On September 30, 2020, I joined and listened to a webinar by G Adventures. It went from about 10 am to 11:15 am MST. This webinar was called "Retravel Live," and it is the first of many more webinars to come. The guests today were Elizabeth Becker, Juliet Kinsman, and George Stone. The host/moderator was Bruce Poon Tip.
Elizabeth Becker is the author of Overbooked. She is also an American author and journalist. Her website says, "She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of Oxfam America Advocacy Fund and the Harpswell Foundation." Juliet Kinsman is a sustainability editor and a luxury travel expert. She has won awards from Condé Nast Traveller and also works in the U.K. as a journalist. George Stone is the editor-in-chief for National Geographic Traveler U.S., working in Washington D.C. Bruce Poon Tip is an entrepreneur, leader, and philanthropist. He is also the founder of the travel company G Adventures.
G Adventure's webinars are centered around the idea of how we can change the world through changing travel itself. Today's discussion was about ethics in tourism and how we can travel better. The beginning was more focused around COVID-19 and our current situations today; the latter was around how travel will look like in the future and ideas of how to become better travelers. One detail mentioned by Elizabeth Becker was that travel may become more of a privilege. This was surprising to me because I believe that travel doesn't have to be for only those with lots of money and the time to do so. Becker said that since the economy has faced lots of challenges and is getting worse, future traveling will become expensive. Becker also stated that people shouldn't travel cheap and that tipping is necessary. A tip for future travel that Juliet Kinsman described was to educate ourselves more. Instead of so-called "doing things for the gram" (traveling or going places only so you can post it on social media), we should have a clear purpose as to why we are traveling. If we read more, tell more stories, do more research about the places we are going to, and have good reasons for why we are going, these will make us more ethical travelers. I thought this was a great insight because being more educated and having good reasons to go somewhere will lead us to better journeys beyond what we see on the internet, while also making super popular spots less crowded. All of them agreed that instead of going to big resorts and relying on fancy photos of a hotel, travelers should instead explore the place they're visiting and stay in local hotels. Bruce Tip and the guests mutually agreed that travel in the future will be longer stays with less frequent trips.
I wasn't able to ask a question, however, the speakers did a good job answering all the questions that were given to them by Mr. Tip. Some of the career opportunities in their fields could include having your own travel company, being an author/journalist, being an editor, and even becoming a travel educator.