South Africa: Beyond Apartheid

Explore the political complexity and natural beauty of South Africa on this in-depth new tour.

Jordan and the Politics and Culture of the Middle East

Delve into the critical issues facing Jordan and its neighbors while exploring the country’s unique beauty and stunning antiquities.

Vietnam: Renaissance and Reconciliation

Explore the rich culture and complex history of this resilient country on a true insider’s tour of Vietnam.

Havana to Trinidad

During this historic period of change, explore Cuba with The Nation on a journey specially curated for the progressive traveler.

India: Exploring the World’s Largest Democracy

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime grand adventure—full of iconic sites, exclusive meetings with renowned experts, and privately curated tours!

Colombia: A Country on the Rise

Join us as we return to this captivating country in the midst of a historic transformation.


About The Nation’s Travel Program

Our mission is to design singular excursions for our community of adventurous, intellectually curious, and open-minded progressives.

The Nation has been hosting unique travel experiences for our readers and supporters since 1998, when we launched our annual weeklong seminar cruise. Our mission has always been to design singular excursions for our community of adventurous, intellectually curious, and open-minded progressives. Every journey is carefully curated—on a Nation tour, you will experience each culture in a meaningful, conscientious, and provocative way. Our editors and staff leverage The Nation’s international network to gain access to local political and cultural leaders, and to construct an itinerary available nowhere else. 

Nation Travels specializes in unusual destinations.  We focus on parts of the world where our governments are sometimes at odds, yet where there is much to learn and experience. Our genuine hope is that citizen-to-citizen contact will lead to more productive engagement. We carefully design all of our trips to enhance this goal. We partner with the most experienced tour operators in every country, and our trips offer excellent value—reasonably priced tours featuring unparalleled local guides, excellent hotels, exceptional meals, and memorable entertainment.

Most importantly, The Nation’s travel programs help fund our journalism—the independent, values-driven reporting you can’t find anywhere else. In these times of tough publishing economics, we’re thrilled to offer these trips in support of our mission, along with the opportunity to learn, grow, and experience the world with kindred spirits. 

We started our land excursions in 2014, when, after 16 years of successful cruises, The Nation applied for and was granted a special people-to-people license to host educational trips to Cuba, well before the Obama administration relaxed US travel restrictions to the island. Since then, we’ve hosted over 16 trips to Cuba, bringing almost 1,000 people to the beautiful, fascinating country with an itinerary specially curated for politically sophisticated travelers. In the last few years our program has grown to include unique journeys to Iran, Russia, Colombia, Vietnam, India, and a Civil Rights tour of the U.S. south resulting in several extraordinary sold-out trips.  We’ll soon visit South Africa and Jordan, and new 2019 trips will include Morocco, Greece, South Korea, the Balkans, and a Native American-focused tour.

We invite you to join us for a transformative travel adventure.

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.