I found this quote in a post on the American Pilgrims on the Camino Facebook page. I think it really distills the essence of pilgrimage.
“A Pilgrimage is a journey of the body and soul. Regardless of our religion, it is an effort to become closer to our God. A Pilgrimage is sometimes undertaken to pray for God’s intercession in our lives or as thanks for an intercession that has been granted. Often, though, a pilgrimage represents nothing more than our desire to let God guide our footsteps and nourish our souls. A Pilgrimage should not be undertaken lightly but neither should it be undertaken in fear. It is intended to be a journey of joy and fulfillment.”
Pilgrimage has certainly changed my life and I am very grateful everyday for the opportunity.