Kelsey Frenkiel | An Island Press Author

Kelsey Frenkiel

Kelsey Frenkiel is a Program Manager at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), where she coordinates research and advocacy to promote responsible travel policies and practices globally. Her background and particular area of focus is in tourism and wildlife conservation. Kelsey is also a freelance travel writer and researcher, having supported publications for National Geographic Traveler, The Washingtonian, and other outlets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the College of William & Mary and an MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University, where she studied the intersection between tourism and slow loris conservation in Java, Indonesia.


Lessons for a Better Future

Before COVID-19 hit, the biggest problem in the world of travel was overtourism. Crowds threatened to spoil natural environments and make daily life unbearable for residents of popular travel destinations. Then, seemingly overnight, tourism nearly ceased. Yet there is no question that travel will resume; the only question is, when it does, what will it look like? Will we return to a world of overrun monuments, littered beaches, and gridlocked city streets?