Travel and Your Values: The Power of Deliberate Spending

Responsible Travel

A few dollars here, a few dollars there. Does how you spend your money when you travel really matter? Is it possible to align your travel approach and spending decisions with your values?In the first part of this series, The Importance of People in Travel, we explored the relationship between people and the travel experience and we spoke of serendipity and human … [Read more...]

Tourism, It’s the People’s Business

Burmese Mother and Child - Toungoo, Myanmar

In pursuit of the iconic, sometimes we lose the people. Then we need to come back. Here are a few thoughts on the often overlooked importance of people to travel and the connection between travelers’ experiences, their spending decisions and the impact on the communities they visit.So much ink is spilled, understandably so, on the budget aspect of travel -- how … [Read more...]

Still Summer to Busy Fall: September Speaking Appearances

Sailing into a Berlin sunset

We don't often write about upcoming conferences and projects (i.e., the business side of things), but many of you have expressed interest, so we're trying to make amends. We also understand that this blogging and business stuff isn't for everyone, so we won't be offended if you decide to head to our thoughts on Paris or Mt. Fuji instead.Days get shorter, nights … [Read more...]

The Good Global Traveler: 17 Actions You Can Take

Learning a New Skill - Zikra Initiative, Jordan

Travel holds tremendous potential. For the traveler, it offers a path to experience, education and personal transformation. For local host communities, it provides a means to economic benefit and cultural exchange. It’s this magic “travel equation” that among other things first inspired us to quit our jobs for the road over five years ago, and to this day … [Read more...]

Sustainable Tourism and GSTC: One of Our New Projects

GSTC logo

We’d like to think that we live our lives and travel according to a set of values, key among them respect -- respect for other cultures, respect for the environment and respect for the complexities and nuances of the economic realities that face a growing planet. Until now, we just never labeled those values or the behaviors attached to them as “sustainable.”So … [Read more...]