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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

Designing Experiences For Conscious Travelers with Dee Gibson

1/12/2022
Today’s guest, Dee Gibson, designs experiences for conscious travelers while also talking about things she’s passionate about. Dee knows design plays a key part in travelers experiencing other cultures and countries. Dee Gibson is a London-based Interior Designer and Hotelier and a regular speaker and panelist. As founder of the Kalukanda House, a luxury villa in Sri Lanka, Dee has used the interplay between design and travel to delight guests in Sri Lanka and inspire clients in...

Duration:01:06:11

Authentic Storytelling with Elisa Spampinato

1/5/2022
Christine is very excited to be joined by Elisa Spampinato. They had the pleasure of connecting at the Transformational Travel Council. Elisa’s story is really representative of a lot of people that Christine speaks with because they really find themselves or tourism finds them because they're out there engaging with the world. Travel is less about going someplace and more about unwrapping and sharing the story of the world with others. Travel is this way to show the beauty, the story and...

Duration:01:00:54

Impacting Communities Through Clean Water Projects with Fiona Jeffery

12/29/2021
Safe and clean drinking water is essential for survival and good health. Without safe access to clean water, clean hygiene practices are impossible. Safe hygiene practices lead to improved health, improved education, access to food sources, improved women's rights and greater prosperity. Globally, 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water. 2 out of 5 people do not have a basic hand-washing facility with soap and water, and more than 673 million people still practice open...

Duration:01:07:18

The Power of Transformational Travel with Sonia Cruz Oro

12/22/2021
When you travel, are you present? Are you aware of what your body is doing and feeling when you’re traveling? By changing your environment and focusing on new experiences around you, the people, the surrounding landscape, you awaken your mind. You’re breaking out of your normal routine and allowing yourself to be self-aware. When you are self-aware is when you can start changing and improving things. Christine’s guest is Travel Coach, Author, and Podcaster, Sonia Cruz Oro. Sonia Cruz Oro...

Duration:00:59:01

Traveling Sustainably with Hilary Matson

12/15/2021
Are you an avid traveler? Are you conscious of the footprint they are leaving along the way? Most people think the effects of travel are solely based on climate but covid has shown us that the world is dependent on tourism and the pandemic has affected many businesses around the world. In this episode, Christine and Hilary Matson are talking about all things sustainable travel and how travelers can make a huge impact on the countries they are visiting by being more conscious of the...

Duration:00:53:09

Instilling a Love of Reading with Ellenore Angelidis

12/8/2021
Ellenore Angelides is a lawyer by training and defines her path as “following her curiosity.” She spend 13 years in a corporate career and eventually founded Open Hearts Big Dreams, which focuses on increasing literacy and educational opportunities. In this soulful conversation, she and Christine talk about the foundation that literacy provides, culturally representative literature, and how Open Hearts is making a profound impact by instilling a love of stories. Learn more about Ellenore...

Duration:00:58:41

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