Welcome to “Stuff You Should Know About” – a monthly collection of travel news, tips, photos, and other odds and ends that don’t really fit in anywhere else but that I still really want to share with you.
Random travel news
Airline of the year
Airline Ratings recently named their top airlines for 2017. At the top of the list is one of my favorite airlines, Air New Zealand! Etihad took the top spot for best premium flying experience, and Virgin America was named the best budget carrier.
Cool travel thing of the month
I get a lot of emails every week — sometimes every day — about new travel apps, websites, courses, products, and more. I don’t write reviews very often about apps, websites, or courses (only the ones I really, really love), but some of them are still worth mentioning!
This month, check out:
Women in Travel Summit
I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Women in Travel Summit in April 2017. The summit is designed to inspire and empower female travel influencers, creators, and brand representatives. The 2-day conference is taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (yay, new state for me!), and is going to be jam-packed with some really cool sessions.
I’m going to be speaking on a panel about social media during Blogger 101 Day, which is taking place the day before the summit officially starts. I’m really excited, and would love to see some of my readers there!
Check it out, and get your ticket here!
TBS Black Friday sale
Also, if you’ve ever thought of starting a travel blog (or feel like you’ll make a New Year’s resolution to really ramp up the blog you already have), then you want to check out Travel Blog Success in the next 36 hours. TBS has recently changed to a membership model, and base membership gets you three separate courses – one on the basics (The Fundamentals of Travel Blogging), one for more intermediate bloggers (Advanced Travel Blogging: Monetization and Beyond), and one on travel writing. You also get access to a secret Facebook group, and perks that include discounts on resources and conferences.
AND, Travel Blog Success membership (as well as all the add-on courses) is currently 50% off during a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale from that ends tomorrow (Nov. 28), so this is a great time to sign up!
Top Instagram shots from the last month
Instagram is one of my favorite social networks. I mean, who doesn’t love pretty photos?? If you aren’t following already, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!
Here are some of my most-liked photos from the last month or so:
Right around this time last year, I was just returning from my second winter trip to Iceland. This photo was taken at the Blue Lagoon around sunrise – what a way to start your day! (And the good thing about traveling to Iceland in winter is that you don’t have to wake up early at all to catch a sunrise – this was taken around 10 am!) ??
A photo posted by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on
There’s a reason why Oak Alley Plantation is one of the most-photographed and most-visited historic plantations in Louisiana (and in fact in the whole southern United States). It’s mostly due to this avenue lined with 28 oak trees – it’s definitely striking, even when it’s made hazy by nearby fields of burning sugarcane. But there’s another reason to visit a plantation like Oak Alley, too: to learn more about the people who made places like this possible. And yes, I’m talking about the slaves. If you want to learn more about slavery in the South, then you definitely need to do a plantation tour (or two or three). Oak Alley has an exhibit that spans eight replicas of former slave cabins, and other nearby plantations like Laura and Whitney also do a good job handling the subject.
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:
My name is Leah and I was raised in Ohio’s Amish Country. As a high school exchange student to Australia, I earned $15 a week writing for the local newspaper and telling them about my journeys. It was this experience that sparked in me a vivacious love for travel… and a knack for writing. After college, I spent a few years as a travel agent helping others make their dreams a reality, but now that our family has grown to 3 children, I’m a full-time wife and mother. I hope you’ll join me at Yoder Toter as I talk about our desire to live purposefully and frugally, while still traveling a lot (with and without our kiddos).
Interested in being a featured blog next month?
Go here to learn more!
You should pack this
Each month, I’ll feature one or two of my packing must-haves. This month, I’m recommending:
These useful scarves have definitely been the hit of my 2016 travel gift guide – which is not surprising!
I never go anywhere without a scarf (seriously – one is ALWAYS in my bag, no matter where I’m going), and if you’re a big fan of both form AND function, then Speakeasy’s hidden pocket travel scarves are for you. These infinity scarves not only come in soft fabrics and cute patterns, but also come complete with a hidden zippered pocket that’s the perfect size for a passport, credit card(s), and some cash. These are perfect for travel days – just put everything important in your scarf, wear it like normal, and skip the part where you worry about your essentials getting stolen in-transit.
Speakeasy has some great holiday deals, too. For example, you can save $20 when you order 4 scarves!
>> Get one now!
What I’m planning right now
Because my blog runs a little bit behind of what I’m currently doing, I figured I would use this monthly update to let you know what I’m up to, and what adventures are coming up next! (You can also find more detailed info in my monthly newsletter.)
- Early December – Orlando: Next weekend, Elliot and I are headed down to Orlando for a long weekend. We’re staying near Universal Orlando, where we’ll be geeking out at Harry Potter world and showing you all the holiday celebrations. If we have time, we may pop over to Epcot for a day, too!
- March 2017 – New Zealand: The only other trip that is *for sure* happening is the trip Elliot and I are planning for March: I’m finally taking him to New Zealand, my most favorite country in the world! We’re hoping to do a campervan trip around both islands, but exact plans (and dates) are still being worked out.
Are you on Snapchat? If so, make sure to follow me (dangerousbiz) to follow along on my travels in real-time!
That’s it for this month’s edition of “Stuff You Should Know About!” Which section was your favorite this month?
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