Behind the Blogger
Hellllllo! I’m Ashley Renne and welcome to my blog! I’m a professional photographer, video creator, keynote speaker, on-camera host, and writer with a passion for eco-friendly living and a really severe addiction to traveling the globe that’s not getting cured ANYTIME soon.
While studying abroad in Egypt over 10 years ago, I fell in love with the thrilling feeling of being in another country and experiencing a culture completely different from my own. I walked away from that trip with this craving to explore more places to see how each destination expanded my perception of the world. After graduating, I continued to travel, while also gaining video production experience, landing producer and editor positions with major brands like The Weather Channel, The Home Depot, and WebMD. Eventually, it dawned on me that I could use these content production skills to share different perspectives of the world as seen through my own lens. I started blogging and vlogging about sustainable travel, smart technology, and my vegan lifestyle – and then in 2017, I quit my job to become a traveling entrepreneur.
Since becoming a full-time content creator, I’ve launched a video production company (TL Digital Studios), a creative agency that connects brands with multicultural content creators (CollabUP), and co-founded a travel academy with Karisma Shackelford called Travelpreneur Life where I teach others to follow their dreams of travel and entrepreneurship.
I currently live in Atlanta, GA with my husband Karl; and my dog Kayden (an adorable husky).
- My husband and I met on Match.com!
- It took us 10 months to build our smart home.
- Not a day goes by without one of us dishing out an inappropriate “That’s What She Said” or “Deez Nuts” joke.
- I’m half Black (Jamaican), half Indian – but I just found out my great grandfather was Scottish.
- Diversity is REALLY important to me. I’m on a mission to diversify travel media and advertising. I’m working to help people of all shapes, sizes, and shades be represented in travel campaigns.
Behind the Blog
What Inspired This Blog
One day while traveling in Bali, I visited a beach that was littered in huge piles of trash. I was never the same after that. With a newfound passion for environmentalism, it became my mission to travel sustainably and live an adventurously green life. I began incorporating eco-friendly habits into my daily routine, switched to a completely vegan lifestyle, bought an electric car (Tesla Model S), built an energy-efficient smart home, and started staying at sustainable hotels. I promote sustainable tourism by supporting locally-owned businesses and going off-the-beaten path to sustain the local culture of destinations.
What to Expect!
So now you know how this transformed from a generic travel blog into an online source for eco travel, smart tech, and vegan lifestyle inspiration. “Sustainability” is ultimately the overall theme of what this blog has evolved into. Whether I’m at home working on my smart house, exploring the country in my electric car, deep diving into new culture abroad, or uncovering the hippest vegan restaurants around the world, I’ll share with you my personal experiences to help you travel sustainably, diversify your itinerary, find the tastiest vegan eats, rock the best cruelty-free brands, get the latest smart technology, and live your greenest life.
What is Sustainability Anyway?
When you live an everyday sustainable lifestyle, you’re choosing to make an effort to reduce your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. In the travel industry, sustainable tourism is defined as making an effort to minimize your impact on the environment and local culture so that it will be available for future generations, while contributing to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.
The Bottom Line!
This blog will show you how to live a sustainably stylish and adventurously green life. Ultimately, when you choose a sustainable lifestyle, it takes your everyday life and travels to a new level.
For example, when you travel sustainably, you’ll find yourself going off the beaten path more and I’m here to provide tips and guides as resources to help you truly immerse yourself in the local culture of the places you visit. Find those secret spots that aren’t in your guidebook.
Let’s explore unique, fun, and interactive ways to travel outside the box and have a well-rounded trip. My motto: travel globally, experience locally. Why not try a locally-owned boutique hotel? Party it up at a local bar! Attend a huge festival or thrilling sporting event. Strike up a conversation with a local and find out what THEY do for fun and where the hidden gems are.
Why I Do This
Climate change, Environmental Pollution, and Animal Advocacy have been the biggest factors affecting the way I travel. It is a major part of who I have become and the message I have chosen to focus on as a professional travel content creator. That one little trip to Bali forever impacted my mission as a blogger. After witnessing the tragic plastic problem there, I suddenly became hyper aware of how our everyday choices were having a direct impact on our planet.
Now when I travel, sustainability and compassion are at the forefront of my mind. How eco-friendly is that hotel? Is that city vegan-friendly? Is that a verified animal sanctuary or is it an abusive animal attraction tricking tourists with misleading advertising? Is that tour company locally-owned? Am I supporting the local economy or am I putting money into the pockets of giant foreign corporations? Do I need to travel internationally every time or can I invest in an electric car and reduce my carbon footprint by exploring my own backyard more?
Travel has taught me that I don’t own the world. I am merely a visitor passing through and it will be here long after my exit. I’ve learned that it’s my individual responsibility to try my best to leave it in better shape than when I arrived.
I blog with the hope to inspire within people the will to not only explore this world, but to take much better care of it. I want my travels and everyday lifestyle to inspire others to see exactly why this world, the environment, and everything in it is worth saving.