Good news! Responsible Travel Week 2021 will take place February 8-14, so if you would like to contribute, please message / tweet / speak with Planeta.com’s Ron Mader. Volunteers requested for testing our video and audio chats.
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What do we love about travel? And that’s using an inclusive we – travelers and locals, the present and the future and past, the geological, biological, and the cultural worlds, the Indigenous and settler cultures. Obs there’s no one size fits all answer, but it makes for a heck of a good conversation.
90% of the conversation took place online, documenting, previewing and recapping events around the world. 10% happens in the natural world – what you do, how you deftly manage to include the words – explicitly or not – ‘responsible travel’ in conversations with friends and family. What are their perceptions, expectations, concerns? And most importantly, listen. Enjoy the soundscapes and soundwalks where you find yourself this week.
There are cool meetups in southern Nevada and other places to be announced.
Online Planeta.com hosts real-time videos, chats, and collaborative editing sessions, even after the week concludes. Participants are asked to customize their own experiences. Create and announce your own meetups, workshops, soundwalks, and other creative endeavors. Fall in love with responsible, magical, and fabulous travel.
Participation is free and pay what you want. What we seek is meaningful interaction, aka engagement – announcements, creations, comments, retweets, upvotes, stars, and questions. If you have previously contributed to Planeta or worked with Ron Mader, please use the week to update us on your work.
Bottom line: The important thing here is to get people doing responsible travel as guests and hosts. We explore how it applies to local communities with the stories you hear and tell.
Help us prepare for the 2021 Responsible Travel Week. Please check out the collaborative Google Doc
- What is not responsible travel? What is irresponsible tourism?
- For those keen on these topics, what are the noteworthy publications, reports?
- When is responsible tourism day?
- How can travel encourage the conservation and use of Indigenous languages?
- What events are scheduled in 2021?
How this works
Participants are asked to walk the talk of responsible travel in their own communities and share lessons learned and questions to be asked as comments on this website as well as social web channels, including Facebook, Google Docs, Twitter, YouTube …
What’s new in 2021?
Twenty years ago (2000!) we started our online conversations discussing ecotourism throughout North America. It was the first in a series of regional dialogues conducted first on Egroups, then Yahoo Groups. Later there were conversations using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It makes sense to use a wide array of digital platforms to check out the status of travel around the globe. Nothing stays static, hence our desire to travel.
Responsible Travel Week explores the avenues and scenic byways of the Information Superhighway. Planeta.com was an early adopter and pioneer connecting the natural with the virtual worlds. We knew the journey toward ethical, conscious living would be as valuable as the destination. Hence the creation of these real-time conversations.
How to be more responsible in travel is a challenge for locals and travelers alike.
How do we increase the positive? If we identify the ills, we can propose solutions. As former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating said, “It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice we can imagine its opposite.”
The journey toward responsible travel means calling out irresponsible tourism.
- Live video presentations
- Recaps of 2020 events and previews of 2021
- Digitized videos of past conferences / events relevant to responsible travel
- Input on new Responsible Travel Award
Responsible Travel Week is Planeta.com’s annual conference/unconference in which everyone is welcome to preview or recap events, publications, campaigns, and other endeavors related to responsible tourism. We ask how locals and visitors benefit from face-to-face encounters.
Digital Literacy Quiz
Digital Literacy Quiz – Figure out how to login, post and respond on major social web channels. This is a week of cyber housekeeping.
Conversations, Debates, and Transitions – Planeta.com hosts an annual (un)conference focusing on what we love about responsible travel and conscious living. As recommended viewing, here are some of our recent conversations as well as fave videos elsewhere on the web.