Soul of Travel

Soul of Travel

Join Christine Winebrenner Irick for soulful conversations with her community of fellow travelers exploring the heart, the mind, and the globe. These conversations highlight what tourism really means for the world. Soul of Travel honors the passion and dedication of the people making a positive impact in tourism. In each episode, you’ll hear the story of women who are industry professionals and seasoned travelers and community leaders who know travel is more than a vacation. It is an opportunity for personal awareness and it is a vehicle for change. We are thought leaders, action takers, and heart-centered change makers. My guests work in all sectors of the tourism industry. You'll hear from adventure-based community organizations, social impact businesses, travel photographers and videographers, tourism boards and destination marketing organizations, and transformational travel experts. They all honor the idea that travel is more than a vacation and focus on sustainable travel, eco-travel, community-based tourism, and intentional travel. These conversations are meant to educate, inspire and create community. They are directed to new travelers and seasoned travelers, as well as industry professionals and those who are curious about a career in travel. If you want to learn about new destinations, types of travel, or how to be more intentional or live life on purpose, you will find something inside these soulful conversations.


November 30, 2022 58 min

Locally-led tourism initiatives are more sustainable as they sustain and promote healthier, happier communities. Community-based tourism is one of the most critical ways that travel can benefit the local economy, preservation, and wilderness. 

Christine’s guest today knows all too well the magic and beauty of India.

Allison Sodha is the President of Sodha Travel and Author of Go! Girl Guides India. In the past two decades, she has sp...

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Julana Dizon is a professional model TV host and wildlife educator. Her travel and lifestyle blog called Julana Goes is inspired by wildlife and fueled by curiosity. It is her main mission to inspire millennial women and couples to get offline and get outdoors to create memories together while being mindful of our planet. 

In this conversation, Christine and Julana talk about the lack of representation of women in wildlife and conse...

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Women travelers are creating multiple communities of their own, as well as coming together to demand rights and representation. In an era where solo women travel and sustainable tourism are moving from trend to norm, communities are all the more critical for informing, inspiring, and empowering women to travel well.

Christine’s guest today, Carolyn Ray, encourages female solo travelers to go out and explore the world.

Carolyn Ray bel...

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November 9, 2022 38 min

Christine knows travel is one of the best things of life in spite of all of its challenges. Whether you are traveling within your own city or around the world. Learn the art of serendipity, enjoy the journey, and tackle problems one at a time. 

Maybe you cannot get out there and find serendipity, but you can cultivate a mindset that accepts boldness, openness, and whimsicality. 

There are a lot of great things planned but the joys of...

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Mehgan Heaney-Grier is a pioneering free diver, ocean explorer and longtime conservationist. With more than 20 years of experience working both above and below the waterline. Mehgan has built a career as a professional speaker, marine educator, stunt diver, podcast host and television personality.

As an advocate, ocean explorer, and narrative-teller on a variety of media platforms, Mehgan is dedicated to raising awareness and equipp...

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October 25, 2022 22 min

We are celebrating 100 episodes of the Soul of Travel Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening and for your support, for cheering me on along the way. Christine thought this would be a great time to share some of the reflections and feedback she’s received from guests and listeners over the past two and a half years.

Christine has learned after talking with a few women at recent industry conferences that many of them remembered a mom...

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Traveling is an integral part of the human experience. Whether it's to visit family, friends, or for a well-deserved vacation, it brings about an opportunity for reflection and self-discovery. 

The most valuable part of travel is not just the destination but rather the journey itself and by partnering with socially responsible tourism initiatives, travelers can make a positive impact on social justice and the communities where t...

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As a traveler, you may want to take photos from time to time that could be considered ethically questionable. Do we ever stop and think about why we want to take a photo? Are we really doing anything wrong by taking photos of the less fortunate?

Christine’s guest knows the impacts ethical photography can have on local communities around the world.

Amina Mohamed has always had a passion for photography. She spent fifteen years explori...

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Whether you enjoy visiting the same places or exploring new ones, travel inspires the mind. The mental boost you get from adventure travel may be more important than the physical boost. 

