I got into the travel industry to travel (can you believe it???). But the biggest benefit has been the people I've worked with along the way. In this new feature, The Explorers' Corner, I'm reaching out to the people in travel, photography, exploration and writing who inspire me so that you can be inspired by them as well. Up first, get to know National Geographic Photographer, journalist and soon-to-be children's book author, Kike Calvo.Read More
HOW LANGUAGE SHAPES US
There are 196 countries in the world, but 7,000 distinct languages. And, as cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares in this fascinating TED Talk, language has a huge effect on our behavior. Learn from her research with an Aboriginal community in Australia (that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right for everything) and others whose language guides reasoning and actually shapes the way the brain functions.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 BOOKS
Have you traveled under the tuscan sun? Ate, prayed and loved?
Taken a walk in the woods? Then you know the power that a good book has in inspiring action. Writer, TED talker and Royal Literary Fund fellow Anne Morgan took a year to read a book from every country in the world. (Yup. Every one.) Here are her top 10 reads from that amazing project.
And Click here to check out the full reading list and more from Anne.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN TRAVEL
I came across Zach Anner's videos years ago and they still inspire me today. Zach is a comedian, actor and writer with cerebral palsy who wanted to start a travel show for reasons you'll see in this video. It's adventure, it's friendship at its best, and it's a guy who's spirit is so infectious he now has a show on Oprah Winfrey's Own Network.
Click Here for the adventure of Zach's friends bringing him to the Cascades in Blacksburg, Virginia.
In recent weeks, I've become a big fan ofThrive Global, Arianna Huffington's new venture that promotes a healthy lifestyle and worldview. Simply scrolling the stories will help you breathe easier. But this piece, "How Cultivating a Sense of Wonder Can Help You Become a Better Leader," hits at so much that I've found to be true in my own path with travel that I had to share it.
WOMAN WHO RETURNS:
Growing up, Heather Hatch always felt like something was missing. When she was 16, she learned of her roots in the Haida Nation and the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. This beautiful video follows Heather and her grandmother as they reconnect with their ancestry and teach what it means to belong.
Click here to view Heather's Video.
Welcome to the Travel Tuesday Email, which goes out every other Tuesday and always offers interesting travel-related stories, a suggestion of social media personalities to follow and a quote to ponder.
I am really taken with this story of Invisible Edinburgh, a social enterprise that trains homeless citizens to work as tour guides. This 5-minute video features two guides who have been at the bottom and are now living full lives, supporting themselves and enlightening tourists on a deeper level. If you find yourself in Edinburgh, take the tour!