Through the likes of Instagram and Youtube, the ‘backpacker’ and vagabond lifestyle is being constantly promoted. Googling ‘Travel Blog’ brings up over 1.2 million hits, and these aren’t including many social media sites.
There is a constant barrage of advertisement for natural beauty spots, and national parks as this new aspect of holidaying takes off across the globe.
However, the impact this is having on the environmental balance of areas so used to being untouched is incomprehensible. Every year, 15.8 million people visit the Lake District alone in the UK.
That’s more than the population of London, according the the 2011 census.
It’s easy to see the draw of such places, but without the proper education National Parks are being swamped as they work to repair all the damage done.
Fix The Fells, a ranger and volunteer run organisation dedicated to repairing damage done to footpaths, need to raise £500,000 a year just to continue the work they’re doing. They currently maintain 335 paths, covering 400 miles but say it is still not enough to keep the environment protected by these pathways safe.
Many groups are now trying to educate the public of the impact overcrowding has, and are pushing for an increased emphasis on individual responsibility. Mountaineering and Outdoor clubs across the country are taking their own members to task.
The question is, can enough be done in time?
Bachelor of the Arts in Journalism
I have a passion for creating high quality written work about a wide variety of subjects, although my focus for the last few years has been particularly on outdoor sports and lifestyle.
I currently write for ThirtySquare, about the world of surfing and body surfing, and Welan, an outdoor clothing company. With them both, I have fantastic business relations and use my 6 years of experience with outdoor sports to write eloquent, engaging content to maximize their audience. I have a heavy interest in adventure sports, and am aiming to bring that love and passion to the media industry – in the hopes to entertain, educate and to encourage more people to get involved.
Software & Hardware Proficiencies
Employment, Work Experience & Volunteering
For the last five months I have been working as a freelance adventure writer, with a specific focus on surfing and sustainability. During that time I have had the opportunity to work with multiple clients to produce emotional and explanatory pieces that will best suit their audience. Examples of these can be found within my portfolio.
I am also currently volunteering with the media team of UKLSG, the UK Lifeguard Solidarity Group, to create more media coverage about the concerning lack of lifeguarded beaches in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic – and the impact it will have on both RNLI staff and the public.