The Contemporary Pilgrimage
These journeys are not what they used to be…
The Contemporary Pilgrimage – It’s not what it used to be…
It is not always easy to tell the difference between pilgrims and tourists. Both may be found visiting sacred sites, and both may aim to prolong the experience or retain its benefits by recording their journey and bringing back souvenirs. In many cases, there may be no clear purpose as this is something that may only emerge as a journey progresses. It is not unusual that what was intended as a pilgrimage turns into a more secular experience.
The Holy Land still acts as a focal point for the pilgrimages of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and connect personally to the Holy Land.
Many people today are still following the more traditional pilgrimage journeys but they are now traveling more in groups, and from a prospective of discovering the destinations than from a place of personal spiritual renewal. Larger groups are making their way together to the main religious sites of various faiths. They all have personal reasons for joining the group trip, but many people are going to commune and fellowship with like-mind believers of their faith. They are more like tourists in many cases, than what our ancestors did on religious pilgrimages.
This website is designed to inspire you to find your dream journeys where you can celebrate your personal, organization, or group milestones in ways only you will cherish.
Milestone Celebrations are deeply personal and even if you do not know what you want to do, where you want to go, or how you want to celebrate on this special trip, we can help inspire you to choose elements, destinations, types of trips, and key activities that fit you and your style of travel and celebration.
- If you are not sure where you want to go, start by looking at the suggested itineraries for your particular milestone. These options are designed to stimulate your thoughts about your specific type of milestone you are going to celebrate.
- You can also peruse the travel by interest itineraries that are designed around passions and styles of travel.
- Perhaps you already know where you want to go for this very special milestone celebration. In that case you can choose your dream journey itinerary from our travel by destination itineraries.
- Don’t see what you really want? - That’s definitely okay! We love nothing better than to create a custom itinerary based on what you love to do, your personal style of travel and destinations that will excite your senses and transform your dreams into spectacular memories.
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Our group is a secular one that wants to visit the great religious sites of the world. We have members from all faiths who share a common love of religious histories. We love to travel together in fellowship and love. Celebration Escapes has vast knowledge of the religious & Spiritual destinations of the world. We love them because they not only handle everything but they create unique and interesting itineraries that allow us to explore the differences and similarities of these religions and their historical sites and shrines.
~ Bao & Shu
As a spiritual Coach I like to plan journeys for my clients that take them to places of religious and spiritual significance. I also want our experiences to be fun and have a strong focus on the fellowship of our group. Celebration Escapes understands how to blend our itineraries so that we have the perfect mix of purpose for our trips and explorations.
Celebration Escapes is a premiere company that focuses on their clients travel desires. We love that. We are a little different than some groups because we are looking for trips that have a basis in religious and spiritual sites but we also want to have a great time together exploring many sites in each destination. They get us - Every trip we take gets more and more exciting!
~ Jacob & Abigail