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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 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.

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.

Location:

United States

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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 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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Bringing You Closer to Artisans with Galit Flasterstein

12/1/2021
What would it look like to live in a world where we knew who made our products and where they are sourced? Costa Rica-based local Galit Flasterstein and her company, Local Keeps, is out to make that happen. In this conversation, Galit and Christine talk about the rising levels of entrepreneurship amongst women in Latin America, how re-purposed waste can become beautiful works of art, and impactful supporting local artisans is for women and communities. Galit Flasterstein is the CEO and...

Duration:00:56:54

Remembering Ritual and Reconnecting the Human Tribe with Céline Cousteau

11/24/2021
This conversation begins with breath and the Amazon rainforest and continues to traverse subjects such as healthcare, being a traveling woman, and exploring the inner artist. This is what it is like to talk with traveler, filmmaker, artist, and author Céline Cousteau. Her interests and travels are bone-deep and far-reaching, and this conversation is a journey. We are thrilled to share it with you and hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Céline is an environmental activist, storyteller, and...

Duration:01:06:51

"When you empower one woman, you empower a nation" with Jamila Mayanja

11/17/2021
The empowerment of girls and young women will shape and change our future. This is what drives the movement of Jamila Mayanja’s SMART Girls Uganda, whose mission is to empower and mentor girls to develop their confidence and life skills. In this conversation, she and Christine discuss menstrual equity, how it’s connected to girls staying in school, and all of the ways SMART Girls Uganda is making a massive impact across the country. Jamila gets into the details of the incredible breadth and...

Duration:00:54:55

Turning Periods into Pathways with Celeste Mergens

11/12/2021
The stigma around menstruation spans the globe, which has far-reaching impacts for people who menstruate everywhere. Celeste Mergens is tackling this issue head-on. Days for Girls prioritizes cost-effective, safe, sustainable and contextually relevant products help women and girls manage their periods and engage in livelihood activities. In this bonus conversation, Celeste and Christine discuss the necessity of communication, what menstrual equity truly looks like, and how menstrual justice...

Duration:00:48:32

A Kinder Way to Travel with Jessica Blotter

11/10/2021
"How can we use our entrepreneurial skills and passion for travel to create a pathway that would make it easy for travelers to give back to meaningful causes - without necessarily volunteering?" This is the question that spurred Jessica Blotter into founding Kind Traveler. Kind Traveler is the type of brilliant business that the Soul of Travel can truly get behind - in this conversation, Jessica talks about how the company enhances sustainability, individual wellness, and gives directly to...

Duration:01:06:45

Shaping our Future: Season 3 Commences!

11/3/2021
Welcome to Season 3 of the Soul of Travel Podcast. Christine shares a bit about the genesis of the podcast and gives listeners a glimpse at what's ahead for this season. Learn more about Lotus Sojourns and ways to be a part of the community here. Find Lotus Sojourns on Facebook, or join the Lotus Sojourns Collective, our FB community for like-hearted women. Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.)...

Duration:00:07:16

Best of Season 2! JoAnna Haugen

10/27/2021
In this BONUS episode, we are resharing one of the most listened to Soul of Travel conversations in season 2. 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...

Duration:01:04:42

Best of Season 2! Rosette DeKool and Hannah Bamwerinde

10/20/2021
In this BONUS episode, we are resharing one of the most listened to Soul of Travel conversations in season 2. This conversation revolves around the power, leadership, and storytelling prowess of women. Rosette DeKool and Hannah Bamwerinde are the founders of Adventures with Locals Uganda, which they birthed from a passion for locals and community development. Their story and business is full of heart, female leadership, and a desire to create more safety and community in the burgeoning...

Duration:00:51:35

Best of Season 2! Laura Grier

10/13/2021
In this BONUS episode we are resharing one of the most listened to Soul of Travel conversations in season 2. Meet Laura Grier - she is a storyteller, adventure travel photojournalist, and entrepreneur. She and Christine talk about the impact of supporting and elevating fair trade artisans, the power of rest and "cocooning", meaningful travel groups, and more. This conversation with Laura was an incredible conversation to kick off a season featuring women, and we hope you enjoy it as much...

Duration:00:57:04

A Soul of Travel Origin Story with Christine Winebrenner Irick

10/7/2021
In this solo show, Christine shares some of her journey in the tourism industry as well as the origin of the Soul of Travel podcast. She reflects on the past season and some unexpected topics the came up with many of the guests. She also announces the theme for Season 3, Shaping Our Future. This season will begin on November 3! Thank you for your continued support of these soulful conversations. We look forward to sharing them again soon. Next week...look for one of the 'Top 3' Episodes of...

Duration:00:16:27

A Wanderful Journey with Beth Santos

9/29/2021
"When you look at sustainable travel, it is like a niche; but actually, for travel to exist a few hundred years from now, all travel has to be more sustainable." In this final conversation of season two, Christine is joined by Beth Santos, the founder of Wanderful, a travel community for women and women-identifying travelers. It is the perfect way to wrap up this season as it is full of valuable information about where travel is headed in the future. They talk about how travel needs to be...

Duration:01:04:16

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