Book Review: The Art of Pilgramage

The Art of Pilgrimage
The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred
By: Phil Cousineau

The Art of Pilgrimage

The Art of Pilgrimage is about the pure, simple art of travel, whether your journey takes you on a long adventure through foreign countries, a religious site or to a famous grave stone, no matter your destination the truth is the journey is just as much inward as worldly.  At first I must admit I was leading to disappointment when I first starting reading The Art of Pilgrimage, as it was not in the slightest of what I thought it would be.  I thought it was a traditional travelogue about this man’s pilgrimage, but though it is, it is only an undercurrent in the book.  But after getting over my marred expectations I realized the true potential of the book.

“Don’t be satisfied with the stories that come before you, unfold your own myth.” ~ Sufi mystic Mevlana Rumi

Phil Cousineau takes you around the world, introducing you to other travellers who have set out on pilgrimage, and weaves their stories with his poetic and quote littered narrative to help guide you into the varied steps you can take to make travel sacred.  His guide inspires you to open your mind, heart and soul for your journey and gives you tips and insights to help you to create the most memorable travel experiences and memories that will last a life time and truly enrich your life.

“if we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey.”

I ended up falling in love with this book, I felt like I needed to read it – like it was destiny that I had stumbled upon it in a small used bookshop in Seattle’s Pike Market – especially for my upcoming solo adventure next spring.  It taught me that if I prepare myself before my journey to be aware and attentive to my mood, my surroundings, people, my environment and life in general in everyday life I can better harness that power while travelling and truly get the most from journey, and hopefully help me be a better writer.

A. Huxley quote

Whether you’re a life long or first time traveller, seeker of inspiration or simply looking to enrich your life, then The Art of Pilgrimage will entertain you with a world of knowledge and delight your senses.

Have you read The Art of Pilgrimage? If so, what were your thoughts?


I’m a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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8 Responses

  1. You sold me! Just bought it on Amazon 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Aleya says:

    I love this! A friend lent me this book but I have yet to read it. Now I am excited to dive in. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Chelsea says:

    Love when that happens! Not sure if you’ll like it and then you fall in Love!! The Best kind of book!

  4. chandi says:

    HI Stephanie, I meet you on Instagram and finally made it over to your site. I love it that this book helped prepare you mentally for your solo trip. Where was it to and how did it go? I also love that you have an Aldous Huxley quote in this post! You had inquired on Instagram about my memoir about my solo pilgrimage in Italy, and what’s interesting is I mention Huxley in the book!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Chandi! My first solo trip was to the USA, and it changed my life! I love a good quote and Huxley is full of them! It’s so funny that you also mention him in your book! I’ll be emailing you soon about the interview we spoke of! Thanks for checking out my site!

  1. November 1, 2014

    […] reading a book that I totally recommend when setting out on a new adventure, it’s called The Art of Pilgrimage – The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau.  It really helps you get into the mind set of making sure you have the most memorable travel […]

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