Joan Weber
Founder & Director, Emeritus

Joan Weber

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Journeys International has been my life’s work. My husband Will Weber and I launched the company with a trek in Nepal in 1978. With our dear friend Pemba Tsering Sherpa we developed a vision of small-group travel that would contribute to environmental and cultural preservation. Over more than three decades, we expanded our reach to dozens of countries while maintaining our commitment to innovation and personal connection. I’d always expected to work in the field of education, and Journeys has allowed me to do this in the most creative and fulfilling way, with the world as my classroom. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Mount Holyoke College for my B.A. and the University of Pennsylvania for my Masters Degree, and then went on to obtain my Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. After obtaining our doctorates, Will and I stayed in Ann Arbor where we’ve built a loyal and enthusiastic office team and raised two children. Our son Noah is now a high school teacher, and our daughter Robin now owns Journeys. I continue to serve on the Board of Advisors for the company, to contribute to projects in my areas of expertise, and to talk to travelers who I’ve had the delight of traveling with over the years.

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