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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.

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Solo Travel with Valerie Wilson the Trusted Travel Girl

9/22/2021
Have you ever dreamed of setting off around the globe on your own, but weren't sure where to start? Christine speaks with Valerie Wilson, Trusted Travel Girl, about her first solo travel experiences. You'll hear what it is like to be a full-time traveler and how Valerie feels that solo travel has changed her. Gain an understanding of why she prefers to "travel like a local," and the magic that comes from the authentic connection to a destination. Christine and Valerie also break down a few...

Duration:01:00:29

Driving Local Economy through Equal Partnership with Kate Webb

9/15/2021
Kate Webb's true north is to ensure that any tourism that she facilitates drives the local economy and community. Her companies, Orbis Expeditions and the Responsible Safari Company, achieve this aim through sport challenge trips, learning ventures, and travel with a purpose. In this conversation, she and Christine talk about Kate's focus on supporting current initiatives over creating new ones, what really benefits people in the local economy, and cultural understanding vs. cultural...

Duration:00:50:44

Resilient Entrepreneurship with Sally Milller

9/8/2021
Today's guest, Sally Miller, birthed a business from a desire to do tourism differently. In this episode, Sally talks about the practices their business implements to create robust and integrated travel experiences, bridging the gap between product and travel, and resiliency and flexibility in these pandemic times. This is a hopeful, heartening conversation for anybody interested in the field of sustainable products and responsible travel. Impact Escapes emerged from Sally Miller and Alex...

Duration:00:52:04

Connected Retreats & Getting Off the Beaten Path with Jools Sampson

9/1/2021
"Travel is more than just a vacation." This is one of the foundational ideas of this podcast, and on today's episode, Christine sits down with Jools Sampson to discuss the transformational experiences through her business, Reclaim Your Self. They discuss travel as an opportunity for the connection we may all be craving post-pandemic, her transition from aid work into the wellness world, and how to build containers for transformational travel experiences. Finally, Jools transports listeners...

Duration:01:08:37

Businesses Can Drive Change with Sarah Dusek

8/25/2021
Sarah Dusek has a radical idea: business can be the vehicle that drives change forward. In this episode, Sarah shares her story of transitioning out of a lawyer track and into adventure travel, her views on businesses as having a positive impact in communities, the challenges and possibilities of entrepreneurship, and more. Along with being a lively, stimulating conversation, Sarah and Christine will also transport you to the African bush, the Montana mountains, and straight to your own...

Duration:01:00:48

Local Purse and Building Better with Lola Åkerström & Sara Mansouri

8/18/2021
If you've been a long-time listener of this podcast, you know that it was born from a desire to stay connected and problem solve in the midst of a global pandemic. Today's guests are examples of people in the travel industry who are taking this moment to ensure the travel industry comes back better than it was. Lola Åkerström & Sara Mansouri are two passionate world travelers and the founders of Local Purse. Local Purse is an online marketplace for live video shopping experiences that...

Duration:00:50:49

Guiding Better with Nikki Padilla Rivera

8/4/2021
What does it mean to be a guide in the travel industry? This is Nikki Padilla Rivera's guiding question. She works to empower guides through training and advocacy and supports them to create consistently branded, high-quality experiences that generate word-of-mouth marketing. Christine and this self-described "Tour Guide Advocate" discuss what makes a magical, life-changing tour, the differences between tour directors and guides (and the unique skills required for each), and all of the ways...

Duration:00:56:00

Approaching Your Travel Brand With Authenticity with Valerie Merut

7/28/2021
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. She and Christine discuss Valerie’s personal and professional...

Duration:01:08:45

The Heart of the (Responsible Travel) Matter with Samantha Bray

7/21/2021
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 about the unique beauty of discovering tourism and travel, the...

Duration:00:53:17

Travel, Surrender, and Where the Healing Begins with Jennifer MacNiven

7/14/2021
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, creativity, and healing, and we are so happy to share it...

Duration:01:04:29

The Hopeful Future of Travel with Bex Shapiro

7/9/2021
“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 industry professionals alike. It was recorded in March on...

Duration:01:06:18

"Ethical, Sustainable, and Fair Trade" with Briana Faye McNeal

7/7/2021
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 means, the value of knowing the story of specific products,...

Duration:00:59:18

Adventure Awaits with Jami Savage

6/30/2021
“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. Jami Savage is a family travel writer who focuses on...

Duration:00:39:28

Visioning, Real Self-Love, and Travel with Jeannette Ceja

6/23/2021
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. Jeannette is a bilingual travel journalist, a TV host, travel...

Duration:01:06:57

Approaching Solutions to Carbon Emissions with Christina Beckmann

6/18/2021
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 with this unavoidable problem? This episode goes deep...

Duration:00:52:51

Authentic Diversity in Travel with Tomiko Harvey

6/16/2021
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 travel industry, common myths related to black travelers,...

Duration:01:06:17

The Importance of Community with Dr. Nick Ellis and Matt Kinch

6/11/2021
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 and sustainable travel while helping travelers get off the beaten...

Duration:00:53:03

The Power of Your Story with Kelly Lewis

6/9/2021
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 growth. They cover travel, passion, entrepreneurship, overcoming...

Duration:00:55:07

Travel Better, Live Better with Michael Bennett, Ed.D.

6/7/2021
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 experience, different ways to bring people together when they...

Duration:01:03:52

We Said Go Travel with Lisa Niver

6/2/2021
"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 hour. Learn more about Lisa Niver here: https://lisaniver.com/one-page/ Watch her...

Duration:00:53:52