Responsible Travel Week 2020

Poster Please speak with Planeta.com host Ron Mader if you would like to actively participate in this global conversation. Volunteers requested for testing our video chats, privately and publicly. Invitation What do we love about travel? We invite friends to join our free, week-long conversation, Responsible Travel Week, February 10-16, 2020. 90% of the conversation …

Ecotourism Spotlight Award

Poster From the archives: the 2007-2010 Ecotourism Spotlight Award. We will be tracking down links from the contenders and talking up the continuing work toward eco travel during Responsible Travel Week, February 10-16 Original Announcement Government websites that engage locals and visitors about ecotourism, responsible travel and the local travel movement are eligible to win …

Exploring Ecotourism

Poster: @ronmader As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we explore the ways ecotourism is interpreted around the world. While the details vary, most definitions of ecotourism boil down to a special form of tourism that meets three criteria: 1) it provides for environmental conservation 2) it includes meaningful community participation 3) it is profitable …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Photo Global tourism has matured and offers options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly as possible. While there is no standard definition that used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals want to please visitors who …

What is responsible travel?

Buzzwords While tourism marketing campaigns have long touted ‘destinations’ — travelers are simply entering a place that is someone else’s home. If those working in the tourist trade would embrace the values we wish developed, then we could make a huge leap forward. The trick lies in listening to locals and visitors to create the …

Reflections on Slow Travel

Photo: Bike Share in Las Vegas My background – Originally, I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana, home of the Three Rivers Festival which deepened my interest in local and international culture, particularly food, mostly food. The weekend’s International Village would showcase foods that otherwise were not on the menu. Since I created Planeta.com in 1994, I’ve …

Wildlife Tourism

Buzzwords Wildlife Tourism = Observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats Elsewhere on the Web greengirlsinafrica.com wildlifetourism.org.au Headlines Dangers of ecotourism: Up close and infectious – Knowable Embedded Tweets Happy Valentine’s Day #HikerSafety Distance makes the heart grow fonder. pic.twitter.com/fejX2scwDx — American Hiking (@AmericanHiking) February 14, 2019 Contact GWP …

Overtourism

Buzzwords Overtourism = Essay Having seen the overcrowding in person at Zion National Park over the past decade, I wonder if we are satisfied with the communication about park visitation as visitors. Do we know beforehand that we are contributing to a human traffic jam? What are strategies for visitors to avoid overcrowded places? Living …

Travel Links

Photo: Route 66 Museum Links related to travel presented in somewhat random fashion: Headlines How to get paid to travel – Washington Post YouTube Travel Film Archive Industry https://qz.com/1419103/is-tourism-really-the-worlds-largest-industry http://tourismplace.blogspot.com/2008/04/tourism-is-not-worlds-largest-industry.html Geography tgjournal.com Facebook Elsewhere on the Web operationgroundswell.com – Facebook – @OGbackpackers World Travel Nation – @WTN_global Features Why travel? This is why we travel …