After working in the nonprofit human rights sector and overseeing advocacy travel programs for two decades, founder Malia Everette recognized the power of travel to increase intercultural understanding, forge peaceful dialogue, transform consciousness, and inspire the agency of the traveler. She simultaneously recognized the economic power of travel, when the experiences and the tourism dollars were directly benefiting local communities and the host economy. Thus AltruVistas was founded upon core ethical values as well as the pragmatic financial strategy of deeply examining our travel “supply web.”
In this conversation Malia describes the relationship between travel, health and healing, on a personal, social, and global level. Travel, she believes is much more than checking off boxes on a wish list. Rather, it is a way to heal and transform the world and ourselves.