Planeta.com (created in 1994 by Ron
Mader) is a handcrafted website maintained in old
school code with a smattering of social
web niceties. We invite locals
and visitors to share practces of eco-friendly, people-friendly
and place-friendly travel.
Good news, this year we celebrate our 20th anniversary! Poke
around! There are many ways to get involved. Suggestions
are welcome as we upgrade this site. Watch and join our hangouts.
RESPONSIBLE LOCAL TRAVEL IN THE
Planeta.com and GetLocalFlavor.com
host a lively conversation taking stock of where the USA stands
in terms of responsible travel / Indigenous tourism / ecotourism
/ agritourism / sustainable travel and what we would like to
see improve in 2015. We spotlight community and regional practioneers
and consider whether it's time for new associations / organizations
/ working groups.
Responsible Local Travel in the USA brings together innovative
people who are creating a better world. We will spotlight local
businesses and organizations, directly and indirectly connected
to tourism. As this is an online dialogue, we will make the
most of the social web, using crowdsourced documents, surveys
and video conversations to broaden the discussion. Special efforts
are taken to make this as transparent and as open access as
When hangouts debuted
a few years ago, they were mostly glitchy and unreliable. They
can still be glitchy – the frame freezing or sound disappearing
– but those moments are relatively rare. What hangouts
deliver is an opportunity to see and hear the other person.
We have taken to promoting and archiving candid and unscripted
conversations with colleagues around the world to unpack recent
events, preview upcoming conferences and generally have a pleasant
chat about common interests. Have a look and listen at our most