Stuff You Should Know About: October 2016

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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

Best in travel 2017

Earlier this week Lonely Planet released its annual “Best in Travel” site to highlight everywhere they think you should travel in 2017. Top countries include Canada, Colombia, and Finland, while top cities include Bordeaux, France, and Cape Town, South Africa. Their top “best value” destinations include Nepal and Namibia, while some of their top-recommended regions include Taranaki, New Zealand, and North Wales.

TripAdvisor says no to animal cruelty

This month, TripAdvisor announced that it and its partners (which includes Viator) will no longer be selling tickets to wildlife attractions that can be considered cruel. This means no more promotion of elephant rides, captive dolphin encounters, tiger temples, and more. All I have to say is: it's about time!

Cool travel website/app/course 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:

WiFox App

WiFox app

We've all been there before: You're stuck at an airport on a long layover and aren't lucky enough to have access to one of the fancy airline lounges. You decide to hop online for some mindless Facebook browsing to pass the time, only to find out that there's no free wifi at this airport! GAH.

Enter the WiFoxx app. This app, the brainchild of Anil Polat of foXnoMad, is pretty brilliant – and very simple. In short, it's a map of wireless passwords from airports and lounges worldwide. The content is somewhat crowdsourced and continuously updated, meaning you have a really good chance of getting online if the airport you're at is on the map.

You can download the map in app form so you'll always have it. Check it out on iOS or Google Play.

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:

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

ontheluce
Lucy from On the Luce provides inspiration and advice to help you make the most of your travel time and get a taste of luxury on a budget – in the UK, Europe and beyond. The site highlights the sights, culture and experiences that make each place unique. It combines inspirational stories and beautiful photos with all the useful details you need to make the trip a reality, from weekend break ideas to rail adventures, reviews of quirky accommodation to unusual angles on your favorite destinations.
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My name is Tracy from Tracy's Travels in Time and I have been traveling for 30+ years – solo in my 20's, as a single Mum in my 30's, and with my husband in my 40's! I have lived in 6 countries across 3 continents, and am moving next year to Australia. I love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, and also love history (I am a qualified history teacher), train travel and maps! I enjoy trying new foods, too, and will always find the best milkshakes wherever I go. Traveling for me is a lifelong obsession and each decade brings new opportunities and adventures
balancing-wanderlust
Do you want to learn how to carve out more time in your life for travel and adventure? Check out Balancing Wanderlust, a travel and adventure lifestyle blog. Through travel stories, suggested itineraries, how-to articles, career advice, and adventure guides, Sarah will show you how to tailor your ambitions around your career to continually satisfy your wanderlust. From hiking in British Columbia to snorkeling in Iceland in the middle of winter, join Sarah on her active journey around the globe.
SilverSpoon-London
My name is Angie Silver and my blog SilverSpoon London is a lifestyle, food and luxury travel blog following my adventures in my hometown of London and around the world. I aim to give the low-down on London’s hottest new restaurants as well as cool and inspiring destinations globally.

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 section usually contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase through my link(s), I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you!).

This month, I’m recommending:

Lenmar “Undead Power” iPhone battery case

If you're like me as a traveler, you probably rely on your smartphone a lot: You plot your path using Google maps, look up train and bus times, order Ubers, convert currency, and keep friends and family up to date with Snapchat and Instagram. And while a smartphone undoubtedly makes the travel experience a whole lot easier, all of these apps and Google searches drain your phone's battery – sometimes alarmingly quickly.

lenmar

For the past couple of years, I've turned to using a battery phone case when I travel. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to power packs for your smartphone, but I find that having extra juice built right into my iPhone case is by far the most convenient. It means I don't have to worry about remembering to pack an extra charging cord, or where exactly in my bag I tucked my charger block.

Earlier this year, I picked up an “Undead Power” battery case by Lenmar, and I think it's one of the best affordable battery cases out there! The one I have is 3000mAh, fairly slim, and costs less than $30. WIN!

>> Check it out here.

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.)

Coming up:

  • November 12-16: New Orleans – After 5 weeks in the UK, the Baltics, and Russia, I definitely need some time at home! I'll be taking it (relatively) easy for the rest of the year, and so far only have a short trip to New Orleans planned with a friend to celebrate her birthday. This will actually be my very first time in NOLA, so I welcome your suggestions on what we should see/do! Especially interested in any spooky tours and great restaurants that you might recommend!

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?

 

 

*Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning if you buy something after clicking, I will earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you, of course!). 

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. I’ve only just discovered these posts (and only recently discovered your blog) and I love the way you’ve collated so much together here. It must take you ages! Thanks for doing it – now I’m off to check out a couple of the blogs you’ve recommended.

      It’s a fun way for me to mention a lot of things at once each month that don’t fit into my regular content. I’m really glad you like this feature!

    That’s such good news that TripAdvisor isn’t selling tickets to those animal-cruelty attractions anymore! Every time I hear someone praising that kind of experience or see a photo they share on social media, I get sick to my stomach. On another note.. those Instagram pics are gorgeous! The colors of the St Petersburg are quite mesmerizing 🙂

      Yes, such good news on the TripAdvisor front!! Hopefully more booking sites will follow suit soon.

    This is probably a good time to visit New Orleans before the holiday season starts. Definitely visit and take a walking tour of the French Quarter. You’ll get to hear some jazz bands in the streets too.
    I stayed in a hotel on Royal St. during a library conference in 2011 and walked up street to see the sights. It was fun!
    I had beignets at Cafe Beignet not far from my hotel. It’s an option besides the famed Cafe du Monde.

      Thanks for the suggestion! There’s so much to see and do there – I have no doubt my friend and I will be kept busy!

    I can’t wait to hear your stories about the Baltics! It’s an area I would love to explore as well! I love it when Lonely Planet’s top destination for the year come out. Looking back at last year I only visited one place on their 2016 list: Poland. Maybe next year will be better 😉

      I love those Lonely Planet lists each year – I always get new ideas!

      And I hope to get some Baltics content up in the next month! I had a great time in both Riga and Vilnius!

    I’m especially interested to hear more about your Russia trip! You will love New Orleans – and fall is a great time to go! If you can snag tickets to Preservation Hall ahead of time, it is worth it! You’ll have to queue outside for quite a bit night of the show and it is better to know you will get to see this incredible performance. Great restaurants include Le Petite Grocery, Coquette and Commander’s Palace. For more casaul places The Ruby Slipper, Red Gravy and Court of Two Sisters are great for brunch. There are so many good places, the hardest part will be finding enough time to eat at all of them!

      I definitely think I’ll be gaining a few pounds on this New Orleans trip! 😉

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