Lori Erickson has spent three decades traveling to holy sites around the world. (Bob Sessions photo)


Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s published more than a thousand articles in national and regional publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Beautiful. Her award-winning blog, Holy Rover, describes spiritual sites around the world, while her Spiritual Travels website is an archive of hundreds of holy places in many faith traditions.






In September, Fortress Press will publish her memoir Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Both irreverent and devout, Holy Rover explores the transformative power of travel through trips to a dozen holy sites. 

Advance praise for Holy Rover: 

Holy Rover takes you on an exciting tour of holy places and stopping points on a personal discovery of spiritual insight. The writing is so good that you’ll speed through this book and wish it didn’t end. Add the perfect touch of humor, and you won’t realize how much serious ground historically and theologically you’ve covered. Read it with pleasure.”  

   –Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Ageless Soul


“Lori Erickson is just the sort of person you want to take with you to some of the most spiritual places on the planet. Whether on the scent of Luther in Germany, delving for elves in Iceland, or tracing the footsteps of St. Columba on the island of Iona, Erickson enlightens and informs us as she connects each pilgrimage to her own personal story. Her honest, wise and humorous prose makes her zigzagging journey, and its search for spiritual truth, our own.”

   —James Harpur, author of The Pilgrim Journey: A History of Pilgrimage in the Western World

“Lori Erickson’s sense of adventure and sense of the sacred —as well as her open spirit and love of life—made me grateful to follow her wherever she went (and she went to more holy sites than I could have imagined!). Along the way, I discovered religions and traditions I never heard of, gained a deeper understanding of those I knew, and learned, as she did, what it truly means to be on pilgrimage. Lively prose, rich descriptions, and anecdotes that are in turn poignant, funny, and mysterious all combine to make this a wondrous journey.”

     – Rivvy Neshama, author of Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

“With grace and wit, Lori Erickson takes us on a pilgrimage to sacred sites around the world, from Martin Luther’s Wittenberg, Germany, to Lourdes in France, to the Lakota’s Mato Paha or Bear Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In each of these locations, Erickson reveals a bit more of her own spiritual journey, of her own exploration of the deeper mystical meanings that underlie all faiths. Through her own quest, she becomes a healer and a wise woman. In a book filled with insight and deftly written prose, she invites us to follow her visionary path.”

   –Mary Swander, author of The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles

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