Our Travel Approach

Staging Journey’s overarching goal in travel is to lead deep-learning, budget-minded cultural experiences with parents and their children.  

Chapultepec Lake, Botanical Gardens, Mexico City Tour

It’s worldschooling.

For us, worldschooling means to learn through and about the world as the driving force of our curiosity. Worldschooling is a lens through which to view learning; it is reaching for a better understanding of people and places beyond us.  

We emphasize learning immersively and thematically through travel in community.


Our trips are for families who…

…seek educational, group adventures…would rather someone else to do most of the research…would like to engage with other families on a trip…approach travel as an opportunity to learn….are looking for a combination of structured and unstructured travel experiences…are prepared to step out of their cultural norms with an open, curious mind.

You can attend our trips as a solo-parent. You can bring all the family members or just bring a few. You can take kids out of school to travel. We have done it all and we are here to support you.


How do our trips work?

  • We choose a destination.  
  • We create a TRAVEL COMMUNITY of families.  
  • We PLAN, GUIDE AND TEACH before and during travel.  You pay us a per/family fee for that.
  • You pay for your travel expenses.
Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City Tour

The Staging Journeys Fee is per/family and not a per/person because we don’t want to add to your expense of traveling with your children based on the size of your family.

The Staging Journeys Fee includes:

A TRAVEL COMMUNITY

We create a small group of families seeking a worldschooling adventure.  

We provide travel preparation information and individual family support.  

We bond before and after the trip through in-person or zoom workshops. Relationships are built!

PLANNING

We do LOTS of research: lodging and food options, site logistics, tour guides, health and safety, ground transportation, itinerary planning, excursion bookings and more.

We share tips re: using frequent flier miles to book flights.

We provide a projected cost for all your travel expenses.

GUIDING

We organize the group as we tour, leading the way and keeping the energy flowing.  

For select sites, we hire local guides.

For some sites, we guide the group.

We make time for you to guide yourselves armed with our suggestions, stretching your worldschooling wings.

TEACHING

We lead educational activities in our workshops.

We provide a custom trip-book with background info and fun activities related to the trip.

We curate a list of books and media you can engage in at home.

We organize a group project with the children.   

We run several “SJ Circles” on the trip, during which adults explore on their own while we lead games and trip-book activities.

Trip Books, Mexico City Tour

The Staging Journeys Fee does not include travel expenses: Airfare, lodging, food, sites, tour guides, ground transportation.

We understand that traveling with your children is an investment in experience and that it’s a big decision to spend your money on a worldschooling adventure.  

Our trips are not luxury, all-inclusive tours. You have some flexibility to spend more or less (particularly on accommodations and food), and we are there to help support those choices.

Worldschooling in Mexico City, an example of our trip model.

Join us in Peru’s Sacred Valley, spring 2020.


Will it be challenging? Can I really do this?

We’re happy to help you decide if a trip is right for you, so please ask! International travel is not without its challenging moments, and it is sure to build flexibility, inspire understandings, and create incredible memories.


Ethics Statement

We aim to not consume cultures.  We try to curb our ingrained sense of entitlement as Westerners.  We try not to have an expectation that foreign people and places are there to entertain or provide us with our learning.  We try to be aware of our impact in the countries we visit, and to be aware of our privilege in all of its forms. This is an ongoing learning process.

New friends, Rancho Viejo, Mexico

Inclusivity Statement

We acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our groups and our communities. We recognize our differences in race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, and family structure as well as religious beliefs. We are committed to honoring this rich tapestry by creating a positive and inclusive environment within our groups.  We strive to offer travel, learning, and theater opportunities that amplify and highlight the voices and experiences of groups who have traditionally been marginalized.

Noticing each other, Valladolid, Mexico