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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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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Breaking Up With Plastic in China

Alright, so there are some places where it’s totally easy to avoid using plastic…. And then there’s China. From coffee to fruit, EVERYTHING comes in plastic. Ditching plastic in China can be frustrating at times, but it’s totally doable! Here’s our top tips for breaking up with single-use plastic in China.

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Ayutthaya One-Day Bicycle Route

Ayutthaya makes for a great stopover on your way to Chiang Mai, or as a day-trip from Bangkok. The area is littered with ancient temples and ruins just begging to be explored. The best part? They are all easily accessible by bicycle. We recommend staying for a few days, but if you’re short on time this itinerary will take you to all of the best spots in Ayutthaya in a single day.

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How Teaching ESL Let Me Travel the World

Money is often the biggest obstacle that prevents people from traveling, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re a native English speaker, you have a skill in high demand all across the globe. Through teaching English, I’ve spent the last two years traveling and living abroad. I’ve explored all over Southeast Asia and had some of the most incredible experiences of my life. Find out how teaching abroad can open the door to long-term travel.

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10 Unconventional Money Saving Tips

Everything I see on the internet about how to save money traveling says pretty much the same thing. This post promises to be different! After months on the road, we’ve compiled our most effective; if unconventional ways to stretch your dollar and travel longer.

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