Travel News 2009
Planet Good Radio: Vacations That Create Change
This week on Planet Good Radio, our guest is Andrea Ross, founder of Journeys Within Bed & Breakfast and Tour Company/Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC). For the last 6 years, Journeys Within B&B and Tour Company has been offering tours throughout SE Asia and is a pioneer in philanthropic travel and voluntourism, in fact being named a Conde Naste Travel World Saver because of their focus on helping their community. Listen to the Planet Good Radio episode at blogtalkradio.com
Do the Right Thing on Truth.Travel: A Tour Operator's Take on Philanthropic Travel
Welcome to Do the Right Thing on Truth.Travel, our online forum to talk about all the things responsible travel. Today we present travel specialist, entrepreneur, and philanthropic travel expert Andrea Ross of Journey's Within. Andrea will be a regular blogger for Do the Right Thing so stay tuned for more posts from Southeast Asia. Don't miss Dinda Elliott's opening post on the thinking behind Do the Right Thing. Read more at truth.travel
Reader Report: “My wife and I turned to Journeys Within to plan our week in Laos,” says Shell Harvey of Victoria, B.C. “Shortly after our boat tour of Kong Lor Cave on the third day, I realized I'd lost my passport. The company helped with transportation, hotels, and translating the paperwork—and didn't charge me extra. Outstanding!”
Girlfriend Getaways: Fly Girl - Andrea Ross
After her first sojourn to Australia at age 7, the founder of Journeys Within Tour Company and B&B never looked back. Today, Ross and her husband offer trips to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Below, a few of this seasoned globe-trotter's favorite things. Read more at girlgetaways.com
Condé Nast Traveler: 126 Top Travel Specialists
Top Travel Specialist: Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand
Andrea Ross lives in Cambodia six months of the year—when not in California, she runs the Journeys Within B&B in Siem Reap with her husband—and can pepper Southeast Asian itineraries with philanthropic elements, enabling travelers to give back to the local community. Her favorite secret destination? Battambang, Cambodia's little-visited second-largest city, which fell under Thai rule for more than a century but today has few crowds visiting its beautiful temples. Her affordable rates make her a great option for travelers on a budget. Read more at concierge.com
Capitalist Chicks: Social Entrepreneur - Andrea Ross
Andrea Ross is one of those rare individuals who experienced an epiphany, gave up corporate work, and took a great risk in establishing her two businesses, Nikaya Handcrafted and Journeys Within Inc. Based in Cambodia, her companies are devoted to raising awareness of the needs of Southeast Asians and to alleviate poverty and improve health conditions in Southeast Asia. Read more at capitalistchicks.com
Download an MP3 Podcast (13.9 MB): Capitalist Chicks Podcast - Andrea Ross
Gerry & Judy Laird, voluntourists, Joanne Majewski, Alternative Breaks Coordinator for the Center for Service and Action at Loyola Marymount University, and Andrea Ross, Founder of Journeys Within Tour Company (JWTC) and Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), will join David Clemmons to discuss the following: 1) How has JWOC integrated the tourism knowledge of JWTC with service to the local community? 2) When considering voluntourists' needs in juxtaposition to the needs of communities, how has JWOC been able to maintain a balanced perspective? 3) As voluntourists (Gerry & Judy) and past voluntourists (Joanne), what advice and constructive feedback are you providing and have you provided to JWOC before, during, and/or after your trip? Listen at talkshoe.com
Download the MP3 (27.3 MB): Interview with David Clemmons -JWOC
Customized travel itinerary – check! Luxury amenities – check! Historic locale and giving back to the community – check, check!
Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned. Andrea Ross and her husband, Brandon, set out touring Southeast Asia with no intentions of visiting Cambodia....
Along the way, they heard some many wonderful things from travelers about Cambodia, they booked their trip and fell in love with the "hope and excitement" Cambodians have for their country.