As you may have read, Mary and I are getting extremely swamped with Green Travel Media, the “Just One Rhino” charity project we’ll be announcing soon, and other commitments. And it has always been our goal to make GGT a true multi-author site.
To that end, we’re hiring four Green Global Travel staff writers,” paying them $25 per story and requiring them to turn in one story per month. These stories will go through a thorough pitching and editing process and will have hard deadlines (just like the other publications I edit), so there will be an educational component involved in these positions as well.
There’s no specific word count on our stories: I run GGT just like a magazine, with different story “departments.” Sections such as Go Green Tips, Global Culture and Endangered Species Spotlight tend towards the 600-800 word range, while our Destinations and Eco News pieces tend to be 1200-1500 and up. And of course we also do Photo Essays as well. Basically, the word count is whatever the given story requires.
We realize that $25 isn’t much, but we’re only just starting to make any sort of real profit on the work that we do on GGT. As we grow, so will our staff and our editorial budget. And of course our people will get dibs on many of the paying projects that come in through Green Travel Media.
The $25 is basically just a token: The real opportunity is for long-term career development, working with me as your professional editor. We’re looking for folks who REALLY believe in what we’re doing and want to be a part of it, not people just looking for any paying gig.
If you’re interested, please send us an email including a brief summary of your blog and your professional writing experience (if any), and a link to ONE story that you feel best represents the type of work you’d like to do for GGT to info[at]GreenGlobalTravel.com. People who have been writing about ecotourism and conservation issues, and who have supported GGT’s work in the past, will be moved to the front of the line. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration! –Bret Love
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If you’ve been keeping up with GGT lately, you know our company Green Travel Media recently signed on as the editorial voice behind International Expeditions’ 2015 rebranding efforts. But while this post was sponsored by the company, the truth is that we’ve always been fascinated by Cuba.
As a Music Business major and Music Theory minor, I studied Jazz History and the history of African-American culture in college. I learned about how Afro-Cuban music had influenced legends ranging from W.C. Handy and Jelly Roll Morton to Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. I immersed myself in the music of Cuban bass legend Cachao, singer Celia Cruz, percussionist Tito Puente and the all-star lineup of Buena Vista Social Club.
I dreamed of exploring the rich culture that gave birth to mambo, salsa and son, but of course it was illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba back in the ’90s. But now International Expeditions is among a handful of companies permitted to offer legal trips to Cuba under the People to People program, which is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Guided by Cuban natives, these tours allow travelers an opportunity to learn about Cuban history, culture and nature, while also interacting with local people.
International Expeditions is promoting their Complete Cuba itinerary by giving away over $2000 worth of prizes (click on the image below to enter). We were excited to get a chance to speak with one of IE’s Expedition Leaders, Ana Maria Perez, about growing up in Cuba, the evolution of Cuban attitudes towards the U.S., the richness of Cuban culture, and the wealth of natural and historical attractions the island nation has to offer.
If you’re fascinated by Zombie lore, but your primary source of information about them is The Walking Dead, the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is a must-see. This is perhaps the only place outside of Haiti where you’ll find an expert on the subject of Voodoo– owner Jerry Gandolfo– willing to tell you how to make your own human zombie.
His explanation is full of fascinating details, involving poison extracted from a blowfish and put into someone’s shoe, where it’s absorbed into the sweat glands and induces a catatonic state similar to death. Later, the victim is given an antidote and powerful hallucinogens, making them appear to rise from the dead.
(This story was sponsored by Panama City Beach, but our opinions remain our own.)
Growing up in Atlanta, spending most of our family vacations hiking or backpacking in the north Georgia mountains, the idea of a trip to Panama City Beach seemed almost impossibly exotic. It was only a 5-hour drive away, but to a little kid who had never seen a beach it might as well have been Tahiti.
The first time my parents took me there, on a retreat for our Episcopal Church’s Youth Group, Panama City Beach seemed like some incredible tropical wonderland. I vividly remember the feeling of digging my toes into the sugary white sand, giggling madly while leaping into the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, and having my mind blown by the lights and sounds of my first arcade.
These days, the “Emerald Coast” along Florida’s Panhandle has changed a lot. The population in PCB has grown from around 2,000 back in the ‘80s to over 12,000. CNN/Money named Panama City Beach the No. 1 Real Estate Market in America back in 2006, with new high-rise condos largely replacing the older motels.
Overall, the area has become more upscale and family-friendly, while at the same time preserving much of the old school Florida charm that attracted my family to the area nearly 40 years ago. Our PCB Bucket List includes a surprising array of Ecotourism attractions that are perfect for nature lovers:
Keeping secrets is a funny thing: I’m very good at it, but I find it excruciating when there’s exciting news to share.
You can probably imagine the pain (oh, the PAIN!!!) of sitting on this announcement for the past 6 weeks or so, waiting for all the I’s to be dotted and T’s to be crossed so we could finalize the details of our agreement. I didn’t want to talk about it for fear of jinxing it, because this is by far our biggest business deal since Mary and I launched GGT four years ago.