We Think Travel Is Important…

At its best, it makes us bigger people, more worthy global citizens. That’s the foundation of our award-winning podcast — a fresh and compelling voice amid today’s fire hose of listicle, trend-driven travel media.

What specifically makes us different? We anchor each show with a vivid, up-close radio documentary told by embedded contributors around the world — a deep dive into characters and issues that define local ways of life. Specifically, we seek out stories that bring to life the ‘one big thing’ about a culture, destination or travel theme. It’s the thing at a given point in time that, if travelers knew only this before they went, it would change the way they saw everything. We then pull back the lens, illuminating these themes in interviews with fascinating, timely experts — all backed by great online visuals and service info.

We Champion Cultural, Economic And Environmental Sustainability In Travel…

We think travel is more important now than ever before — a powerful inoculation against prejudice, and fear of change and the unfamiliar. However, travel is also one of the biggest emerging sustainability issues globally. There’s been explosive growth in the number of travelers on the road today compared to even a decade ago. And the very tools that have empowered us to explore farther, deeper and in greater numbers, can often frame the world as a menu of consumables.

Our podcast is something different. It gives a thriving new home to travel’s long-standing tradition of meaningful cultural narratives, being crowded out by listicles and influencers elsewhere. Our goal: to inspire and equip thoughtful, curious and more humble travelers — partly because it’s the right thing to do, but equally because it makes for a far richer travel experience. 

Meet Our Producer/Host…

Liz Beatty is a Society of American Travel Writers and North America Travel Writers Association award winner for both feature writing and broadcasting. She’s been a regular contributor to National Geographic Travel magazine, books and blogs for years. She writes too for The Guardian, T+L, AARP, The Walrus, Toronto LIfe and others. She’s an alumna of the revered Transom Radio Documentary Workshop. In a previous life, she headed up communications for some of travel’s most enviable brands. Liz appeared on a regular segment of an established SiriusXM food and lifestyle show before launching Native Traveler as host and executive producer. Native Traveler recently won top honours in radio broadcasting/podcasting from both the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association.