"The Christian Travel Planner" makes it possible to plan a trip around specific interests, including tours of biblical areas, retreats, pilgrimages and missionary work, as well as vacations that incorporate stops at religious sites throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Author Kevin J. Wright, the founder of the World Religious Travel Association, has organized the planner in a logical way, starting with the reasons for going to a particular area, the religious significance of the sites, the time and logistics involved, and the costs. He also offers relevant Bible passages and historical information, as well as practical tips, such as his suggestion for taking warm clothing if you plan to hike to the top of Mount Sinai in Egypt in the early morning, as it can be chilly even in the summer. Helpful websites, lodging recommendations and other activity options in each area round out this thorough guide. Kyle Wagner -- Denver Post, April 3, 2008
Since the World Tourist Organization estimates that more than 300 million people embark on some sort of religious travel each year, spending more than $18 billion in the process, it makes sense that Christians would want to seek out a guidebook meeting their needs. This extensive book by author Kevin Wright offers a variety of ways Christians can enjoy travel experiences, including pilgrimage tours, mission trips and conference cruises. There is information on service and short-term mission trips or tips on faith attractions such as The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla., California Spanish Missions or the Creation Museum outside Cincinnati. Chapters include how to plan travel, touring biblical lands, cruises, Christian events and Christian Attractions. Resources such as Christian travel Web sites and resources, trip planning tools and travel ministry resources are found in the appendix. There are even testimonials from people who have participated in some of the suggested trips. -- The Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 2008
From the Author
Kevin J. Wright is one of the world's most recognized religious travel authorities and Founder/President of the World Religious Travel Association. As the leading global network for the faith tourism industry, WRTA exists to shape, enrich, and expand the $18 billion and 300 million traveler religious tourism and hospitality market. Wright is also founder of the World Religious Travel Expo & Educational Conference, the largest gathering of faith tourism professionals, travel providers, destinations, and group planners. An award-winning author of four faith-based travel guidebooks, Wright recently debuted his newest book The Christian Traveler Planner, which serves as the most comprehensive guidebook ever written on faith vacation opportunities. In his near fifteen-year career, he has traveled to almost 30 countries, visited more than 300 major places of pilgrimage, embarked on faith-based cruise charters, escorted group tours, and writes for national publications. Wright has been interviewed by CBS The Early Show, TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Geographic, National Public Radio (NPR), Forbes Traveler, London Times, and dozens of other media around the world. In 2004, Wright launched the very successful and high profile Religious Travel Division at Globus, one of the world's largest escorted travel companies. Today, he also serves as President of the Religious Marketing Consulting Group, a team of independent professionals who assist companies in marketing, selling, and developing products and services for the global religious market. Wright has spoken at major tourism events throughout North America and around the world including The New York Times Travel Show, Jordan Travel Mart, U.S.-Africa Tourism & Sports Seminar, and The Caribbean Media Exchange.