Places I Remember with Lea Lane

Machu Picchu, The Ganges, Israel, Sedona, Angkor Wat & More: Deep, Spiritual Travels

August 24, 2021 Lori Erickson is one of America's top travel writers, specializing in spiritual journeys that will "change your heart." Season 1 Episode 30
Places I Remember with Lea Lane
Machu Picchu, The Ganges, Israel, Sedona, Angkor Wat & More: Deep, Spiritual Travels
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Lori Erickson, an award-winning travel writer, shares intense experiences around the world, and discusses deep, meaningful travel, often of great beauty.
-- We talk of  spiritual journeys, not only for religious reasons. Lori's trip to Lourdes showed her how people rely on faith. and she reflects on the beauty of a Maori area in New Zealand. Lea remembers an evening ceremony in a  Kauori forest in New Zealand, and climbing a hill of Buddhas in Borabudur in Java.
-- We discuss spiritual experiences at the  Dead Sea, sunset at Sedona Arizona, and memories of Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Walden Pond, Ephesus Turkey, and Crestone Colorado.
-- At Assisi, with its beautiful church paintings and lovely piazza, Lea  attended a jazz concert , and explains how to her, music is a form of spirituality. Lea also mentions the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi Greece, where the Oracle sat in ancient times.
-- Lori remembers the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and the expressions of public devotion.
-- We end with our most memorable spiritual travels. Lea reads from her travel book, Places I Remember about  solar eclipse. Lori talks about Bear Butte, Idaho, where she often returns.
Lori Erickson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband, and  is one of America's top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She's the author of Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper (which won a Silver Indies Award for 2019 Religion Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews) and Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God.

Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Better Homes & Gardens.  Her latest book is
The Soul of the Family Tree: Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit.
Podcast host Lea Lane has traveled to over 100 countries, written many travel books, including Places I Remember, and has contributed to dozens of guidebooks. She's @lealane on Twitter, Travelea on Instagram, and  blogs about travel at  Contact her at
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Why this spiritual niche?
Early travel for was for spiritual purposes
Tips/planning/prompting on how to travel spiritually
Can be more difficult than a normal trip, such as pilgrimages
Evaluation when you return
Lori's trip to Lourdes, France
Lea remembers a forest of kauri trees
Borabadur, Java -- Hill of Buddhas
The Dead Sea
Sedona, Arizona -vortexs and sunsets
Angkor Wat, Cambodia "spirit of the ages"
Walden Pond, Massachusetts, "little cabin on a small lake"
Ephesus, Turkey
Crestone Colorado
Assisi, Umbria Italy
Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi Greece
Western Wall, Jerusalem
Lea's special memory -- solar eclipse
Lori's special memory -- Bear Butte Idaho