About Me

Amanda from A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

“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 be swept off to.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien

Traveling can be sort of magical. It's unpredictable and beautiful and sometimes downright confusing. But that's the beauty of it — you never really know what to expect when you pack that bag and leave home behind. I really identify with this Tolkien quote (what can I say, I'm a little hobbity!), and have therefore loosely themed my blog around it.

I think one of the best things about traveling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries (although I also love those, too), and just see where the road carries you off to, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It's my goal to get swept off as often as possible.

Who Am I?

My name is Amanda, and I like to travel.

Oh, you already figured that part out? Okay then. Here's the brief history of my life:

I grew up on a Christmas tree farm in a small Ohio town with a good football team and even better marching band (go Raiders!). Nothing incredibly exciting happened there, except for the time in the early 90s when my neighbor (who was a mob boss) got shot and killed in his driveway.

I was the geeky, smart kid in school. I liked horses and books and “Harry Potter.” I did competitive gymnastics and tried out for school musicals. I wore a lot of tie-dye.


It was in high school that I decided that I wanted to travel. I was obsessed with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and vowed that I would save my money so that I could go to New Zealand after I graduated. It was all over after that. I ended up going to New Zealand with my mom for two weeks in 2005, and I've been swatting at that pesky travel bug ever since.

Since that first big adventure abroad in 2005, I have been to more than 45 countries on 6 continents, and am always on the lookout for my next big adventure.

BUT, I'm not a full-time traveler or “digital nomad.” In fact, ever since I started this blog in 2010, I've either been working full-time, in school full-time, or working/freelancing from home in Ohio. As much as I love traveling and having adventures, I also enjoy coming home to sleep in my own bed, drive my own car, and cuddle with my kitty.

When it comes to travel, there's no “best” or “right” way to do it. You could fly 10,000 miles to have an adventure, or you could simply walk down the street and discover something new. Unlike some travel bloggers, I've never given up my “normal” life to travel long-term.

And guess what? You don't have to, either. You don't have to quit your job or leave your loved ones behind indefinitely in order to be a traveler. And hopefully this site and my stories will convince you of that.

Amanda from A Dangerous Business

Some more fun facts about me:

The important things:

  • I have a journalism degree under my belt, which I hope to one day use to rid the world of bad grammar and “there, their, they're” confusion.
  • I also have a master's degree in hospitality and tourism management.
  • Contrary to popular belief, I do not travel full-time.
  • I like to consider myself to be mildly adventurous and open to new things (though not necessarily when it comes to food).
  • I have a minor in German, but can't speak it at all.

The less important (but probably more interesting) things:

  • One of my past jobs consisted of designing pages for a newspaper.
  • I love the scent of freshly-cut grass.
  • I have been bungy jumping four times, and am always up for doing it again.
  • Fall is my favorite time of year, though I don't like that it leads to winter.
  • I took Irish Step Dancing lessons in high school.
  • My favorite color is green.
  • I really hate all things “Twilight.” (See here if you do, too.)
  • To contradict the previous statement, I like chick flicks, no matter how corny or predictable they are.
  • I can write my name upside down.
  • I like crossing things off lists (like my bucket list).
  • I am awful at video games.

Lupins in New Zealand

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A timeline of my travels

May 2011 — I tackled one of the scariest things ever — the highest bungee jump in New Zealand: The Scariest Thing I Have Ever Done

August 2011 — My sister and I embarked upon an epic, 3-week road trip across America before I quit my newspaper job and went back to school; it’s always been a dream of ours, and did not disappoint: Road Trip ’11: My 10 Favorite Road Trip Stops

November 2011 — I decided that I was probably never going to leave everything behind to travel the world indefinitely. Hence my travel/blog philosophy was born: You Can Live a “Normal” Life and Travel,Too


January 2012 — I stayed the night in a former-prison-turned-hospital, and stayed up half the night because I’m pretty sure it was haunted: My Night in Prison

March 2012 — I went to Iceland for my grad school spring break and almost died on the side of a mountain: The Time I Almost Died in Iceland

June 2012 — On my very first solo trip to Europe, I started out in Budapest, which happens to be home to some awesome thermal baths: Soaking at the Szechenyi Baths

July 2012 — After having dreamt about visiting for years (thanks to the book The Historian), I finally visited Rila Monastery, hidden away in the Bulgarian mountains: Rila Monastery, In Photos

July 2012 — I stood in awe during my first visit to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey: In Photos: Hagia Sophia

July 2012 — I splurged and bought a ticket to see some gymnastics at the 2012 summer Olympics in London: London 2012: My Olympics Experience

August 2012 — I got to hike on a glacier in Alaska: Ice, Ice, Baby: Glacier Hiking in Alaska

Matanuska Glacier

December 2012 — I headed off to Edinburgh, Scotland, to ring in 2013 Hogmanay-style, with fire and Vikings and dancing and polar plunges: Hogmanay: The Most Epic New Year’s Celebration You’ve Never Heard Of

January 2013 — I swam/snorkeled with sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles at the Belize Barrier Reef: Of Sailboats and Sharks

January 2013 — This self-proclaimed non-camper camped in the jungle in Guatemala and didn’t die: A Non-Camper Sleeps in the Jungle. With Monkeys.

