susanna shankar of curiosity saves travel


Hi! I’m Susanna, but you can call me Sooz. I was born and raised on Denai’ina Athabascan land, in Eagle River, Alaska. I was raised with an inherent sense of practical sustainability before I knew what that was. We used the resources around us in Alaska for food, energy, recreation, and transportation. There was always an understanding to take only what you needed to ensure we would have enough the following year. Naturally, it was scary to watch the availability of these resources and our climate change. But, I had places to be and things to see. So, I jetted off to pursue selfish travel and to party in Vegas. Coming from a small town, my desire to get out and experience the world trumped anything else.

However, through travel, I learned about how other cultures connect with nature and how other parts of the world combat and live with climate change. I saw beautiful biodiversity around the world and came full circle back to a mindful lifestyle. I met a charismatic Australian, Ganesh (he was born in Singapore with an Indian passport, but is a naturalized Aussie now!), we fell in love and decided to move halfway between Australia and the US. We landed in Germany and settled into a life striving to do the best to make practical changes to our lifestyle and how we traveled. But, that wasn’t enough. I wanted to continue my educational journey. I enrolled in a master’s program for Wildlife, Biodiversity, and Ecosystems Health. My ongoing education and travel experiences opened my eyes to the nuances and complexity of environmentalism and the role of travel. I’ve seen firsthand the damage irresponsible travel can bring to vulnerable places, but I also believe in the regenerative power that ethical travel can bring to destinations. It’s important to know the differences, so we can both learn from our destinations and leave them better than when we arrived.


Does travel need saving? Unsustainable and harmful travel can be a destructive force – from exploiting local communities to degrading ecosystems and contributing to climate change. In our effort to save travel, I believe that regenerative and sustainable travel can be a positive transformation for nature and vulnerable people.  Here at Curiosity Saves Travel and Curiosity Saves the Planet, I strive to bring your practical resources based on research, diverse opinions, and fact while not giving into the practice of shaming or excluding. There’s a lot of talk about limiting travel in a post-COVID world. Still, travel is an incredible force of good both for the traveler and the destination when conducted ethically and responsibly.

As travelers, we can learn so much from opening ourselves up to see how different cultures connect with nature, (ethically) meeting new species in the wild, and by seeing firsthand how wonderful our planet is and the people that call it home. In return, we need to be respectful travelers and should always strive to leave our destinations better than when we arrived and not worse off because of our presence. Travel can get a bad rep from the airline industry’s carbon emissions to the exploitative behavior of large foreign-owned tour companies, to the wasteful and damaging behavior to destinations. But, here at Curiosity Saves Travel, I truly believe that by opening ourselves to be curious about how we can be better travelers and learn from our destinations, we can come together to save travel.


There’s a lot of information about there about sustainable travel. It can be hard to know what information you can trust. Susanna combines years working in the travel industry, an ongoing master’s education in environmental sustainability, and practical advice. There is no one right answer to how you should travel sustainably, but I hope to give you the tools to make the decision that is best for you and the destinations you visit.


There are definitely wrong ways to travel, and it’s important to address detrimental behaviors, but I don’t believe in shaming or cancel culture resulting in death threats. I try to be open to understanding the nuances of travel and different people’s backgrounds. Through constructive education, critical thinking, and curiosity to learn, we can work together to become more responsible travelers.


Keep an eye out for educational tips about unique species or cool biodiversity around the world. I love sharing things I learned about ecology in school and hope to bridge the gap between travel and the environment. Many people travel for food, culture, sights, I travel to learn about cultural connections to the environment, interesting species, and cool nature around the world. I hope you learn not only about travel but also, find your curiosity to find the awe-inspiring nature around the world.


Most of the content on the site is published by me, Susanna Kelly-Shankar. While I always strive to create balanced content to help people make decisions that are right for them, I’m also here to learn. I would love to feature your voice and expertise on my website. Read more details on how to pitch a guest post. I pay for quality, ethical, and researched content.

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