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Ethan Gelber
A communications guy at The Travel Word / OutBounding / EcoAdventure Media / Destination Accelerator
A communications guy at The Travel Word / OutBounding / EcoAdventure Media / Destination Accelerator


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Who's listening in? Starts in 2 hours (1pm EST). I'll be there, talking about responsible and local travel in the U.S. (and the world)!
Starting in May 2015 and Get Local Flavor co-host a series of live streaming hangouts to bring together individual leaders and communities in the USA to promote social and environmental responsibility within the travel sector. 

Join a lively discussion of all things related to responsible travel in the USA! Free participation. 

May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Hangout Times across the USA
1-2pm Eastern
12-1pm Central
11am-12pm Mountain
10-11am Pacific
7-8am Hawaii

Ron Mader,

Deborah McLaren,


Ethan Gelber

Christine Mackay

May 8 Hangout YouTube Video

May 8 Google Event Page




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In case you haven't seen this, if you're interested in sustainability (in anything, but especially tourism), this is definitely going to be interesting. I'm moderating a Hangout with sizable group of luminaries (thought leaders and practitioners) on the subject. Tune in at 9am EST / 1pm GMT.
In celebration of Earth Day, join us on Wednesday, April 22, at 9am EST / 1pm GMT, for a free, live and unscripted conversation with Jochen Zeitz and others (see below) from The Long Run, an important global initiative focused on applying an innovative sustainability philosophy to private protected areas, their local communities and nature-based sustainable tourism worldwide.

Jochen Zeitz has been featured aplenty as a businessman with a strong conscience. Earlier this month he was profiled in The Independent (UK) as a millionaire in a race to save the world. 

There is indeed a good bit of that about him. For 18 years, he was the chief executive and chairman of +PUMA, and widely credited with rekindling interest in the brand (and "greening" it). More recently, among many other things, in 2013 he launched +The B Team with Sir Richard Branson and other prominent business leaders who believe there is a way to balance economic profit with the health and vitality of people and the planet.

Another of Zeitz's initiatives, originally established under his Zeitz Foundation's umbrella, is The Long Run, the mission of which is to create and support ecologically and socially responsible destinations around the world for positive impact and sustainability, not just for today but for The Long Run. This is achieved through the holistic balance of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (the 4Cs), and a Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER) standard that has been called "the world’s best standards for privately protected areas" (Dr. Jeff A. Langholz).

The waters run deep with the people involved in The Long Run, so on this 45th annual Earth Day, please take an hour to sit with Jochen Zeitz and others as we talk about:

* the global sustainability movement (a perfect topic for Earth Day!) and how The Long Run fits into it;
* whether The Long Run is just another certification scheme and why customers should care;
* how is The Long Run and its members are promoting, innovating and enhancing sustainable tourism;
* The Long Run as a newly independent, not-for-profit organization, and what it means to be separating from The Zeitz Foundation.

* Jochen Zeitz, a leader 100% dedicated to sustainability and changing the future of business
* Delphine Malleret King (PhD), The Long Run, Natural Resource Management Coordinator & Technical Assistance, The Long Run
* Nabil Tarazi, Founder & Managing Director, EcoHotels / +Feynan Ecolodge (Jordan)
* Michael Lutzeyer, Owner & General Manager, +Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (South Africa) & Julie Cheetah, Director of The Grootbos Foundation
* Arnfinn Oines, Social & Environmental Conscience, +Soneva Kiri Resort & Residences (Thailand) & +Soneva Fushi Resort & Residences (Maldives)
* Karen Lewis, Owner, +Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Costa Rica) 
* Suzan Crag, Owner, Tahi (New Zealand)
* Priscilla Murillo, +Pacuare Lodge (Costa Rica)
* +Ethan Gelber (moderator), Founder/Editor, The Travel Word

For more information about The Long Run, Jochen Zeitz and this Hangout, go to
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Remember that book I edited about volunteer and philanthropic travel? It was launched a couple of months ago to welcome acclaim. Well, travel-industry website +Skift just published an interview with me about it, written by +Jason Clampet and also featuring +Sallie Grayson and +Vicky Smith. Wonderful to have more word of it out there and continuing to spread!

