Lori Erickson is one of America’s top writers specializing in spiritual travels.
If you want to take a trip that’s more than an ordinary vacation, follow her lead as she journeys to holy sites near and far.
On this site you’ll find suggestions for itineraries plus a potpourri of history, information, and travel tips. You can:
- browse topics via the search box or click on Spiritual Sites Around the World.
- subscribe to Lori Erickson’s newsletter.
- buy her books The Soul of the Family Tree (a book about tracing her Scandinavian roots and the life lessons of genealogy), Near the Exit (which is about places that have helped her come to terms with mortality) and Holy Rover (a memoir told through trips to a dozen holy sites around the world).
Whether you want to take an armchair pilgrimage, or one that requires a suitcase, Lori is an invaluable guide on journeys that can challenge, deepen, and change you.
Starting from scratch? Not sure what a pilgrimage is? Here’s some helpful background:
Why spiritual travels are growing in popularity
Top 10 reasons to go on a pilgrimage
From the Chicago Tribune’s review of Lori’s book Holy Rover: “[Erickson] spins a fine yarn and weaves in a mighty dose of insight along the way . . . And her explication — never settling for an off-the-shelf recounting or humdrum heard-it-all-before — digs deep, shining light on little-known nooks and crannies of the religion world’s most uncanny characters and sacred landscapes.”
Hawai’i’s Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery
The Sacred Quarries of Pipestone National Monument
Glastonbury: A New Age Holy Site with Ancient Roots
Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin
Vatican Necropolis Tour: A Visit to St. Peter’s Tomb
Lourdes: The World’s Most Famous Healing Shrine
The Surprising Spiritual Mecca of Crestone, Colorado
The Holy Dirt of Chimayo, New Mexico
Taize Community in France: Where the Souls Are Saved by Singing
The Transcendentalist Trail in Concord, Massachusetts
An Icelandic Pilgrimage: Searching for Scandinavian Roots
The Sacred Mountain of Bear Butte in South Dakota
The Arab-American Community of Dearborn, Michigan