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Traveling in New Zealand

Posted by deborahmclaren on April 17, 2011

Hold down the fort! Travel Momma is on a lovely adventure down under – researching and writing a bunch of cool stories about buy-local, 100% Pure New Zealand adventures, the whole new farmer’s markets push around the country, manuka honey, a star sanctuary, and sheep… yes, lots of sheep.

I’ll be home next week.

Posted in family travel, food and wine, green travel, Indigenous tourism, Kiwis, New Zealand, quite unusual, sacred sites, travel, travel writing | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Zealand! Need your tips to “go local!”

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 20, 2011

We’re heading to New Zealand in April. Looking for sustainable, locally-owned businesses (accommodations, cafes, art galleries, etc), organizations and events. Tips for such places appreciated. Please send directly to me at Deborah AT mm.com

Itinerary

North Island
Auckland
Coromandel
Rotorua
Hamilton

South Island
Christchurch – Picking up car in Christchurch to drive to Queenstown,
considering a stop in between
Queenstown
Dunedin
Milford Sound

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“Unconference” 2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 18, 2011

2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Fall in love with responsible tourism. The dates are set for our next Responsible Tourism Week. Our unconventional, online unconference takes place Feb 14-18, 2011. Details:

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rtweek2011

Background: Responsible Tourism Week is a fun mash-up exploring down to earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, the local travel movement and ecotourism with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies. Take a peak at what we accomplished this year via the Planeta Wiki and on Slideshare.

We are seeking partners and financial sponsors.

Simply put, this online unconference is an excellent way to broaden and deepen our dialogue about sustainable practice and tourism. The event encourages participants to articulate their core values and the way they put noble ideas into practice. It’s an opportunity to introduce new events, tours and research projects as well as an opportunity to summarize recent events. Yes, it’s a high-tech, but we also promote the foam board. For those who can keep track of a hashtag, it’s a new window to the world!

How to participate? You can start now by documenting the stories you’d like to share. In particular we will highlight photos on Flickr, tweets on Twitter, videos on YouTube and recommended blogs and wikis. This year we will start to feature tours using Gowalla and Foursquare. Check out the toolbox!

The talking points for RT 2011will be updated on the wiki. Of special interest in 2011 will be the role of responsible tourism in forests and cities. Join us!

Details

http://www.planeta.com/planeta/11/1101rtweek.html

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/rtweek2011

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/rtweek2011

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Local Flavor Travel

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 1, 2010

Please join me on my new Facebook page which celebrates LOCAL food, art, culture, heritage and travel. Please feel free to post about locally-owned businesses, organizations and events! See you THERE!

Buying local is the best investment in our economy!

Posted in art, Buy-local, ecotour, entreprenuers, Fair Trade, family travel, food and wine, green music, Indigenous tourism, microenterprise, Minnesota, Saint Paul, sustainable tourism, sustainable travel, theater, travel | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Join me on a Global Citizens Network trip to India

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 22, 2010

Join me on a unique exploratory tour to India with Global Citizens Network

Global Citizens Network (GCN) is a nonprofit cultural immersion and volunteer program based in Minneapolis. Named one of the four “Best Volunteer Vacations” by National Geographic in 2007, participants recount their cross-cultural expeditions with GCN as being among the most powerful, meaningful experiences of their lives. GCN seeks to share and promote the values of peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation by providing opportunities for cross-cultural expeditions with indigenous and other rural peoples around the world.

Join me and GCN staff on an exploratory tour to three unique communities in south Indian – including Tamil Naidu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh. Become part of the network committed to collaborating on sustainable development efforts around the world.

The cost of the trip is $1,850 (not including international airfare) and includes room, board, domestic transportation in India and international emergency medical insurance. Join us January 6-15, 2011. This is a small group with room for only three more people. All ages are welcome although minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact us at http://www.globalcitizens.org, Phone: 612.436.8270 | Toll Free: 800.644.9292.

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Indigenous Workshop in Portland

Posted by deborahmclaren on August 10, 2010

Ron Mader, host of http://www.planeta.com – the largest ecotourism website in the world – is also hosting the Marketing Indigenous Tourism / Biodiversity Workshop: New Information and Web-based Technologies which takes place September 11 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Portland. Upgrade your core skills and join the conversation about the conservation of cultural and environmental diversity with trusted colleagues around the world. If you cannot attend in person, we will find ways for you to connect online.

http://ronmader.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/indigenous/

This event features the winners and finalists of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award including TIME Unlimited Tours, Nutti Sami Siida, Te Urewera Treks and Chalalan Ecolodge. Participants will get a hand’s on experience of using Web 2.0 channels for immediate and inexpensive communication, including genuine conversation, business networking and guerrilla marketing.

This workshop is facilitated by Ron Mader who will guide participants through training modules and games designed to build trust and understanding.

If you cannot join us in person, share your insights and questions via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

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Indigenous Tourism Biodiversity Award and Interview with Oliver Hillel

Posted by deborahmclaren on July 22, 2010

Briefly, the ITBWA is a unique, important award for Indigenous Peoples involved in tourism. Listen to Ron Mader (host of http://www.planeta.com and interviewer) and Oliver Hillel of the CBD who sponsors the award.

Click here for the Youtube interview, Oliver Hillel and Ron Mader.

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Join the discussion: Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

Posted by deborahmclaren on May 14, 2010

Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

For the second year in a row, Planeta.com is proud to announce Responsible Tourism Week, revving up for action from May 17-21, 2010.

Created first in 2009 when the Belize Responsible Tourism Conference was cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak, RT Week, scheduled just a few weeks before World Environment Day, is “a free demonstration of Web 2.0 as a means of documenting the challenges of developing (and maintaining!) responsible tourism.”

While it takes place online and uses the latest Web-based information-sharing tools as the medium of exchange – participants will use Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube and Slideshare to document their practices – the news transmitted will always be about down-to-earth good tourism reported from around the world.

Although the primary objective is of course to encourage the practice of responsible tourism and then broadcast word of it to as broad a community (online and off) as possible, another key outcome is the creation of incentives for continuity between tourism conferences, especially those that address responsible tourism issues and practices. RT Week is a perfect opportunity to share updates on recent events and cultivate interest for future ones, as well as renew and strengthen collaborative bonds within the industry… and create new ones.

In other words, this is the week where you get to shout out to the world the good things you see around you, so be honest and be public. Support a local event. Create a local event. Lead the way or follow the topics for which you have a passion. Talk food, volunteering, slow travel, local travel – and create a foamboard to help get your message across!
Some RT Week Tips

* Walk the talk – Practice responsible tourism wherever you are.
* Be generous – Compliment someone via twitter, fave a photo or write a testimonial on Flickr, give a thumbs up to a video on YouTube.
* Play nice – Enough said.
* Be creative – Can you make your own poster or graphic for RT Week 2010?
* Have your say – What is responsible tourism? Please take a moment to answer the responsible tourism survey.
* Show your twitter savvy – Use the hashtag: #rtweek2010 on any relevant tweets.
* Have fun! Organize a marshmallow challenge to test your creative muscle!

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