March 2013 — I satisfied a lifelong dream and watched the Northern Lights dance above the frozen tundra in Manitoba, Canada: A Dance of Lights: Awed By the Aurora Borealis

August 2013 — I went on a rafting pub crawl in the most gorgeous town in the Czech Republic: That Time I Went on a Rafting Pub Crawl in Cesky Krumlov

August 2013 — Feeling like a true VIP, I got to get a really unique peek at the Colosseum in Rome: Behind the Scenes at the Colosseum

September 2013 — I spent 2 blissful weeks hopping around the Greek islands, eating way too much feta and soaking up lots of sun: My Big Fat Greek Islands Photo Essay

November 2013 — After traveling around Europe for 3 months straight after finishing grad school, I decided that long-term travel was NOT for me: RTW Diaries: A Confession, A Change of Plans

January 2014 — I spent the night on a junk boat in Ha Long Bay, one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting in Vietnam: Ha Long Bay: Just as Incredible as You’ve Heard

February 2014 — I got to explore the incredible temples of Angkor in Cambodia: Temples Galore at Angkor

February 2014 — I spent a week volunteering with elephants in Thailand: Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park

Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park

June 2014 — My boyfriend and I took a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls: Flying High Over Niagara Falls

July 2014 — I came clean about what this life of mine (as a full-time freelancer/blogger) is really like: My Life as a Travel Blogger

October 2014 — My boyfriend and I went in search of fall colors in northern lower Michigan: Things to Do in Traverse City in the Fall

November 2014 — On my way to New Zealand, I built in a stopover in Tahiti, which ended up being pretty blissful: Tahiti: It's a Magical Place

November 2014 — I teamed up with Red Carpet Tours and spent two weeks visiting Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand: Exploring Middle-Earth With Red Carpet Tours

November 2014 — I went bungee jumping for the fourth time in NZ: Completing the Bungee Jumping Trifecta in Queenstown

November 2014 — I spent a few days in Kaikoura, New Zealand, and went swimming with wild dolphins: Swimming With Wild Dolphins in New Zealand

November 2014 — I walking around the top of a tower in Auckland; what a rush! Adventure in the Sky in Auckland

Auckland Sky Walk

December 2014 — My friend Liz and I hiked the Hooker Valley Track at Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand: The Hooker Valley Track: The Best Half-Day Hike in New Zealand?

January 2015 — Since I've long been a big geek, I took advantage of some good timing and went with a friend to Harry Potter World in Florida: Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

March 2015 — I escaped the Ohio winter and flew down to Florida again, this time to go swimming with manatees in Crystal River: Swimming With Manatees in Crystal River, Florida

April 2015 — I went on my very first river cruise this year, to Eastern Europe with AmaWaterways: River Cruising: What's It Really Like?

April 2015 — After putting off visiting for years, I finally went to Barcelona Spain – and fell absolutely IN LOVE: Everybody Was Wrong About Barcelona

April 2015 — I visited the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, which contains some of the most incredible architecture I've ever seen: The Place Everyone Will Tell You to Visit in Spain

May 2015 — I road tripped around Norway, which included driving the Atlantic Ocean Road (which is EPIC): Driving the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway

May 2015 — I became “Queen of the Fjord” after some daring cliff posing above Geirangerfjord in Norway: The Most Famous Fjord in Norway

Queen of the Fjord in Geiranger, Norway

June 2015 — I traveled around the UK with my mom, visiting places like the Scottish Highlands, York, Liverpool, and London: “When I'm 64 Tour” Highlights

June 2015 — I got to go back to my beloved Isle of Skye: The Isle of Skye: Still My Favorite Part of Scotland

August 2015 — I put together my manifesto on solo female travel: Top 9 Questions About Solo Female Travel Answered

September 2015 — I rode the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies: Everything You Need to Know About Riding the Rocky Mountaineer

September 2015 — I finally got to see some of the beautiful mountain lakes in the Canadian Rockies: 5 Spots in Alberta That Will Blow Your Mind

October 2015 — I explored the sand dunes and sunsets in New Mexico: White Sands: The Most Underrated National Monument?

