I'm Béné, a Burkinabè American currently calling the Pacific Northwest home.
My early teens were marked by a life-altering move from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Blair, Nebraska. This experience sparked a wanderlust that has taken me across the globe, from the landscapes of Africa, Europe, and Asia to the Americas. I've experienced both mainstream luxury and the need to boil water for a hot shower. I've lived in London where I received my master's in health policy, planning, and financing, then used my privilege to support social impact work in West Africa.
Hey! I am new here but excited to join the community. In 2024 I am planning on experiencing Guadeloupe and Socotra Island. Much planning and meditation to do for these.
What are your travel plans for 2024? 2 months ago
A quick poll for the community: what new skills have your learned in the past year? Examples: • Online courses (e.g. photography) • A new hobby (e.g. snowboarding) • Masters degree (e.g. sustainable tourism) Can be travel, or non-travel related... 👉 Bonus points for interesting or obscure skills you've learned!
I see that a lot of bloggers, in their bios, write things like "My goal is to inspire people to travel." It makes me wonder: is that really what we should do? Do we really want more people to travel, given all of the climate and sustainability consequences that can arise from travel? Or should we be encouraging people to travel better rather than more? And if so, how?
1. Tourism development values, with impressions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Montenegro - by Balkan Green (4 minutes) Balkan Green is aiming to uncover the true meaning of being a sustainable tourism destination and business in the Balkans. Balkan Green is an initiative bringing together organizations from the Balkan region to form a discussion towards more sustainable tourism development. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kHrIjJXBo0