Stuff You Should Know About: October 2017

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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

Some US residents will need passports in 2018

Due to the Real ID act which will go into effect at airports in 2018, residents in more than a dozen US states may not be able to use their driver's licenses to fly after Jan. 22. Residents of states that don't comply with the act may need to have a passport in order to get through TSA screenings starting next year. Some states are asking for additional extensions to comply, but if you're from one that currently doesn't meet license standards, now might be the time to apply for that passport!

Caribbean still open for business

Despite the hurricanes that have ravaged the Caribbean recently, most islands are back up and running and definitely open for your tourism business. Which is great news, since many of these islands really depend on tourism dollars!

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 about these things often (only the ones I really, really love), but some of them are still worth mentioning!

This month, check out:

Travel to Greenland with me!

Yes, really! I've never actually offered a tour for readers before, but with the help of the folks at Inertia Network, I've just launched my very first one! And it's to one of my top bucket list destinations: Greenland! The trip won't take place until September 2018 (when there's a chance of seeing whales and the Northern Lights!), but we've already opened it up for registration.

This trip won't be your typical guided tour – we'll be headed to East Greenland, which is about a “real” as it gets in this part of the world. We'll be staying in local settlements, spending lots of time among icebergs and glaciers, and getting to know the locals.

Check out the full itinerary here – and if you want to sign up, claim your spot soon since this will be a small group trip!

Top Instagram shots from the last month

Who doesn’t love pretty travel photos, right?? Even though Instagram has been extra frustrating lately (WHY won't you show my photos to people, IG?), it's still a platform I use regular to share some of my favorite shots.

Here are some of my most-liked photos from the last month or so:

If you aren’t following already, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!

Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

Marta and Robert are the couple from Spain and the US that created The Passport Memorandum. This blog aims to inspire readers through photos and travel stories, to provide top budget-travel tips, and to show off some of the most- and least-known travel destinations in the world. The Passport Memorandum not only highlights Marta and Robert's times and adventures as digital nomads, but also offers the traveler inside you the chance to discover the world with them.

Heather Trimm is a travel, food, and lifestyle blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. She likes to say she's a hybrid, as she's a born and bred Southern girl who lived in California for a few years and left part of her heart there! An extreme passion for travel has led Heather to the desire to discover as much of God’s creation as possible. Her journeys have taken her to amazing destinations, and she thoroughly loves igniting that same passion and desire in others. Trimm Travels is a travel, food and lifestyle blog documenting Heather's experiences.

Holidays to Europe is a European travel blog run by Carolyn, an Australian who is passionate about all things European! Carolyn travels to Europe for two months each year to satisfy her love for the continent, re-visiting favorite haunts and discovering new ones. She shares her travel tips, secret finds and destination inspiration on the blog.

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:

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle

Recently I've been writing a little more about sustainable tourism, including how to use less plastics when you travel. One major tip is to travel with a reusable water bottle so you can cut down on plastic ones – but what happens if you're traveling somewhere where the tap water isn't really safe to drink?

In that case, there are water bottles out there with built-in filtration systems. This one – the GRAYL – was recommended by my friend Lauren, who used one to filter tap water in multiple countries in Africa. The bottle is supposed to work with any fresh water source, including streams, and might be a good investment if you do a lot of hiking/backpacking, too. (I can't personally speak to how it works with stream water, but I'll be getting one to travel with to filter tap water!)

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've been home since the end of August because I got married easier this month and, well, it was kind of important for me to be here! But now that all the wedding planning is done, I'm ready to get traveling again! Here's what I've got coming up for the rest of this year:

November/December: The Seychelles and Egypt! – I got invited on a press trip to the Seychelles, and decided that if I'm going to be flying all that way, I may as well go somewhere else in the general region, too. Egypt has always been one of my bucket list destinations, so when I found a tour that matched up perfectly with my other trip, I jumped on it and booked it! I can't wait to see more of Africa.

You can follow along on my travels in real time on Facebook and Instagram Stories (I'm @dangerousbiz everywhere.)

That’s it for this month’s edition of “Stuff You Should Know About!” Which section was your favorite this month?

 

"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. Ive been a long time reader of your site and I really don’t mind some ads — they make sense — but lately I have felt that the amount of ads within a single blog post of yours have been so overwhelming that I don’t want to read. Like this post has 11!! Mediavine ads and that’s way too much. Is there any way you can reduce them? I feel like 5 is way more than enough for a blog post of this length. It just really turns me off from reading. I couldn’t finish it. I wasn’t going to say anything but I have been here for years and I think it’s worth mentioning, especially because other people may feel the same way.

      Hi E. I appreciate the feedback! And I understand that many people don’t like to see ads on travel blogs. But I’ve been offering 100% free content on this blog for more than seven years, and ads are a way for me to actually make a living doing this. Mediavine does allow some control over ad frequency, but the number of ads that appear in a post depend completely on the post length. But I’ll definitely keep this in mind as I continue to test different configurations for ad frequency/placement. (Also, I only count 7 in this one – 9 if you count the sidebar ads, which are static on every post. 😉 )

        Fwiw, there are 9 ads on the mobile version (but maybe that includes placing the sidebar ads within the content).

          Ahhh yes, the frequency is different on mobile vs. desktop!

    Congratulations on your marriage!

    Your upcoming travels sounds great. I’m envious you will be visiting Greenland next year. That’s high on my “list” of places I’d like to visit.

      Thank you! Greenland has been high on my list for a while, so I’m so excited to finally be going! Can’t wait to see all those icebergs…

    The Greenland trip looks amazing, and how fun to travel with your readers. But, more importantly, congratulations on your marriage!!

    Congratulations on your wedding. It must have been marvellous, and you so deserve every bit of happiness on this here blog, and in the real world!

    I’ve been to Egypt four times back in the day, but I’ve never been to the Seychelles, so I’m very much looking forward to reading all about it, and your group trip to Greenland. Go on yer!

      Thanks, Victoria! I’m really excited about both upcoming trips!

    Greenland? Seychelles? You have some pretty awesome trips to look forward to!

    I barely noticed the ads. Bad for the advertisers, I guess! Congratulations on your marriage. How can no one have asked: where did you go on your honeymoon? Or is staying home the honeymoon for a professional traveler? I could see how it might be! It is exciting that you are doing a group trip. I have a friend who owns a yoga studio and also leads amazing small yoga-focused trips to places like Thailand and Macchu Pichu. She loves doing it. I’m sure you’ll love it too.

      Thank you! We did a little “mini-moon” to the Finger Lakes in New York, but our “big” honeymoon we’re postponing until March, when we’re going to New Zealand!

    Great stuff – and good to mention the Caribbean islands… I´ve been working a lot recently in the Bahamas and Miami and it was devastating seeing the destruction that was done to so many places, but it feels like things are slowly getting back to normal.

      Most of the islands will bounce back quickly, and then will really need tourism dollars again!

    After 6 years of lots of travel I swore to stay home in 2018. With the exception of one short trip in April (to Spain/France) I’m sticking to that! But your Greenland gig looks interesting. Do it again in 2019 and I may well join you.

    If you’ve not discovered Sorelle Amore on youtube she’s worth a bit of time. Enthusiastic to say the least, and she did a Greenland trip this year.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4h1kkcF2-8XVyXa8Gki22-uKYpuLmO99

      Who knows – if this trip goes well, we may indeed do another!

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