by Ellie Cleary
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Welcome To Soul Travel Blog!

  Soul Travel blog is a leading resource on transformative, conscious and sustainable travel around the world.

My Mission

Soul Travel blog helps conscious travellers find the most inspiring options for their next sustainable trip – to India or around the world.

Who is Soul Travel for?

Have you ever travelled to a new place and felt filled with a sense of wonder? You look up and all around, like a child experiencing the world for the first time. Everything around you feels new. And in the process, you become new too. At Soul Travel I believe in transformative journeys and experiences, that create something good.

Responsible Travel

I believe that travel is one of the best tools for personal expansion and consciousness that we have, but at the same time we know that we need to care about the impact of our travel. I create guides and articles that help travellers discover the best eco-friendly and responsible travel options in a destination, showing that travel really can be a win-win. All of the travel experiences and companies that I write about on Soul Travel are working towards creating more positive-impact, sustainable and responsible tourism. From eco-lodges doing their best to be self sufficient, to community projects that seek to address gender inequalities in remote parts of the world, I am looking to highlight experiences that help you – the traveller – create a positive difference on your journeys.

Getting Started

If you’re planning a trip to India, get started over here where you’ll find an overview of all my guides and posts. Or jump straight to our Rajasthan, Delhi, Goa or Kerala guides. Join our FREE India Travel Facebook Group here! Or, if you are looking for more general inspiration, here are some of my favourite posts: Or, get started with my Responsible Travel Guides, which list the very best of sustainable accommodation, things to do, and where to go for the destinations we write about. Responsible travel has never been so easy!

Who Am I?

About Soul Travel - Responsible travel blog

Hi! I’m Ellie, the founder of Soul Travel

  Now based in Sussex, UK, here’s a little bit about me. Originally from London (UK), Ellie has lived in the Netherlands, India, Canada and the UK. Her background is in hospitality and tourism. Ellie started this blog during a six-month sabbatical trip in 2015 around Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, and India. She returned to her corporate job after that trip, but found herself increasingly drawn toward a career change that would align with her vision of travel—one that promotes cross-cultural understanding, peace building, and expanded awareness. So in June 2016 she packed her bags and made the decision to pursue working full time on Soul Travel and other sustainable tourism initiatives. Since March 2020, I’ve been based back in the UK full time. What is My Style of Travel? My journeys have inspired me to explore different cultures, and I am fascinated by Middle Eastern architecture, in love with colourful India, and go crazy for finding hidden places in Asia. I write about soft – adventure travel: You’ll find me eating local streetfood, getting inside the culture and environment of places I visit, and always hopping on and off of trains. On this blog I cover a range of travel budgets: from backpacking and overland travel, to a luxurious treat. What’s more important to me, is: Is it sustainable? I work to highlight which the more sustainable options are for travel, whether it costs pennies or hundreds of dollars. I’m passionate about using this website to spread the message that a different way of travelling and creating a positive impact is possible because I wholeheartedly believe that travel is the best opportunity for self-growth that there is. It challenges us to push our boundaries, get ourselves outside of our comfort zones, and overcome our fears. I’ve personally experienced this growth and transformation in our own lives as I have travelled. In today’s world, there’s a huge amount of fear about what might happen if we go to countries which are perceived as being less safe, especially as women. My goal is to help overcome those perceptions by encouraging travel that truly brings us closer.  
Ellie Cleary - Soul Travel - Sustainable travel blog
Despite its potential downfalls, I passionately believe that travel is one of the most exciting opportunities we have as people to grow personally and become more conscious of the global impact of our decisions. The world needs more of this kind of travel, and I believe we shouldn’t all stay home just yet. So stick around on Soul Travel, and I’ll share with you how to travel in a way that has a positive impact on you, the destinations you visit, and the world as well. I hope you’ll come along for the journey.

Join me on my Journey!

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