Welcome to the section where we sit down and have a chat. Where we move away from itineraries and packing lists and all that.
Here, we discover more about the world, we roll around in its colours, its spices, its senses and its sights, and aim to find out more about this place we all call home.
It's an unusual section to have on a travel blog. But that's all the more reason why I'm happy to see you here.
Here, we can talk more about sustainable travel, about the work that goes on behind the scenes, about serious things like careers and endangered species and the frivolous, like what makes a good photo and, well, careers. ;-) There's even the occasional talk about writing and blogging if you like that kind of thing.
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What does it mean to be a responsible traveller or ethical traveller? Green traveller or eco traveller?
Are they the same thing? How is sustainable tourism different?
Here on Inside the Travel Lab, responsible travel has been our default position since we began. Because, ultimately, it reflects being a decent human being and caring about people around you as well as yourself.
But it's not always easy and the information we have about the world and how we affect it shifts all the time. So, without being preachy, and without taking the joy out of things, here's the section for responsible travel. But know that that theme runs throughout the whole site.
Want to travel the world and call it a career? So did I! At first I thought of things like travel writing or teaching. Or, as a doctor, I thought of Medecins Sans Frontiers. But the more I travelled, the more I realised just how many ways there were to travel the world.
Some jobs are unusual, like becoming a Race Engineer at Formula One. Others may take place everywhere but some people, like Ferran Adria, transform what it is that they do. Then there are dancers who travel the world. Underwater photographers who travel the world. Even teachers ;-) Hey, it is a good idea after all!
I began travel blogging and "being an influencer" back before those terms meant anything. I've also put together many projects from the other side so I know the pitfalls and how hard it can be to find the best travel bloggers.
In fact, I've learned a lot along the way. Learn through my mistakes!
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