For as long as humans have walked, they have walked to experience a deeper connection with their gods — and also to strengthen their own identity. If we quickly browse through history, we will learn that in many cultures, ancient pathways have been trudged by those eager to discover a link between nature, history, religion and their own imagination and spirit. From Babylonians to Israelites to Arabs, pilgrimages have always been a reason to connect with their community, pray as well as give thanks for their blessings and celebrate life.

But in the past decades, pilgrimages have experienced a revival, as religion has stopped to be the sole reason for wayfarers to commence a long journey. These days, lovers of the outdoors can simply experience the world’s most beautiful pilgrimage trails through long and sometimes strenuous walks which can be challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Ultimately, a look at these trails will finally make us agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson and realise indeed that “life is a journey, not a destination.”

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