62 episodes

The podcast that is creating a platform for discussing travel through a critical lens. Travel enthusiast, Erin, chats with guests about travel controversies, ethical tourism and travel stories with no holds barred!

Why are people obsessed with dark tourism? How can we travel ethically? Which destinations should we rethink?

Plus we tackle travel mishaps, mainstream destinations, hidden gems, and more! Sometimes serious and often hilarious, this Canadian podcast (recorded and produced in Toronto) is released bi-weekly and features a different hot topic and guest in each episode.

Alpaca My Bags Erin Elizabeth Hynes of Pina Travels

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.4 • 10 Ratings

The podcast that is creating a platform for discussing travel through a critical lens. Travel enthusiast, Erin, chats with guests about travel controversies, ethical tourism and travel stories with no holds barred!

Why are people obsessed with dark tourism? How can we travel ethically? Which destinations should we rethink?

Plus we tackle travel mishaps, mainstream destinations, hidden gems, and more! Sometimes serious and often hilarious, this Canadian podcast (recorded and produced in Toronto) is released bi-weekly and features a different hot topic and guest in each episode.

    Defining Ethical Aid vs. "Voluntourism"

    Defining Ethical Aid vs. "Voluntourism"

    Voluntourism, missionary work, and other forms of aid often carry colonial and racist undertones. Is there a way to volunteer time while traveling, that is ethical? Is the aid sector entirely bad?

    • 40 min
    Exploring the Complexities of Adventure Travel

    Exploring the Complexities of Adventure Travel

    What do you consider to be an "adventure"?

    In this episode we’re chatting with an incredible adventurer Mario Rigby who completed a two year long trek across the continent of Africa and more recently spent a month kayaking the full length of Lake Ontario... alone.

    So how can we adventure in a way that is right for us, and in a way that's sustainable and responsible?

    • 39 min
    Fat Girls Travel Too!

    Fat Girls Travel Too!

    Part of the pressures that women feel to have a “beach body”, especially during their travels, are due to a problematic standard of thin-ness - but also because of many stereotypes.

    In this episode, Erin chats with the women behind the travel community, "Fat Girls Travel, Too!", who's goal is to empower plus-size women to explore the world, and crush stereotypes.

    • 40 min
    Traveling With Your Pet - Ft. JJ Yosh & Simon the Backpacking Kitty

    Traveling With Your Pet - Ft. JJ Yosh & Simon the Backpacking Kitty

    These days, it seems like there’s more and more pets appearing in Instagram photos, adventuring around the world with their humans. But what are the logistics of bringing your pet adventuring?
    Do cats and dogs and other animals actually enjoy it? Is it safe for them?
    In this episode JJ Yosh joines us to explorr whether or not, animals should travel too.

    • 53 min
    BONUS: The Thoughtful Travel x Alpaca My Bags

    BONUS: The Thoughtful Travel x Alpaca My Bags

    Amanda Kendle of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast joins Erin to discuss responsible travel and their mutual obsessions.

    • 48 min
    Coming up... Season 3 Trailer!

    Coming up... Season 3 Trailer!

    Don’t worry - this season of Alpaca My Bags won’t be all about Coronavirus, I promise.

    What it will be about is the intersections of travel and identity and privilege. This season will explore the impact that travel has on our lives, and the communities we interact with as tourists.

    I’m back, along with my producer Kattie, to dive deep into the world of responsible travel and tourism. How can we do it right and how we can make tourism more accessible for everyone?

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

GreekJohn1965 ,

Smart and funny..,

Smart and funny travelers improving the relevance of of the savvy traveler in this oh so modern age!

H.razz29 ,

Such an educational podcast!

For people that love to travel, or want to travel - this podcast addresses so many of the issues related to traveling such as privilege, environmental and economical effects in different countries, and ethical choices you will have to make. I have learned so much, been made uncomfortable, and am enjoying each podcast that comes out!

Alyson CJ ,

Funny, Education & Inspiring!

I love this podcast! I have learned so much in every episode. Erin and Katie always find really interesting guests and topics for each episode and I appreciate how open, vulnerable and self-aware Erin is when she is interviewing. I especially think it is important that she addresses her own privilege when approching each topic. I am also learning a lot about sustainability while traveling which is something that I haven't thought much about and am going to try to be more aware of going forward. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for anyone who travels or is interested in traveling!

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