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 industry professionals and seasoned travelers 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.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 68 min

Valerie Merut is a truly incredible resource for sustainable travel businesses. Originally from France, Valerie grew up traveling with her family. Valerie now helps sustainable tourism businesses create attractive branding and impactful business strategies for social media and digital marketing. She loves encouraging people to travel AND maximize opportunities for tourism businesses online, and her job is the best of both worlds.

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Samantha Bray’s passion for geo-tourism and sustainable travel is truly infectious. She came from a small community and was fascinated, during school, with the ways small communities could be bolstered by tourism. Now, she is the Managing Director of the Center for Responsible Travel, and her daily work ranges from food waste to energy use to connecting cross-culturally.

In this spirited conversation, Samantha and Christine talk abo...

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Christine sits down with her friend, Jennifer MacNiven. Jen is a brand and lifestyle photographer and the author of Mind, Body, Soulmate: Successful, single, and still looking? Jen grew up in a military family, and traveling the world is in her blood.

It’s not every day you get to sit with a dear friend to connect, and this conversation is a real treat because it dances with camaraderie and love. It is a conversation full of travel...

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“We can only go everywhere from here.” This was something that was said in Christine and Bex’s preparatory conversation for this episode, and it really is the foundation for this hour. The pandemic, while turbulent for the travel industry, also acted as an equalizer. This is a conversation about the possibilities that are alive because of that equalizing effect.

This conversation is full of information for both travelers and industr...

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Brie McNeal has made ethical, sustainable products her passion and purpose. (She’s really good at it, too.) She is the Supply Chain Manager for The Earthling Co, where she works to ensure total supply chain transparency and that all ingredients are sourced ethically. She is also the founder of SHANAE With Love, an ethically sourced and curated boutique.

In this conversation, Brie and Christine talk about what the label “FTO” really ...

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June 30, 2021 39 min

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

This is Jami Savage’s ethos around tourism, and she has so much more to say about that and family travel in this enlightening conversation. Christine and Jami talk about family travel - why it’s important and why they love traveling with their kids. They encourage you to explore with your family and consider ways that make it accessible and responsible.

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What are your dreams? How do you call them in? What do you value, what makes you happy? This wonderful conversation with Jeannette Ceja, of Jet Set with Jeanette, will have you considering these questions and more.

She and Christine talk about vision boards, the importance of representation in travel, and being super clear on your why. This conversation is open-hearted and vulnerable and will surely have you dreaming big.

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So many of the listeners of this podcast are thoughtful beings who care deeply about the environment and climate change - and it’s hard to ignore the number of carbon emissions the travel process produces.

Christina Beckmann is here to change that.

She is the Co-Founder of Tomorrow’s Air and the Vice President for Global Strategy at the Adventure Travel Trade Association. She asks the question: how can we reconcile travel’s benefits ...

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This conversation with Tomiko Harvey is an essential listen for travel brands and operators interested in making their services truly inclusive. Tomiko is the Founder and Editor of Passports and Grub, Conference Director for TBX North America, and the VP of the Black Travel Alliance. Her experience with race, diversity, and travel is vast. 

In this conversation, she and Christine talk about how to be a champion of diversity in the t...

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Dr. Nick Ellis and Matt Kinch sit down with Christine to talk about their organizations, the MEDLIFE Movement and Good Life Expeditions.   After following the call to travel to Peru, Nick ended up becoming a MD and creating MEDLIFE to support rural communities in a different way.   As they began bringing more travelers to volunteer, the role of tour operator naturally evolved and Matt and Nick now support community-based tourism an...

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Kelly Lewis is a women's travel industry maven who knows the ins and outs of being a woman in the travel industry.

She and Christine talk about the birth of the Go Girl Guides, Women's Travel Fest, and more. They discuss the process of a dream or vision - how it requires a strong idea, flexibility, and trust in the magic of the process.  She poignantly shares about the way adversity can be overcome and used as fertilizer for...

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In this conversation with Michael Bennet, you’ll see why he has been described as “a disarmingly earnest combination of spiritual guru and travel agent with a strange obsession with Joseph Campbell.”

He is a seasoned traveler, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to transforming others’ lives through travel. In this bonus conversation, he and Christine talk about how he defines a meaningful travel experien...

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June 1, 2021 53 min

"You crave to be the person you are when you travel when you come home." In this lively episode, 'Diving Journalist' Lisa Niver shares tales of her epic moments of travel, including 7 years at sea and a walk across Asia - amongst other incredible things. This episode will transport you to Thailand, the Galapagos, and more, and connect you to the question: "why do I travel?" Watch your world open up in this h...

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Maria Baltazzi is a distance walker, Emmy-award-winning television producer, and believer in the magic of travel. As the founder of the Sojourn Experience, she wants to cultivate and nourish travel for the greater good. In this sweet and thought-provoking conversation, she and Christine discuss cultivating nourishing and fulfilling inner and outer experiences, mindfully creating a vision for your sojourn, the wonder of guiding trip...

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This interview with JoAnna Haugen will propel you across time and space. She is, amongst many things, an exceptional storyteller. She wears many hats in the worlds of sustainable tourism and social impact, and through her colorful stories the importance of her work comes alive.

She and Christine talk about how to make tourism more valuable to local communities and the importance of lifting each other up.

Joanna is the Founder of Root...

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May 11, 2021 52 min

You probably know why sustainability matters, generally. But have you integrated sustainable principles into your home? Your travel business? The ways you travel? Sustainable doesn't always have to equal "more expensive." Christine and Anne de Jong talk about how sustainability benefits local communities as well as the earth and the ways it can change the tourism experience. They discuss knowing the "why" of you...

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Jennifer Spatz is the founder and CEO of Global Family Travels, and in this episode, she generously shares a wealth of stories and information to illuminate the ways Global Family Travels strives to be. She and Christine explore the difference between "voluntourism" and community-based tourism and how they shift local impact, how we can add more meaning to travel experiences, and looking at the full scope of the question, &...

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In this episode, Christine sits down again with Nikki Vargas, founder of the publication Unearth Women. This publication has so many amazing features, the Feminist City Guide being one of many. Nikki and Christine talk about the mission to lift people's voices - especially women with lived experiences in marginalized identities. This conversation is packed with conversation around representation, perspective, traveling as a wom...

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This is a special conversation. Christine sits down with her friend Jess to talk about travel, entrepreneurship, adventure, and more. Jess has an amazing life story, and she generously shares the way she's blended travel and nurturing leadership amongst women everywhere.

They talk about how, as women, it's so easy to overextend oneself - and how, if we're not careful, we may end up living someone else's life. What wo...

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How can we manage tourism responsibly? How can we ensure that the residents of the places we visit are taken care of? In this episode, Christine sits down with a kindred spirit: Adrienne Lee.  Adrienne is the Director of Global Impact at Tourism Cares and has so much incredible information to share about building infrastructure and the ways the communities we travel to can be supported.

Christine and Adrienne talk about the ways in...

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