Authentic travel is something everyone seems to be looking for right now. But is this even possible? I’m talking to Rishi Bhandari, an educational travel guide from Nepal to hear his unique perspctive.. I’m asking Rishi:
- What was is it like to grow up in an Ashram, surrounded by travelers?
- How do you think travel can contribute to a broader mindeset?
- What is the power of privilege and how is it connected to travel?
Authentic travel – What does this mean?
“Actually, I’m coming to a point where I hate the term authentic travel”
Rishi grew up in a sustainable community in the southern hills of Kathmandu. From a very young age he got to know international travelers, visiting the Ashram. While growing up, he reflected a lot on their behaviour, as well as the consequences and implications it had for his childhood. Today he works as a freelance educational and is involved in educational programs to advocate for more immersive travel.
In this conversation we talk about sustainable travel and what it actually means to visit a place in a mindful way. Why is the place you visit a manifestion of yourself and how can you get to the point to fully and “authentically” experience it?
We also talk about privilege and why it is important to reflect on your privilege, especially in the context of international travel. So, can tourism do more harm than good?
We touch on some very interesting and deep topics. But of course, there are also some hands-on tips for your next trip abroad. Tune in and let us know in the comments what you think about the future of “autentic” travel.
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