Ethan Gelber

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Categories: Blogger, Editor, Journalist, Writer

Status: Freelance

Personal Websites: The Travel Word


Personal Statement

Since the mid-1980s, Ethan Gelber has patrolled all corners of the travel industry, but his most recent endeavors have included a special emphasis on family travel as Director of Editorial for the Family Travel Association, which inspires families to travel more.

He is also a freelance writer, editor, communications strategist, content marketer and translator of more than 20 years and scores of projects focused on travel, culture and education. He specializes in family travel, responsible and sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.

His written work, including as a Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador and Huffington Post blogger, has appeared (credited and uncredited) in dozens of magazines and websites. Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, an anthology he commissioned and edited about volunteer and philanthropic travel, was released this year by Horizon Travel Press.

Other recent entrepreneurial undertakings include working as an independent contractor (in editorial) for, the worldwide leader of home exchanges; co-founding Outbounding, a community-powered platform for identifying, celebrating and distributing excellent travel content; co-organizing the New York Travel Festival, an immersive event (now entering its fourth year) for a new generation of travelers; and editing The Travel Word, a website he founded in 2009 that showcases responsible, sustainable and local travel.

He has also been co-director of a Paris-based bicycle tour operator; founder and president of a non-profit focused on “educational internet adventures”; staff writer/editor/producer for, one of the Internet’s earliest outdoor lifestyle websites, and the now-defunct, for which he focused on responsible travel issues; publications manager of the French government tourist office (Atout France) in NYC; Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world; co-founder of Destination Accelerator, which managed education and networking opportunities for destination marketers; co-conspirator behind EcoAdventure Media, a content marketing platform designed to support eco-conscious brands; and co-instigator of the Local Travel Movement, a platform for people passionate about local travel.

Ethan has a BA from Yale University and MIA (Master of International Affairs) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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