Slow Travel

Photo: Monte Albán, Oaxaca Think smart, travel slow – Tagline, Planeta.com Take time to enjoy the experience, visit people and savor places. Slow travel is a breath of fresh air for everyone who has “been there…done that” and wants something deeper. Our suggestion: take a deep breath and slow down. Get to know the locals …

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 …

Positive Travel Bias

Buzzwords Newly coined term from Robert Reid: Positive Travel Bias. We’ll be exploring this further and updating this essay in the weeks and months to come. Writing in Transitions Abroad, Reid writes: Of the dozen types of cognitive biases — e.g. “confirmation bias” is the tendency to agree with people who agree with us — …

Local Travel

Photo: Earl’s Family Restaurant, Gallup, New Mexico Editor’s note: Updating this feature in July 2018 Questions How do you define local travel? What would locals like visitors to know? Essay Everywhere is local somewhere. Imagine how travel could be interpreted if we valued not only the experience of the visitor but the local as well. …

Travel Ban

Buzzwords Travel Ban = Restriction and banning visitors June 26, 2018 Breaking news: The US Supreme Court upholds travel ban. The state of Hawaii, three of its residents, and a Muslim-American group challenged the new restrictions. The most recent travel ban blocked the issuance of visas to people from Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, and …

Outbounding

Elsewhere on the Web Outbounding – http://outbounding.org – is a community-powered website focused on excellent travel writing. Members curate favorite travel content to share with new audiences across the web. “It’s time to demand better than thin, facile fluff.” Outbounding resembles Reddit in that anyone can submit quality features and the best are voted up (upvoted!) by members. Key Links http://outbounding.org Members What’s …

Space Travel

Photo: NASA Astronaut Space Travel = travel through outer space Elsewhere on the Web http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/04/technology/future/space-lookahead-2018 Watch Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin launch its space tourism rocket Embedded Tweets Mannequin Skywalker is ready for his 2nd mission on board New Shepard. He’s a little sensitive about being called a “dummy”, as he will be conducting astronaut …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

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 are …

Travel

Photo Travel is more than getting from Point A to B. The act of moving connects us to places and people in ways unimagined by those standing still. Moving beyond the horizon, we need to be open to new experiences and language. Essay Travel when you can. Planeta.com What is responsible travel? Conscious Travel