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About Travel Momma – Deborah McLaren

Deborah McLaren is an advocate of sustainable tourism. She has served as director of two international nonprofits focused on sustainable tourism and justice, helped coordinate the first International Indigenous Tourism Forum in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2003; the Indigenous Tourism Certification Conference in 2004; has written extensively for magazines and internet content; is the author of Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel (Kumarian Press); served as a consultant to the government of Bhutan, and participated in several international sustainable development forums and conventions.  Recently she assisted in the development of “Journeys with First Nations,” a Green Route at White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota.  As a consultant, Deborah works with nonprofits, communities, small businesses, tribes and government agencies to design culturally appropriate, sustainable tourism initiatives.

Currently Deborah is designing a travel local social network community. Watch for more news about it in the blog.

Deborah lives dangerously close to Izzy’s ice cream in St. Paul, MN. However, she has been known to travel far beyond Izzy’s in search of good ice cream (although nothing has ever compared).   A few of her favorite destinations include Kodaikanal and Mahabalipurum, India; enjoying a sunny day and socializing at the powwow grounds in Callway, MN on the White Earth Indian Reservation; and listening to some of the best music in the world at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.  Her absolute favorite place?  With her family under the stars in her backyard in St. Paul.

You can reach Deborah at 651-983-9880 or at

A discussion with Ron Mader, host of and Deborah McLaren, May 12, 2010

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3 Responses to “About Travel Momma – Deborah McLaren”

  1. Deborah,

    Thank you for maintaining an on-going interest in our little community of Wadena, following our initial work together. Its nice to know that you consider us a personal connection , rather than just a project.

    I believe Wadena will continue to innovate as long as we have this unique, creative core and they still get the heady taste of success.

    ( I notice that the photo at the top of this page is very pixillated. It must be easy to fix that.)

  2. Hi Debra,

    As you can see I found your blog.
    Here is a list of my sites:

    It was nice to meet you! 🙂



  3. […] nod in agreement with my friend Deborah McLaren‘s assessment that “To learn about the world through first-hand, one-on-one meetings […]

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