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

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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 a…

Tumwater Vineyard and Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley of Oregon

Tumwater Vineyard and the Barrel House tasting room.

    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 Roséasit was so fruity, savory, and…

Kite Surfing in the Dominican Republic

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(@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.

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Amanda Monique
Green Travel Girl
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Reserva Conchal Beach Resort to Host PGA Tour in Luxurious Costa Rica

"(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica) – Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – will host the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic May 1-7 on its Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

The inaugural tournament – sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute – is the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Costa Rica. The Essential Costa Rica Classic boasts 144 professional golfers from more than 25 countries. Customary for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica events, the host country can invite up to 30 of its own golfers.

“We are honored the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute chose our golf course as the site of this historic tournament,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “The tournament will not only showcase our beautiful, championship layout, but also highlight Reserva Conchal as a premier destination for discerning golf travelers.”

The sporty, par-71 will be set up to play …

Enjoying Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in the Pacific Northwest

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an amazing sight to see, and is beyond fun filled for everyone in the family. Experience the vast green landscape of beautiful and majestic tulips, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley and the mountains in the distance. Over 40 acres of tulips in a variety of vibrant colors can surely be captured through your camera lens, your phone, or just your eyes.

You can find the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival located in Woodburn, Oregon. That is about 45 minutes away from Portland, and about 30 minutes away from Salem. Bring your own picnic, or enjoy the onsite food vendors for some sustenance. You can purchase little souvenirs in the gift shops as well if wanting to bring a little piece of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival home with you.

I had a blast wander lusting around this beautiful landscape and acreage of flowers. I was able to take some gorgeous photos without having much a crowd mid-week. I used my Canon PowerShot to capture these stunnin…

Luxurious Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba

(photo source Bucuti website) Aruba is home to some magnificent ecotourism and sustainable resorts. With an island that only has 75 square miles of land, and a coastline of 42.6 miles, Aruba has a lot to offer on this small yet beautiful location. One of which being, sustainable eco-friendly resorts. One of the ecotourism resorts that caught my attention is the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. Nestled in a secluded area along Eagle Beach, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort resides on a 14-acre stretch of white sandy beach. Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters with the warm tropical breeze running through your hair, lands the luxurious Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort on my top ecotourism resort list.  (photo source Bucuti website) Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort take sustainable, eco-friendly, and ecotourism extremely serious and to another level. One of Aruba’s greenest hotels since it was built in 1987, and has maintained being one of the Caribbean’s greenest resorts. They have 21 Green…

Top 6 Tips for Surviving the Spring

Spring time is a rough time of year for many, including myself when it comes to allergy suffering. Here are some helpful tips and useful ways that I survive the beautiful, lush, and green Oregon spring time.

#1. Umbrella – Always be prepared with something that has a hood on it, or better yet an umbrella. It might be sunny one minute, and raining the next. The sky water turns on as it would like over the Pacific Northwest and being ready is never a bad thing.

#2. Rain boots – Keep a pair of rain boots in your car. Spring time means water showers that will cause deep puddles and clog storm drains quickly.  Protecting your nice work, date, or expensive shoes is important. Who wants to keep buying new shoes because they were ruined by the rain? Rain boots are a great solution for this problem.

#3. Local honey – Consuming local honey made by bees that are utilizing pollen from plants and flowers in the local Oregon area, create what is called "local honey."  Over time, this will he…

Hawaii Island Eco-Tourism Adventures

While Hawaii Island is a remote location, the model for sustainability has been in place and practiced for more than 1000 years here. Now with over seven million visitors annually, Hawaii Island is a destination that exemplifies eco-tourism with endless learning opportunities available for visitors. 

Family-owned and operated, Fair Wind Cruises takes lead when it comes to ocean sustainability and education. Cultural education and an awareness of sense of place are key elements of a Fair Wind Cruises adventure. Guests learn about the history of the area including the fall of Captain Cook in 1779, how native Hawaiians cared for the land, and how collectively we can reduce the impact of the reefs.
Since 1971, Fair Wind Cruises has been the best choice to snorkel and explore the South Kona coast. The family-owned business is seen as unofficial stewards to Kealakekua Bay. Snorkeling, manta ray encounters, and water excursions are Fair Wind Cruises specialties.
Fair Wind Cruises and its stake…

Luxury Beach Resort Sublime Samaná

This was my very first time experiencing the Dominican Republic. Greeted by the wonderful courteous staff of Sublime Samaná, holding fresh passion juice in carved out fruit was more than welcoming and inviting.
Sublime Samaná is a luxury resort located in the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by lavish greenery that extends as far as the eyes can see, this beautiful luxury 7-acre resort has variety of different 26 private suites and casitas to offer. One, two, three, bedroom suites, rooftop views, beach views, or cabana pool side views. There are two on-site restaurants, a spa, gym, tennis and basketball courts, and even a playground to entertain the kiddos.

Sublime Samaná is among some of the few resort/hotel/establishments utilizing the locally grown foods trend and trying to become more eco-friendly and sustainable. Alongside the sandy tropical beaches, lies the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic is abundant in fish and other wild life that is caught and served in the restaurants. Also prep…