Global Travel Authors (GTA) is a result of the 35-year passion for travel as a form of learning and knowledge-sharing.  We, Irene Shaland and Alex Shaland, focus on holistic approach to travel and are dedicated to popularizing independent tourism-with-a-higher-purpose through writing, public lecturing and photography. We rely on our first-hand personal experience to deliver comprehensive, scholarly, and entertaining content for printed and web-based publications and audiences.

We travel the world, take photos, write books and magazine articles, present lectures, and lead small interest groups


Our publishing credits include eight books ranging from a collection of short Jewish stories and books on theater history to African safari adventure books for adults and children.

Shaland’s Jewish Travel Guide to Malta and Corsica” was the first book of our Jewish Travel series.

Shaland’s Lisbon: An Illustrated Guide to Jewish History and Sites in and around Lisbon” was released in 2023.

 We are currently working on  the next 4 books in the Portuguese series.

We authored over 50 magazine and newspaper articles. Articles appeared in Moment magazine, Tikkun and ZEEK magazines, The Theatre Journal, American Theater, several Penton Media magazines, The Plain Dealer, North Eastern Ohio Life Magazine, Design World Magazine, Jewish Montreal, Toronto Jewish Tribune, ROMAR Travel, Baltimore Jewish News, L’Chaim of the Intermountain Jewish News, The Detroit Jews News, Chicago Jewish News, IMAGE Magazine, London Jewish Telegraph, Sino-Judaica Institute Academic Magazine, and other domestic and international publications. In addition, we successfully completed many ghost writing projects for PR companies. Read our articles. Read our blogs.

Travel Educators, Slide-Shows Presenters, Lecturers

Every GTA trip results in a series of multi-format knowledge-sharing events. We authored and delivered numerous educational lectures and slide-shows focused on promoting a new way of travel thinking: an art form you create yourself as a never-ending process of discovery and self-fulfillment. The subjects of our popular presentations are focused on China, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Australia, Scandinavia, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, Corsica, Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, Azores and Madeira, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic,  the Holocaust, Easter Island, Japan, Africa and Madagascar.

We have presented our lectures at numerous venues throughout the country and internationally: Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC; Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage; Abraham Presentations, U.K.; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Italian Jewish Center of Calabria, Italy; Anti-Defamation League, NYC; Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies;  The Hidden Child Foundation; CWRU-Siegal Lifelong Learning; Touro Law School; Benjamin Rose Institute; Baltimore Zionist District; The Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mandel JCC; Fairmount Temple; Park Synagogue; Synagogue Ner Tamid Del Sud, Italy; The Cleveland Play House; The Cleveland Cinematheque; NASA; The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve; Opus Art Gallery; public libraries in Cleveland, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey;  and various interest groups.

In addition, we delivered pre-show/pre-movie talks and after-show discussions for the Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Cleveland Cinemateque. We also developed cross-cultural study workshops for U.S. scientists involved in joint U.S.-Russian space programs. The workshops were delivered at several NASA centers, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing to the high acclaim.
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Interest Group Tour Planners and Leaders

We planned, organized and led over 60 historical, architectural and theatre-oriented tours to major cultural centers in the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Tours originated from Cleveland, Columbus, and Youngstown. Destinations included: Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Montreal, New York, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Richmond, Quebec City, Toronto, Washington, DC, Ohio Amish Country, Indian Reservations, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, and many more.

International destinations we explored so far

We traveled throughout the world creating our own itineraries geared toward cultural and ecological explorations of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chili, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Easter Island, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece and Greek Islands, Hawaii, Holland, Hong Kong, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten, St. Thomas, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe.


Our mission is to foster cross cultural diversity, tolerance, inclusion, and understanding around the world with an emphasis on Jewish history.

Learn more  About Irene Shaland

Irene Shaland standing at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

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Lemur sitting on Alex Shaland's head

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