November 19, 2021

Regenerative International Education and What Needs to Change

International education through international exchange or study abroad programs offers the student a chance to gain new cultural experiences directly from travel. The guided nature of these programs connect students with local communities and foster educational opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to in normal travel. While many students have the opportunity to participate in international education, many underserved students do not have access due to lack of funding and other barriers.


October 20, 2021

Creating Art to Connect and Heal: The Work of Kayra Martinez

Asylum seekers present a sobering reminder that traveling for leisure is a privilege, not a right. Uprooted by tragedy, asylum seekers travel because they must. And yet, after braving a dangerous journey, these heroes are often met on safer shores with closed borders and dim temporary shelters. These dignified travelers have much to give and much to teach us, and yet are too often pushed aside and mistreated by oppressive immigration systems. But what if we flipped the script? What if we greeted refugees with not just open borders but open arms, making space for them to thrive in love and light?

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September 21, 2021

International Day of Peace

On the 21st of September, we embrace the International Day of Peace. By focusing on the importance of international peace we are reminded of the necessity of collectively continuing to collaborate against the surging flow of injustice, crime and unrest that this year has challenged us with. 

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July 11, 2021

Rethinking Tourism in an Overcrowded World

We were living so frugally in many other ways and saw vacationing as our main indulgence, only to realize that the couple of round trip flights we would take over our summer holidays would blow most of the carbon savings we had accrued through our other high-impact actions all year. 

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June 10, 2021

Love is Love. At Home And When Traveling.

June is a big month for marriage equality in the US. The historic Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage on June 26, 2015, and on June 12th, we celebrate that Love is Love. Loving Day is the anniversary of another historic Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, in which the court held that states could not prohibit interracial marriage.

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May 17, 2021

Decolonizing museums

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay. When traveling, museums are usually at the top of the list of places you are told you must see. These houses of antiquity and culture are famous for their collections, but museums are not neutral institutions and it is imperative for visitors to recognize this fact when frequenting any sort of museum during their travels. Museums have found themselves in some contentious arguments recently, centering on the concepts of museum “neutrality” and decolonization.

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November 13, 2021

Happy World Kindness Day!

It’s World Kindness Day! Typically, this day offers a space for groups or individual people to go out of their way to share an act of kindness. There are many ways one can participate in World Kindness Day. Some kind acts can involve offering your time or skills to a charitable event or organization, others can involve helping a neighbor or family member. Size doesn’t matter much when intention is put into our actions. Here at RISE Travel Institute, we believe in making kindness a habit through everyday actions, whether at home, work, school or just out in public. Our interconnectedness reminds us that our actions always matter in the collection of our existence and have an impact on the lives of others and ourselves. Every day is a great day to be mindful of others and act accordingly.

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October 5, 2021

Supporting all teachers as well as supporting their learning processes

Teachers offer the learner opportunities to challenge confirmation biases that can often fog our understanding of the world around us with misjudgments, misunderstanding and gaps that help us relate better to others. Everyone, including teachers, are learners and vice versa. It is important for humans to continue educating each other in order to develop with this planet as healthily and sustainably as we have the power to.

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September 13, 2021

Are Good Intentions Enough when Volunteering Abroad?

For altruistic travelers, volunteering abroad is often an enticing option. Do good while experiencing a new culture? Sounds like the best of both worlds for those attempting to spread love and add more stamps to the passport. But unfortunately, not all volunteering is created equal. Many “voluntourism” experiences simply do not benefit the communities they claim to serve. To be a true source of positivity abroad, a lot of research and self-reflection are required.

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June 20, 2021

World Refugee Day

On June 20th 2021, we gather to raise awareness for the millions of refugees around the world who are subjected to unjust conditions, forcing them to flee their home and encounter greater losses in resources, often barely meeting what we all deserve: basic human rights and dignity.


June 10, 2021

I took a risky step to start a nonprofit when the global tourism industry was brought to a standstill and businesses and organizations were struggling to survive, but I firmly believe that this unintended pause was the best time for us to reset, reflect on and rebuild from the unsustainable and unjust systems that negatively impact local communities, economies and ecosystems around the world. 

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April 22, 2021

What to do on Earth Day and every day

Recycling, turning off the lights when you leave a room, conserving water, switching to reusable bags, making a birdhouse, planting a tree, or cutting down on your screen time and connecting with nature all have a positive impact on the environment and should be encouraged, we’re reducing the issue of climate change into an overly simplistic idea. Here are a few common misconceptions about climate change and what we should do to protect our planet.

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October 31, 2021

How to Have a Positive Impact on the Cities You Visit

Cities offer unique travel experiences. From breathtaking buildings and monuments to historic cafes and museums, immersing ourselves in the culture of a new location is an altogether elevating experience. While tourists gain many benefits from exploring new cities, it is important that that exploration positively impacts the host destination as well.

At RISE Travel Institute we put together a few tips for World Cities Day to help make your city travel regenerative, responsible, ethical, and sustainable.

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September 27, 2021

Reboot Tourism with Regenerative Growth in Mind

When our future generations look back on the year 2021, “recovery” will be the outstanding theme. The global pandemic brought unprecedented hardship that left all sectors grappling with the aftermath, with the tourism industry being hit especially hard. 
How, then, can the tourism industry reboot while uplifting host communities? RISE Travel Institute believes the key is to move beyond a purely economic model of tourism growth and strive for a sustainable — or better yet — regenerative future.

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July 30, 2021

How to Fight Against Human Trafficking in Tourism and Beyond

Many of the world’s challenges can seem so overwhelming that people default to inaction. They dismiss these issues as “too big to solve” when in reality, there are resources out there and ways to make a difference. Human trafficking is one such problem.

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June 18, 2021

Celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day with a Side of Food Sovereignty

Food is an integral part of experiencing other cultures, especially for travel lovers. But as you relish the local flavors of your destinations, do you think about how the food was made, who made it, and how it ended up on your plate?


May 20, 2021

To me, if we care about social justice, it’s impossible not to care about the environment and non-human animals as well. These issues are so interconnected that it makes no sense to me to advocate for one cause and not others.

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March 24, 2021

Travel may be on pause, but practicing mindful trip planning doesn’t have to be. With countries closing their doors due to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, why not reflect on what travel could be if we only stopped to think about our impact on the world around us.