To achieve its sustainability mission, the travel industry needs to find a way to connect with the casual traveler. | Photo by Nemanja .O. on Unsplash

What Casual Travelers Don’t Know: Solutions for Bridging the Knowledge Gap

If you’ve been working in the travel and tourism industry for any length of time, you’ve probably given at least some thought to the following:...
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The Future (of Tourism) is Female

The scent of garlic and ginger hung in the air as we sat down for dinner in Sabita’s pink dining room. Steaming before us was...
It's time for destinations to embrace the very people that make a place special. | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Beyond Buzzwords: “Local Travel” for Locals, by Locals

For years, people have been encouraged to “go local” when they travel. Guidebook guru Rick Steves designed his entire Europe Through the Back Door brand...
As the lockdown lifts, travelers are likely to seek out small group experiences. | Photo by Drew Farwell on Unsplash

Tomorrow’s Travel Trends — and the Solutions Addressing Them

There is no denying what we already know to be true: Travel as we know it has changed. The “new normal” will be in flux...
Coordinated efforts to support each other across the travel industry offer a blueprint for the future. | Photo by Luis Morera on Unsplash

The Future of Travel Hinges on Cooperation

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that humanity is inherently good during a crisis. From cheering for healthcare workers to surges in...
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Hotels Step Up to Fight Coronavirus

In an ideal world, travelers come and go through hotel lobbies on an ongoing basis. They spend a night or two, or maybe a week...
What You Can Do Today to Help the Travel and Tourism Industry

What You Can Do Today to Help the Travel and Tourism Industry

With border crossings becoming increasingly difficult, businesses closing their doors, and international transportation put on hold, the travel and tourism industry has essentially come to...
Avoiding travel in times of crisis can have devastating ripple effects. | Photo by Daniel Lim on Unsplash

Coronavirus and Fear: When You Stay Home, People Suffer

Scroll through today’s headlines and alarmist messages jump out: Coronavirus! Riots! Climate crisis! It’s enough to keep anyone locked up inside the safety of their...
The increase in social media usage and photography has led to a blatant disregard for respect. | Photo by Alicia Steels on Unsplash

Selfie Culture and the Overtourism Problem

Just over a year ago, I found myself standing awestruck in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. I craned my neck to admire the colorful...
Empowering women elevates the wellbeing of society as a whole. | Photo by Anes Sabitovic on Unsplash

Why Empowering Women Matters in Activating Change

“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.” - Melinda...
Giving people access to books, information, and other resources boosts economic vitality. | Photo by Laëtitia Buscaylet on Unsplash

Literacy: One Solution, Countless Positive Impacts

In my hunt for finding innovative community solutions, one common theme keeps surfacing: Libraries. The popular Little Free Library has made it possible for people to borrow a...
Igreja de São Tiago Church in Óbidos, Portugal, is now a bookstore and popular tourist attraction. | ©JoAnna Haugen

Breathing New Life Into Old Buildings Adds Destination Appeal

In Óbidos, Portugal, an UNESCO Creative City of Literature, shelves in one of the city’s many bookstores hold colorful volumes on Portuguese history and culture,...
Every small action is an important part to a bigger solution. | Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash

Yes, And: Why We Need to Celebrate “Imperfect” Solutions

Scientists raised the warning flag about climate change well over a century ago and even more urgently 30 years ago. Environmental journalist Andrew Revkin notes in...
The best charitable organizations involve and empower local communities. | Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash

#GivingTuesday and Beyond: Why Communities Matter in Altruism

The holiday season is upon us, which means the “season” for giving has arrived. On #GivingTuesday and beyond, people give in part because it makes...
How many reusable pens do we really need in our lives? | Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Does An Eco-Friendly Mindset Drive Unnecessary Consumerism?

Last weekend I attended a journalism conference. Upon checking in, I received the prerequisite “swag bag” that seems to be an event standard. Inside the...
One-third of food produced globally goes to waste. | Photo by Rachel Park on Unsplash

Waste Not: Food Waste Solutions Needed to Address Growing Global Problem

Last week I attended International Night held at my husband’s school. The international school at which he works is robust and diverse with around 40...
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Introducing Rooted: Complex Questions Meet Community-Based Solutions in a Tumultuous World

Flip through any news source. Scroll through any social media feed. Turn on any news show. It doesn’t matter where you turn: The news feels...