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
London to Australia direct
In early 2018, Qantas plans to start offering direct flights between London and Perth. The flight will be 17 hours long on a Dreamliner, and will offer travelers a much quicker route to Australia. (But I dunno… would YOU want to spend 17 hours on a plane?)
Fathom Cruises ending
The concept of voluntourism on a cruise was an interesting one when Carnival announced its new line of social impact cruises. But Fathom Cruises are already ending. The brand is still going to offer some social impact shore excursions, though, so it's not going away entirely.
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:
I'm definitely one of those travelers who loves getting new gear – new bags, new clothes, new gadgets… So when a contest crops up where I can win some of those goodies, I'm always all about it.
Which is why I want to share eBags' “Win Your Wishlist” contest with you! The popular gear site is giving away 1 gift certificate worth $250, and 3 gift certificates worth $100.
Entering is pretty simple. You just need to go to this site, choose your “Wish List Personality,” add things to your wishlist (there are TONS to choose from), and then share your wishlist either on Facebook or Pinterest. Easy. This would be a great way to score some of that gear that you”ll need for your travels in 2017.
The contest runs through December 24, so be sure to enter now!
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:
I was so sad to hear about the earthquake last week in New Zealand (and all the subsequent aftershocks) – especially since it affected Kaikoura, one of my favorite towns in the country. But the earthquake news isn't scaring me off. In fact, I'm even more excited to be planning my next trip there for March 2017!
Around this time last year, I was hopping around Christmas markets in Germany, which was the highlight of my travel year. ??This photo is from one of the eight (yes, eight!) markets in Cologne. I love the red rooftops with the incredible Cologne Cathedral looming overhead. Have you been to any Christmas markets in Europe? Do you have a favorite?
A photo posted by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:
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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:
Now that we're firmly into the winter months here in the Northern Hemisphere, it means it's time to break out the warm layers, waterproof boots, and colorful hats. And something that's been an essential part of my winter wardrobe for the past year have been my Heat Holders socks.
These puppies are *seriously* warm, with fuzzy insides and lots of fun colors to choose from. These are my go-to thermal socks, and I have no doubt that you'll love them, too.
>> Buy some 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.)
- March 2017 – New Zealand: It's official: Elliot and I are going to New Zealand in March! We're going to spend roughly two weeks campervan-ing around the country (can you believe I've never done it before??), and I can't wait to show him all my favorite spots. We'll be hitting up places like the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Wellington, the West Coast of the South Island, Queenstown, the Southern Scenic Route, and Akaroa. We're also hoping to hike the Tongariro Crossing, which has been on my wishlist for years!
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?