Oh, April. You really were not a great month for many reasons. First, winter has refused to release its hold on Ohio; we had snow several days in April, and there still aren't really leaves on any of the trees. More than a month into spring, this is really depressing!
Secondly, I didn't leave Ohio in April, which always puts me into a bit of a mopey mood. I also spent half of April sick with a cold, so that put an extra damper on things. Overall, it's a month that I'm happy to put behind me!
April: The month in travel
There was NO travel this month. Sorry guys, but this is reality for a travel blogger who also has a home base! It also wasn't really nice enough to go out and explore closer to home, so I'm afraid this section is going to be extra boring this month.
- Countries visited: 0 🙁
- Cities visited: None, other than my home city!
- Flights taken: 0
The best thing I ate: There's a new barbecue place in town, and their smoked meat platter is pretty on-point.
The most epic thing I did: Travel-wise, I did nothing this month! But Elliot and I have been doing some fun things around our condo, like hanging up more of the artwork I've bought on my travels, and getting our patio ready for summer!
April travel highlights
I didn't go anywhere this month, but I did do a lot of planning/booking for some upcoming trips! This included booking some flights and hotels for upcoming conferences, booking flights for my family trip to Ireland this summer, and also deciding that I'm going to do a tour of themed afternoon teas in London when I'm there in June! Sometimes even just planning a trip can put you in a good travel mood.
April travel lowlights
The fact that I didn't do any traveling this month! I promise next month will be more exciting.
April on the blog
While I've published a handful of things on the blog this month, I'll admit that it was a lighter month than normal considering I didn't really leave home for the past 4 weeks. Part of this was due to the fact that I was sick for half the month, and part of it is because I spent a lot of my working time updating old posts to make them more SEO-friendly!
April traffic: 164,715 unique visitors, 240,885 pageviews
Most popular post: The Perfect 12-Day Road Trip Itinerary for Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas – This post is based on part of the road trip my sister and I did last summer to go see the Solar Eclipse, which included driving through the northern USA and checking out tons of national parks and monuments. This is a less-popular road trip route in the US, but definitely one to consider.
Other posts published in April:
- The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Campervan Road Trip in New Zealand
- The Best Ways to Stay Connected on Your Travels
- A Kayaking Adventure in Abel Tasman National Park
April on social media
Most popular Instagram post: I continued posting mostly photos from New Zealand on IG this month – and you guys really seem to like NZ photos! My most popular image in April, though, was one in which I talk about the pressure to be “perfect” on Instagram (and how I'm definitely not, but that's okay!):
I’m not the picture-perfect Instagram model. My hair is tangled. My back has its imperfect rolls. I’m wearing the same jacket I’ve worn in most of my Instagram photos from New Zealand. But you know what I remember most about this day? The fact that, as I sat on that log in the chilly wind, my imperfect body soaking up the rays of sun, I was so happy just to *be* there. And damn it, that should still count for something in this world of social media perfection. ❤ I think too often these days we feel pressured to only share the prettiest, most perfect versions of ourselves on social media. But you know what? Life isn’t always perfect. And I’m certainly not perfect! So ladies of the ‘gram, don’t be afraid to share and celebrate those imperfections, too. Because they are still beautiful.
Most popular Facebook post: Definitely this post about the contest WOW Air is running to hire two adventurers to go live in and travel from Reykjavik for the summer.
April business update
- Affiliate marketing: $3,117.12
- Advertising: $4,164.92
- Paid campaigns: $250
- Other: $400
(Note that this is my income before deductions and taxes.)
I have an LLC now! – For various reasons (including my accountant telling me to do so), I decided that 2018 would finally be the year I would make this blog of mine official. I now am the proud owner of an LLC in the state of Ohio. Welcome, Round Door Media LLC! (So if you start to see this name pop up in places around the site, now you'll know what it is!)
Making headway on my new site design – I mentioned this in last month's round-up, but my new site design is coming along nicely. I hope to be able to unveil the new design in another month or two!
Having my Greenland trip canceled – While I had some productive highs in April, I also had a big low: the tour I was planning to Greenland this fall has had to be canceled due to issues with flight availability. I'm obviously really bummed about this, BUT the good news is that I'm still going to be co-leading a tour to Iceland at the end of September. Iceland is one of my favorite countries, and I'm excited to still be taking people there. If you're interested in the Iceland tour, check it out here. (Note, though, that we only have a few spots left, so if you're thinking of signing up, do it soon!)
Upcoming in May
I actually have a lot of little trips coming up in May!
WITS – As this publishes, I'll be in Quebec City for the annual Women in Travel Summit. This is one of my favorite travel conferences because it's always filled with so many inspiring women doing so many inspiring things. This is also my first trip to Quebec City!
New Orleans – Over Memorial Day weekend, I'm heading back to New Orleans for a girls trip with one of my best friends. I absolutely LOVE New Orleans, and can't wait to eat allllll the delicious food.
Bloghouse Memphis – From NOLA, I'm heading to my second new destination of the month: Memphis, Tennessee, for Bloghouse! I'm looking forward to both the Bloghouse workshop and getting to know Memphis a bit.
Nashville – From Memphis, I'll be hopping over to Nashville for a few days to eat lots of food and see a show at the Grand Ole Opry! This will technically be in early June, but I'll likely be there when May's recap post goes up!