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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 industry professionals and seasoned travelers who know travel is more than a vacation. It is an opportunity for personal awareness and it is a vehicle for change. We are thought leaders, action takers, and heart-centered change makers. My guests work in all sectors of the tourism industry. You'll hear from adventure-based community organizations, social impact businesses, travel photographers and videographers, tourism boards and destination marketing organizations, and transformational travel experts. They all honor the idea that travel is more than a vacation and focus on sustainable travel, eco-travel, community-based tourism, and intentional travel. These conversations are meant to educate, inspire and create community. They are directed to new travelers and seasoned travelers, as well as industry professionals and those who are curious about a career in travel. If you want to learn about new destinations, types of travel, or how to be more intentional or live life on purpose, you will find something inside these soulful conversations.

Soul of Travel Christine Winebrenner Irick

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

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 industry professionals and seasoned travelers who know travel is more than a vacation. It is an opportunity for personal awareness and it is a vehicle for change. We are thought leaders, action takers, and heart-centered change makers. My guests work in all sectors of the tourism industry. You'll hear from adventure-based community organizations, social impact businesses, travel photographers and videographers, tourism boards and destination marketing organizations, and transformational travel experts. They all honor the idea that travel is more than a vacation and focus on sustainable travel, eco-travel, community-based tourism, and intentional travel. These conversations are meant to educate, inspire and create community. They are directed to new travelers and seasoned travelers, as well as industry professionals and those who are curious about a career in travel. If you want to learn about new destinations, types of travel, or how to be more intentional or live life on purpose, you will find something inside these soulful conversations.

    Approaching Your Travel Brand With Authenticity with Valerie Merut

    Approaching Your Travel Brand With Authenticity with Valerie Merut

    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 opportunities for tourism businesses online, and her job is the best of both worlds.
    She and Christine discuss Valerie’s personal and professional journey, how she envisioned and created what she really wanted for herself, and how she specialized in sustainable tourism. She also shares practical advice for folks in the travel industry who want more effective social media practices.

    Follow Valerie on Instagram @valeriemerut.
    Visit her website at https://valeriemerut.com/.
    Learn more about Lotus Sojourns and ways to be a part of the community here.

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    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Valerie Merut (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Heart of the (Responsible Travel) Matter with Samantha Bray

    The Heart of the (Responsible Travel) Matter with Samantha Bray

    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 connecting cross-culturally.

    In this spirited conversation, Samantha and Christine talk about the unique beauty of discovering tourism and travel, the multi-faceted nature of travel and the industry, responsible tourism vs. sustainable tourism, and so much more. Travel professionals and travelers alike: do not miss this conversation. Samantha is a wonderful resource whose insights and wisdom will leave us all better.

    Learn more about the Center for Responsible Travel here: https://www.responsibletravel.org/

    Samantha also mentions she is the Vice Chair of the Future of Tourism Coalition...learn more about them here: https://www.futureoftourism.org

    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-hearted women.

    Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast

    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Samantha Bray (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 53 min
    Travel, Surrender, and Where the Healing Begins with Jennifer MacNiven

    Travel, Surrender, and Where the Healing Begins with Jennifer MacNiven

    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 treat because it dances with camaraderie and love. It is a conversation full of travel, creativity, and healing, and we are so happy to share it with you.

    Visit Jennifer's website here: https://www.jennifermacniven.com/

    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-hearted women.

    Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast

    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jennifer MacNiven (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Hopeful Future of Travel with Bex Shapiro

    The Hopeful Future of Travel with Bex Shapiro

    “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 equalizing effect.

    This conversation is full of information for both travelers and industry professionals alike. It was recorded in March on International Women’s Day, and the two women discuss digital equality, representation, and brand transparency as a vehicle for change.

    Bex Shapiro has been a force for change in the travel industry. She recently left a four-year gig at Intrepid Travel as their Global Social Media Manager. She educated people about DEI in Marketing, and acts as a champion for many people in the industry. Her marketing is rooted in authenticity, humanity, and inclusivity as a force for change in the travel industry.
    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-hearted women.

    Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast

    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Bex Shapiro (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    "Ethical, Sustainable, and Fair Trade" with Briana Faye McNeal

    "Ethical, Sustainable, and Fair Trade" with Briana Faye McNeal

    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 boutique.

    In this conversation, Brie and Christine talk about what the label “FTO” really means, the value of knowing the story of specific products, and the magic of artisanal goods.

    Visit SHANAE With Love’s Website: https://shanaewithlove.com/
    Visit The Earthling Co’s Website: https://theearthlingco.com/

    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-hearted women.

    Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast

    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Brie McNeal (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 59 min
    Adventure Awaits with Jami Savage

    Adventure Awaits with Jami Savage

    “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 to explore with your family and consider ways that make it accessible and responsible.

    Jami Savage is a family travel writer who focuses on outdoor adventures and eco-tourism. Her blog, Adventure Awaits, caters to parents ages 28-48 who like to take their family on outdoor recreational pursuits and trips. She currently lives in Canada.

    Follow Jami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventureawaits.ca/
    Visit Jami’s website: https://adventureawaits.ca/
    Follow Jami on Twitter: https://twitter.com/famtravelwriter?lang=en
    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-hearted women.

    Follow us on Instagram: @lotussojourns or @souloftravelpodcast

    Credits. Christine Winebrenner Irick (Host, creator, editor.) Jami Savage (Guest). Original music by Clark Adams. Editing and production by Alex Lee-Ammons and For The Love Media, LLC.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Becki Trailblazer ,

Thoughtful conversations and insights

I’ve watched several of the original “episodes” that were shared via Facebook Live, and what I appreciated most was Christine’s thoughtfulness in her questions to guests and the insights shared. They’ve transformed my thinking about past and future travel experiences. I didn’t know I could be even more excited for upcoming trips, but now I am! Travel will be even more meaningful and special thanks to what I’ve learned through The Soul of Travel.

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