Posts by ethicaltraveler

Travel, Race, and the Road Ahead – A Letter from Jeff Greenwald

Dear Fellow Travelers, Ibn Battuta was a 14th century Moroccan traveler. During his lifetime he covered nearly 73,000 miles—far surpassing Marco Polo’s 7,500. “Travel leaves you speechless,” he wrote, “then turns you into a storyteller.” Let me first acknowledge that all of us in the global travel universe—an industry that, only months ago, supported about […]

Nepal: A Second Look

Ethical Traveler’s list of “The World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2019” included Nepal for the first time, primarily for the progress the country has shown in areas such as LBGQT rights and animal welfare. And while the country was included to encourage even greater strides in ethical areas, Nepal still faces many serious concerns […]

Podcast Episode 12 with Christina Brobby and Mary Ann Thomas

Jeff speaks with Mary Ann Thomas and Christina Brobby, two travel writers of color from VONA (Voices of Our Nation’s Arts); we hear some great music by Oisima and The Polyversal Souls. (Note: Because of the longer than usual interview, no News this podcast.) Have a Listen!  

Podcast Episode 11 with Rolf Potts

Jeff speaks with Vagabonding travel author Rolf Potts about his terrific new book, Souvenir; Natalie and Jeff discuss how volunteers abroad face “white fragility;” we hear some great music by Balkan Beat band Äl Jawala. Have a listen!

Podcast Episode 10 with Willie Weir

Jeff speaks with adventure bicyclist Willie Weir about the pleasures and perils of two-wheel touring. Natalie and Jeff talk about global music festivals, we tune into some mesmerizing music by Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and quiz you about a not-so-delicate Croatian delicacy. Have a listen!

Podcast Episode 9 with Cory Lee

Jeff speaks with Cory Lee, an internationally known advocate for disabled travelers. Natalie and Jeff discuss disaster tourism, we listen to wonderful fusion jazz by Yazz Ahmed, and quiz you about a Oaxacan snack. Have a listen!

Podcast Episode 8 with Pauline Frommer

Jeff speaks with nationally syndicated radio show host and travel book author Pauline Frommer, of Frommer Guides. News Editor Natalie Lefevre discusses how Ethical Traveler picks its annual 10 Best Ethical Destinations. We also tune in to some music from Benin and Brooklyn, and quiz you about seasickness. Have a listen!

Podcast Episode 7 with Don George

For our holiday podcast Jeff speaks with beloved travel writer and editor Don George. George is the author of How to Be a Travel Writer and The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George, and Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler. We also tune in to some Senegalese harp music, and quiz you on the Sumo […]

Podcast Episode 6 with Jeanne Hallacy and Kenneth Wong

Filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy’s new documentary, Sittwe, addresses the current Buddhist/Muslim crisis in Burma. She is joined by UC Berkeley Burma scholar Kenneth Wong. We also tune in to some Bulgarian fusion music, listen to a story by travel writer Matthew Felix, and count baguettes. Have a listen!