The year was 1978, and Drs. Will and Joan Weber set off to Nepal with a group of curious souls who wanted to be immersed in and enlightened by a different culture in a very different part of the world. And so began Journeys International, the first travel company of its kind (and recently named one of the top six tour operators on the world), with boots on the ground and arms wide open, ready to embrace the world’s diversity.
In early 2017, Carolyn Parker, a seasoned world traveler and operating room nurse from Cincinnati, OH, set out on a private African safari—a 24-day journey to see all she could see of southern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. As she shared her magnificent stories with Journeys International, she added that of all her worldly travels, this trip ranked as one of her top three ever—mostly thanks to the wonderful people of this region. Here are the highlights from each of the places she visited.
Journeys International has partnered with one of the sharpest and most seasoned naturalist guides in India to create what is quite possibly the best wildlife safari in India. In addition to multi-day safaris in Kaziranga National Park and the Kanha Tiger Reserve, this tour also includes important cultural elements that help complete a visitor's understanding of how the wildlife in this region is connected to the people and place. Here, traveler Jill Pavlat shares her experience on the Tribal Culture & Tigers of Northeast India trip.
Long-time traveler Dick Siebel recently traveled to the once-forbidden fabled Kingdom of Lo in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal on a custom adventure with Journeys International. The trip was timed with the beginning of the harvest season and the spectacular three-day Tiji Festival.
Access to this region was restricted by the government of Nepal until 1992, and Mustang was accessible only by foot until the last bit of road was completed in 2015. Mustang's culture has descended in its pure form from the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism (contrasting to the Yellow Hat sect to which the Dalai Lama belongs), and it remains one of the only spots on earth where Tibetans live according to their own unimpeded traditions.
While there, Dick witnessed the annual tradition of processing recently harvested barley, a crucial element to year-round food security.
Journeys International began running trips to South Korea in 2016. Adventure Specialist Kerina Rowley joined the first departure to this relatively unknown destination. Here, she shares her stories of the unexpected beauty, culture and history she saw along the way.