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Soul of Travel

Christine Winebrenner Irick

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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 opportu ...
 
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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, cu…
 
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 wast…
 
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 i…
 
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,…
 
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 bo…
 
"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 …
 
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-heart…
 
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, …
 
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 d…
 
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…
 
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 c…
 
"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 …
 
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 prefer…
 
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 suppor…
 
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 con…
 
"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…
 
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 livel…
 
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 tw…
 
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 make…
 
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 o…
 
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 conne…
 
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 t…
 
“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 equa…
 
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 bout…
 
“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 …
 
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 convers…
 
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 T…
 
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 …
 
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 op…
 
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 poignan…
 
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 …
 
"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 qu…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 cha…
 
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 me…
 
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 i…
 
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, i…
 
How can we manage tourism responsibly? How can we ensure that the residents of the places we visit are taken care of? In this episode, Christine sits down with a kindred spirit: Adrienne Lee. Adrienne is the Director of Global Impact at Tourism Cares and has so much incredible information to share about building infrastructure and the ways the comm…
 
This conversation is delightful. Dr. Emily Thomas of Durham University makes the conversation of the often-heady philosophy accessible and playful. She and Christine explore the parallels between philosophy and travel, and how the fascination with the unknown i the shape that binds them together. You will find yourself smiling and nodding, "hmmm" a…
 
In today's episode, we spoke (again!) to the impressive and inimitable Maria Pacheco. You might remember from the conversation in Season 1 that Maria is a biologist, entrepreneur, and founder of Wakami Global. In this episode, she and Christine talk about the power of collective dreams, how Wakami factors into it, and how supporting women can have …
 
In this episode of the Voices of Women season, Christine sits down with Tania Carriere, Founder and Designer of Advivum Journeys. In this robust conversation, they talk about the moment travel starts (is it when you book the ticket? when you think about booking the ticket?), and how travel can be a catalyst for personal transformation. You will del…
 
"Wellness and healing cannot happen when oppression exists." This is just one of many gems that Jackie Roby drops throughout this fascinating interview. She is the Chief Excellence Officer of Inspired Journey Consulting, a sales strategist for wellness travel businesses, and a DEI consultant for the travel industry. Her personal and professional hi…
 
This conversation revolves around the power, leadership, and storytelling prowess of women. Rosette and Hannah 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 th…
 
Susan Heinrich - AKA Midlife Globetrotter - draws a bridge between the process of living into your midlife and traveling. In this episode, she and Christine talk about the ways one can reframe midlife as an opportunity and how that parallels the lessons and opportunities of travel. This conversation was a true delight, and you'll feel like you are …
 
Welcome to Season 2 of the Soul of Travel - Voices of Women. In this season, we turn to women in the travel industry to elevate their voices and hear their stories. In this episode, we meet Laura Grier - she is a storyteller, adventure travel photojournalist, and entrepreneur. She and Christine talk about the impact of supporting and elevating fair…
 
Malia Asfour's job is to "build bridges between people throughout the world." As you listen to this episode, you'll hear her clarity around treating this responsibility with the utmost care and passion. She and Christine talk about the value of leaving what you know and exploring the world in a new context, the beauty of sharing space over travelin…
 
"We transform in experience." In this expansive conversation, Suzanne Hanna draws us directly into the somatic experience of the aliveness of travel. She asks us: How does your learning change when you upheave your environment? She points to the physicality of it, and when we stay present to the physical, we have the potential to do deep healing wo…
 
"Business, like life, is a lot of lessons and course correcting along the way. Ultimately, if you go back to basics and passion, that will inevitably get you further, because people are drawn to passion." In the final episode of this first season, Christine sits down with Nikki Vargas to discuss all things journalism, feminism, and storytelling. Ni…
 
Transformational travel starts with intention and ends in mindful action. It is "intentionally traveling to stretch, learn, and grow into new ways of being and engaging with the world." This is the ethos of the Transformational Travel Council, and in this episode, Christine and TTC Co-Founder Jake Haupert leave no stone unturned in the conversation…
 
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