Global Citizen Journeys launched in early 2017, marking the 10th year of owner, Joshua Smith, designing hundreds of programs in 100+ countries. After hearing the words "First we will see this.... then we will see this" while touring, he always responded "I don't want to see, I want to do." It's with this mantra that he began developing experiences that incorporate activities that help define local culture.
Who is a global citizen?
Global citizens are travelers who prefer to be immersed in the local culture. Whether you've been to one country or a hundred countries, you're not interested in just sight-seeing, rather experience-doing. You consider yourself a global citizen.
Can you arrange vacations or trips other than Global Citizen Journeys?
We can absolutely design a tailor-made experience for you and have done so in more than 100 countries. Perhaps you would like to extend your stay after a work conference in Delhi by a few nights, planning a birthday trip with friends in Africa or it's your honeymoon and you've dreamed of a tropical getaway in the South Pacific... We can and have pretty much planned everything and anything, but if it happens to not be our expertise, we will refer you to someone who is an expert.
How we work
After learning about your travel preferences, we will provide recommendations to you on where you may want to travel. If you already know when and where you'd like to travel, we are happy to provide a rough outline of the experience to you complimentary and provide a general budget for the trip. We only secure accommodations with a minimum of 3* as we support a spectrum of properties, but will never sacrifice on cleanliness or safety. If you are interested in a tailor-made journey, we charge a planning fee of $250. This fee is non-refundable, however applied toward the cost of your trip. All fees are waived for past travelers.
After graduating with a degree in Public Relations & Marketing from Miami University of Ohio, Joshua Smith began his career with the international consortia Virtuoso in Seattle, WA in 2007. As manager of preferred tour operators, Joshua elevated his portfolio within the luxury leisure network through marketing and educational programs. Continuing his success, he placed focus on further developing the Tourism Board portfolio, acting as an integrated marketing consultant with over 40 governments. In 2010, Joshua co-founded 45 Degrees Marketing, a representation company promoting international ground operators to the US trade industry. Through this, he consulted with other brands such as Travel Marketing Worldwide, managing the Middle Eastern portfolio and served as the U.S. office for Asia Reps, a German-based company with a collection of luxury properties across Asia.
In 2012, Joshua sold 45 Degrees Marketing and started a self-branded consulting company, immediately securing a contract with TRAVCOA as Independent Journeys Product Manager. Focusing on operational efficiency and destination development, Joshua created an expansive portfolio of over 140 tours in more than 70 countries eventually becoming Associate Director of Private Travel, managing the team of Custom & Private Journey Planners. In February 2013, Joshua launched Millennials in Travel, a career development and networking organization for young professionals in the travel industry. As CEO and Director of Strategic Development, Joshua created a network of eleven domestic chapters comprised of 2,200+ members in just 18 months. With numerous monthly events, an industry opportunity program and global alliances, Millennials in Travel has become the premier organization for future leaders of the travel industry. During this time, Joshua joined the board of the United States Tour Operators Association on the conference planning committee and was speaker at the 'Millennial Garage' discussing travel trends. He also joined the National Tour Association's Young Professionals Advisory Board.
In August 2013, Joshua was named on the hot list of "Rising Stars" by travAlliancemedia. Because of his success of developing Millennials in Travel, Joshua was featured on the December 2014 cover "Millennials Rising" on Travel Agent Magazine. In 2016, he left Travcoa and launched a new boutique travel agency called Global Citizen Journeys, an affiliate of Coastline Travel Advisors. As a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, Joshua is focused on creating immersive travel experiences across the globe as well as planning honeymoons. After recently becoming a certified yoga instructor through CorePower Yoga, he will soon be offering unique yoga retreats in exotic locations. Joshua continues to serve as an 'industry insider' to media and works on consultation projects through Joshua Smith Consulting.