Going on pilgrimage, that is to say, leaving home to create a path that leads to a chosen (or given) goal, real or imagined, has always been and will always be a dangerous business. The naïve pilgrim who sets off unprepared, that is to say, without a clear goal and the well-designed and practiced skills needed to achieve it, will surely fail and come to grief.
The true pilgrim who achieves her goal enters a truly wonderful and joyful reality. She does not come back.
From The Pilgrimage Site
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
From the Gospel of Luke
Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.