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Ellen G. Kempler

Chief Navigator and Founder at Gold Boat Journeys (Creative Cultural Travel)

Laguna Beach, CA

Professional Bio

20 + years directing award-winning communications efforts for museums, botanic gardens, aquariums, environmental nonprofits, arts organizations, universities and colleges & small businesses. Visual marketing expert, writer, editor & travel consultant (mobile agent).  Avid volunteer, environmentalist, hiker, cyclist, gardener, reader, literary, cultural and heritage lover and advocate of balance in travel, work and life. Little Free Library steward. Certified workshop leader in Amherst Artists and Writers method. Usher with four theaters. Activist with local homeless community.  Media and tech geek who advocates a new economic model that benefits creators (writers and artists) as much as developers. Besotted with Irish literature, history and culture and green places worldwide. My spare room in Laguna Beach is open to all Outbounding travelers.

Where I Write

Ship's Log (aka the Slog)


Slow World Scrapbook (Tumblr)

Beyond the Bucket List (Rebelmouse)

Also published in The Atlantic, Culture Trip, LA Times, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Westways, Yosemite Conservancy (anthology), Black Balloon Publishing, Transitions Abroad, Shareable, Holstee, World Travel List, Cultur-ist, various literary journals (poetry), content writer for Airspruce. Also freelance as an editor, marketing consultant and content writer.

Favorite Blogs

Brainpickings, Farnham Street, Paris Review, Nota Bene Blog, New Yorker Shouts and Murmurs, Mother Nature Network, the Atlantic, the Guardian, BBC Travel, PRI's The World, Sierra Club, Outside Magazine, Poetry Foundation, National Geographic Traveler, Flavorwire (literary content), NYTimes Frugal Traveler, Travel Blatherer, The Salt (NPR), PBS MediaShift, Zen Habits, Ted Blog, Black Balloon Publishing, American Scholar, APM On the Media, OnBeing

Recent Activity

  1. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on Family Travel in a (Tricky) New Travel Climate - Ethan Gelber
    Thoughtful and extremely detailed. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on Travel in the Age of Trump
    @hitriddle This isn't quite on topic, but if you are in the Pacific Northwest on August 21, you might consider trying to see the total solar eclipse passing over Oregon that morning. I found an inexpe…
  3. Ellen G. Kempler added an article In Japan: 5 Anti-Selfies
  4. Ellen G. Kempler added an article The Roots of Route 66
  5. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on When the shine goes off tourism icons - Blueprint for Living/ABC Radio National
    Another important post. Thanks again, Ron.
  6. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on Why vs. How in Travel Writing
    Great insight, as usual. Is "travel writing" even ethical any more? I think we need a new term for what responsible writers do. The best "travel writing" is personal observation that bears witness to …
  7. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on White Girl Travel Strategies I Learned in Senegal - Humour
    Thanks, Sonia. I've shared with my daughter, who lived with a host family for four months for her study abroad program in Dakar.
  8. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on Can we keep flying while developing more sustainable tourism?
    Thanks for sharing this one, Ron. It's a question we all need to ask ourselves.
  9. Ellen G. Kempler added an article Welcome to Brand Iceland: A Destination Marketing Fantasy
  10. Ellen G. Kempler added a comment on Scotland's 'first' snorkel trail created in Highlands
    Fantastic for everyone who fancies a wee snorkel. #TravelTuesday #OBFave