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June 2022

Where Sidewalks End

Sustainable, cultural experiences in Asia and Mexico
Created by Ian Ord
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Where Sidewalks End (WSE) Travel takes visitors off the beaten path – from sacred tattoos with shamans in Thailand, to home-stays with tribes in Borneo, to the multi-generational ancestral practice of making mezcal with families in Mexico.

We've been featured in Forbes Magazine for our sustainable practices in preserving deep-rooted cultural experiences, and connecting tourists to sub-cultures, locals and ancestral traditions that many never get to be part of.

WSE Travel believes in giving back to the communities we visit through fair-pay, honouring of local practices, customs and traditions, and donating to local charities in the communities we visit.

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Founder, Where Sidewalks End

It has been a humbling experience being able to engage so deeply with indigenous communities, ancestral practices, and pristine environments. Our goal is to educate foreign visitors to be the most respectful and honourable to the ancient and delicate ways of life we interact with, and to bring viable sources of revenue through responsible and sustainable tourism practices. We welcome you to come experience real life, and to connect with a disconnected planet, Where Sidewalks End.

5 months ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Hey Ian, thanks for sharing Where Sidewalks End on Travel Massive. It’s amazing to see how you’ve grown the business from Bangkok to Mexico over the past few years!

How did you adapt to bring WSE to Mexico from Thailand? And are you planning to open up more destinations?

5 months ago
Founder, Where Sidewalks End

To be honest, my networking in the travel and tourism industry really took off with Travel Massive - through this platform, and attending meetups (and setting up new chapters) all over the world, I was able to connect with trusted contacts to be able to start B2B operations. It just grew from there - with opportunities to speak at Travel Conferences (such as DigiThailand, TBEX and PATA), and the network kept growing.

We are currently in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysian Borneo, Myanmar and Mexico, and yes... plans to definitely expand globally into 40 new countries in the coming years, mostly due to the Travel Massive Forum and a shout-out post I had made about sustainable tour operators uniting at the beginning of the pandemic (though was put on pause as the pandemic continued).

Thanks for all your support over the years, Ian - and to everyone who is a member and part of Travel Massive!

5 months ago
Event Organizer & Traveler, GlobalGaz

A great mission ... the experiences look fantastic and meaningful

15 days ago
Founder, Where Sidewalks End

ps. if you are a locally based sustainable-tourism-focused tour operator and you would like to discuss potential B2B collaborations, please do not hesitate to contact me and see how we may be able to work together. Our focus is on ancestral, traditional practices and giving deep cultural and educational exchanges :)

5 months ago
Content & Community Manager, Travel Massive

Love what you do! Waiting for you to visit Bulgaria soon 🙌

5 months ago
Founder, Where Sidewalks End

Thanks so much Maria!! Me tooooo.. I would love to get over there!

5 months ago