October 2015 — My college roommate and I went to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and even went up in hot air balloons: Up in the Air at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

November 2015 — Elliot and I went snorkeling in the rift between two tectonic plates in Iceland: Snorkeling Silfra: Swimming Between Tectonic Plates in Iceland

Snorkeling Silfra in Iceland

November 2015 — Elliot and I hiked on glaciers and climbed into ice caves in Iceland: Chasing Ice and Battling Mother Nature in Iceland

December 2015 — I went on a Christmas market river cruise in Germany and France: Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What's It Really Like?

February 2016 — I spent a long weekend at the Mall of America and actually really liked it: 3 Days at the Mall of America: Awesome or Awful?

February 2016 — I headed to Northern Norway for some winter adventures: 10 Reasons Why Northern Norway in Winter is Awesome

March 2016 — I spent a few days exploring (and falling in love with) Puerto Rico: Thinking About a Caribbean Vacation? Think Puerto Rico

March 2016 — I went on a digital detox tour in Ecuador: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going on a Digital Detox

April 2016 — Elliot and I headed out to the American Southwest and visited some national parks: The Mighty 5: Utah's Stunning National Parks

April 2016 — While in Utah, Elliot and I tackled Angels Landing at Zion National Park: I Hiked to Angels Landing and Didn't Die!

Angel's Landing Trail in Zion National Park

May 2016 — My dad and I jetted off to Africa, spending two weeks together in Southern Africa: Highlights from 2 Weeks in South Africa

May/June 2016 — I spent three weeks overlanding in Southern Africa with Acacia Africa: Highlights from 3 Weeks Overlanding in Africa

August 2016 — My sister and I jetted off to the secluded Little Corn Island in Nicaragua for a luxurious sister's getaway: Sisters Getaway: Discovering Little Corn Island in Style

September 2016 — I went to Wales for the very first time and had all sort of cool adventures: 8 Reasons Why You Should Never Go to Wales

September 2016 — With Haggis Adventures, I explored more of Scotland's Highlands and isles, including the amazing Isle of Lewis and Harris: Hopping Around the Hebrides with Haggis Adventures

October 2016 — I visited two of the Baltics capitals for the first time: Riga and Vilnius.

October 2016 — I went on a river cruise in Russia: Highlights from a 13-Day River Cruise in Russia

Amanda in Sergiev Posad, Russia

November 2016 — After years of wanting to go, I finally went to New Orleans for the first time: 9 Things to Do in New Orleans That Don't Involve Bourbon Street

Interviews With Me

In case you still haven't learned enough, check out these interviews starring yours truly to learn more about how/why/where I travel:


Want to get in touch with me? Here's how:

You can email me at adangerousbusiness [at] gmail [dot] com

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And I'm on Snapchat, too – dangerousbiz


I won't make you search for me like Carmen Sandiego!

Other Fun Stuff

Check out some of my guest blogs, as well as where else I've been featured around the travel blogosphere by clicking here.

Want to know what goes in my backpack or suitcase? Check out my Packing List page! It lists all my favorite gear, and is also where you'll find my trip- and destination-specific packing lists.

Curious about where I turn to search for flights or book a hotel? Head over to my Travel Resources page for lots of great tips and secrets.

Want the low-down on my favorite places to stay all around the world? Find my personal recommendations on my Where to Stay page.

And, lastly, if you'd like to work with me in some way, check out my Work With Me page.

Amanda from A Dangerous Business Travel Blog



  • Anil says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Saw your post on the TBEX forum about link exchanges. If you’re interested shoot me an email 🙂


  • We would love you to consider a link exchange.

    My partner Danielle and I are currently traveling to nearly every country in Africa (we are writing now from Dakar, Senegal) meeting with farmers, workers, NGO’s and community groups writing about innovations and projects that our working to alliviate hunger and poverty. We travel blog everyday at BorderJumpers (www.borderjumpers.org). We are trying to highlight stories of hope and success.

    Thanks so much for your consideration!

    All the best, Bernie and Dani

  • Hi, I’ve seen your blog at TBEX. I’ve an travel blog http://business-flights.iflybusiness.com/ and I’ve been interested in link exchange. Can you give me a link for my blog on your blog at http://dangerousbusiness.wordpress.com
    under BLOGROLL section ?

  • Daniel says:

    Hi! We are interested in a link exchange as per you message on ‘The Travel Blog Exchange’. We’ve gone ahead and added your blog—you can find it here:


    My wife and I launched our blog almost a year ago and have since been actively seeking blogs on which to link to, comment on, and actively support!

