Travel can change the world. But first we need to change travel. Let’s get together and talk about how to make that happen.
Next up … Retravel Live: Women & Travel
As a valued member of our global community, we invite you to join our founder, Bruce Poon Tip, along with responsible travel experts Alessandra Alonso (founder and managing director, Women in Travel), Becki Enright (founder, Borders of Adventure), and Meenu Vadera (founder, Azad Foundation / Women With Wheels) for an online conversation about travel’s ability to empower women all across the planet.
Together, we’ll talk about how travel can be a force for good for women everywhere, all year round — not just those in the destinations we visit, but also women employed in the tourism industry, and those who are travelling our world.
Sign up above to reserve your spot and submit a question for our panel. Also, please note that the conversation will take place in English.
Alessandra is a pluri-nominated women’s empowerment champion who has worked relentlessly over the last 20 years to support women in the travel and tourism sector, first within gender consulting boutique Shine and more recently launching social enterprise Women in Travel (WIT). Women in Travel is a leading UK social enterprise that partners with employers and organisations to empower women - particularly those from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds - using Travel Tourism and Hospitality as a force for good. WIT effects change by providing employability, entrepreneurship and development opportunities to women who would otherwise be invisible to industry.
Alessandra has been called a trailblazer and a change-maker in gender because of the long standing commitment to make the sector a more diverse and inclusive sector, not just in the UK but internationally. She pioneered the use of structured mentoring in the sector and remains a passionate advocate of mentoring and coaching to empower others.
Becki Enright is a British Travel Press Award-winning writer and the founder of popular travel site Borders of Adventure. Her work focuses on changing perceptions about misunderstood aspects of destinations. Her writing combines storytelling with insight into the social, historical, political and economic factors that shape the country or place in relation to tourism.
Becki has appeared live on Sky News and CNN during topical news events, as well as being quoted in and writing for high profile media including National Geographic, Time.com, Guardian online, New York Times, Grazia and Buzzfeed.
Based in Vienna, she is also an ambassador for G Adventures as part of its Wanderers programme and exploring destinations worldwide where people can travel with positive social impact.
Through adventure-culture narrative, Becki regularly reports on misunderstood, post-conflict, and lesser-known aspects of destinations. When travelling to a well-established or popular destination, she aims to find a different angle in order to overcome stereotypes and clichés and entice people to dig a little deeper.
Meenu is a feminist social entrepreneur working in India towards “sustainable livelihoods with dignity for resource poor” in non-traditional fields such as driving. The enterprise provides employment opportunities to female drivers to create wealth and value for them and in the process offering safe transportation options to customers – largely women. This feminist enterprise helps create a safe and equal world for all women through the Women With Wheels initiative.
Women With Wheels has enabled 2000+ women gain employment and provided more than 1.5 million safe rides to women. A graduate from London School of Economics, Meenu has worked nationally and internationally over the last thirty years on women’s rights. Azad and Sakha have received several awards since their inception in 2008. Last year (2018), Sakha received the Booking Booster award from Booking.com and eenu was the recipient of the International Inspiration at the IBM iX Everywoman in Travel Awards.
Passionate about the power of travel to change the world for the better, Bruce is a global leader in social entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, and innovation. He is best-known as the founder of G Adventures, the award-winning small group adventure travel company and pioneer of community tourism. Bruce’s first book, Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business, was released in 2013 and became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2020, he was honoured as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and released an instabook titled Unlearn: The Year the Earth Stood Still.
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You’re right, we did make up a word. But when you’re trying to sum up something that means a bunch of different things, sometimes you need to think outside the dictionary. At its core, Retravel means to reflect, rethink, and relearn how our travel choices impact the world, so we all can make more informed decisions and spread the most good. We’ve seen with our own purple eyes how travel can totally transform a community. Now we want to help the world see that too.