With all the time and money that goes into organising a pilgrimage to Israel, it makes sense that you want to ensure you get the very most from your time in the Holy Land. There are a variety of spiritual and practical ways to prepare yourself as much as possible whilst on pilgrimage to a truly unforgettable, spiritual experience that’ll stay with you throughout your life.
Enjoy the new people you meet
Here at ITS Travel, we regularly hear of families becoming lifelong friends, having first met on pilgrimage. Pilgrimages have a great capacity to bring together like-minded people who want to learn the word of God and delve deeper into their relationship with Him.
Take time to reflect
As well as taking photographs and videos throughout your pilgrimage, remember to take a few moments here and there to soak in the wonders around you. Whilst you’ll be following an itinerary, you should have some time to take to yourself and breathe it in.
You’re a Christian, not just a tourist
Even though you’ve paid a lot of money to be in the Holy Land, you’re not just a tourist. Rather than experiencing your pilgrimage with a sense of entitlement, live God’s expectations of you, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. . . . If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” —Galatians 5:22–25
Make sure you can keep up
Time moves all too quickly when you’re on pilgrimage, and slow-moving groups have to drop great experiences from their itineraries. Usually people are straggling at the back because they either can’t meet the physical demands of a site or they’re too absorbed in the current moment and don’t look ahead.
If you’re worried that a site will be too physically demanding of you, we recommend having a quiet conversation with your guide to make sure it won’t be too tough for you to enjoy with the rest of the group.
The Holy Land is a very warm place, with glaring sunlight and you’re going to probably be active far more than you are in your day-to-day life. It’s essential that you drink enough water to avoid dehydration, and maintain your energy. For that reason, seeds, nuts and other trail snacks come in very handy.
Take a look at your itinerary before every day
Reviewing your daily itinerary the day before is the perfect way to understand the religious and historical importance of the places you’re going to visit, and you can focus your mind on looking forward to the spiritual experience you’re likely to have there. Another reason to check your itinerary the night before is so that you can plan quiet, devotional times to be with God and reflect on your faith.
Here at ITS Travel, we’re passionate about helping you to enjoy a life-changing pilgrimage that will cement your faith in God. For more information about our pilgrimages to the Holy Land, call us today on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online.