    • ijustwannago says:

      Hi there! Thanks for adding me; I’ve just added you to my blogroll as well, and checked out your site — I love it! Definitely will be checking in regularly.

  • Hi Amanda – I’ve been running Dave’s Travel Corner for the past almost 14 years, http://www.davestravelcorner.com and I was wondering if you have some time to check my site out and if you like what you see, perhaps you could add a link back on your
    blogroll. I have already added your site under my Resources >> Blogs of Travel section.

    Thanks 🙂


  • Oh wow, you’ve been to many places! I’d love to visit Australia and NZ someday too!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, I’ve definitely been lucky, getting to see so much of the world at my age. And you should definitely visit OZ and NZ if you ever get the chance!

  • Gabriela says:

    Hi, I’m a PhD student (also a journalist by degree) undertaking a research on Global Nomads, on professionals that have adopted a hyper mobile lifestyle. I’m particularly interested in individuals who have lived and worked in at least three different countries. All it takes is a 40mins Skype call, so please let me know if you would like to participate. Also, I would like to know if you grant permission to use the textual content of your website for the analysis (it may include a few short quotations that will be referenced accordingly).
    I hope you have a small gap in your busy schedule!
    Gabriela recently posted..Its about YOU

  • Nat says:

    you wanna know something awesome? i have a ton of things in common with you, and as a junior in high school, my dream is to travel the world 🙂 your blog is really awesome and i look forward to reading more about your adventures! 😀

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Nat! That is indeed awesome that we have so much in common! It was about the time when I was a junior in high school that I decided I wanted to travel the world, too.

      I wish you the best of luck, and would love to hear about YOUR adventures, too!

  • Kelly Pillar says:

    I see you haven’t been to Los Angeles yet! I love my city and would totally show you around if you ever make it out to the West Coast. Represent!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      The only times I’ve been to L.A. have been when I’ve flown through the LAX airport! But, my sister and I are planning a road trip for later this summer that should see us in the LA area for at least a day or two!

  • Dear Amanda,
    I dig your blog! I was wondering if you wanted to exchange links. http://www.runawayguide.com
    Also, if you have any guest post opportunities, let me know.

  • C. Deminski says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I like your enthusiasm when it comes to travel. I have a few U.S. recommendations, if I may be so bold!

    First – it looks like you have never been out west! California is huge, and of course this should be on anyone’s travel list if you live in the U.S. including San Francisco, Monterrey, Big Sur, and Yosemite National Park. If Southern Cali is more your thing then you’ll have L.A./Hollywood and San Diego on the list.

    But it would be a crime to skip over the Grand Canyon; Sedona, AZ; Zion National Park, Badlands, Capitol Reef or any of the other completely fantastic natural wonders you’ll find between northern Arizona and Utah too.

    A little closer to home, if you drive a bit east into upstate New York, you’ve got access to the Adirondacks, which is a wonderful playground of mountain peaks. Lake Placid (of Olympic fame) sits in the center. It’s surprisingly close to you and won’t require a plane ticket, nor will it break the budget. A little further south, closer to the Catskills, don’t overlook Woodstock, NY or New Paltz and Saugerties which are both charming and small. If you go WAY north in NY state – even above the Adirondacks, you’ll hit Lake Champlain.

    If you keep going east, you’ll get to see the Green Mountains of Vermont (and if you like to ski, Vermont has some great spots…)

    None of these places require a passport and all hold the amazing potential for adventure.


    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions, Carol! It’s true that I have not yet conquered much of the U.S. But, my sister and I are planning a road trip out west this summer, so hopefully I’ll have the chance to visit a lot of the place you mentioned here!

      • Danielle Premont says:

        Ive Traveled to 75 countries + and lived overseas a few times, alot of the places Ive dug into deep once all the touristy stuff was complete! Alot of the European countries Ive lost count of my visits. I dont have a blog, I enjoy reading others. I have a FB which oneday I may open publicly for others to follow. Im on my way to Haiti, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica in a few mths (78). Carol thanks for mentioning all the US travels, Ive been to 38 of the states so far! We live in a beautiful country for those who dont wanna Wanderlust overseas! Ciao

  • Paul says:

    Hi Amanda

    Great site! If you’d like to swap travel links, my site is at http://PaulKilfoil.webs.com/Leisure.htm. I’ll put a link back to you at http://paulkilfoil.webs.com/TravelInfo.htm.

    – Paul

  • Michela says:

    Love your blog! I’m a small town girl (from NY), grew up on a Christmas tree farm and love to travel too. And I live in Columbus, OH. If you live near C’Bus and ever want to do an informal OH Tweet up of 2 (or maybe there are more of us) let me know.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Michela! You grew up on a Christmas tree farm, too? No way! How cool.

