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Hi, I’m Julie! 

 

Throughout my travels, I’ve valued experiences that have provided me with the opportunity to connect with and learn about the people and places I visit. This love of travel and cultural learning, paired with a desire to help others do the same, culminated in a 20-year career in international education, helping university students and faculty achieve amazing, life-changing experiences abroad.

I've lived and worked abroad in France, South Korea, and Portugal, traveled extensively including many solo journeys, and continue to travel and explore. Some favorite experiences include backstrap weaving in Guatemala, standup paddleboarding on Portugal's Silver Coast, a street art cycling tour in Buenos Aires, cooking classes in Sicily, and surfing lessons in Costa Rica. 

 

However, after seeing first-hand the negative impact of overtourism on local communities and the environment, I am committed to practicing and supporting purposeful, responsible travel that minimizes environmental impact and sustains local communities.  

 

I hope you’ll join me on this WISE travel journey!

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Our Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to support female travelers and those they travel with while contributing to the well-being of the environment, communities, and cultures through sustainable tourism best practices.

  • We conduct business with high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity.

  • We value and support diversity and inclusion and treat everyone with respect, dignity, and fairness.

  • We are committed to your interests, goals, and needs, providing excellent customer service from start to finish.

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Our Travel Manifesto

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Focus on doing good, not harm.

Practice responsible travel that sustains communities and the environment.

 

Travel with intention.

Focus on a more mindful, intentional approach for more purposeful travel.

 

Strive for balance.

Don’t pack too much, try to do too much, or expect too much.  

 

Stay open-minded.

Resist the urge to judge and remain open to the beauty of difference.

 

Value quality over quantity.

Take the time to get to know and appreciate the people, culture, and community you’re visiting.

 

Give back.

Consider what you can do to show support and boost the local economy. 

 

Experience something new.

Learn a local craft, explore some of the local cuisine, or try a new outdoor activity.

 

Practice kindness and respect.

Leave every place you visit as good as or better than when you arrived. 

Our Sustainability Goals

By supporting responsible tourism, we strive to make a meaningful contribution to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Sustainable Cities and Communities 

Responsible Consumption and Production

What We Do & Don’t Support:

  • We will always honor your preferences with regard to your sustainability comfort level. Because we support positive impact travel, we encourage you to consider destinations that are not over-touristed, where a sustainable focus and infrastructure are in place.

 

  • We also encourage you to explore local experiences that you will not only enjoy and benefit from, but will also benefit the local community. If you’d like to incorporate a guided tour into your itinerary, rest assured that we work with responsible travel guides and tours.

 

  • It is also important to note that while we do support sustainable ships and other sailing opportunities, we do not book mainstream cruise line travel as a result of the harm caused to communities as well as the environment. We also do not support animal encounters that involve unhealthy practices and the mistreatment of animals.

                       

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Memberships

Mindful Explorer Travel is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

Sustainable Travel International

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