ABOUT US

FROM T1WT FOUNDER,
SAVANNAH JOHNSON:

If you were to ask me what my two most essential travel items are, I’d tell you, “my passport and my insulin.”

Most people, when they hear about my travels and life story, assume I’ve been traveling forever. But I didn’t start traveling until I was 19, when I told my parents that I was burnt out, taking time off college, and going to Southeast Asia without a plan. 

I had attempted to travel prior–as a high school student, I applied to a handful of summer programs boasting rugged outdoors adventures and road less traveled itineraries. I wanted to see the world, to know the world, to discover my capacities to impact it.

Though, I didn’t see any limitations to doing so, my diabetes was cited time and time again by the travel companies as reason I couldn’t enroll…

MISSION

Our mission is to equip T1WT travelers with skills, community, and confidence by providing transformative adventures that empower them to realize their potential–as T1Ds, as leaders, and as global citizens.

VISION

We envision a world where T1D young people confidently approach new activities, countries, and experiences and have access to education and opportunities that empower them to thrive across the globe.  

To guide us on our journey and help us achieve our goals, we follow a set of core values gathered from cultures and philosophies around the world. Just as travel shapes our perspectives, these values shape the foundation of our approach to empowering T1D travelers.

In all aspects of traveling and learning, we value:

脱俗 DATSUZOKU

Stepping outside of your comfort zone to gain new skills and perspectives

RESFEBER & WOOHITIKE

Honoring the feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins and the brave and courageous spirit that lies within every person embarking on it

GRIT & RESILIENCE

Persevering and persisting through the highs and lows

DESENRASCANÇO

Creatively managing challenges as they arise

नमस्ते NAMASTE

Holding compassion and respect for self and others

HAECCEITY

Recognizing you are more than your diagnosis

改善 KAIZEN

Continually improving – being self-aware, responsible, reflective, and committed to growth

παρέα PARÉA

Developing friendships that kindle your soul and spirit

生き甲斐 IKIGAI

Discovering passions and purpose

HÓZHÓ

Striving for balance in life

TŪRANGAWAEWAE

Protecting the places and planet we call home

كرم KARAM

Extending generosity, graciousness, and gratitude

UBUNTU

Connecting to a greater whole – being part of, supporting, and being supported by community

TYPE 1 WAY TICKET

T1WT Founder Savannah Johnson’s first time abroad was on a one-way ticket to the unknown. When she bought her return ticket several months after backpacking around Southeast Asia, she went home a different person than when she departed.

While our programs have defined start and end dates, and most families purchase roundtrip flights for their travelers, when you enroll in a Type 1 Way Ticket program, you buy a one-way ticket to a new you–a stronger, more confident, more limitless version of yourself. And you become ready to take on the curveballs of Type 1 Diabetes–and the world–with the conviction that you can.

We recognize the extraordinary role that international travel plays in shaping the lives of young people and the nuances of traveling with diabetes by creating itineraries which push travelers to see themselves and the places they visit in a new and exciting light. 

We believe several factors set us apart, including:

TO JOIN THE T1WT COMMUNITY OR

BECOME A T1WT TRAVELER