At Island Effect we believe in travel that gives everyone a better experience…
Yes!! you can have a great experience travelling AND make a more positive impact on the places you visit!!
We know that leisure travel has been getting a lot of flack lately – and for good reason! But rest assured, there are many ways in which you can better balance a great trip with being kinder to the planet and to the people in the places you visit.
And Island Effect is here to help you do just that – make your visit to Saint Lucia and the Caribbean great for you and for the communities you visit! Whether you are already a sustainable, ethical, positive impact travel junkie or you’re just beginning to explorecultural tourism or island adventures that give back – we want to help you figure out where to go, what to do, how to do it better!
So take a look around the site, join in the conversation and if we haven’t got the info you need – just drop us a line tell us what you’d like to know!
We have lots to share – cultural tourism, sustainable travel gear, Caribbean food
We’re building the site now – expanding our coverage to bring you not just Saint Lucia (where we are based) but insights and sustainable travel info for the other beautiful Eastern Caribbean islands: Culture and community, local food and drinks, authentic shopping, local nightlife, best nature and adventure, self-guided tours, best spas, fitness and relaxation and of course, the best places to stay. Sound good? Why not sign up for our upcoming monthely Island Effect newsletter! We’re also working on our own bespoke experiences… go on, fill in that newsletter sign up 🙂
We’re inspired by everything that makes Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean the wonderful Caribbean we love! We want you to experience authentic island lifestyles, so we feature the real thing – see it like a local – the places locals love to go.
We want you to visit our vivacious communities, immerse yourself in our lively culture, let your taste-buds light up with authentics flavours, get serious with historical insights, ride the rhythms at festivals and events, go rain-forest bathing, hang out with us at the best beaches… Come along on a journey to the real Eastern Caribbean…
How It Happened – Sustainable Travel & Cultural Tourism
Hi folks, I’m Finola Jennings Clark, owner and Chief of Travel Inspiration here at Island Effect… here’s the story about why I decided to create a sustainable travel and cultural tourism website for Saint Lucia and now, the Eastern Caribbean…
In late 2017, an idea began to take shape…to start writing about the many small and undiscovered places and memorable experiences I thought people would like to see when they visit Saint Lucia. Ones that aren’t on the mainstream tourism map. I wanted to support people and places genuinely trying to create sustainable tourism and community livelihoods…take Lucians and visitors to all these great places!
Originally this was just a personal project: A way to justify me spending time exploring more of my island home while ‘sharing the love’. But I soon realised that people wanted to know so much about what it’s like to really visit Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean islands and experience local life. So, Island Effect became a ‘real website’ sharing all kinds of sustainable travel and cultural tourism info… the real Saint Lucia. And now, in the coming months, we’ll be expanding our coverage to more of the beautiful islands of the Caribbean…to say we’re excited is putting it mildly!
Plain ‘n’ Simple – What You Get – Sponsored post Disclosure:
You’ll get honest content that gives an accurate picture of what’s on offer and how to access it. We do our best to inspire you to get out of your hotel or villa, or to stay somewhere truly local and enjoy what we locals love about our island.
Full disclosure- many of the features on commercial businesses on Island Effect are paid for, they’re sponsored posts. But, our featured businesses know I’ll make sure I inspire without overselling: Giving straight-up information is what we do. I believe you, the traveller, will enjoy the Caribbean islands the most when you have a good honest idea what’s on the table! And of course I’ll always tell you when a post is sponsored. If it doesn’t say it is, it’s just me and the team out enjoying the island vibes! See our official Influencer Disclosure Policy page here
I also write a lot of ‘non-commercial’ posts about things that you can do for free, like self-guided walks, driving tours, recipes for Caribbean and island cuisine, nature – flora and fauna of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean . And we write about local non-profit organizations, our culture, history, places, festivals, bars and best liming spots (wha? you don’t know what “liming” is! Ok, don’t panic – we’ll be having local lingo and Kweyol language pages too. Visit Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean with us and let us help you get the richest experience possible!
Annou alé! Lets go visit Saint Lucia & the Eastern Caribbean!
I hope that you’ll enjoy being on this journey with me and my love for my adopted home will inspire you to get out and really visit Saint Lucia and the other beautiful islands! Once again, let me know if there’s anything special you’re looking for and I promise I’ll try to help you find it…drop me a line here…
So…what you waiting for? Annou alé! (Let’s go!) Vini a Sènt Lisi! (come visit Saint Lucia) and the Caribbean!
We’ve found that when people visit the islands they often want to create a real connection with the island – meet locals, support a non-profit or a charity, volunteer. And we’re thrilled that more and more travellers want to support sustainable travel and cultural tourism – Wi, sa sé tèlman bon! (Yes, that’s SO good!) And we know everyone loves something free to do, and I love being able to share insights, ideas and guides on all the great free activities you can take advantage of when you visit Saint Lucia or another island! This is the kind of content I want to be able to bring you in boat-loads! Not just paid sponsored posts, but lots of other content – and for our local featured businesses, yes, we want to keep the costs nice ‘n’ low!
If you think this is a good idea, then I appreciate any contribution you’d like to give to help me ensure quality, free content and low-cost promotion keeps on flowing.
Please click here for more information on how to support our sustainable travel work at Island Effect.
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Write for Us
If you’d like to write for us or provide any form of content , we welcome submissions. We accept gratis work and otherwise, we consider submissions for pay on their merit and the availability of funds. Remember we focus on sustainable travel and community cultural tourism! Please click here to write for us.
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Be a Featured Business – what’s on offer
For the businesses featured on Island Effect – I commit to providing effective promotion at affordable rates for everyone: I know what it’s like to be a small non-mainstream business in a small island! I’ve been there.. I want to tell your stories well and make it super-easy for people find you and inspire them to enjoy what you offer.
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