What is the most effective way to learn a culture (besides immersion)? Storytelling! Storytelling is universal and is as ancient as humankind. Before there was writing, there was storytelling. Stories contain the wisdom of the world, teaching cultural values. Storytelling builds community, celebrates cultural diversity, and preserves cultural identity. Joanna Haugen, the founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, social impact, and storytelling, is an advocate of giving a voice to people who have the richest stories to tell.
In this week’s episode of The New Nomad, Joanna joins our hosts Andrew Jernigan and Allen Koski in talking about the importance of storytelling in our lives as human beings. These three nomads rekindled their experiences in the places they have traveled to and the priceless lessons they have learned along the way. It’s an episode full of gold-nuggets here and there. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and be excited about traveling and sharing your story.
[13:10] Online communities help digital nomads thrive
[15:04] Saying hi to a stranger
[17:00] Voluntourism: Yay or Nay?
[22:15] Slow traveling as a digital nomad
[25:21] Helping people by listening to their stories
[30:35] The power of long walks
JoAnna Haugen is a writer, speaker, and solutions advocate who has worked in the travel and tourism industry for more than a decade. She is also the founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, social impact, and storytelling.
She has written hundreds of articles for dozens of print and online publications including Popular Science, Mongabay, Fast Company, Backpacker, BBC Travel, Delta Sky, American Way, Sustainable Brands, and Adventure.com. She is a member of the Impact Travel Alliance, Society of Environmental Journalists, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Wanderful Creator Community, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is also a media advisor for the Transformational Travel Council and a volunteer mentor through Women in Travel. Additionally, she is a two-time recipient of the Nevada Arts Council grant.
JoAnna is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, long-term expatriate, international election observer, and intrepid traveler.
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