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Report: The Truth About Camping? It Isn't Fun. (The Pulse | Think T+O)

Isn’t camping the ultimate definition of a fun time?

Not necessarily. Sure, we like to think about idyllic nights under the bright stars. But then we are reminded of that weekend where we felt trapped in our stinky and leaky tent – all thanks to Mother Nature’s need to rain and the resulting mosquito population.

When asked about what defines a camping experience, the majority of our Think T+O™ Forum members – people who love travel and the outdoors – don’t describe camping as ‘fun.’

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Webinar: Global Consumer Trends and Their Impacts on Sustainable Travel

Talking about consumer trends and how they impact travel and outdoor brands is one of my biggest passions. That’s why I was excited to share recent trends and their impacts with Sustainable Travel International’s two networks: the Sustainable Destination Leadership Network and the Sustainable Travel Leadership Network. This short-and-sweet 36-minute webinar includes insights for travel and outdoor brands, including three key takeaways.

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DMOS vs. the Sharing Economy

Skift recently released “Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015.” One of those trends, #9, stuck out to me: "Alternative travel is now a reality across the world,” and the sharing economy is on the rise. So out of both personal and professional curiosity, I conducted a little experiment. It consisted of searching each of the sharing economy apps featured in the Skift report for providers in Montana, our home state, preferred road trip territory, and client.

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The Risk of Undervaluing our Great Walls

"Yellowstone is to us, what the Great Wall is to you," said one of my Chinese tourism counterparts at our recent meeting in Beijing. This shouldn't be a revolutionary concept to a Montanan, but his Confucious-like delivery of such an obvious truth stuck with me all the way to this post. It was the sort of simple pronouncement that makes you say, "Well, duh," yet delivers an amazing moment of clarity at the same time.

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