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Holy Land Pilgrimage: An Interview Author and Pilgrimage Leader Stephen Binz

Stephen is a prolific author with more than 50 books to his credit. We were lucky enough to catch him between travels and writing, to learn more about his most recent book: Holy Land Pilgrimage.

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Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Back from our 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. My heart is still in another world even though my feet are in California.
I knew I would experience emotions, but I also knew not to force it. Just sit back and let the Lord speak to me. I was unprepared…

What-if

What do I do if…

If you are like most pilgrims, you are probably wondering what to do if things happen on your trip. Rather than wonder, take a look through these frequently asked "What-ifs" and put your mind at ease. You miss a connecting flight, or your flight is canceled Don’t...
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Oh no! I Lost My Passport!

Losing a passport while traveling doesn’t have to ruin your overseas trip. There are a variety of ways travelers can protect themselves and obtain emergency replacements.

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Is it Safe: Traveling to and from the Holy Land

Anticipation “Oh, please be careful. It’s so dangerous over there.” I knew my friend meant well, but her words were not comforting. I was only a few days away from departing for the Holy Land and my nerves were already raw from packing, checking flights, reading...

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Do you have a pilgrimage story to share? Do you have some tips or tricks that might help pilgrims? We would love to see your stories and consider them for our blog.

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Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Back from our 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. My heart is still in another world even though my feet are in California.
I knew I would experience emotions, but I also knew not to force it. Just sit back and let the Lord speak to me. I was unprepared…

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We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

Today, Select International Tours and Cruises is excited to announce our partnership with the Catholic Feminist Podcast. We understand that the word “feminist” is not usually associated with “Catholic.” Which is one of the reasons we are so excited about this partnership.

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The God Quest: Faith-Based Travel

Exploring the difference between taking a vacation and making a pilgrimage.

By Denise Bossert

One of my favorite Bible stories comes from the book of Ruth. It is the prototype for all faith travel. It captures the mysterious dynamic of the life-changing pilgrimage experience.

When one stands in Bethlehem and looks out over Shepherds’ Field, the stories rise to the surface and people of faith cannot help but stand in awe, remembering.

Standing there, you remember the angels who sang to shepherds in that field, announcing the Messiah’s arrival, but you also remember the things of the Old Testament: the fall of Jericho and Rahab who helped save God’s people. You think of her son Boaz and Bethlehem where he lived. Your mind goes to Naomi who left Bethlehem and traveled to Moab (Jordan) with her husband during a time of famine and settled there until her husband and both sons died. But mostly, you think of Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Ruth provides us with a glimpse into the mystery of pilgrimage, what it is, how it changes us, the gifts it yields.

After Naomi lost her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem along with Ruth.

Ruth’s words to Naomi become the mantra of every pilgrim. Ruth looks over her shoulder at what she is leaving behind, and then she locks her eyes on Naomi and says, “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

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