+ What is The Travel Word? Who publishes it?
+ What types of articles does The Travel Word run?
+ Can anyone be featured on The Travel Word blog?
+ I have a sustainable tourism project that I think would be of interest to readers of The Travel Word. How can I contact The Travel Word editors?
+ I publish a responsible travel blog. Who can I contact to learn more about sharing content?
+ I am a travel writer. Does The Travel Word accept pitches or story suggestions?
+ I’m a big fan of The Travel Word! How can I show some love?
+ What do you mean by responsible and sustainable travel?
+ What is local travel?
+ I am a local tour operator. How can I learn more about partnering with the WHL Group?
+ Who reads The Travel Word, anyway?
+ Do you have a newsletter? How can I sign up?
+ What is the circulation of the newsletter?
+ Tell me more about The Travel Word logo.
+ I don’t understand how to navigate the blog. Can you give some clues?
+ What is the Photo of the Week?
What is The Travel Word? Who publishes it?
The Travel Word was launched as the online mouthpiece of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world, although it is now independent. The Travel Word began by drawing on a vast pool of ideas generated by the WHL Group’s local tour operators, partners, suppliers and more, to showcase stories about responsible, sustainable and local travel. It continues to do this, but has expanded its reach beyond the WHL Group family. Read more about The Travel Word.
What types of articles does The Travel Word run?
Articles on The Travel Word include destination features, travel anecdotes, profiles and interviews, opinion pieces and news about responsible, sustainable and local travel and tourism.
Can anyone be featured on The Travel Word blog?
Preference for written content on The Travel Word used to be given to the destinations and services covered by the WHL Group’s extensive network of local partners and tour operators. Now, however, The Travel Word will consider stories about innovative and ethical tourism projects and practices anywhere in the world.
I have a sustainable tourism project that I think would be of interest to readers of The Travel Word. How can I contact The Travel Word editors?
The Travel Word wants to hear from you! Please drop a note to our editors.
I publish a responsible travel blog. Who can I contact to learn more about sharing content?
The Travel Word wants to learn more about you! Send a link and short introduction to the editors.
I am a travel writer. Does The Travel Word accept pitches or story suggestions?
You bet. The Travel Word is open to pitches about responsible and sustainable tourism projects, operators and destination. Contact the editors.
I’m a big fan of The Travel Word! How can I show some love?
Spread The Travel Word! Tell your friends about our email alerts, our RSS feed, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. We can also be found as a networked blog on Facebook.
What do you mean by responsible and sustainable travel?
There are as many definitions of responsible and sustainable travel as there are travellers. To The Travel Word, travelling responsibly means doing everything possible to make a positive impact on local cultures and environments, while also minimising one’s negative impact. A sustainable travel experience is one that protects and preserves local environments, economies and cultures for future generations to come.
What is local travel?
Travelling locally means forgoing mainstream tourism models in order to connect with locals and experience their customs and culture. Read lots more about it at the Local Travel Movement.
I am a local tour operator. How can I learn more about partnering with the WHL Group?
The WHL Group is actively forging partnerships with local travel operators. Learn more by clicking on the ‘become an operator’ links under the different WHL Group products at www.whl-group.com.
If you are specifically interested in republishing The Travel Word content or would like us to consider republishing yours, send a link and short introduction to the editors.
Who reads The Travel Word, anyway?
Our readers are travellers and tourism industry professionals interested in responsible and sustainable travel with a particular emphasis on off-the-beaten-path experiences, often in destinations in the developing world.
Do you have a newsletter? How can I sign up?
Yes! Sign up here to receive our periodic email newsletter. It used to be monthly (you can visit our extensive archives), but has been on hiatus since The Travel Word went independent. We are working hard to bring it back to life.
What is the circulation of the newsletter?
As of late December 2012, when we pushed out our last monthly email newsletter (check out the archive here), it reached approximately 21,000 subscribers.
Tell me more about The Travel Word logo.
Like all fine art, our logo has been interpreted many ways. To us though, it consists of two basic parts: the blue speech bubble and the tri-colour overlapping circles.
The speech bubble has two ‘pointers,’ rather than the typical one, as recognition of the multiple local voices we represent. The shape of these dual pointers resembles the letter ‘w,’ which we consider significant, as it is a first letter in ‘word.’
The tri-colour overlapping circles are again emblematic of the multiple voices and communities into which we reach, who share a common interest in a sustainable future for our planet. The three colours are the same as the three dominant tones used throughout the site. For more about this, read directly below (‘I don’t understand how to navigate the blog. Can you give some clues?’).
I don’t understand how to navigate the website. Can you give some clues?
Content on The Travel Word can be searched according to three colour-coded themes: destination, human interest and responsible/sustainable travel.
Blue is the colour assigned to our articles with a particular focus on a destination. By clicking on the blue ‘LOCATION’ box beneath the photo banner, you can follow prompts to find articles that include coverage of a continent, a world region, a country or a specific destination within that country.
Pink is the colour assigned to our articles that put pride of focus on human interests. For a full list of human-interest topics, click on the pink ‘HUMAN INTEREST’ articles link box beneath the photo banner.
Green is the colour that identifies articles with a strong responsible/sustainable travel slant. Different categories are listed on a page reached by clicking on the green ‘RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL’ articles box beneath the photo banner.
Although there’s no box for it, we also have a ‘NEWS‘ page leading to news articles about the the world, or about WHL Group, its companies and its partnerships.
What is the Photo of the Week?
Each week, The Travel Word presents readers with a unique image showcasing the local character of a particular destination. Pass the mouse over the photo image at the top of any page to pull up a link to the story behind it.