Pilgrimage becomes part of the Christian life. There are many people going to many sacred sites for praying. There are many reasons of people going to pilgrimage. Some people think that their prayers are heard when they can pray in certain sacred sites. The other people only want to get other religious or spiritual experience. Whether their prayers are answered or not, they do not really care about it. The spiritual values and experiences are more important for them. In this case, there are many great sacred sites to go. Almost in each country, there are sacred sites to go for all the Christians in the country. Even, there are some famous place where people at other countries go to have pilgrimage in the sacred sites.
Talking about pilgrimage, actually it is not kind of trend. It is also not kind of vacation although there are also people who go to the sacred sites in many countries to collect photos for their collection and for their social medias. There are many reasons. However, since the early Christianity, there were people choosing pilgrimage as a way to purify their life. This has happened for long time and there are still many people who do pilgrimage for this transcending spiritual purposes. Some saints did pilgrimage and St. Ignatius de Loyola is one of them. He is one of the founding fathers for Society of Jesus and he is famous for his Spiritual Exercise. He is one of the great and holy persons who do pilgrimage to purify the life and make the life worth in front of God. Of course, people at that time did not have transportation for pilgrimage. They had only feet to walk and that is why this could provide them with very deep experiences.
There are actually also some people who do this way of pilgrimage, especially they who are part of monasteries of seminaries. There are also lay people who are called to this pilgrimage and they answer the call from God by doing this pilgrimage. They may not do pilgrimage across country, but the spirit of pilgrimage is so inspiring and this is how people pray in very different and unpopular way.