Christian Travel

Christian travel opportunities exist for those that heed the calling of God to go somewhere and spread the Good News about the ability to be completely forgiven by God just for knowing and accepting His Son. These trips are often called missionary trips or assignments. In many cases a church congregation will support one or more people from their own church to travel to another country and complete a project, teach children, help a community or any number of compassionate service duties. These trips are not however, always supported by the church and an individual who is interested may have to raise their own funds and support to afford the airline ticket and place to stay while on assignment.

Many who desire to become missionaries should be patient, and persevere until God makes a way for the desire to become a reality. It is common for teens attending a local church or Christian schools to experience the reality of Christian travel. These missionary trips are usually short term in nature and require the parent to provide the funds necessary for the student. During the students' missionary assignments, they are exposed to extreme cultural differences, sometimes opposing religions, and a much more poverty stricken lifestyle.

Students that have experienced a missionary trip come back home with a deep sense of appreciation and blessing for the freedoms they have and the material luxuries they possess. It is not uncommon for a large percentage of those that try missionary Christian travel in high school or college, to retake a trip or become involved at a higher level by reaching out to the world and spreading the Gospel of Christ. Some students end up devoting their entire lives to the evangelism ministries around the world. "And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

Any adult or child that is interested in this sort of endeavor should be given the opportunity. It is an eye opening experience and those that participate in one will never be the same again. In order to arrange a missionary trip, there are Christian agencies available that have organized lists of open trips. The descriptions and itineraries are available to prospective travelers and are usually offered at a discounted rate if there is a group of 7 or more attending. Places to stay on these trips also offer discounts for larger groups. It is advised that an interested traveler seek the help of their church administration or Christian travel agent before booking an adventure for Christ.

Catholic travel involves groups of the faithful who seek spiritual renewal and motivation from pilgrimages to holy locations across the world. Catholic travel is not unlike normal modes of travel by any other religious or tour groups; it simply focuses on those sites that bear greater meaning to the Roman Catholic denomination. There are travel agencies who cater directly to the Catholic and affiliated organizations that take into consideration the policies and guidelines of the Catholic culture when planning tours. Tour packages are available and are customized to the needs of the group involved in the trip.

Locations that are significant to faith-centered groups include The Vatican; the major shrines of Italy - Rome, Assisi, Milan, Venice, Florence; the Holy Land - Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem; Spain's Road to Santiago Compostela, Bilbao, Santo Domingo, Loyola, Madrid; Marian Shrines in Fatima, Lourdes and Paris; other major shrines in France - Lisieux, Ars, Taize; England and Scotland's holy sites; Greece and Turkey - following the footsteps of Paul; among many others that are frequented by faith-centered groups.

These faith-oriented pilgrimages are subject to the same travel restrictions and arrangements as other travel tours. The airline and hotel accommodations are best prearranged, and travel agents attempt to provide the best for the least amount of money. The agents will offer package tours for Catholic travel to reach as many of the desired holy locations within the time frame the group has specified and will seek tour guides who will best serve the group in language needs as well as hospitality and unique services to include sites not assumed to be part of the package. Church-related travel in Bible times was about spreading the faith. "Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch." (Acts 11:22)

Many faithful of the Roman Catholic Church who desire a spiritual lift and renewal in their faith by personally being in the places where their saints lived and walked take these trips. The incredible sense of the spiritual presence in these holy places cannot be attained by any other means, and it is as though the pilgrims participating in these groups have plunged back into time and can almost see the people of the ancient world; feel the touch of holy hands; and hear the cries of the civilizations who really did see and touch the masters of old.

Such an experience that comes through groups participating in Catholic travel cannot be substituted by any other experience. The overwhelming spiritual revival inspires the travelers to return to their homes excited and eager to tell others of the reality of those holy places, and the good news of their faith. They seek more than ever to spread the news of Faith-oriented as a means to spiritual renewal.

Travel And Entertainment

The travel and entertainment businesses are changing rapidly with the information technology age we now live in. The World Wide Web has ushered in the ability to guide us as well as inform us of a myriad of things, such as the way to operate and conduct business evolves based on the information available at our fingertips, so the industries advance as well. A global society means global travel. A global culture also means a new point of view when it comes to selecting the entertainment of choice. With the Internet has come a hunger to make choices based on research, so this has also increased the hard copy markets of magazines as well as periodicals.

Getting online to get information about a city as well as all this city has to offer in the way of entertainment is but a click of a button away. With instant access to information, thousands of cities, states, and entire countries are advertising their best tourist destinations to travelers on the Internet. No longer must a vacationer or traveler depend on the local travel agent for information, because all anyone needs to know is available through the World Wide Web. Thorough research about a travel and entertainment destination choice available there will most likely be sufficiently documented by a number of different travel agents online.

The Bible tells us to give God glory in all circumstances. It is the Maker of heaven as well as earth that has given us the gift of earthly beauty of culture and arts. Human talent, exotic topography, and exciting destinations are all a part of God's making. When experiencing the fun of travel and entertainment, be sure to praise God for His wonderful gifts of nature. "Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord." (Psalm 148:13-14)

With all of the information available online in, magazines, newspapers, as well as periodicals are actually becoming more in demand. The culture of today dictates that society be information enthusiasts. Now travel and entertainment have taken on a whole new look. Also, with the stress of a rapid lifestyle, consumers are flocking to travel guides online as well as off, to get away, get rest, as well as rejuvenated. The Internet, of course, has made it easier than ever to get plans scheduled, booked, and paid for, relieving any additional stress from planning a vacation.

Discount air travel enables the traveler to reach their destination for far less than normal airfare may have cost. This may be available for travel practically anywhere in the world an airline may fly. It typically is offered only on under booked flights, and is therefore not offered consistently. Therefore, if a consumer spots a discounted flight to a destination, it is best to book the arrangements as soon as possible, knowing the terms and conditions of the reservation.

Websites and online companies offering low cost air travel continue to grow in popularity as use of the Internet grows. Within minutes of finding discount air travel to a destination, a consumer can have a reservation secured. Many of the deals are offered last-minute, due to under booked flights, or off-seasons to draw more tourists. If someone is seeking low cost flights to a particular destination, they can sign up on many websites to be alerted via email if this should become available for travel to the desired destination.

When a person utilizes this service, they must be sure to understand the terms and conditions provided by the company. In addition to ticket costs, the individual will possibly be charged various service fees and other federal or government taxes. Furthermore, travel companies will impose fees if the consumer needs to change or cancel a ticket, in addition to the fees that the airline charges. Therefore, while the discount air travel price may originally seem attractive, it can increase substantially when these fees are added. Also, the individual must be aware that many of the discount tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and non-transferable.

If a consumer decides to book at a discounted rate, they may want to consider also purchasing travel insurance. Insurance will help to protect a person as they journey away from home. By purchasing this insurance the individual will be covered in case of things such as trip cancellations or interruptions, unforeseen medical expenses and emergency medical transportation, as well as loss or damage to luggage. Not all insurance policies are created equal, however, so it is vital to read the fine print before purchasing coverage.

The budget-conscious traveler will enjoy the opportunity to visit new and different locations at a low price. However, they should take into consideration the company that is offering the discount air travel to insure they are reputable. Some companies will not let the consumer know the airline that will be used until completing the transaction. Other companies will disclose the airline. Choosing this low cost service, while possibly saving the individual some money, can be a bit risky. It is important to gather a great deal of information on the service, company, and offer before signing an agreement. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

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