cc: +Inspired Escapes +Matthew Barker +Aly Mahan +Sophie Dubus +Diana Edelman +Alice Gugelev +Anna McKeon +Anna Pollock +Shannon O'Donnell +Jeremy Smith +Carlos Topete +Ayako Ezaki +Wandering Educators +Jessica Festa +Unearth the World +Gregory Hubbs +Ron Mader +Daniela Papi +David Clemmons +Mark Horoszowski +Sonal Kadchha +Amy E. Robertson +Sarah Vandenberg 

#voluntourism   #volunteering   #travelphilanthropy  
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Psyched to be bringing great personalities into play about important topics of interest to travel writers and bloggers -- cultural and ethnic diversity in travel writing, and the ethics of the new market in travel writing (i.e., what to do about sponsored content).
We've partnered with to host workshops tackling ethics and diversity on both days of #NYTF '15. Our member +The Travel Word has a big role in them too. Learn more and then get your admission ticket!
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This is going to be good! Learn all about the book I edited (launched last month) about volunteer and philanthropic travel... from me and others who participated in the process.

New guest update:

In addition to +Ethan Gelber  , the editor of the Adventures Less Ordinary book, we also have one of the contributors to the book. +Mark Horoszowski ,  is the founder of Moving Worlds ( a social enterprise helping people find the best place to volunteer their skills.

And +Matthew Barker  was largely responsible for the overall initiative behind the publication and its association with the specialist tour operator, Inspired Escapes (, which is how it got to be, in the words of well-respected travel blogger, +Jessica Voigts , "hands down, the best book on travel I've ever read" and at the same time, remain FREE of charge!
#151 - Inspirational Travel
#151 - Inspirational Travel
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One of tomorrow's excellent distractions!
Inspirational Travel

This week +Mike Young is back from his travels to Louisiana (home territory for Mike), updating material for Mikes Travel Guide ( So we'll hear what he's been up to.

And +Ethan Gelber will be here to talk about a book he has edited, Adventures Less Ordinary (, published a few weeks ago, promoting inspiring travel for a new generation of engaged travellers who want to learn about, and have a responsible impact on, the communities they visit.

You can ask 'inspired' questions using the Q&A app (top right on video screen) any time before the hangout starts or while we are 'on air'.

Image: CC Flickr/Ben Belske
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Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

This is my contribution to the #JustOneRhino  fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!
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Just launched! At long last. The book I edited, Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free e-guide to mindful adventures, is now live. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading advocates for travel that makes a difference, this how-to handbook is for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure -- one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

Early praise has called it "long overdue," "a breath of fresh air," full of "tremendous insight," "impressive" and even "the most important book on travel ever written," so we think we've done something useful. If you nurture a free-spirited and adventure-minded desire for more to travel than just getting somewhere and being there, please register to receive your free copy at
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I am pleased (and a bit flattered) to have been the subject of such a fantastically supportive interview by +Jessica Voigts of +Wandering Educators.
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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity (

This is part the Editor’s Note I wrote for “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a handbook for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

Many thanks to the following for their contributions: Sarah Brown, Cheryl Chapman, David Clemmons, +Sophie Dubus, +Diana Edelman, Christine Garde, +Sallie Grayson, +Alice Gugelev, +kakuta hamisi, Cole Hoover, +Mark Horoszowski, +Sonal Kadchha, Chris Mackay, +Anna McKeon, +Shannon O'Donnell, Stephen Partridge, +Anna Pollock, +Amy E. Robertson, Jorge Sandoval, +Jeremy Smith, +Vicky Smith and +Sarah Vandenberg.

#voluntourism   #socimp   #MendNotEnd   #GoVolunteer   #GoAbroad  
cc: +Matthew Barker +Gregory Hubbs +Ron Mader +Aly Mahan +Jessica Voigts 
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