Title

Nearer to God - transformational experiences of short-term mission travellers

RIS ID

86125

Publication Details

Lee, Y. & Gretzel, U. (2013). Nearer to God - transformational experiences of short-term mission travellers. In Y. Reisinger (Eds.), Transformational tourism: Tourist perspectives (pp. 82-97). United Kingdom: CABI Publishing.

Abstract

This chapter conceptualizes short-term mission (STM) travel as a distinct form of religious tourism that not only provides opportunities for personal growth through the acquisition of new cross-cultural knowledge and feelings of existential authenticity, but also leads to unique spiritual transformations. Based on interviews with US and Korean STM travellers to South-east Asian countries, this chapter illustrates how deep feelings of servitude to God and personal sacrifice experienced during an STM leads to a new-found spirituality and strengthened beliefs.

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