March 2018 Travel and Blogging Recap

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The beginning of 2018 was a bit quiet travel-wise, but that all changed in March, when I spent half the month in my favorite country in the world: New Zealand! Elliot and I had an amazing time – the only bad part was having to come back home, where winter refuses to give up its grip on Ohio.

March: The month in travel

I had one big trip in March, but it was a good one! Elliot and I finally went on our proper honeymoon in New Zealand, where we spent two weeks driving around both islands and hitting up all the highlights. (Look out for new New Zealand content in the next couple of weeks!)

  • Countries visited: 2 – USA, New Zealand
  • Cities visited: 6 – Los Angeles, Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington
  • Flights taken: 7
  • Distance driven: 3098 kilometers in New Zealand

The best thing I ate: We had plenty of delicious fish and chips in New Zealand, but I was more excited about being in close proximity to some of my favorite goodies: things like Jaffas and Pineapple Lumps and L&P (a citrus-y NZ soda).

The most epic thing I did: I think the tandem bungee jump Elliot and I did in Queenstown probably wins in this category this month!

Tandem bungee jumping at the Kawarau Bridge

March travel highlights

Can we just say the entire New Zealand trip? Highlights definitely included hiking to a famous beach (Cathedral Cove), visiting Hobbiton again, kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, going on a jet boat safari in Queenstown, seeing penguins in Moeraki, and finally showing Elliot around Wellington (one of my favorite cities in the world).

If you want to see some of these in video form, head over to my Instagram (@dangerousbiz) and check out my Stories Highlights – I have 2 from our New Zealand trip!

March travel lowlights

Having things canceled due to bad weather in New Zealand. We had a kayaking tour canceled due to post-cyclone high winds, a glacier heli-hike canceled because of rain and low clouds, and also were unable to do the Tongariro Crossing hike because of bad weather/poor visibility.

It was definitely a bummer to run into what felt like so much rain and other bad weather, and an even bigger bummer that we weren't able to do some of the things we were most looking forward to. But weather is one thing you just can't control when you travel! I guess we'll just have to put those things on our “next time” list.

Lake Matheson in New Zealand
Instead of hiking on a glacier, we went to see barely-there reflections at Lake Matheson.

March on the blog

March was quieter than usual on the blog since I spent half the month traveling and not doing a whole lot of work. But I still had a fantastic month traffic-wise!

March traffic: 182,360 unique visitors, 264,265 pageviews

Most popular post: It's Okay to Feel These Things When You Travel – A lot of people assume that traveling is always unicorns and rainbows. But the truth is that no trip is ever 100% positive. In this post, I address some of the negative feelings that you may run into on your travels – things like anxiety and boredom and burn out – and let you know that plenty of other people feel them, too!

Other posts published in March:

March on social media

Most popular Instagram post: Definitely this one from the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown. This is my most-liked post EVER on Instagram!

Most popular Facebook post: This post talking about the tours to Iceland and Greenland I'll be co-leading later this year! (Who's coming??)

March business update

Income report

  • Affiliate marketing: $3,129.42
  • Advertising: $3,751.36
  • Paid campaigns: $2,619.41
  • Course sales: $206.62

(Note that this is my income before deductions and taxes – and I had a lot of travel expenses this month thanks to New Zealand!)

Business highs

Steady passive income – One thing I've worked really hard on in the past year or two is building up my passive income streams. “Passive” income is essentially income that continues coming in even if I take time off to, say, go on a honeymoon to New Zealand! This is stuff like advertising and affiliate marketing, and while it all does take time to get set up (and does require maintenance), it's really reassuring to know that it's just *there* now, even when I'm not working as much as I usually do. This has given me a lot of freedom in my travels!

Starting a site redesign – After going back and forth about it for half a year, I've finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a custom redesign of my site. I know my site looks fine at first glance, but there's plenty of stuff going on behind-the-scenes that I know can be improved. Plus, I like the idea of having a site design that's completely MINE. I'm working with the development team at Performance Foundry, and am equal parts excited and terrified to get started!

Business lows

I didn't have any real business lows in March, unless you count figuring out how much I owe in taxes this year.  😉

Upcoming in April

After a busy March (and with lots of travel coming up in May and June), I don't have any travel currently planned in April. I'm going to use the month to get caught up on New Zealand posts, and spend more time on boring (but necessary) tasks like continuing my site content overhaul that's been ongoing since October.

If Spring ever decides to finally arrive in Ohio, you might catch me heading out to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and some other spots around Cleveland. And of course there's upcoming travel to plan!

How is your April shaping up? Did you have any highlights from March?

 

"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. As a new travel blogger this post was particularly helpful, so thank you. It helps me understand workflow and income of a seasoned blogger. Thanks so much for sharing so candidly!

      I have a few behind-the-scenes style posts about how I run my business and the different ways I make money. I try to be as transparent as possible!

    As someone who also lives in a Great Lakes state, I can relate to the never-ending winter and crappy weather. I think it’s finally starting to improve, though!

      I hope so! We got more snow Sunday night, and I hope that’s the last of it!

    I loved my visit to St. Petersburg in Russia in March! In April I have a long weekend planned in Normandy, France. Of course, the travel planning never stops 🙂

      Nope, there’s always another trip to plan!

    This triggers my memories of my own trip to New Zealand. Haven’t spotted Waitomo Glowworm Caves in the highlights. You would like to add this one to your next-time to-do-list.
    To me April is one of the best month for travelling, often shoulder season, neither too hot, nor cold, and I do my best to fit a trip in this timeframe. This year I’m visiting Israel. And yeah, thanks for sharing the details of running the business, I’ll take note 🙂

      Waitomo is still on my NZ to-do list. I always seem to skip it because I know it’s very touristy and that you can’t even take photos inside the caves. There are other spots to see glow worms!

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