“Travel far enough… and you’ll meet yourself”.
Soul Travel blog is an inspirational and practical guide to responsible travel: that shows how to travel and create a positive impact. It’s for people who want to travel to improve, to connect with themselves and the world, and to travel to make the world a better place through sustainable, positive-impact tourism.
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.
Whether or not you have experienced such a transformative journey, you know that you love travel experiences that awaken your senses, and widen your horizons.
The best type of travel not only improves the destinations that we visit and strengthens our connection to the world, but it also allows us to improve as human beings. You seek to improve yourself and the world around you, and you want to travel in a way that doesn’t perpetuate the problems of the world but helps us all become more connected.
You’ve come to the right place.
Soul Travel Blog is an inspirational and practical guide to sustainable travel: in short, how to travel and create a positive impact through travel. It’s for people who want to travel to improve, to connect with themselves and the world, and to make the world a better place through sustainable, positive-impact tourism.
Why is Responsible Travel Necessary?
The tourism industry is not only bigger, but it’s more important than it has ever been before. Accountable for 1 in 11 jobs globally and 10% of total global GDP (source WTTC), tourism matters. It matters to us as travellers, but it also matters to countries economically, particularly in the developing world.
The number of people travelling keeps growing too. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 we will have increased from 1.2 to 1.8 billion international travellers each year (source UNWTO). That’s a 3% increase each year, and that’s not even including domestic tourism. On one hand that increase provides additional income to countries, but on the other hand, things can start to go very wrong. Just take a look at the state of Venice, or the protests that erupted against tourism in European cities this summer.
Unfortunately, travelling sustainably and creating a positive impact isn’t always as easy as it sounds. With the massive amount of travel information available online, it can be difficult to sort out which experiences are truly ethical, and which ones are more about… marketing.
And that’s where Soul Travel comes in. I know that you don’t have hours to sift through all of that confusing information, so I’m here to demystify what sustainable travel is as I share clear information about how to travel more responsibly—without any “greenwashing” or marketing hype.
Where to Start?
To get things started, here are some of our favourite posts so far:
- Staying in a Silk Road Caravanserai, Iran
- 11 Reasons to Visit the Desert of Kutch, Gujarat, in photos.
- Bangladesh: 30 things to Know Before you Go.
- The Best of Eco Friendly Travel in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Beaches, Jungle and Tea Country: the Best of Train Travel in Sri Lanka.
Or, get started with our 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 Are We?
Hi! We are Ellie and Ravi. We’re the couple behind Soul Travel.
Ellie: A Londoner by birth and an adopted Amsterdammer for 7 years, she’s been pursuing a life with no fixed address since 2016. 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 travel initiatives.
Ravi: Raised in the bustling Indian mega-city of Mumbai, Ravi originally comes from India’s sunshine state: Goa. So it’s fair to say that travel and tourism are in his blood. Lover of anything that tastes good, his favourite way to connect to local cultures is through food. Especially when combined with a good dose of adventure. Prior to pursuing the travelling life, Ravi’s professional background is in Marketing and PR.
What is Our Style of Travel?
Our journeys have inspired me to explore different cultures, and we are fascinated by Middle Eastern architecture, in love with colourful India, and go crazy for finding hidden places in Asia.
We write about soft – adventure travel: you’ll find us eating local streetfood, getting inside the culture and environment of places we visit, and always hopping on and off of trains.
On this blog we cover a range of travel budgets: from backpacking and overland travel, to a luxurious treat. What’s more important to us, is: is it sustainable? We work to highlight which the more sustainable options are for travel, whether it costs pennies or hundreds of dollars.
We’re passionate about using this website to spread the message that a different way of travelling and creating a positive impact is possible because we 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.
We’ve both experienced this growth and transformation in our own lives as we 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 females.
Our goal is to help overcome those perceptions by encouraging travel that truly brings us closer.
Despite its potential downfalls, we 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 we believe we shouldn’t all stay home just yet.
So stick around on Soul Travel, and we’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. We hope you’ll come along for the journey.
So is this a Solo Female Travel Blog, or Couples Travel Blog, or What?
Well – it’s both! So you get the best of both worlds. 🙂
Soul Travel was started by Ellie as a solo female travel blog, but her love of travelling brought her to other kinds of love too, and since 2017 her partner in life and travel – Ravi – also became a partner in Soul Travel and has been actively involved in this blog ever since. We cover couples travel, but also write about destinations from the point of view of a female traveller. Posts entitled “solo female travel…” were written by Ellie while travelling alone.
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