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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.
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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 extra effort to support your guests pays off. They also discuss female tour guides: why they matter and why they're impactful. Tour operators and guides: do not miss this episode full of supportive and helpful gems to incorporate into your own practices.Visit Trip Kinetic's website here: https://www.tripkinetics.com/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Nikki Padilla Rivera (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 journey, how she envisioned and created what she really wanted for herself, and how she specialized in sustainable tourism. She also shares practical advice for folks in the travel industry who want more effective social media practices.Follow Valerie on Instagram @valeriemerut.Visit her website at https://valeriemerut.com/.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Valerie Merut (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 multi-faceted nature of travel and the industry, responsible tourism vs. sustainable tourism, and so much more. Travel professionals and travelers alike: do not miss this conversation. Samantha is a wonderful resource whose insights and wisdom will leave us all better.Learn more about the Center for Responsible Travel here: https://www.responsibletravel.org/Samantha also mentions she is the Vice Chair of the Future of Tourism Coalition...learn more about them here: https://www.futureoftourism.orgLearn 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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Samantha Bray (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 with you.Visit Jennifer's website here: https://www.jennifermacniven.com/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jennifer MacNiven (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
“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 International Women’s Day, and the two women discuss digital equality, representation, and brand transparency as a vehicle for change.Bex Shapiro has been a force for change in the travel industry. She recently left a four-year gig at Intrepid Travel as their Global Social Media Manager. She educated people about DEI in Marketing, and acts as a champion for many people in the industry. Her marketing is rooted in authenticity, humanity, and inclusivity as a force for change in the travel industry.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Bex Shapiro (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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, and the magic of artisanal goods. Visit SHANAE With Love’s Website: https://shanaewithlove.com/Visit The Earthling Co’s Website: https://theearthlingco.com/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Brie McNeal (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
“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 outdoor adventures and eco-tourism. Her blog, Adventure Awaits, caters to parents ages 28-48 who like to take their family on outdoor recreational pursuits and trips. She currently lives in Canada.Follow Jami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventureawaits.ca/Visit Jami’s website: https://adventureawaits.ca/Follow Jami on Twitter: https://twitter.com/famtravelwriter?lang=enLearn 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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jami Savage (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 advisor, and global public speaker.Visit Jeannette’s Website: https://www.jetsetwithjeannette.com/ Get in touch with Jeannette: https://www.instagram.com/jetsetwithjeannette/Follow Jeannette on Instagram: travel@jetsetwithjeannette.com   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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jeannette Ceja (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 into sustainability, social impact, and understanding the layers of travel.Learn more about Tomorrow's Air here: https://www.tomorrowsair.com/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Christina Beckmann (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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, unconscious bias, and more.Learn more about Passports and Grub: https://passportsandgrub.com/about/Learn more about the Black Travel Alliance: https://blacktravelalliance.org/board-member-feature-tomiko-harvey/Follow Tomiko on Instagram @tomikoharvey.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Tomiko Harvey (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 path. This conversation dances through topics of sustainable travel, community impact, and ways to empower the communities we visit. In the last year, they launched a campaign to provide one million meals to families experiences food insecurity due to COVID-19.Learn more about traveling to Peru with Lotus Sojourns and ways to be a part of the community here.Learn more about MEDLIFE Movement: https://www.medlifemovement.orgLearn more about Good Life Expeditions: https://www.goodlifeexpeditions.com/why-goodlife/expert-travel-team/Find Lotus Sojourns on Facebook, or join the Lotus Sojourns Collective, our FB community for like-hearted women.You can support MEDLIFE with your purchase of a Lotus CommuniTee here.Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Dr. Nick Ellis and Matt Kinch (Guests). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 difficulty, creativity, and the power of shaping your life story. This conversation will leave you touched and inspired.Kelly Lewis is the Founder of Damesly, Women's Travel Fest, and Go Girl Guides. She is the upcoming author of the book "Tell Her She Can't," available on June 29, 2021.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Kelly Lewis (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 travel, and how to integrate the inner and outer journeys.He is the Co-Founder of Explorer X - learn more and connect with him here. 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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Michael Bennett, Ed.D. (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
"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 videos on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WeSaidGoTravelLearn 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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Lisa Niver (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 trips, and so much more. Visit The Sojourn Experience here: https://thesojournexperience.org/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Maria Baltazzi (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 Rooted Storytelling, an organization that documents and shares community-focused sustainable travel initiatives and helps others do the same. She is a returned peace corps volunteer and intrepid traveler currently located in Kiev, Ukraine.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) JoAnna Haugen (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 your strategy and purpose, how you want to make a difference, and starting small vs. trying to do it all at once.Anne de Jong is the co-founder of the Good Tourism Institute. She is a changemaker in the tourism industry, focused on supporting tour operators and destinations to become more resilient and sustainable.Visit the Good Tourism Institute's website here.Learn more about the Tourism Operator course and e-book here.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Anne de Jong (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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, "how can I help?" This thoughtful conversation explores the ways we solve problems in community-based tourism. You'll leave considering the ways you engage with community-based tourism and how you can be a more responsible traveler and human.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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jennifer Spatz (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 woman, deepening one's relationship to a place, and so much more. A truly gorgeous conversation that will leave you nourished, excited, and considering where you are connected to and why.Visit Unearth Women's Website: https://www.unearthwomen.com/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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Nikki Vargas (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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 would it look like to craft your days from start to finish? How would it feel to not be burned out? Jess and Christine explore these questions and more.Learn more about 2 Smart Girls here.After listening to this interview you want to get more from Jess and the Smart Girl Collaborative?The Smart Girl Collaborative is our membership collaborative designed to help women in business grow together by learning from each other and showcasing their expertise. Through group coaching, masterminds, masterclasses, and learning to sell with confidence, we are helping every woman embrace her superpowers, so she can truly shine! https://2smartgirls.teachable.com/p/smart-girl-collaborative/?product_id=2490491&coupon_code=LOTUSPodcast Guest Promo Code: LOTUSLearn 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 @souloftravelpodcastCredits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jess Sato (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.
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