Travel has long been a part of the life of faith geeks. They even have their own special type of travel, which is pilgrimage. Wikipedia describes pilgrimage as “a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs.”
Many faith geeks make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where they may have a spiritual experience as they walk the same ground that Jesus walked during his time on earth. Walking El Camino de Santiago to the shrine of St. James in Spain is also a popular pilgrimage for faith geeks.
Being a faith geek affects our actions and outlook while traveling, even if we’re not on a pilgrimage. A few years ago my husband and I went on a trip to Connecticut. We each took photos and when we got home shared them. My architect husband had photos of many buildings and close-ups of unusual windows and doors. I also had taken many photos of buildings, but the majority of them were churches.
For faith geeks who enjoy travel, the Spiritual Traveler series of guidebooks is a delight. Books in the series include one on Spain and one on England, Scotland, and Wales. There is also a book which focuses on Boston and New England as well as one for Chicago and Illinois. I have The Spiritual Traveler: New York City and it includes information about spiritual life in New York City and what to look for in New York’s houses of worship along with listings of many churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.
Armed with one of the Spiritual Traveler books, faith geeks can travel around the world and spend many happy hours exploring spiritual spaces.