What is Ecotourism?

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as the “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Unfortunately, mass tourism can often be harmful to an environment. Even the most well intentioned travelers can unknowingly leave […]

How To Be A Human

As Wendell Berry recites “How To Be a Poet”, I am reminded of how to be a human.

I was particularly struck by these lines:

Communicate slowly. Live   

a three-dimensioned life;   

stay away from screens.   

Stay away from anything   

that obscures the place it is in.   

There are no unsacred places;   

there are only sacred places   

and desecrated places.

Take the […]

Passport Power

It was a warm day in Indonesia, like most of them are.  Sitting on a bamboo bench, I pulled my American passport out of my front pocket to stop it from sticking to my leg. Glancing at the eyes of my local benchmate, I realized that they were locked not on me, the strange foreigner, […]

Empathy Travel and The Power of Outrospection

Travel is dangerous… especially if you are happy with the status quo.

If you don’t like change, especially within yourself, it’s best not to travel.

However, if you want to see what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes and learn to see yourself and the world from a new perspective, travel […]

Presence over Productivity

You can tell a lot about a person’s priorities by the way they walk.

I started noticing my American stride when trying to walk and talk with an Indonesian.  During our conversation his voice would trail off and I would realize I was three steps ahead of him.  He kept falling behind.  Either that, or I […]

Crash Course in Roman History

I’m sad to say that before coming to Jordan, my knowledge of Roman history was… well… basically nonexistent.  If you’re preparing to embark on a Jordan tour and need a brush up, or like me, a complete introduction to Roman history, check out this episode of Crash Course.

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