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Published by Big Blend Magazines, NationalParkTraveling.com is a national and global park and travel planning resource website, and home to the quarterly digital interactive publication Parks & Travel Magazine. This site features articles and event news, radio interviews, photo slide shows and videos covering national parks and their gateway communities and surrounding parks and public lands.


Along with following Big Blend’s “Love Your Parks Tour,” NationalParkTraveling.com and Parks & Travel Magazine both cover history and the arts, nature and science, tourism and hospitality news, sustainable community development and relocation destinations, and travel tips. The site’s travel planning guides and directories feature visitor information centers, parks and travel resources, lodging and camping establishments, attractions and activities, events and festivals, restaurants and entertainment venues, shops and services, books and travel gear, and more.


About Big Blend Magazines: Since 1997, Big Blend Magazines has produced, published and distributed quality, engaging content in multimedia platforms, successfully educating and entertaining a regional, national and international audience of over 3 million. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Big Blend produces online radio shows, podcasts, and videos, as well as two quarterly digital interactive magazines. Through their multi-media and interactive platforms, Big Blend effectively specializes in promoting communities and destinations, festivals and events, small businesses and non-profits, and creative professionals. Learn more about Big Blend Radio and Big Blend’s variety publication Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, at www.BlendRadioandTV.com.       

Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. SmithBig Blend is owned and operated by responsible tourism advocates Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, radio and publishing team, who together have 50 years of combined experience in travel, tourism and hospitality, sales and marketing, publishing and media.

In May 2019, Nancy and Lisa will start the second leg of their “Love Your Parks Tour,” traveling full-time on their quest to showcase America’s communities and treasures by documenting, mapping and sharing stories about the country’s parks and public spaces, routes and trails, historic sites and cultural landmarks, natural and geological wonders, local flavors and festive traditions, and more.

“Our goal is to promote the full funding and protection of our parks and public lands, and to further sustainable and responsible tourism as a viable industry that maintains and boosts quality of life in America’s communities.”

Nancy and  Lisa are ambassadors for the “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program” that embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults. This free program builds excellence in communities by guiding young people and families, toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles. As ambassadors, they not only collect and share ‘Stories of Excellence’ from their travels and through Big Blend Radio shows, they also implement the 8 Keys of Excellence in their ‘Smart Partnering for Tourism Success’ seminars and article series, Putting the “I” Back in Community.

“We are inspired by the admirable commitment of Lisa and Nancy to our national parks and thrilled the 8 Keys of Excellence are traveling with them to each park area!  The 8 Keys are principles to live by that have impacted over 20 million kids and people of all ages. We are excited to have Big Blend as our champion partner in our campaign to bring the 8 Keys of Excellence to 50 million people – creating communities of excellence,  a nation of excellence, and a world of excellence!” –  Bobbi DePorter,  Co-Founder of SuperCamp. President of Quantum Learning Network

 

Big Blend Mission Statement: Big Blend is a company based on the belief that education is the most formidable weapon that can be waged against fear, ignorance and prejudice. It is our belief that education starts at home and branches outward. Education leads to travel, and travel leads to understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of cultures and customs different to our own, and ultimately to world peace. Our company is further based on the principle that networking, communication, and helping others to promote and market themselves leads to financial stability; thus paving the way to better education, travel, and the spirit of giving back to the community.

Contact Lisa D. Smith for:

– Travel Directory Listings, Marketing Partnerships & “Love Your Parks Tour” Sponsorship Opportunities

– Radio, Editorial or Video Features

– FAM Tours / Media Visits for the “Love Your Parks Tour”

– Smart Partnering for Tourism Success Seminars

– 8 Keys of Excellence program for your community

Call Lisa D. Smith at (520) 395-0728 or email lisa@bigblendmagazines.com.


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