Wednesday, November 21, 2012

synopsis

I know I haven't been too good about posting just yet, but honestly not much is happening...

This semester was my first in the MIST program. So we are just barely dipping our toes into the issue of Sustainable Tourism. I do have to say, though, that with every passing class I am getting more and more excited for the future and all the possibilities we have.

To give you a brief synopsis of our focus, we are studying a sort of tourism paradox, if you will. Tourism is something that is growing immensely with every generation becoming more and more fascinated with seeing the world. But what many fail to recognize is that tourism can be destructive...

Think about the environment, the animals, plants, and people living in the communities that you are visiting. How do you think they feel about foreigners coming to the place they call home? Aren't you even at least a little guilty "looking down" on tourists? Think about that a bit... There are different species that are being pushed towards becoming endangered simply because the increase in tourism worldwide is causing more development and traffic through their natural habitats. While nature is resilient, we are quickly reaching a breaking point. Then we encounter a cultural issue when our Western ideas and values begin to impose on the local culture of these places we are visiting. We, as Americans, want everyone to think as we do. But don't we often travel to a place simply because we are curious about their way of life?

Sustainability is all about preservation. Preservation of the environment, the culture, and the overall well-being of the world. So our job is to find that balance, or threshold, where tourism can help as opposed to hurt. We are learning how to implement these ideas into business plans and government entities and overall increase education on the issues at hand.

Make sense?

It really does get interesting when you dive into the nitty gritty details of different tourism destinations. Hopefully I will be able to break things down more for you and give you more examples as time goes on. But for now, thanks for reading!

Until next time!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's in a name

As a brand new blogger, I took quite a bit of time in deciding on a name for this blog. I didn't want it to be insignificant, but meaningful and well thought-out. So here's the breakdown...

Why Green?
The color green is said to be soothing and calming to the eye. It is often used in decoration of hospitals and classrooms simply because of its relaxing qualities. For my purposes, it represents the calmness and sacredness of nature and sustainability. It is often used as THE color for eco-efforts and environmentally friendly projects. Costa Rica is a very 'green' community. Their sustainable efforts are recognized worldwide and set standards for many other nations. So naturally, this was a good choice for me.
Green also just happens to be the color of my beloved alma mater, the University of North Texas! GO MEAN GREEN!!!

As for the leaf...
I chose the leaf for a few reasons, the first being that a single leaf is said to be the symbol of happiness and bliss. It is such a small item, but when looked at very closely you find beautiful patterns and colors. To me, all this makes me happy. I love the leaves of all seasons and how they change throughout the year. Also, I see a leaf as something that is a part of a much bigger whole. One leaf alone is interesting and complex, but when put with many others it becomes something much larger and more wondrous to behold. I have been so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family who support me and help me shine. There is no way I would be where I am without them.

The diaries part of the title is pretty self explanatory...
I really just wanted a word that would encompass all that I intend to include in this blog. No, it's not going to be all about my love life. What little there is in that category, I prefer to keep secret. But I'm hoping for this blog to be a mixture of my thoughts in preparation for, and while in Costa Rica as well as some of my studies.

That's all for now, thanks for reading again!
Happy Halloween!
AND tomorrow marks 8 months to Costa Rica! eek!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pilot


So I guess you're wondering what all this is about... I mean, that tends to be the initial question when reading a blog, right?

Well, I am a Grad Student at the University of North Texas, getting my Masters in International Sustainable Tourism (aka MIST) and will be traveling to Turrialba, Costa Rica this coming June. This blog will be a sort of travelers diary (at least that's the plan for now). I am new to the blog-o-sphere, but I am excited to share all of my experiences.

To give you some background on myself, I have always had a certain passion for culture and travelling. Though I may not have traveled as much as I would like just yet, I have plenty of time to get there. This graduate program was absolutely perfect for me. Through research we are learning how to better promote tourism and allow it to occur in a sustainable way.

So anyway, if I ramble on about tourism and my studies and begin to bore you, I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Hopefully you will find this blog interesting, intriguing, inspiring, intelligent, and many other words that begin with an 'i' :). I absolutely cannot wait to begin this journey and see where my life will take me.

Thank you for reading my traveler's ramblings.

Loyally,
B