New group dedicated to responsible ecotourism
WE HAVE only one planet, and it is our home. Planet earth is an incredibly rich and dynamic place made up of human and natural ecosystems that must co-exist for us to live in peace and harmony, and have all our material and human needs met. As a traveller, a writer and citizen of this planet, I take my responsibility for trying to make this world a better place quite seriously. Which is why I am very excited to announce that I am a proud member of a new group of travel industry and media professionals who have come together to promote and encourage responsible ecotourism.
We’re called EcoAdventure Media and we are comprised of 16 people, who together publish 13 travel blogs. But we are much more than just travel bloggers – we are journalists, editors, photographers, videographers, podcasters, marketers, social media experts, educators, a travel agent, a zoologist and a sustainability consultant united behind a powerful platform for promoting eco-conscious brands.
Wearing my heart on my sleeve
I joined EcoAdventure Media because of my passion for culturally responsible travel. If you are a regular reader of Breathedreamgo, you know that I often write about respecting cultural values; protecting tiger habitats in India; the importance of clean water; women’s rights and the welfare of children; and the transformative power of travel. These are values and causes that are dear to my heart, and I try and use my blog platform as a “force for good.”
Recently, I chose Room to Read to be the official charity partner of Breathedreamgo (more about that in an upcoming blog). And now joining EcoAdventure Media is another step forward for me, along this road. (And by the way, I’m the travel agent referenced in the list above as I recently started working as the resident India specialist at Goway Travel — more about that upcoming, too).
So, who are we?
From culinary, cultural and family travel to nature travel and outdoor recreation, we collectively cover every major aspect of ecotourism and outdoor adventure.
We’re passionate about engaging and inspiring consumers to travel and live more sustainably and responsibly.
We have members based throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, including experts on Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. All of our members are thought-leaders in their given niches, from adventure travel and cultural travel, to education and family travel, to nature/wildlife travel and geotourism. In fact, you probably know many of us because of the blogs we maintain:
- Jim O’Donnell, Around the World in Eighty Years
- Mike McColl, Ethical Traveler
- Matthew Karsten, Expert Vagabond
- Bret Love and Mary Gabbett, Green Global Travel
- Barbara Weibel, Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
- Matt Gibson, Matt-Gibson.org
- Michael Turtle, Time Travel Turtle
- Cristina and Hal, Travel For Wildlife
- Ethan Gelber, The Travel Word
- Jen Miner, The Vacation Gals
- Jessie and Ed, Wandering Educators
- Caz and Craig, yTravel Blog
Together, we publish 13 leading travel blogs, with more than 500,000 page views per month and more than 4 million social media followers. That’s a lot of influence! And we will be using it to exponentially promote responsible ecotourism. We want to be a conduit connecting sustainable travellers with trustworthy companies/destinations that put an emphasis on traveling responsibly. We want to encourage the growth of the ecotourism industry by inspiring more travelers to make conscious choices that benefit conservation efforts and local indigenous cultures.
We want to help bring responsible ecotourism into the mainstream travel industry.
You’ll be hearing from us, that’s for sure!
To learn more, visit our brand new website, which we will be continuing to refine and build, at EcoAdventure Media. You can download a media kit from the website that outlines our services.
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