Ruins (stories of human sacrifice remind people not to take religion too seriously.)
@ionmyadventure Israel, Rome, Turkey – Birthplace of Christianity to see Biblical places woud be fascinating.
@autiglobetrot Peru,Thailand and Cambodia since they have many religious places we have not seen.