Get to know all about us at Island Effect!
At Island Effect we let you in on the secrets that will make your visit to Saint Lucia the best! 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. So read on to get to know all about us at Island Effect!
We’re inspired by everything that makes Saint Lucia the wonderful Caribbean island 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 Saint Lucia.
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…
In late 2017, an idea began to take shape…to start writing about the many small and undiscovered places and meaningful, memorable experiences that people would like to see when they visit Saint Lucia. Ones that aren’t on the mainstream tourism map. Support people and places really trying to create sustainable tourism and community livelihoods…take Lucians and visitors to all the places that are truly about us!
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 experience local life. So, Island Effect became a ‘real website’ sharing all kinds of sustainable travel and cultural tourism info… the real Saint Lucia.
Plain ‘n’ Simple – What You Get:
You’ll get honest content that gives an accurate picture of what’s on offer and how to access it. We do our darndest to inspire you to get out of your hotel or villa and enjoy what we Saint Lucians 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 makes sure I inspire without overselling: Giving straight-up information is what we do. I believe you, the traveller, will enjoy Saint Lucia the most when you have a good honest idea what’s on the table! And of course I’ll tell you when a post is sponsored or just me out enjoying the island vibes!
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 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 have a local lingo and Kweyol language page too. Visit Saint Lucia with us and you’ll get the richest Lucian experience possible!
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.
Annou alé! Lets go visit Saint Lucia
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! 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)
Now that you know all about us at Island Effect, if you like what I’m doing -you believe in sustainable travel, cultural tourism and getting out to the community – it would be awesome if you’d consider supporting my work … Keeping it affordable for our featured businesses, focusing on genuine sustainable travel and cultural tourism and being able to create LOTS of non-commercial content is core to my beliefs, but I ain’t gonna lie – it’s not easy to make a living off of it yet.
We’ve found that when people visit Saint Lucia 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! This is the kind of content I want to be able to bring you in boat-loads!
If you think this is a good idea, then I appreciate anything contribution you’d like to give to help me ensure my bills are paid and quality, free content keeps on flowing so Saint Lucian people, communities and causes can get a prime space in the sun!
Please click here for more information on how to support our sustainable travel work at Island Effect.
Learn more about me, Finola here.
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.
You can also subscribe to our website and share our work – tell a friend about us!
If you would like to be featured, please go here.
Tim to book your travel and come visit Saint Lucia!
Ok…phew! I think you know all about us now! Well, go on then -all that’s left to do is book your self your super island vacation, pack and come!