Christine’s guest today knows firsthand the benefits of travel.

Becki Rupp is a Personal Trainer and Adventure Coach and owner of Trailblazer Wellness. She has hiked, biked, sea kayak and explored over 40 US states as well as several countries in Eur...

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Travel is about conscious journeys and decisions about tourism, which seek to respect and preserve local environments, cultures, and economies. Sustainable tourism is the solution in which tourism is conducted over a long period without adversely impacting natural and cultural environments. 

Today, we're gonna learn how a journey to Guatemala has led Christine’s guest, Chelsea Glass to where she is now. 

Some of the things that r...

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The world is awakening to what women can bring and being a successful woman in business means taking on this mantle and sharing it to encourage others, and using your position as a role model to those looking to be successful. After all, each woman gets to determine what success means to her, what she believes makes her life satisfying and fulfilling.

Women define success, especially success in business, by the rules that others set...

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September 14, 2022 17 min

Welcome to Season Four!

Christine is so excited for season four, she’s already began to record a few of the conversations and she’s feeling something different happening here.

In this season, you're still going to hear inspirational stories about travel, how it changes our lives, and how it has led our guests to create the businesses that are changing the world. You'll also hear how these women are changing the status quo acr...

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September 6, 2022 14 min

Christine Winebrenner Irick, Host of Soul of Travel reflects on season 3 and some unexpected topics the came up with many of the guests.

As Christine wraps up season three, she looks back on her favorite parts from this season and talks about how far we've come in this community. From the beginning of this season, fall 2021, when we were all still very much in the midst of a global pandemic to the women she has spoken to that ha...

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In this pod swap,  Christine got to sit on the other side of the mic from her friend and colleague, Jackie Roby.

This time she's asking the questions, and I was able to fully express the intention behind each experience with Lotus sojourns, the magic I see and travel and the importance of community in a way that I haven't before.

In this conversation, Christine shares a bit about the messages she received from the universe, ...

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This episode originally aired on June 14, 2022 on the Lunar Inspired: The Flow Mamas Podcast and starts with a celebration of the Full Moon in Sagittarius and honors the fun loving, adventurous part of yourself.

In this pod swap, Christine had the joyous experience of being interviewed by Monica de Vitry on her Lunar Inspired: The Flow Mamas Podcast. Monica, the Flow Mamas Founder, is an Artist, Teacher and Lunar Coach. 

Christine lo...

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When Christine picked it up the book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, for the first time, she read the prologue, which is about four pages long, and immediately got on LinkedIn and messaged today’s guest. 

This book had already shifted so much or created so many awarenesses that Christine was really excited to bring this book the conversation.  

This book and this conversation have helped Christine find the la...

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Just like people have a carbon footprint, trees have one too. If a tree is cut down for lumber, it is the same as a person who burned the furniture in the living room from the house — releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But trees can also generate CO2. 

Christine’s guest today is here to talk about how trees and connected to travel, our carbon foot print, and climate change.

Elkie Nicholas is a tree hugging, eco-warrior wit...

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It is important to stay aware of the many diverse communities that make up our local, national, and global environments. This is increasingly becoming more important as travel is being enjoyed around the world by increasing numbers of people. 

Diversity, equity, inclusion and women are important aspects for travel and tourism industry leaders to consider if we want our industry talent pool to continue to innovate and grow. 

Travel is...

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Today’s guest always thought that if she climbed the corporate ladder and became the CEO of an established company, she could finally travel around the world. But after being in a high-level position at her job, working so many hours that there wasn't any time for her to enjoy herself and it just felt like she was living in a perpetual cycle of work and nothing else.

Yulia Denisyuk is an award-winning travel photographer and wri...

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Volunteer travel has its roots in the "voluntourism" through which people volunteer on projects abroad. Volunteer travel has been reimagined as a social enterprise model with a focus on working within local communities and creating value for them, rather than for the volunteers themselves. 

Volunteering abroad, especially in developing countries, has become a necessary experience for many people who label themselves as '...

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