Why this collection of stories?
When professionals and policy makers talk about 'tourism', we often hear facts, figures, economic terms and returns. Isn't that strange, knowing that tourism is all about the joy of travelling and hosting, meeting people you didn't know before, being amazed of the beauty of our world?
Sometimes, travelling and meeting strangers leaves you speechless. A warm encounter with another human being, an unforgettable view on nature or a discovery of something you've never seen or experienced before: it influences your life so deeply you feel transformed.
Tourism fosters connections between people, creates tolerance, respect for culture, arts en differences. Travellers and hosts become responsable stewards for humanity and earth. That is what tourism really is about. We want to contribute to this awareness.
The magic of stories
The more we recall and share our stories about our travelling and hosting experiences, the more we experience the benefits of our adventures. The more we remember how important travelling and being a host is in our lives, the more we engage in fostering travelling experiences for people with less opportunities. By remembering and sharing our stories, we become more dedicated to broadening our world for ourselves and for others: as a traveler and as professional or volunteer in the tourism and leisure sector.
Connect Your Story brings travel memories back into existence. The Connect Your Story team invites, asks, listens and writes. We weave stories together in a meaningful pattern for you to discover. With this growing collection of stories, we want to encourage people to explore our world. We want to serve entrepreneurs, researchers and professionals in the sector with stories about the importance and benefits of travelling and hosting. We want to encourage you to help creating experiences for people with less access to the benefits of a holiday.
As a professional in leisure and tourism: You can invite our storyweavers to your (tourism- or leisure-) events. We invite your guests to tell their travel stories, we write these down and publish them on Connect Your Story and - if you'd like that - in a newspaper that we hand out on your event. No doubt that your participants become alive by telling their stories and discovering the adventures of others. And that they attend your event with a renewed sence of the essence of the work they contribute to.
As a reporter? Would you like to strengthen the team of storyweavers with your ears and writing skills? Do you have easy acces to a bunch of stories of hosts or travellers? We'll be happy to hoist you on board of this journey.
Or do you have a story that could inspire others? Reach out to us, and we'll be most honoured to have a good conversation with you.