A Simple Primer to Transformational Travel

Looking up through a stand of extremely tall Redwoods to see the sun peaking through on a clear day
Want to change? Try looking in a different direction. | ©Angela Drake
It is only in recent years that Peruvians from outside Machu Picchu were able to visit this UNESCO Heritage | ©Angela Drake

The Downside of Tourism

The Upside: Regenerative Tourism

A sandy beach with crashing surf and a trail of footprints leading to two people in the distance
Setting intentions is an important part of a transformational journey | ©Angela Drake

What Is Transformational Travel?

  • support the environment, especially by preventing any further damage from climate change (sustaining) and by investing in practices that remove or sequester carbon from the atmosphere (regenerating).
  • protect local residents from mass tourism (sustaining) and invest in those communities to provide a quality of life that respects the culture and traditions of all those living in the region (regenerating).
  • honor ourselves (sustaining) while searching for ways to improve our health, both mental and physical, and pursue new ways of being with ourselves, with others, and with the world (regenerating).
Two men crouch down and peer into a pond
Tourist — Guide — Enivornment — transformational travel considers all three | ©Angela Drake

How Can Tourists Practice Transformational Travel?

Information Gathering and Intention

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Research is part of a transformational journey, but you don’t have to do it all on your own | ©Angela Drake

The Whys of Travel

Two people walking on a dirt road surrounded by tropical dry forest of Southern Ecuador
Bird watching can foster a deeper connection with nature and with local residents like your birding guide | ©Angela Drake

From Transactional to Transformational

Amid a dark forest of tall trees, softly focused white water rapids draw the eye to a bend in the river where three people stand in the sunlight
Tourism professionals in the Choco-Andino Biosphere are working towards tourism that benefits the community, not only a single company | ©Angela Drake

Dream Big

Large ceibo tree stands before a graduated mountain range with rays of sun breaking through a stormy sky
In 2018, Scott and Angie dreamed big and completed a road trip around Southern Ecuador that included the beautiful dry forests of the Jorupe Reserve | ©Angela Drake

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Angie Drake is a sustainable tourism consultant with a strong focus on Andean Nations like Ecuador. Find more of her work at www.notyouraverageamerican.com

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Angie Drake is a sustainable tourism consultant with a strong focus on Andean Nations like Ecuador. Find more of her work at www.notyouraverageamerican.com

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