Tips for Responsible Travel to National Parks


Responsible Travel to National Parks


The Responsible Travel slogan “Leave no trace” encourages us to explore the great outdoors without altering them. This mentality should obviously apply when visiting any of the 83 million acres of National Parks in the US, or the hundreds of other national parks around the world. But when it comes to protecting these treasured landmarks, leaving no trace just isn’t enough.


If you visited a National Park this year, there’s no doubt you saw garbage. You may have even seen vandalism or other saddening signs of disrespect. In 2014, a graffiti artist tagged iconic natural landmarks in at least 10 National Parks — unwisely posting selfies of the work to social media. This summer saw four young men wander off the path at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, endangering the fragile ecosystem in an area that was clearly marked off-limits.


Crowds flooded every park from Death Valley to the Everglades in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, presumably toppling last year’s record of 282 million visitors. And while it’s wonderful to see so many people getting outside and exploring these beautiful spaces, the increasing crowds are a constant reminder that we must take great care of these places if we wish to continue enjoying their wild grandeur.


The following responsible travel tips will help you be the best National Parks visitor you can be, so that we can preserve these precious places for our children and the generations to follow.


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Meet Us at TBEX Manila!


When we first started Green Global Travel in 2010, we literally knew nothing about blogging. Using social media, WordPress and SEO were completely unfamiliar to us.


So instead we fell back on our professional experience: Bret had a 15-year career as a writer/editor and managed a network of college newspapers, while Mary co-managed an entrepreneurial business in corporate personality profiling for 10 years.


We approached growing our blog just like we would build any other business. And along the way, we learned how to combine our respective business backgrounds with the essential tools of blogging, creating a niche-focused brand that’s frequently ranked among the best travel blogs in the world.


The results have far exceeded our expectations, taking us to more than 35 countries on six different continents, landing us work with National Geographic and Yahoo Travel, and leading us to create a digital media marketing agency (Green Travel Media) that provides freelance work for over 20 of the world’s top travel bloggers. But our greatest joy comes from sharing our success with others, helping them build their own distinctive blogging brands and providing a basic blueprint for success.




We’re excited to announce we’re heading to TBEX Manila on October 13, leading a 2-day “Building a Better Brand” Intensive. Expanding on themes from our TBEX Athens talk (which attendees described as “motivating and life-changing”), this workshop takes a mastermind-style approach, combining detailed analysis with loads of actionable items.


We’ll cover mission statements, taglines, content/social media strategy, PR outreach, freelance work and monetization. We’ll refine your branding message and give tips on using that message in every aspect of your business.


Here are a few testimonials from attendees of the workshop we did at TBEX Costa Brava last year:

“I attended TBEX Costa Brava as a speaker, but also wanted to use my time there to further my blog and brand. When I read about Bret and Mary’s branding workshop it sounded like a great fit, as I was in a place where my website had become a mishmash of ideas. From the first 10 minutes I knew this would be a good investment, and I was not disappointed. Not only did I learn a lot about my own voice, I was able to make decisions and get feedback from other participants as well as Bret and Mary. Since implementing their advice I have seen a big change in my website and business. I could not more highly recommend this course!” –Amanda Ponzio Mouttaki




“Bret and Mary’s workshop on Branding was one of the smartest financial decisions I’ve made in recent memory. [They] gave me invaluable feedback on my website, and explained why certain things I had never really thought about were essential to its success. From focusing my message to community building, from finding my voice as a writer and then using it to create a brand, they crafted a tutorial that has helped me redirect my energy into concrete building blocks for growing my site. I am very grateful to Mary and Bret for being so candid, for sharing their experience, opinions, feedback, and expertise, and for treating us not only as clients but as part of their travel writing family.” – Michael Miszczak


At just $200 for an 8-hour session (4 hours each day), this offers TBEX attendees nearly a 60% off the cost of our blogging mentorships (a $350 value). With less than 10 slots available, visit the TBEX Manila website to sign up before spaces are gone. Hope to see you there!


To reserve your slot for our Building a Better Brand Workshop at TBEX Manila:


7 things to do in Patagonia South America

Top 7 Things to Do in

Patagonia, South America


When people ask me what’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life, Patagonia always comes to mind. Ladakh is also up there, and so are the Faroe Islands, but Patagonia has to be the winner. The southernmost tip of South America, first of all, is stunning – a land of granite mountains, seemingly impregnable; pristine green blue lakes and mighty glaciers, that will make your jaw drop with their sheer beauty and power.


Patagonia is also a haven for adventurers. If you love hiking, you can just walk out of any town or village to find yourself in stunning surroundings. Or you can choose to head to Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia and hike the 4-day long W Trail, with views of Grey Glacier. Adventure opportunities are endless in Patagonia – from rock climbing to glacier walking, wildlife viewing to cruising to the edge of glaciers, Patagonia truly is a place you will never forget.


Here are our 7 favorite things to do in Patagonia for nature and adventure lovers, including both Chile and Argentina.

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Complete List of National Parks for your World Travel Bucket List

Complete List of National Parks

for Your World Travel Bucket List


As we began to compile a complete list of National Parks for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list.


The NPS was created by Congress through the National Parks Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916. Run by the US Department of the Interior, the agency was designed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”


This century-old concept has since been applied to more than 6,ooo national parks in nearly 100 different countries around the world. To honor the idea that helped give birth to ecotourism and conservation, we’ve gathered nearly 50 of our travel blogging friends to write mini-guides to all 59 US National Parks.


We hope our list of national parks will prove to be an evergreen resource, paying tribute to what documentarian Ken Burns called “America’s best idea.”

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Dub Reggae History Evolution and Top !0 Albums

Dub Reggae

The History, Evolution & Top 10 Albums


If you love the modern sounds of hip-hop, house, dubstep, trip-hop, acid jazz, or techno music, you can thank the Jamaican music pioneers of dub reggae.


Long before current music icons like Kanye West, Skrillex and Avicii were born, Jamaica’s mad scientists of sound were using technology and experimentation to create studio magic. Using little more than mixing boards, effects processors and their imaginations, late ’60s legends like Osborne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Errol Thompson reinvented the roots reggae sound to create a sub-genre known as dub.


Like most of today’s popular dance music styles, dub prioritized rhythm as the focal point, with production that emphasizes trippy effects like reverb, echo and phasing. In this way, dub reggae taps into the ancient belief in the power of trance-like music forms.

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