Travel can help and its close relative pilgrimage can increase your understanding of your place in the world and your path for meaning and importance. Life today is complicated and fast paced. Making time for a journey to broaden your experiences and contemplate your purpose and place in the world is a chance to free your mind and focus on the purpose of your life’s journey. You are guaranteed to make discoveries along the way, about yourself, about the human spirit, and the culture of the land you explore. A “pilgrimage” itself does not have to be for a religious context. Many people make pilgrimages, often to a shrine or place of significance, to experience spiritual enlightenment and deeper understanding of their beliefs. But it also can introduce you to more fun, joy, people, cultures and activities that you have never been exposed to before. It can be lofty or just joyous fun you are the creator of your adventure. You can create expansion, self-discovery, and broadening of your experiences of people, life, cultures and this human experience.
While most people start with some sort of goal or purpose in their travels or especially in a pilgrimage we don’t always get or understand our purpose. At other times we may just start out with wanting to have fun and relax and be surprised by the insights that develop. Sometimes, the purpose isn’t clear until reflection upon completion of the journey!