Our Top 20 Photos of 2014
In retrospect, 2012 was the year Green Global Travel blew up, and we traveled like insane people (more than 90 days on the road while holding down full-time jobs and co-parenting a tween). Then 2013 was the year we experimented with ways to monetize our site without selling out.
The story of 2014 was all about finding balance. We began the year by managing a huge campaign– #EcoCostaRica, a 6-blogger press trip highlighting the country’s myriad ecotourism offerings– and ended it by launching another. #JustOneRhino finds us overseeing 125+ bloggers, 25 sponsors and over $30,000 worth of prizes in an effort to raise money for rhino conservation.
In between these two busy bookends, there was a lot of travel, and more business growth than we’ve ever seen before:
MAY: Volvo reached out to us about their West Sweden in a Volvo campaign, making us (“The Ecotourists) one of four blogs chosen to participate.
JUNE: We started freelancing for Yahoo Travel, which has used 8 of our eco-travel pieces over the past 6 months.
AUGUST: A USA Today Readers Poll named us one of the Top 5 Travel Blogging Couples in the world! Thanks to everyone who voted for us. We also launched Green Travel Media, our new business arm, which has already hired 20+ travel bloggers for various paid projects.
SEPTEMBER: We were invited to be part of the Opening Keynote at the TBEX Travel Blogging Conference in Cancun, appearing alongside Center for Responsible Travel‘s Dr. Martha Honey to discuss Responsible Tourism. We also landed a HUGE client, with Green Travel Media hired to provide content, social media and branding services for International Expeditions.
OCTOBER: TBEX invited us to speak on Branding for Bloggers at their conference in Athens. The 16 days we spent exploring Greece and Turkey easily ranked among the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken– a dream come true for Mary– and we met some amazing bloggers we’ll be working with in the very near future.
NOVEMBER: On our fourth blogaversary, we announced our new Staff and Contributing Writers– part of the amazing team that will be working on more big projects in the New Year.
DECEMBER: This month has been all about the #JustOneRhino fundraiser, a donation to which makes a GREAT last-minute Christmas gift, giving the recipient a chance to win trips to the Galapagos Islands, Nicaragua, South Africa and more!
We’ll have announcements about all the incredible things we having coming up in 2015 soon (including 3 speaking gigs, 6 of our dream destinations, and more developments for Green Travel Media). But with the end of the year approaching, we thought this would be a great time to look back at some of our most memorable moments of 2014. We hope you enjoy it…