New York VS Los Angeles

Where do you stand?

Everyone has a favorite “Big City” in the U.S.  Sure, there are other big cities worth considering like Chicago, Miami, and of course we are quite partial to Dallas, but really it always comes down to New York and Los Angeles.  West Coast versus the East Coast.  Two completely unique cities in two completely unique places.

We like hearing from our travelers about the destinations and places that interest them.  So, let your voice be heard!  Would you rather take a student group to Los Angeles or to New York City?  Let us know by clicking on the Facebook post below, and leaving a comment with your pick.


Grand Prize Winners for the 2014 JE Photo Contest

First things first.  There were many beautiful submissions to the 2014 JE Photo Contest, and it was truly hard for us to decide on our favorite photos.  This year we had more entries than any year before, and it was our privilege to see all of the amazing photos that were submitted from JE Tours around the world.  We had photos from Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Florida, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Belize, Romania, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and more!  Great job to all of the student photographers out there, and thank you for submitting!

What we look for in a great JE photo is hard to describe.  Going on a Joshua Expeditions tour is a unique experience.  Having the opportunity to travel, see new cultures, experience history and education, and serve on mission trips is a hard thing to try and capture in one photo.  The three photos that we have awarded with Grand Prizes this year are photos that we feel tell a story.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these photos are telling captivating stories with those words.  Congratulations to student photographers Leigh, David, and Mele on capturing unique moments from their trips.  Here they are.

2014 JE Photo Contest – Grand Prize Winners

2014 JE Photo Contest - 3rd Place

3rd place photo was taken by Mele G. on her Haiti Mission trip.

2014 JE Photo Contest - 2nd place 2nd place photo was taken by David C. on his Washington, D.C. trip

2014 JE Photo Contest - 1st Place 1st place photo was taken by Leigh M. on her Ecuador Mission Trip.

Teachers – A Back to School Guide to Leading Your Student Trip


Stressed-teacher-460x276 We know that you have a lot on your mind.  Starting a new school year can be really exciting and fun, but we also know it can be extremely hectic.  So, when you decide to lead a student trip on top of all your other duties, we know that it might start to stress you out a little bit.

Don’t Worry!

We are here to help.  If the idea of taking your students outside the classroom (wayyy outside the classroom…) makes you nervous, you aren’t alone.  Hundreds of teachers and administrators take advantage of the benefits JE offers every year, and one of the main responses we hear from teachers is that using JE gave them the opportunity to actually enjoy their trip, rather than stressing out the whole time.

So, if you are ready to take the first step towards planning an amazing student trip this year, AND you actually want to have a good time doing it, here is our guide to getting started the right way.

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An In Depth Look at our Celtic Lands Tour – Part 2

braveheart Part 1 of our look at the Celtic Lands tour showed the group as they traveled through London, and up to the Lake District of North West England.  While that part of the tour is beautiful, the second half of the tour is arguably even more beautiful and historic.  Days 6 – 10 take the group through Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newgrange, and Dublin.



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Pinterest Inspiration

Around the JE office there are two main things that inspire us.  Those two things are:

  1. The Lord
  2. Travel

We have weekly devotionals to keep us focused and reminds us as to why we do what we do, but sometimes the weeks wear on, and we need to be reminded again.  This Pinterest Board is a go to place of inspiration for us.  The scriptures, and the travel quotes reinforce what we believe in around here.  Student Travel can be a means to change the world.

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Our Ministry Programs

Uganda 1 One of the most rewarding parts about our year at Joshua Expeditions has been seeing all the ways that our Ministry initiatives have been helping people around the world.  We are humbled to be able to give back to our Mission contacts throughout the year, and our travelers should know that it’s all because of them!  Our student groups not only provide these ministries with short term service groups, they also give us the ability to provide the ministries with tangible gifts year round.  We are also pleased to announce a brand new addition to the global support that JE provides through out the year. Read More

Tips for Surviving a Long Haul Flight

Surviving a Long Haul Flight

While long-haul flights can be intimidating, here are some tips to make these flights a little more bearable so you can exit the plane ready to take on an adventure of a lifetime.  Trust me, you don’t want to show up in Europe and spend your first day falling asleep at 2pm, or be too grumpy to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit your dream destination. Read More

5 Camera Accessories for Travel

greece 2 After traveling thousands of miles, journeying to multiple countries, and taking hundreds of photos, I was still extremely excited by the site that I was going to visit on the last day of my trip.  I was in Rome, and headed to see the Colosseum.  Trying to capture that massive structure left over from the heyday of the Roman Empire with my DSLR was a big goal of mine. Read More

Communist Palaces and Christ’s Love

Romania Team

Romania Mission Team in front of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest

The Palace of the Parliament is a prime example of the excessive luxury that characterized Romania’s Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu at a time when most Romanian citizens were living in poverty and squalor. Built as Ceauşescu’s personal residence and center of the country’s government, the Palace features 1,100 rooms, rises 12 stories tall with 8 more underground levels, and has a floorspace of 3.7 million square feet. It is considered to be the world’s heaviest building, largest civilian building, and most expensive administrative building. Its construction from 1983-89 required the demolition of Bucharest’s historic district, including 19 Orthodox Christian churches, 6 Jewish synagogues, 3 Protestant churches, and 30,000 residences. It is said that 20,000 workers were made to slave 24-hour days, 7 days per week, in order to keep the pace set by Romania’s leader. Read More

Student DC Trips – 5 Chill-Inducing American Pride Moments from a DC Trip

iwojimamemorial3 Sometimes our travelers underestimate the power of visiting our Nation’s Capitol.  To some people a trip to Washington, D.C. might seem like a boring history lesson filled with long lectures in front of statues of famous political leaders.  But we are here to attest to the fact that, more than any other destination, our travelers rave about how moved they are by visiting Washington, D.C.  More than anything student DC trips are a reminder of how important, dramatic, and life-changing our nation’s history has been throughout the years.

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