About Us

 

After many conversations regarding how travel enriches one’s life, we (high school Spanish teachers, Jewel Rozanski and Gladys Archer, and avid traveler, Matt McKissock founder of McKissock Learning) started Cultured Travel to create fun and awesome learning and cultural experiences through world travel. 

In order to keep our experiences epic, we strive to make travel as accessible as we can for all of our participants. We do this by keeping our costs low and going directly to providers and keeping advertising costs essentially non-existent. For us, it’s not about the profits. If you find yourself visiting this page, either you know one of us, you know someone who has traveled with us before, are a friend of a friend in one of the aforementioned categories, or somehow, fate landed you here! It is important to us that each of our trips have and our future trips maintain a friends and family feel from the start of your trip planning process to your return home. Furthermore, awesome group experiences have to include awesome people. This is a huge part in making great memories. Past travelers have asked us: “How do you manage to get a group of so many awesome people in one place at one time?” The answer is simple, we make it clear to everyone that whiny, high-maintenance people who don’t travel well and can’t gracefully roll with the punches should not join a Cultured Travel tour.

On our quasi-organized tours, you should expect a blend of pre-planned activities and time to explore on your own with all of the research and suggestions already done for you. We utilize high quality and scholarly guides – true experts in their fields. Our primary goal is to make each tour an experience you will remember and tell others about for the rest of your lives.

Our motto is simple: “Epic Experiences in Spectacular Places with Awesome People!”

Our Motto:

Epic experiences in spectacular places with awesome people!

Cultured Travel was a 2021 recipient of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry’s Excellence in New Business Award.

Matt McKissock

Following my partial retirement from a successful decades-long career as an entrepreneur in the professional licensing education industry, I now spend more time traveling abroad than at home (Warren, PA). I have visited over 30 countries in the past five years alone, and my favorite cities are Istanbul, Cairo, London, Rome and Jerusalem – each of which I regularly return to. I also routinely travel to “my other home” in Tanzania, where I have been active in the establishment, management and oversight of the Majengo Children’s Home, a Tanzanian orphanage supporting 95 severely at-risk children, for over a decade. When I am not otherwise further afield exploring even more remote and exotic locales, or leading others in places more familiar to me, such as Egypt, Istanbul or Tanzania, my family and I enjoy being at home playing Code Words or enjoying time in the outdoors. Among the many delights of travel, perhaps the most deeply rewarding for me is when I have the opportunity to nudge great people across the invisible barrier of their comfort zone and limiting beliefs to travel to sublime, unfamiliar places, and engage with others not from their tribe, experiencing first-hand how much more safe, friendly, generous, warm and welcoming the world is than they would ever suspect from staying home and reading the headlines.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain

Jewel Rozanski

Travel is never a matter of money but courage. Paulo Cohelo

Hola! I am Jewel Rozanski. I have loved to learn through travel ever since I was a little kid and I took trips around the U.S. with my family; many rooted in history. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Spanish Education with a minor in History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was there where I was able to gain my first international travel experience (you don’t count Canada when you live in NWPA) when I studied abroad in Mérida, Mexico. Later, I obtained my Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology also from Edinboro University. I taught Spanish for 14 years and also served as my school district’s curriculum coordinator for World Language for several years. Being a Spanish teacher opened the door for me to travel more and gave me the chance to do what I am so passionate about – showing people the world and providing opportunities for memorable, life-changing learning experiences! As a teacher, I led tour groups nationally and internationally (Chicago, Gettysburg, New Orleans, New York City, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Spain). In December of 2020, I became a Certified Travel Advisor through the Travel Institute and in June of 2021, I retired from teaching to jump full time into Cultured Travel. To me, there is nothing more awesome than bringing amazing people together and creating fun experiences that they will reflect upon with joy forever! I am excited to continue to be a catalyst for the adventure seeker in us all.

Gladys Archer

Bonjour! ¡Y, buenos días!

I love new adventures, meaningful experiences, and sharing these things with others! I graduated from Houghton College with a degree in Biblical Literature, History, and French minor.  One of my coolest experiences was spending a semester abroad living in London, England. My time there included a political internship with the office of a former Prime Minister.  Before settling into teaching French and Spanish, I was a youth camp counselor on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and a youth minister, during which time I lead student work teams to Pittsburgh to help families with home projects.  Recently, I worked with students throughout my local community to respond to emergency needs in the aftermath of the devastating 2017 hurricanes affecting Puerto Rico.  I lead students and their families in fundraising through events, collecting and sending emergency relief aid, and helped facilitate rebuilding efforts of 6 homes on the island.  I enjoy providing opportunities on trips that allow participants to more fully engage with the people of the places we visit and learn about, through language, intercultural fellowship, and even using public transportation when possible.  I’ve been blessed to travel individually, with my family, and with student groups, and look forward to many more shared authentic cultural experiences!

Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures. Anonymous

(Mistakenly Attributed to Lewis Carroll)