A message from the founder

Yunus Tuncel, Ph.d.

Studying philosophy and traveling have been my passions for a long time. After I finished my doctoral studies at the New School for Social Research, I brought these two passions together and over the years created a venue through which participants in a travel philosophy class can study and explore the life and the works of a philosopher or a school of philosophy on site. While studying the works of philosophers, we often forget the context in and through which they were created. This context has to do with the places where they lived, the historical conditions of their times, and the people of these times, and I believe it is important to study them as much as it is to study their biographies from books. After consulting with several philosophy teachers who were all encouraging, I embarked on this project with a first Philomobile trip to the Nietzsche sites in May 2010 (more information about this trip is in the newsletter).

Please join us on these adventures.

Our Mission

Philomobile is a travel organization designed for those who want more from their vacations than bland resorts, overcrowded museum tours, and a beach tan. World travel is first and foremost a sensual experience, but at Philomobile we also deliver intellectual pleasure. Instead of cheap trinkets, your souvenirs will be a satisfied mind and body.

Philomobile, literally means “moving philosophy” so think of us as a modern day peripatetic school, that offers a unique blend of academic tourism and cultural education. We emphasize learning on site, and our trips are designed for those interested in culture. All Philomobile projects have an instructional component led by experienced professors from accredited universities and colleges, combined with sightseeing led by regional tour guides. In addition, every trip explores the literature, fine art, science, religions, and historical context within which philosophy flourished.

At Philomobile we welcome curious adventurers from educational and cultural institutions, retirees, and the general public. From the golden age of philosophy in ancient Greece to existentialism in France, and from the Islamic conquest of Spain to Nietzsche scholarship in Germany, we offer an array of diverse travel packages at competitive prices. While our current travel courses are all on the European continent, we hope to expand to more corners of the globe in the future.

If you want more out of travel than being just another tourist lost in the anonymous crowd, we encourage Socratic dialogue between our travellers. So if you are a free spirit who craves stimulating discussions and exposure to new cultures, please join us on one of our journeys.

Philomobile projects are designed for those who are interested in the adventure of studying philosophy on the road. For specific trips, please see our schedule.


  • Yunus Tuncel

    Founder and Director
  • Alec Ontiveros

    Assistant Director, Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer
  • Luke Trusso

    Marketing Associate and Web Editor
  • Seth Binsted

    Marketing Associate, Photographer and Videographer
  • Esha Bajaj

    Marketing Associate
  • Annie Barson

    Marketing Associate
  • Liv Chai

    Marketing Associate
  • Anjali Rajan

    Marketing Associate
  • Tina Wang

    Web Designer and Developer