Although tourism is considered leisure, tours can serve other means for the tour-participant. Tours can prompt memories of the past, and offer a framework for understanding our pasts. This essay uses touring as a metaphor and a mechanism of exploring our pasts to better understand our presence/present. Through autoethnographic methods, this essay examines tourism as ritual and explores rituals as a resource for making sense of painful pasts. Painful memories can pervade individuals’ minds, altering their perspective and understanding of events, interactions, and relationships. This essay demonstrates how tourism can help people overcoming the memories of sexual assault to find healing.

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