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
The biggest news by far this month has been Trump's ban on people from certain countries coming into the US, citing terrorism threats. This includes refugees, immigrants, and even people holding legal green cards from seven predominantly Muslim countries. (Nevermind, of course, that no one from the banned countries has committed an act of terrorism on US soil in recent decades…) Reactions to the ban have included protests at airports where people trying to enter the country were being detained. (And before you say that this has nothing to do with travel and that I should keep politics off my blog… politics and travel are VERY closely linked, and it's naive to think otherwise.)
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
Are you a woman who loves to travel? Then listen up! I'm really excited to be speaking at the Women in Travel Summit this year, which is a 3-day conference taking place April 21-23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The conference is focused on bloggers and influencers in the travel sphere, but overall aims to grow a “global sisterhood of dedicated women who travel.” You can check out the full schedule of speakers and sessions here.
I'll be speaking on a social media panel during “Blogger 101 Day” on April 21, which is designed specially for newer bloggers, or those interested in starting a travel blog. I'll be at the rest of the conference, too, and would love to see some of you there!
(AND, if you buy your ticket through this link before February 28, you can save 10% by using the code amanda17!)
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:
If you're headed to Edinburgh at any point in 2017, make sure to venture away from the Old Town to visit Dean Village. This little neighborhood has the Water of Leith running through it and is basically a little slice of the past. It's one of my favorite spots in Edinburgh that not everybody knows about!
The official name of Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Smoke That Thunders.” And it definitely does. But that “smoke” also will get you soaking wet, especially if you walk across the Knife-Edge Bridge on the Zambia side of the falls! (Though, if I'm being honest, it's SO much fun! Just bring a poncho and protect your camera/phone.) Have you ever been?
I had no clue what to expect from Florence. I'm not a huge art lover, and I already loved Rome and Venice so much. Could Florence possibly compare? Well yes, it absolutely can. Florence is so different from Rome and Venice – and that's the beauty of Italy! The cities are all so unique. This was my favorite view of Florence, from Piazzale Michelangelo. Look at all those gorgeous orange rooftops!
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:
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:
This marker-sized item is a must-have for anyone with a camera – any camera. One end of the LensPen has a brush to remove dirt, dust, and sand, and the other will safely clean your camera’s lens to get rid of smudges and fingerprints.
I never go anywhere without this little guy – and it's so cheap that there's really no reason not to pick one up!
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.)
I sadly had to cancel my planned New Zealand trip because of too many expensive things happening in my personal life, but I still have lots of fun things in the works for 2017!
- Summer: Oregon – Elliot and I hope to go out to Oregon for a week sometime this summer (maybe in June?) to visit his sister, who lives in Bend. We'll also road trip to some of the state's other famous spots like Portland, Crater Lake, and the Painted Hills.
- August: Road trip! – My sister and I are planning another road trip this summer in order to coincide with the solar eclipse on August 21. We've booked a hotel in Idaho for the eclipse, but otherwise have nothing planned yet. I'm looking forward to exploring South Dakota and Wyoming on the way, though, and finally visiting Yellowstone!
Other trips currently in the works include another trip to Norway, and potentially a couple of weeks spent in new cities/countries in Europe – but I'll tell you more about that once things are officially planned.
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?