Edited by James O’Reilly and Sean O’Reilly

“Readers will be refreshed and renewed by tales of travel…
The book tells of personal transformations inspired by travel and shows how
journeys alter the inner landscape.” — ForeWord Magazine
People travel for countless reasons, but no matter the destination or duration, our journeys often share a common result: they change us. The Spiritual Gifts of Travel: The Best of Travelers’ Tales inspires and reminds readers of the power and importance of discovery through travel. A compilation of the best spiritual travel stories taken from the award-winning Travelers’ Tales series—plus a few unpublished gems—the accounts in The Spiritual Gifts of Travel relate true tales of personal transformation inspired by one of life’s wisest teachers.

From all corners of the world, and from all types of travelers, the stories in The Spiritual Gifts of Travel combine to create a roadmap of spiritual experience. In Buenos Aires, a man observing a simple religious ritual encounters the surprising, complex nature of humanity. In Ireland, an author hikes the Kerry Way with his brother and heals old family wounds. On a Greek island, a mysterious crone pays an author a late-night visit and leaves her with an invaluable message.

In The Spiritual Gifts of Travel readers will:

  • Relive Leo W. Banks’s inexplicable encounter with the Good Spirit on a Navajo reservation
  • Have their hearts broken and made whole again while cradling a dying child in Calcutta with Alison Wright
  • Investigate the strange Wandjina legend of the rai with James G. Cowanin Australia
  • Listen with David Yeadon as a Native American sage sings a song of eternity he will never forget
  • Join Phil Cousineau in restoring his faith in life while visiting the fabled ruins of Angkor Wat…and much more.

Authors in the collection also include Jan Morris, Kim Chernin, Marianne Dresser, James D. Houston, Richard Halliburton, Dennis Covington, Laurie Gough, Mikkel Aaland, Donald W. George, Andrew Harvey, and many more.

About the Editors

James O’Reilly, president and co-publisher of Travelers’ Tales, wrote mystery serials before becoming a travel writer in the early 1980’s. He’s visited more than forty countries and co-edited many Travelers’ Tales books, winning eight awards for excellence. James lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sean Joseph O’Reilly is the editor of many award-winning travel books, including The Road Within, Testosterone Planet, The Ultimate Journey, Pilgrimage, and The Spiritual Gifts of Travel. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, he is also the author of the shocking and controversial new book How to Manage Your DICK: Redirect Sexual Energy and Discover Your More Enlightened, Evolved Self. He lives with his wife Brenda and their six children in Arizona.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience. The Spiritual Gifts of Travel: The Best of Travelers’ Tales is the latest Travelers’ Tales title to focus on spirituality.

The Spiritual Gifts of Travel: The Best of Travelers’ Tales
Edited by James O’Reilly and Sean O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, March 2002
$16.95, trade paperback, 232 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-69-4