About Sojourner Tours
COMPANY ORIGINS: The purpose underlying Sojourner Tours is to provide opportunities for travelers to get a peek at a different culture by doing activities and visiting places locals enjoy. Based in the United States, Sojourner Tour Company was founded by a French-American team. The founding partners had traveled and studied extensively abroad and wanted to share their passion, knowledge and expertise with others. As a result, Sojourner Tours offers some of the most intimate and genuine cultural immersion vacations on the market.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: The founders only offer tours in countries where they (or their extended family) live or have lived. As a result of the owners' personal investment in the tour destinations, they have a moral obligation to run an ethical company. Subsequently, the Company observes sustainable tourism practices to ensure that the tours have a positive impact on everyone involved. Tours have a minimal impact on the environment and local culture, while supporting the future success of small local businesses, artisans and sustainable regional agriculture and production. Sojourner Tours' guests benefit from this strategy because guides are able to take their small tour groups to off-the-beaten-path places where tourism isn’t the driving force of the economy. Thanks to sustainable practices, guests can browse in genuine shops, meet true artisans, and eat the finest local food. Sustainable tourism practices enable Sojourner Tours to create lasting beneficial relationships with locals so that tour members can experience the wonder of being immersed in another culture.
OUR LOGO: The Company adopted a snail with the world as its shell for its logo to symbolize the Sojourner Tours travel philosophy. A sojourner travels at a leisurely pace and is at home in the world, frequently settling down to set up temporary residence and enjoy the local food throughout a lifetime of exploration. Compared to similar creatures like turtles, the gastropod is particularly fitting because its name evokes a traveling gastronome: snails are part of the taxonomic class Gastropoda which is ancient Greek for "stomach-foot". On tours, sojourners actively walk around to see the sights and engage in culinary tourism by eating regional delicacies in the finest and most genuine local restaurants. Finally, substituting the world for the shell not only signifies that sojourners are world citizens but also indicates that they are conscientious travelers: a sojourner doesn’t have “the weight of world on its shoulders” but does have a stake in maintaining the world in which they live.