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Do you want to be a responsible tourist? Join Erin Hynes and her guests as they take a careful look at what truly makes travel and tourism responsible. Topics covered include dark tourism, sustainable travel, voluntourism, travel privilege, what it means to travel authentically, and so much more. Every episode introduces you to unique and underrepresented perspectives, and provides you with the tools and information you need to travel the world in a mindful way! Follow us on social: @alpacamybagspod.

Alpaca My Bags: Responsible Travel Podcast Erin Elizabeth Hynes of Pina Travels

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 15 Ratings

Do you want to be a responsible tourist? Join Erin Hynes and her guests as they take a careful look at what truly makes travel and tourism responsible. Topics covered include dark tourism, sustainable travel, voluntourism, travel privilege, what it means to travel authentically, and so much more. Every episode introduces you to unique and underrepresented perspectives, and provides you with the tools and information you need to travel the world in a mindful way! Follow us on social: @alpacamybagspod.

    Pullback Podcast x AMB - Responsible Travel

    Pullback Podcast x AMB - Responsible Travel

    Kristen and Kyla are joined by Erin Hynes and Kattie Laur to discuss how we can travel more responsibly. Topics: choosing a destination; carbon offsets and flying; how to find vendors, tour guides, and places to stay; choosing souvenirs; general intentionality.

    Website: https://www.pullback.org/episode-notes/episode91

    Harbinger Media Network: https://harbingermedianetwork.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PullbackPodcast 

    Alpaca My Bags on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alpacamybagspod

    Erin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pinatravels

    Kattie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/podkatt

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pullbackpodcast/?igshid=i57wwo16tjko 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PullbackPodcast/ 

    Check out the journalist Natasha Daly for more information on animal tourism: https://www.natashaldaly.com/

    We went on a tangent about Shein and one of our favourite pods (How to Save a Planet) just released a more in depth episode! Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3zcjQpt9pZd5UVP8Dp1iRr?si=f3bf0f7462af448f

    Pullback is produced and hosted by Kristen Pue and Kyla Hewson. Logo by Rachel Beyer and Evan Vrinten.

    • 1 hr
    Let's Unpack Responsible Travel in S05!

    Let's Unpack Responsible Travel in S05!

    In S05 of Alpaca My Bags we are unpacking some of the major factors that have been changing travel over the last few years. We’ll explore the impact of space tourism, the rise of digital nomadism, overtourism, sustainable travel, mental health struggles abroad, and more.

    • 4 min
    S4: The Down Low on Travel Insurance

    S4: The Down Low on Travel Insurance

    With summer ramping up in the northern hemisphere, lots of us are planning to travel. What's something you should pack for your next trip? Travel insurance! In this summer bonus episode, we're covering what travel insurance is, whether you need travel insurance, and what type of travel insurance to buy for your trip.

    • 32 min
    Are Tour Groups a Responsible Way to Travel? [REBROADCAST]

    Are Tour Groups a Responsible Way to Travel? [REBROADCAST]

    NOTE: Hey Alpaca Pals! We're on a break right now to work on putting together the next season of the show. In the meantime, we’re rebroadcasting some of our favourite episodes every few weeks - episodes are that a MUST LISTEN!

    From Season 3, Erin is joined by Jess Brooks to talk about tour groups! Tour operators sometimes get flack for their practices, but others seem to be doing a good job when it comes to responsible and sustainable practices. Erin and Jess discuss the impact that group travel has on our planet, and give tips for figuring out which tour operators deserve our dollars.

    GUEST:
    Jess Brooks is the founder of Eternal Landscapes, a Mongolia-focused tour operator that aims to keep the benefits of tourism within the local community.

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    RESOURCES:





    Eternal Landscapes
    Responsible tourism in Mongolia
    Ways to be a More Responsible Tourist
    Eternal Landscapes on Instagram





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    Alpaca My Bags is the podcast that is creating a platform for discussing travel through a critical lens and responsible travel. If you're a fan of the podcast, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review Alpaca My Bags!

