Responsible tourism twitter chat: what you need to know

“Responsible tourism” isn’t just the latest catch phrase in the travel universe. These two words are slowly changing the way people travel. With more attention being placed on the environment, people and animals, a shift is beginning to be made towards a more responsible, more ethical way to see the world.

Lucky elephant

Lucky, a blind elephant rescued from the circus in Thailand, takes her first steps toward freedom at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for pachyderms outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Recently, both STA and Intrepid announced they would no longer offer elephant rides as a part of their tour packages — a major coup for people like me whose goal is to help protect these majestic creatures, but also to educate people on the truth about elephant (and other animals) involved in tourism. But, responsible tourism stretches far beyond just elephants. It is everywhere, and now, each week, there will be a chat on Twitter to help educate others regarding how to be more responsible, but also to share their stories and more.

I’ve joined with travel bloggers Jessica Festa of Epicure and Culture and Dylan Lowe of The Travelling Editor with one goal: to spread the word about responsible tourism via #RTTC or Responsible Tourism Twitter Chat. We’ve brought along some other amazing and passionate travel bloggers (Twitter handles below) who share our passion and kick off Wednesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. GMT.

Join us this Wednesday, and every Wednesday to chat about responsible tourism, learn more about the realities of travel and how our decisions impact the world around us, and share your stories, too. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the chat! In the meantime (and in between time), be sure to also follow along and contribute your own responsible travel stories on our Facebook page!

See you this Wednesday … and every Wednesday thereafter!

Be sure to follow all of our hosts on Twitter for the latest on responsible tourism and more!

Diana Edelman: @DTravelsRound

Jessica Festa: @EpicureCulture

Dylan Lowe: @TravelingEditor

World Travel & Tourism Council: @WTTC

Backpacker Becki: @BackpackerBecki

The Culture-Ist: @TheCultureist

Travel Write Sing: @lukespartacus

Where Sidewalks End: @WSEtravel

Globetrotter Girls: @GlbetrotterGrls


About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long-term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX Europe and Asia and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numerous documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. She is a regular contributor to Top 10 Vegas, and her writing has appeared in, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

11 Comments on " Responsible tourism twitter chat: what you need to know "

  1. linda amrkovina June 2, 2014 at 7:06 am · Reply

    Fantastic, I have been looking for something like this for a while I will be following along from South Africa.

    • Diana June 3, 2014 at 8:10 am · Reply

      Wonderful! We look forward to having you participate!

  2. Alex June 4, 2014 at 10:00 am · Reply

    Kudos Diana! I just set an alarm to remind me to join this chat :-) And congrats on the elephant-sized victories!

    • Diana June 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Reply

      Thank you!! Hope you can make it this week!

  3. Rodrigo October 4, 2014 at 10:46 am · Reply

    It was about time people started to realize the impact of using animals as if they were amusement rides! While I won’t be joining the dialogue (Social Media ain’t my forte), I totally commend all the efforts made to raise awareness of this issue.

    Btw, I really like the new layout of your website!

    • Diana October 5, 2014 at 8:50 am · Reply

      Thank you, I agree. Responsible tourism is VERY important and I hope the chat can help educate and also make it more of a hot topic. I appreciate your support! And, thank you! I like my site, too!!

  4. Wendy@TheNomadicVegan June 20, 2015 at 3:53 am · Reply

    Hi Diana, is this chat still going? It sounds great and I would love to participate sometime. Thanks!

    • Diana June 20, 2015 at 10:04 am · Reply

      It is!! It takes place every Wednesday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. GMT. We’d love to have you!

  5. Wendy@TheNomadicVegan June 20, 2015 at 10:06 am · Reply

    OK great, I’ll try to make it. See you there!

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