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Me? a trip planner? 4 FLICKR-WOODY CONTENTS EDUCATION 6 Learn a thing (or six) from an expert in our Q&A with Ed-Ventures tour operator Paul Larsen. Yes. You’re a trip planner. Whether you see it as a calling or a curse, if your goal is to get your congregation or faith community to enjoy a pilgrimage or to explore and experience a new destination, attraction or event ... you’re a trip planner! And this guide will help. Planning a trip for travelers of faith is all about options and having the connections to get things done, and Routes of Faith gives you the best of both. For each place or thing to do as described on these pages, you’ll find Faith Travel Association members who can deliver what your group desires. The people who belong to FTA—tour companies, attractions and destination marketing organizations all over the world—are travel professionals. They design tours and lead tours and welcome tours. They know what works and what doesn’t for groups of all ages, sizes and faiths. In these pages, you’ll also learn 10 reasons why using an FTA tour operator is a smart decision for you and your travelers. The FTA family wants to partner with you on your next journey to make it safe, affordable, inspirational and memorable. Keep reading. And have a good trip, planner. INSPIRATION The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation highlighted in FTA-member tours. on the cover 8 going further Walking the Footsteps of History. A Movement that Changed the World Five types of terrains where people of faith can discover spiritual settings that offer awe. See story on page 10. See story on page 6. published by Faith Travel Association who we are editor Doug Rentz contributors Kendall Fletcher Bob Rouse Gabe Webb Faith Travel Association is a worldwide community of tour operators, travel agents, destinations and travel suppliers who serve the faith-based travel market. Its parent organization is the National Tour Association, an innovator and leader in the tourism industry for over six decades. Founded in 1951 and based in Lexington, Kentucky, NTA is the premier, global community of packaged travel professionals who serve customers traveling to, from and within North America. Learn more at NTAonline.com and on social media. graphic design Anna Pettus DESTINATION faithtravelassociation.com 3