Bruce Poon Tip knows how to do adventure travel right.

The Canadian entrepreneur started G Adventures more than 25 years ago after backpacking through Asia inspired him to take his grassroots approach to exploring the world to the world in the form of a unique brand of guided trips that emphasize cultural learning, service, and community building.

What started out as a “one-man show” now constitutes one of the most prolific tour companies on the planet, but that hasn’t changed Bruce’s commitment to the values he founded G Adventures upon, values National Geographic shares. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the two companies have joined forces to offer an exciting new line up of trips in 2016. The new partnership, called National Geographic Journeys, is just the start of this beautiful friendship.

Here the authentic travel ambassador and best-selling author talks creepy souvenirs, the pros and cons of tourism, and thrills come and gone.

Looptail (Photograph courtesy G Adventures)
In “Looptail,” Poon Tip relates the story of how he built G Adventures into a socially responsible company.  (Photograph courtesy G Adventures)

Hannah Sheinberg: Why does travel matter?

Bruce Poon Tip: Travel is good for the soul. That’s number one. Understanding other cultures and other people gives you you a better appreciation of where you come from.

I always say travel is the fastest path to peace. It’s a vehicle to get rid of a lot of ignorance…[because] you realize how, ultimately, everyone’s connected by the same threads.

Do you think tourism is a force for good, or for evil? 

In general, tourism deserves a bad rap.

Ten percent of [travelers] took all-inclusive vacations 15 years ago; [the number’s] now at 75 percent. [This is a worrisome trend because it means that] money is often being sucked out of the [host] country. The [all-inclusive] resorts are consuming mass amounts (Read more...)

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