The International Travel Forum is a recently formed organization designed to bring political professionals, journalists and academics with an interest in world affairs, culture and history together with their counterparts throughout the world. 

The goal of The International Travel Forum is to provide our travelers with a better understanding of our world and of our place in it.

The International Travel Forum, is working in association with The Travel with Scholars Program at The University of California Berkeley Extension Program  to bring a rich, scholarly component to our trips. Prior to departure, participants may join in a short course which includes briefings with scholars and other experts. A similar wrap up and debriefing program will take place on return.

Additionally, The UC Berkeley Extension short course will include a well developed bibliography of literature and briefing materials that will give participants a deeper cultural, political, and social context.

On return, the team will coordinate a debriefing program with participants.

Our participants are seasoned travelers and serious observers who bring their collective experience to bear on studying domestic and foreign politics, history and culture. It is our purpose, to gain some real insight into the way the world actually works.

We have traveled regularly, under various auspices. We have participated in, or coordinated trips to:

  • Italy

  • Germany

  • The United Kingdom

  • Northern Ireland

  • The Republic of Ireland

  • Turkey

  • Japan

  • China

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam

  • Cambodia

  • Senegal

We have held meetings with the Vatican Department of State, The British Foreign Office, Members of parliament in every country we have visited.

Our trips have included extensive meetings with local and international press, domestic and international policy makers, universities, historically and culturally based institutes and foundations and in country members of the US diplomatic corps.


Prague, Vienna, and Budapest
November, 2008

Spring 2009