All travel and tourism can be more conscious and responsible. Let’s figure out what to do now.
Planeta.com invites readers and friends to our annual Responsible Travel Week, February 12-18. We hope you can fall in love (again!) with responsible travel.
2018 is the tenth year for Responsible Travel Week (RTWeek) and Planeta.com‘s 19th year of innovative, community-driven, online conferencing. Since 2000 we have hosted dozens of dialogues about ecotourism, sustainable tourism, conscious travel.
Participation is free and Pay What You Want (PWYW). What we mostly desire is engagement – your contributions, news of upcoming events, publications and meetups and questions. Be curious!
How to Participate
Use the #rtweek18 hashtag in posts with comments or contributions to the week
Retweets from @planetanews. Please help us get the words and tweets out!
Requests for Partners
- Talk to Ron Mader and ask to be a partner or sponsor of this event.
- Edit the Planeta Wiki. Comment on Planeta.com.
- Contribute financially or in kind.
- Register on Facebook and Google Docs
Requests for Participants
- Keep an open mind and heart during Responsible Travel Week. We ask a lot of questions and get a lot of feedback during this week.
- Promote the event via face-to-face conversation, online via you own social web channels and to share / like / heart other people’s posts. A little encouragement goes a long way!
- Develop an online presentation – document, blog video, slides – to be shared during the week. Post something we can share, like, embed and promote.
- Host or join videos. Bonus points for live videos. We’d love to see your point of view from #Periscope and #FacebookLive.
- Comment on Planeta.com. Bonus points: help edit the Planeta Wiki
- Host or join local events on the ground.
- Register on Facebook and Google Docs
- Enjoy yourself and contribute to the joy of other participants. It’s not working if we’re not having fun.
We are looking for friends who would like to help organize local events, edit the Planeta Wiki and submit features for Planeta.com about making tourism more beneficial for locals and visitors in 2018. You don’t have to do everything, but if you’d like to be more engaged, talk to Ron.
Photos please. We are seeking photos to use in #RTWeek18 posters and artwork.
Kudos to wiki editors. Kia kaha.
Global and Local
We will invite you along to some wonderful places in Las Vegas, including Seven Magic Mountains pictured in the poster above.
Live Video Conversations
We are scheduling live video conversations and encourage others to do the same.
Details to come about our social web challenge
The Grand Circle
Spotlight Topics: #MakeTheLane
We continue our campaign toward improving road culture. In London there is a call to #MakeTheLane
Greater Las Vegas – Pinball Hall of Fame
Henderson – Henderson Libraries and Cornerstone Park
Clark County – Wetlands Park
South of town Seven Magic Mountains
Spotlight Topics: Mexico 2018
Big year in Mexico with national elections, continuing NAFTA conversations. On a personal note, Ron Mader is celebrating the 20-year anniversary for Mexico: Adventures in Nature guidebook. We would like to know the status of nature travel and ecotourism in Mexico. Scheduling live video conversations throughout the year. Virtual and physical tours, meetups and whatever else to be explored further.
Spotlight Topics: Wildlife Tourism
Preview of upcoming Wildlife Tourism Australia Conference.
Spotlight Topics: Instagrammable Locations, Photography and Photo Safaris
Photography in 2018
Responsible Travel Week amplifies down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible travel with the inexpensive social web.
What we love about travel are the people and it’s a pleasure to extend our lofty conversations to practical slow adventures.
Think of this as a way to move beyond silos and share the information and questions we have. We have the tools in our handhelds to plan trips, to welcome visitors, to make the world a better place.
We recommend budgeting time before, during and particularly after the week to make the most of networking opportunities. Even a modest investment of time can pay off with new ideas and contacts. Be inspired and be inspiring!
Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. We can do both! Responsible Travel Week demonstrates the use of the social web as an integral and inexpensive means of communication and collaboration. At the very least we are documenting case studies around the world. It is time to own our definitions for responsible and sustainable tourism.
The event is mostly unorganized and that is by design. It is what we lovingly called an unconference in that the participants – you – create the agenda. Organize yourselves! On the plus side, this allows people to create events and live video tours on the fly.
Holding a workshop, tour or informal meetup? You don’t need permission – just let us know the details and share via our Facebook event page and Twitter.
We welcome financial donors, including individuals and institutions willing to invest in a more formal approach, including awards and workshops focused on digital literacy training. Let’s learn to use new technologies, how to combine high tech with face-to-face gatherings.
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