Global Family Travels
Through living abroad in six countries and my own world travels, I’ve come to realize that we don’t just learn about other cultures when we visit new places, but we also learn about ourselves. And while we naturally tend to focus more on the physical journey itself, it is through our inward journey that we ultimately come to realize a greater sense of global connectedness and unity.
My most powerful memories are from having lived overseas and the vacations we took as a family. Together we experienced many diverse cultures and made new friends, opening our hearts and minds to each other and to those we met. These travel experiences forged a deep bond among my family members and instilled values that would have been harder to otherwise learn.
Meeting people from all walks of life made me realize that despite different traditions, languages, customs, rituals, etc., at our core we are all the same with the same basic needs. We want to discover, embrace and live our life’s purpose. We want to feel that we are somehow making a difference. We want to be loved. I believe that we are all ‘one’ in the web of existence and that by investing in the gift of service learning and travel, not only do you contribute to the welfare of others, you contribute to your own spiritual transformation and self-discovery, which ultimately makes the world a better place.
In founding Global Family Travels, I am blessed to share my primary gift—connecting families with each other and with other families. Certain of the unity of humankind, I am a bridge builder connecting people of different cultures. Our family cultural tours give both the visiting and host families the opportunity to learn from each other in ways that will open their hearts and minds. By understanding what matters most and how little one truly needs to be happy, my hope is to unite families and ignite a passion in the younger travelers to make a difference in our world and become leaders in their community.
Jennifer Spatz, Founder
I graduated from High School in Vienna, Austria, received my B.S. in Anthropology and International Political Science from Bates College in Maine and a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Prior to founding Global Family Travels, I spent my career in international development, trade and finance, travelling extensively for work in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. I am the mother of two children, ages 5 and 8, and I have designed Global Family Travels’ tours with activities for kids of all ages in mind. To learn more about my background, I invite you to visit my linked-in profile.
Photography – using my passion to connect with the world
Since I was 15 years old, I have been passionate about photography. Besides taking photos to capture fun, memorable times with family and friends, the camera for me is a way to engage in a world beyond mine, to capture life-changing experiences that help us remember what an amazing Universe we live in. I believe the camera is a good tool to help bridge cultures and allow people of different backgrounds to take photos together and have fun and learn from each other.
Global Family Travels uses digital photography in many of tours, not only to capture the scenery and historical sites we visit, but as an educational tool to document the powerful lessons and transformative storytelling of global travel for families. Many of our tours will involve photo projects that help teach the lessons of living sustainably and what participants learn from each other in the cross-cultural exchanges.