You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy traveling, but it seems that Catholics might take more opportunities to travel than other Americans do. And Catholic travel has become a big business, leading to Catholic tourism companies and Catholic tourism websites to help us navigate our options. We know that traveling can be good for us, and for those we meet while we’re away. Travel can allow us to serve others, discover new educational and business opportunities, explore history, appreciate nature, interact with those of various cultural backgrounds, and relax. Today’s Americans like to multitask, so we often embark on trips with two, three, or even four or more of these goals in mind.
With so many things to do while we are traveling—and in a different environment—it can be easy for us to veer from our usual course. We can let healthy diet, exercise, and other elements of our regular routine slide while we are away. However, planning and bringing resources can help! To keep our health on track, we can bring nutritious snacks and plan to prepare some of our own meals while we travel, and we can plan to walk, climb, and perhaps take advantage of available workout facilities. Similarly, with many distractions while we are away from home, it’s up to us to take steps to keep our faith on track while we travel.
Here are a few concrete ways to prepare for a spiritually successful sojourn:
With a little bit of planning and preparation, travel can be an opportunity to renew our commitment to our Faith, allowing us to be present to God, no matter where we roam!
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