The Call : Modern Day Pilgrims

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Heeding the Call: Modern-Day Pilgrims
Following in footsteps, spreading kindness, and protecting heritage.

By Helen Avery

There are the tourists—those who seek temporary relaxation, or famous sights. There are the travelers—those who wander, without aim, for the love of moving. There are the explorers—those seeking adventure, the thrill of unearthing things rarely seen.

And then there are the pilgrims.

The traditional pilgrim is someone who surrenders the life they once knew to make a journey of devotion to a sacred site. It’s not necessarily the destination, but their growing faith along their journey that they seek. They set off with hands empty, free of expectation, carrying only a willingness to be guided, to bear witness, and to learn and unlearn.

Today the pilgrim routes continue to be followed. The Hajj, the Camino de Santiago, Char Dham, the Kumano Kodo, and Mount Kailash in Tibet. But for those who resonate less with these religious pathways, there is another pilgrimage. The “modern-day” pilgrimage.

Like all pilgrimages, it starts with a call.

Bel Kambach woke up in her 30s and knew she had to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and so she began. Leon Logothetis watched The Motorcycle Diaries, and knew he had to quit his job to travel the world and explore and share kindness, and so he did.

These “modern” pilgrims share the tradition of surrender. At 66, Dalya Yohai sold her home, her possessions, and embarked on a simpler life with…

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