I had the pleasure of co-editing the Special Issue of Tourism Management Perspectives with two super colleagues, Dr Joseph Cheer and Dr Yaniv Belhassen. I also wrote a heartfelt chapter on the differences between spirituality, institutionalised religions and the authentic spiritual experience. I analysed some famous travel memoirs (Paul Brunton’s In Search of Secret India, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and my own Jerusalem Diary) as grassroots quests for an original spiritual experience away from institutionalised traditional religions. I also co-authored a theoretical chapter on spiritual travel as well as the introduction to this book.
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