Thursday, February 22, 2018

You Should Experience Kitesurfing at Least Once in Your Lifetime and Now is Your Chance

Kitesurfing Adventure in the Dominican Republic
   May 3-10, 2018

Hosted by Green Travel Girl and eXtreme Hotel

Amanda, Green Travel Girl, and eXtreme Hotel have teamed up to create an adventure that will create memories that will last a lifetime. While learning to kitesurf in the Dominican Republic, this seven-day experience is guaranteed to keep you yearning for more once it's over.

eXtreme Hotel offers not only kitesurfing, but also has an on site yoga studio, fitness center, aquatic pool, surfing, as well as an onsite organic garden and restaurant. This is the hotel that just keeps on giving.

We are thrilled to spend a week learning everything there is to know about the extreme sport of kitesurfing, and being able to hit the open waters of the Caribbean Sea as a kitesurfer.

Seven, fun-filled days are waiting for you! Don't miss out on what could be the best life changing decision you have ever made.

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I am looking forward to seeing you there!


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Secrets of the Travel Blogging Industry and the Myths Revolving Around It

(Photo by Ruthie on Unsplash)

The Misconceptions

I think it is important to address the "Travel Bloggers" misconception that some people have about the travel blogger industry and that every individual involved in it gets everything for free. In some cases, this is very true and some travelers get hotel stays, flights, and products for free. In other situations and more often the case, it's kind of an illusion that is being portrayed. I want to share some information I've gathered over the past few months on this exact topic of "how can you travel and not work a real job?" travel bloggers myth. (Because this is not about the travel bloggers I specifically spoke with, I am just going to give you an overview of my research from speaking with various individuals who are part of the travel and blogging industry.)

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Career Travelers

First, let's start off with the individuals who travel as part of their career and therefore are able to take photos in magnificent luxurious places around the globe while conducting business. I've dubbed this group the "Career Travelers" because they travel as a need for their job and to sustain an income. They do the job they are hired to do, travel to where their career takes them, and then snap gorgeous photos in the personal downtime they have. Thus, "Career Traveler" social media influencer pages like Instagram or Pinterest and at times company sponsoring and collaborations unfold and take shape. This group isn't the most photo editor savvy, do not have the greatest websites, or even take the most professional photos. However, they manage to make it work and do a good job at learning quickly and making moves to create possible new revenue streams. 

                                                         (Photo by Olu Eletu on Unsplash)

Travel Bloggers

Then, we have the "Travel Bloggers" who spend every waking moment they have gaining financial momentum utilizing their travel website/blog and social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) to reach major brands that may consider sponsoring, collaborate, and/ or work with them when they travel and wanderlust. This means they dedicate all the time they have to write, live, and breath the globetrotting and social media life.  Content produced from their personal experiences and the breath taking photos taken are to make a living and continue on to the next adventure. From purchasing the correct photography equipment, the right luggage to travel, backpacks for wild adventures, clothing, and accessories, building a website, SEO for the best optimization, to everything in between for creating an income opportunity. Everything is strategic and well thought out for travel bloggers and every post must be successful is they want any sort of monetary gain. 

(Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash)

(Photo by Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash)

(Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash)

Press Trip Travelers

Next, are the "Press Trip Travelers" (FAM Trip) who have the ability to travel as part of being social media influencers. Press Trip Travelers get swept away to some of the most beautiful, exotic, hidden and magical destinations one could ever imagine. Media relations, public relations and/or tourism boards set up these specific type of expeditions. These trips are intended to gain new visitors and awareness to the areas being traveled to, while the overall focus and goal are to generate income to some places that don't get a lot of visitors normally. These trips are filled with very specific attractions and destinations with a "to-do" list that keeps them busy from the moment they arrive, until the moment they leave. (Not to mention all the work that comes after taking a press or FAM trip.) They are obligated and need to create content for their website/blog, go through hundreds of photos for the "winning" Instagram photo(s), and then they must share the finished product to their social media following to gain momentum on audience eyes to the area just traveled to. Press trips are fun filled, adventurous, and yet very tedious adventures to do work for at the same time.

(Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash)

(Photo by Mark Solarski on Unsplash)

Hobby Travelers

"Hobby Travelers" are the next group I identified. Hobby travelers work very hard every day with what we consider the "normal" day to day jobs to survive. Saving money earned for year-around travel and enjoyment of global exploration when they want, how long they want, and to destinations of their choosing is why some hobby travel. It is not about wanting to gain fame, money, or get free hotel stays and food along the way. They just love to travel and genuinely want to share their journeys and experiences with interested viewers. They have websites, social media sites, and even belong to blogging communities so they can share their adventures with the world. However, they aren't focused on how to make money off the photos and content they have created. 

