There are a number of points in our lives where we tend to grow more spiritually aware, or feel as if we’re searching for something more meaningful than the realities of everyday life. It’s at these times that many of us feel a calling to go on pilgrimage, such as when we’re first entering adulthood, reaching middle age or retirement. It may be a dramatic change in circumstances, such as bereavement or divorce that acts as a catalyst for going on pilgrimage. Either way, you’ll find you come back with some new, comforting experiences that will help you to move into the next stage of your life.
The second consideration you’ll need to factor in to your pilgrimage is which time of year to go. You may want to visit a place at a certain time of the year to enjoy a certain religious festival, or you may want to go at a time of year where the weather won’t be too warm or cold. All of these are practical considerations to take into account when you go on pilgrimage.
What if I’m leading a pilgrimage group?
Whether you’re a church leader or simply organising a pilgrimage for your group of people, you will need to take into account the circumstances of your fellow pilgrims. You will need to give them plenty of time to raise funds for the pilgrimage, and make sure that everyone is happy with the location of the pilgrimage.
ITS Travel will be able to help you develop an itinerary based on the needs of your pilgrimage and advise you on the best times to go. We’ll help you to pick a destination and all the religious sites you can visit, as well as any feast days, festivals or other religious events going on at that time.
Pilgrimages are a very healing experience for your congregation, and you may find that they receive the guidance and spiritual guidance and support they need, especially if they’re going through a difficult time.
For more information about ITS Travel can help you decide when to go on pilgrimage, simply call 0161 839 1111 or send us a message online.