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    CREDITS
    Written and Hosted by: Erin Hynes
    Producer: Kattie Laur
    Music from Motion Array
    Logo by Christopher McCluskey

    • 54 min
    Disability and Travel: Airlines, get your sh*t together. [REBROADCAST]

    Disability and Travel: Airlines, get your sh*t together. [REBROADCAST]

    NOTE: Hey Alpaca Pals! We're on a break right now to work on putting together the next season of the show. In the meantime, we’re rebroadcasting some of our favourite episodes every few weeks - episodes are that a MUST LISTEN!

    Back in Season 2, we talked to Andrew Gurza, a disability consultant, speaker, fellow Torontonian and host of Disability After Dark Podcast. We discussed the realities of traveling as a disabled person, where airlines are going wrong, and what can be done to make travel more accessible. 




    UPDATE: Disability Advocate Engracia Figueroa Died After An Airline Damaged Her Wheelchair



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    Guest: Andrew Gurza

    HOW TO SUPPORT US!
    Alpaca My Bags is the podcast that is creating a platform for discussing travel through a critical lens and responsible travel. If you're a fan of the podcast, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review Alpaca My Bags!

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    ALSO, we're looking for more info on what you like and dislike about the podcast, and how you found us! If you have one minute today, please fill out this quick survey for us!

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    Join our Facebook Group: Responsible Travel Discussion and Resources by AMB



    CREDITS
    Written and Hosted by: Erin Hynes
    Producer: Kattie Laur
    Music from Motion Array
    Logo by Christopher McCluskey

    • 45 min
    Lets Unpack Colonialism & Travel [REBROADCAST]

    Lets Unpack Colonialism & Travel [REBROADCAST]

    NOTE: Hey Alpaca Pals! We're on a break right now to work on putting together the next season of the show. In the meantime, we’re rebroadcasting some of our favourite episodes every few weeks - episodes are that a MUST LISTEN!

    This week we're revisiting our chat with Sojourner White. Erin picked this episode because Sojourner is so talented at helping regular folks like us understand complex topics. Topics like colonialism, neocolonialism, and ethnocentrism. We unpack these three isms, and explain how and why they are relevant to travelers.

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    GUEST: Sojourner White




    Resources 





    Decolonization in Action


    No White Saviors Podcast 


    Home • Sojournies 


    Sojourner | Travel & Lifestyle

    HOW TO SUPPORT US!
    Alpaca My Bags is the podcast that is creating a platform for discussing travel through a critical lens and responsible travel. If you're a fan of the podcast, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review Alpaca My Bags!

    SUPPORT US ON PATREON for as little as $5 a month!

    ALSO, we're looking for more info on what you like and dislike about the podcast, and how you found us! If you have one minute today, please fill out this quick survey for us!

    Follow us on social media @alpacamybagspod
    Join our Facebook Group: Responsible Travel Discussion and Resources by AMB



    CREDITS
    Written and Hosted by: Erin Hynes
    Producer: Kattie Laur
    Music from Motion Array
    Logo by Christopher McCluskey

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

GreekJohn1965 ,

Excellent current travel wisdom in the Covid Age…

This was an excellent podcast. I agree with everything she said! Now in April 2022, I am going to Cyprus in a couple of weeks and hoping to get back to long distance bicycle touring in the fall. Amazing how Covid has changed the way I think about how to make these things happen.
Thanks!
John M.
Greece

Mackenzis ,

So Many Important Topics Covered

This show has taught me to be more mindful in ways that I would have never thought of myself. There are so many topics within responsible travel to cover and the Alpaca My Bags podcast checks all the boxes. Can't wait to hear more great content!

RandalVictoria ,

Great Topics!!

This is a great podcast with short, digestible episode and interesting and knowledgeable guests. I use some of their episodes in my community college Humanities courses. Thanks for creating such quality and thought-provoking content!

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