Shawn Small

After a decade working in parish youth ministry Shawn started Wonder Voyage Missions. Over the last 15 years, WVM has led thousands of pilgrims to over forty countries. Shawn is a storyteller and an award winning filmmaker. He is an author who brings the gift of engaging narrative to our journeys. Shawn is dedicated to creating voyages that give people abundant opportunities to encounter God.

Capturing Wonder: The Power of Journaling
Capturing Wonder: The Power of Journaling
I believe a journal is as fundamental a part of travel gear as shoes and deodorant. I often go back to reread my experiences and reflect on how that affected my life. On one particular day, I was searching for the journal that chronicled my ...
8 Tips To Expedite Your Time At The Airport
8 Tips To Expedite Your Time At The Airport
Last September, while traveling with my wife, the security lines were running a bit slow at DFW International Airport.  The TSA officers were being thorough in their process of screening baggage and travelers as they passed through the metal detectors. Since 9-11 I have been ...
Preventing and Treating Stomach Problems While Traveling
Overcoming Montezuma’s Revenge
We nickname it Montezuma’s Revenge, green apple quick step, back door trots or the belly bug, but there is nothing cute about diarrhea... especially while traveling. Though it primarily affects people visiting developing nations, diarrhea can strike anywhere. In fact, I have traveled in Amazon ...
Portable ER: 17 Items to Keep You Prepared
Portable ER: 17 Items to Keep You Prepared
Traveling around the world has great benefits to the soul, but it can have potentially dangerous effects on the body.  As I boated down the Amazon River in 2007, I thought about the potential for escalating danger.  Floating through thick jungles, days away from civilization ...
Wonder Voyage Director: A Definition
Wonder Voyage Director: A Definition
Designing, planning, and implementing an entire mission trip or pilgrimage can be daunting, especially when you’re the one leading a group. Having someone to guide you through the process can make all the difference. This is where Wonder Voyage directors excel. We are not tour ...
Tell Us What You Are Thinking! We are listening.
Tell Us
Most of us travel with some level of expectation about how our trip will go especially if it is with an organization that has planned the trip for you or your group. It’s easy to feel disappointed or frustrated when those expectations fall short. At ...
Do You Want a Pilgrimage or a Vacation?
Do You Want a Pilgrimage or a Vacation?
It was one of the most awkward trips of the summer for one of our voyage directors. He was going to lead a team on pilgrimage in Colorado. The leader of the team had agreed that the focus of the journey would be on recognizing ...
Destination: Ireland
Destination: Ireland
In 2000, Wonder Voyage chose Ireland as its first international destination. Twenty years later, the misty Emerald Isle is now our most extensively explored location and one of which we never tire. Ireland has a way of feeling like home, especially since so many of ...