(Photo by Himesh Kumar Behera on Unsplash)

Family Money Travelers

Lastly, we have the "Family Money Travelers" who are able to travel the world using the family money. They are able to have the best of the best and explore without many restrictions such as where to go because of finances. They are able to travel without having to work, can globetrot without being sponsored by a brand or company, and are able to take life by the horns and run with it for as long as they wish. Some of these social media stars have been to the most exotic faraway oasis's, create the best websites, the best SEO and marketing, and are able to pay someone else to post finished products online to gain attention. Some of these stars edit, write, and not quite as transparent as some of the other groups when it comes to exactly how they get to some of these destinations, but that really isn't important at the end of the day. Sharing the beauty found on this earth while we still have it around is the important thing to me. 

(Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash)

(Photo by William Iven on Unsplash)

Final Thoughts

Some of the most influential and watched travel bloggers today that have skyrocketed to fame originate from one of these 5 travel blogger groups. It seems like everyone wants to judge and ask the question "How is it you can travel as much as you do and actually make a living?" and the answer is not simple. The truth is that some will make it, some will not. Some will get noticed and travel the globe for money, some will not. Some photos may get published and shared with millions of viewers, and some will just not. Yes, when you have a lot of money it does make it easier, but at the end of the day, hard work and dedication also pay off! 

(Photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash)

What do you think about my research on this topic? Leave me comments to discuss your views on things. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my article.

Amanda Monique
Green Travel Girl

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tumwater Vineyard and Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley of Oregon

Tumwater Vineyard and the Barrel House tasting room. 

Green Travel Girl adventures in the Pacific Northwest vineyards of Oregon.

Tumwater Vineyards and Barrel House
    I received a personal invitation by Tumwater Vineyard (through my Instagram amandamonique1_wanderlust) to come and experience their beautiful vineyard and wine tasting  room, the Barrel House. I was beyond delighted to accept the offer and had such a wonderful time spending the afternoon there adventuring around and sampling the wines. 

I was more than excited to come out and experience what Tumwater Vineyard had to offer with its wines, vineyard, and of course its amazing location in West Linn. I relished in some wine tasting of the '16 Willamette Valley Rosé, '16 Willamette Valley Chardonnay, '14 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir, and the '15 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot NoirI must say that all four of the wines I was able to sip on were beyond delectable. The Chardonnay and red wines fragrant and had overall great flavors. I would say that my favorite was the '16 Willamette Valley Roséas it was so fruity, savory, and smooth. I truly loved it! I also walked around the entire vineyard taking some gorgeous photos and taking in the breathtaking scenic views in all directions around me. 

If you take a look a little closer, you can see the view of Mt.Hood located in the far background of the vineyard and myself. Truly is magical to be surrounded by so much beauty. 

The very front of the Barrel House tasting room and the trout pond stocked with live trout fish.

With over 3,500 square feet, the Barrel House has lots of indoor and outdoor venue space for parties, meetings, events, and wine tasting. Indoor space can seat and fully cater up to 85 guests, and the outdoor veranda has room for seating 25 additional guests as well as outdoor power for band and DJ set up.

Nestled on 23-acres of land, Tumwater Vineyard offers wine tasting out of Barrel House, also has a fully stocked trout pond, but also has one amazing view of Mt.Hood. I loved everything about the Tumwater Vineyard that is located in the beautiful, lush, and magically green Willamette Valley. 

The Willamette Valley is home to more than 500 wineries and vineyards to choose from, you wont find a shortage of places to get some great wine tasting in, and some magnificent photos.

My view from the front of the Barrel House.

Thank you Tumwater Vineyard and Barrel House for the remarkable wine tasting experience and hospitality! 

Hope you enjoyed reading my article.

Leave a comment for me with YOUR favorite vineyard around the globe!
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Green Travel Girl

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kite Surfing in the Dominican Republic

(@amandamonique1_wanderlust owns all photo rights)

(@amandamonique1_wanderlust owns all photo rights)

I recently wrote an article that was featured on about the kite surfing  and fun that can be had while visiting eXtreme Hotel in Dominican Republic.

Have YOU ever wanted to be adventurous and try out kite surfing?? Check out my article and see all about eXtreme Hotel and kite surfing the Caribbean.

(@amandamonique1_wanderlust owns all photo rights)

Amanda Monique
Green Travel Girl
Twitter: @GrenTravelGurl
Facebook: @Greentravelgirlwanders

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