The Green Shoestring

sustainable travelers

Hi!  We’re Sam and Ashley, the couple behind The Green Shoestring.

In 2015 we left our beautiful home of Colorado, USA to pursue a life of exploration and adventure. As digital nomads, we employ multiple strategies to keep our little travel dream alive. In the past three years of travel, we’ve come to see the harmful side effects of tourism on our planet.  We understand that if the beautiful places we visit are to stay that way, the culture of traveling must become more sustainable. We believe that if used correctly, tourism can be a powerful tool for influence and inspiration.

 To spread that message, we take simple measures to ensure we are respectful of the local communities and ecosystems we visit. With an eco-conscious approach to traveling, The Green Shoestring is the materialization of our travel beliefs.  We hope to educate our readers and inspire them to join to the ever-expanding community of sustainable travelers.

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Is Instagram Really to Blame for Overtourism

The rise in over-tourism has coincided with the rise in popularity of Instagram. Are the two related? We explore this topic alongside other leaders in the field of sustainable tourism. This article was originally posted on

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Why Every Backpacker Needs a Splash Box

Splash Box is the perfect eco-friendly travel product for the sustainably-minded backpacker. It’s lightweight, leakproof and plastic free! We recently got one from Plastic Free Hong Kong and absolutely love it! Find out why Splash Box is an absolute sustainable travel essential!

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6 Absolute Must-Have Apps for Travel in China

6 Must-Have Apps for Travel in China By: Sam and Ashley  •  Last Updated – 9/26/2019 Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on reddit Share on email Due to the language barrier and cultural differences from the West, the prospect of visiting China

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The Top Things to Do in Yangshuo

Yangshuo, in Guangxi province, is one of the most insanely beautiful places on the planet. When you arrive, it feels like stepping into a postcard. There’s so much to do here, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Yangshuo help you get the most out of your trip!

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The Best Hikes in Yangshuo

If you want to experience the stunning natural beauty of Yangshuo first-hand, there’s no better way than to set off on two feet and go exploring. Hiking in Yangshuo was one of our favorite activities. We’ve compiled our list of the best hikes in Yangshuo to point you in the right direction!

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