are many reasons to travel, possibly as numerous as there are travelers.
Cross Cultural Journeyers tend to be individuals who resonate with Pico
Iyer’s sentiments (see sidebox). Our journeys are journeys of the
spirit as well as of geography; we are cognizant of the inner experience
which is an integral element of every external exploration and adventure.
We travel to see and come to know and appreciate other cultures, other
peoples, other lands, but we also go to put ourselves in new situations
where our hearts and minds and spirit can blossom and flourish.
Why travel with us?
Our repeat travelers, who are many, appreciate the small groups…the
good-spirited, like-minded travelers…the conscientiously planned
itineraries with lots of attention to detail…the opportunities to
interact with local people …the terrific combination of an experienced,
knowledgeable trip leader with ties to the culture along with a competent,
fun-loving trip manager who pulls the group and trip together…and
they appreciate the flexibility of plans that can gracefully accommodate
and take advantage of the serendipitous and spontaneous chance encounters
that present themselves along the way.
The exotic destinations speak for themselves and they change each year. We warmly invite you
to join us and the CCJ family this year. Think of it--the adventure of
your life could be just a few months away!
Carole Angermeir, Founder and CEO
Cross Cultural Journeys
We travel initially, to lose ourselves; and
we travel, next, to find ourselves … We travel to open our hearts
and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate
… We travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow
time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more
AS RESPONSIBLE TRAVELERS WE...
• Travel in a spirit of humility and with a genuine desire to meet
and talk with local people
• Are aware of the feeling of the locals, and respect their customs
in our action
• Cultivate the habit of being present, of listening, of not always
talking and having answers; of learning by watching and listening
• Realize that other people may have concepts of time and thought
patterns different from ours—not inferior, just different
• Discover the richness of everyday activities in another culture
instead of always seeking the exotic
• Remember that we are among many visitors, and do not expect special
• Make no promises to local people that we cannot implement; keep
the promises that we make
• Always respect temples and other sacred places and their holy artifacts
as we would the churches and temples in our homelands
• Show particular respect when we photograph: exchange a few words
and then ask permission to photograph; respect a "no"
• Spend time each day reflecting on our experiences, considering the
possibility that what enriched us may have robbed another
• Utilize the opportunity of travel for personal and transpersonal
growth and global understanding