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 […]

Amman Photo Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve signed up for the Amman photo scavenger hunt, here are a few things you’ll need to know:

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  • Each team needs to bring at least one digital camera with a time stamp set to local time.
  • We will rendezvous at the Citadel parking lot at 11:00am.
  • At said parking lot, your […]

Travel and the Bliss of Rediscovery

Familiarity has a tendency to make our everyday experiences seem banal; a commute to work, a neighborhood park, a bag of chips… Actually, it’s difficult to imagine a bag of chips not seeming trite.

It’s only when we experience a dramatically unfamiliar place, and then return home that we are able to see with fresh […]

Eating Kershat in Jordan

When traveling, an opportunity often arises to do something outside your comfort zone.

At these moments, I’ve found it helpful to tell myself: “I will not be denied this experience!”… then dive in.

There are certain culinary adventures that travelers don’t often experience when on a Jordan tour. I have lived in Jordan for a while now […]

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