Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith are Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, radio and publishing team, who together have 50 years of combined experience in world travel, responsible tourism and hospitality, sales and marketing, publishing and media, and the arts.
In May 2019, Nancy and Lisa along with their pink sock monkey travel mascot Priscilla, will start the second phase 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.
“By creating more awareness of our parks and public lands, our goal is to showcase how they boost quality of life in America’s communities, and play important roles in responsible and sustainable tourism.”
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. Big Blend produces online Big Blend Radio shows and podcasts, Big Blend Videos, as well as two quarterly digital interactive magazines – Parks & Travel Magazine and Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine. Through their multimedia and interactive platforms, Big Blend effectively specializes in promoting communities and destinations, festivals and events, small businesses and non-profits, and creative professionals.
The majority of the Love Your Parks Tour editorial, radio and video coverage will be featured in Parks & Travel Magazine, and in the Travel Directory on its site, NationalParkTraveling.com. Another mission of the Love Your Parks Tour is to raise awareness and funds for select park and community related non-profits. This is done through the sales of Love Your Park Tour t-shirts, as well as fine art, gifts and décor items that feature Nancy and Lisa’s art and photography.
Nancy and Lisa are also 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 collect and share ‘Stories of Excellence’ from their travels.
“We are inspired by the admirable commitment of Lisa and Nancy to our 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 and 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. Learn more at www.BigBlendMagazines.com
To learn more about how your community, park destination or organization can be part of the Love Your Parks Tour, please contact Lisa at (760) 475-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.