There are a lot of blogs out there (what I call the wandering nomad style) describing people who sell their house, quit their job, leave behind all their belongs and move to Bhutan, Bali, or Bombay for a few years to "scratch that travel itch." Well those stories are a lot of fun and make for some great reading, but in all honesty they do not apply to us. Most people, myself included, have home, family, and employment comittments that make it impossible to pick up and leave home for years at a time. But that does not mean we don't have a similar travel itch.
Dave and Dianne Birney have been cultural travelers for many years. We are also business partners, life partners, and have together parented four well-traveled children. We have always wanted to incorporate cultural immersion style travel into our life paths. We also wanted to support independent travel and to use the resources that we have, by virtue of living in a developed nation to help those without these resources.