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Tuesday, April 22 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Transformative Power of Travel: How travel can change you and the world

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This we all know: Travel changes people. If nothing else, it broadens their horizons, and introduces them to new cultures, languages and ideas. Better yet, it helps them to see the world through other people's eyes, fundamentally alters the way they engage with… well, with everything, including themselves.

In anticipation of the New York Travel Festival (#NYTF), a group of leading scholars, sustainability advocates and travel-adventure planners/guides/specialists is coming together for a Google+ Hangout on Air to discuss and explore the kind of travel that transforms.

Some of the topics likely to be tackled:

* the "eco-cultural" mindset: how the desire for social responsibility, ecological sustainability, cultural preservation and experiential authenticity is changing they way people think about travel. 

* what leads to transformation: the role of intention, self-awareness and social consciousness through cultural immersion that leads to transformation.

* the conditions for transformative travel: how to move toward designing and planning a life-changing adventure that can have a positive impact on the world.

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Ethan Gelber

Co-founder, The Travel Word / Outbounding
@thetravelword | For 20 years, Ethan Gelber has worked as a professional communications strategist and freelance writer, including as a Lonely Planet author, Huffington Post blogger, AFAR Ambassador, Open Places eco-columnist and staff writer for the now-defunct Travelllll.com. He... Read More →

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Kelly Bricker

Chair, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (http://www.gstcouncil.org); Chair, +The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) (http://www.ecotourism.org/); Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, University of Utah... Read More →
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Ian OSullivan

Founder, Alternative Escapes (http://theultimatepackingguide.com)
Ian OSullivan is the founder of Alternative Escapes, a socially conscious travel community for people seeking life changing adventures. Prior to moving to New York, Ian worked at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, and studied Interpreting at the... Read More →
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Anna Pollock

Founder, Conscious Travel (http://conscious.travel)

Susan Ross

Professor, Recreation Therapy, San Jose State University; Author (http://www.suzyross.com)

Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT