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.
Lets Unpack Colonialism & Travel
What is colonialism, neocolonialism, and ethnocentrism, and how do these "isms" intersect with travel? Guest Sojourner White joins Erin to unpack these three isms, and explain how and why they are relevant to travelers.
Are Tour Groups a Responsible Way to Travel?
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.
How Travel Can Help to Heal Grief
Grief is something that all of us will experience in life. Erin, host of Alpaca My Bags, has experienced grief several times in her life. Two of those times, the loss happened right before she was meant to travel. And somehow, traveling really helped her to heal.
In this episode we're joined by Andrew Steven, the host of the new podcast Trail Weight. The show chronicles Andrew’s adventure of self-discovery as he hiked the John Muir Trail while grappling with the death of his mom. We discuss how travel impacts the experience of grief, travel guilt, and how immersing yourself in nature and new experiences can support your mental health.
Travel on the Spectrum
Traveling often means changes in our routines, unpredictable moments, new sights, new languages, and new sounds. While all of us are likely familiar with these challenges on some level, for autistic people, they can be especially tough.
In this episode, we’re exploring how the Autism spectrum impacts travel. We're joined by Jenni, a California based photographer who was formally diagnosed with Autism in adulthood, and Nicole, who owns a travel agency that specializes in travel for neurodiverse people.
"Nothing Prepares You For India"
The idea of India being tough for Western travelers to prepare for is a common narrative. It's known as a destination where most travelers will face culture shock.
In this episode of Alpaca My Bags, we're exploring these perceptions with one of our listeners, Anuj!
We discuss the stereotyped perceptions of India that are held by foreigners, and we explore the diversity of India - from it's languages to it's food and culture. Plus, we dig into the legacy of colonialism in India, class differences, and the ethics of slum tours.
Unpacking Travel Privilege in South East Asia
South East Asia is extremely popular amongst backpackers, typically because it doesn’t cost much to get there, there is plenty of tourism infrastructure, there are lots of opportunities to party, and most of all - you can travel there on a small budget.
But there are tons of stories of tourists being arrested or deported for disrespectful behaviour, or even breaking laws. In this episode, Saphire and Crystal from the podcast Eff It, Go Travel join us to explore how and why this happens - and, spoiler alert - much of it has to with white, and western privilege.
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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!
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!
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!