      I currently live in the Findlay area, and will be moving back east this fall. But the next time I’m in C’bus, I’ll be sure to drop you a line!

  • JeffA says:

    Saw you posts in planning a trip to Chicago…and you missed my hometown, Cambridge, NZ by 20 miles….nicer than Matamata …so ok no hobbit town…but more trees and horse!1 regards
    Ft Smith AR

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I lived with a girl in Wellington whose family was from Cambridge, I think! And yes, sadly, I have not yet been everywhere in New Zealand… maybe someday!

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope my Chicago posts were helpful to you.

  • Paul White says:


    Do you need “Guest Bloggers” for your blog? I represent a large community of writers who are trying to get their unique family friendly content published on sites such as yours. My writers are just looking for exposure so there is no charge to you for the content.

    The writers I represent are professionals and are not churning out garbage content that reads like a sales ads. Each piece takes time to create and is usually 700 words or more in length. We hope to establish a long term relationship with you. You can also feel free to monetize the articles with banners ads or Google Adsense etc.

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  • Vanessa says:

    Hi Amanda,

    It’s nice to come across someone similar to me – I like to have my house and dog and job, but I love to travel too. It’s hard balance, but I enjoy it a lot. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Vanessa recently posted..Nudgee Beach

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hey Vanessa! Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. I know my travel style isn’t ideal for everyone, but it works for me. I like having a home base!

  • Zhu says:

    Nice to meet you!

    I had no idea there was such a thing as “Christmas tree farm”. And I didn’t know some towns in the U.S. didn’t have McDonalds. One article and I learned two things already! 😆

    I’m also a travel junkie, also looking for a life at home/travel balance, also love writing. And traveling. Duh.

    I move from France to Canada a few years ago and I love being based in Canada even though the travel bug is still there… It’s somehow comforting to see we are all struggling with the same balance problems!
    Zhu recently posted..Pre-traveling Rush

  • nice to meet you Amanda…i am also a travel addict..not really a pro writer and photographer but i just simply love to travel and take pictures of all kinds…
    Ruby Travelling recently posted..Interesting Places To Visit in Queensland, Australia

  • Laura says:


    Just wanted to leave a comment to say I think your attitude towards what defines a traveller is great – you dont have to be on the road continiously to be a traveller – I take a few trips a year cause thats what I can manage & reckon thats good enough – others have a different attitude though eh?!

    Glad to have stumbled across your site.


    Laura recently posted..All Aboard!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the comment and kind words, Laura! I’m a total believer that there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to travel. Whatever works for you is what you should do!

  • Euroangel says:

    nice to meet someone with the same interest…travel travel and travel..wish you a safe and sound travel all the time..who knows one day our ways would meet…let me know if your heading to germany in your future travel..
    Euroangel recently posted..A Day-Sightseeing in Amsterdam

  • Amanda says:

    Hi Amanda!
    I stumbled upon your blog and love the Lord of the Rings quote, was it one of Bilbo’s? Anyways, just thought I’d leave a comment and say thanks for the wonderful website! I’m going to book mark it and check back! All the best for your future adventures.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Amanda! So glad you stumbled upon the site and like it — and yes, that quote is indeed one of Bilbo’s!

  • Stacey says:

    Hi Amanda!
    I’m a kiwi from Christchurch, currently living in San Diego and working as an Au Pair. I just found your blog and I’m enjoying reading through your posts 🙂 Loving your Tolkein quote by the way-my website is onetravelsfar.com- “Little by little, one travels far.” Great minds hehe
    Stacey recently posted..How I ended up as an Au Pair

  • Nick says:

    New fan, love your site!

  • JJ Abrahmsmenburg says:

    Hey Amanda,
    I love your blog particularly because your the photos. That said what’s up with not being able to pinterest the photos?

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hey JJ! The only explanation I can come up with is that I host my photos on Flickr, and have a copyright on all of them. I read a while back that Flickr was going to disable sharing to Pinterest, so maybe that’s why you aren’t able to? I haven’t done anything on my end to prevent sharing, so that’s the only thing I can think of!

  • JJ Abrahmsmenburg says:

    Oh I see – Flickr’s got beef with Pinterest, eh. Seems a bit odd to me that Flickr would make the choice on behalf of its users to cut off (or at least stifle) that traffic stream. But I’m no insider so what do I know. Only time will tell if it was a wise move.

    Well I have a hack that circumvents Flickr’s block. I could link it back to your site for example: “Photo courtesy of https://www.dangerous-business.com “. Is that cool with you; what do you say?

    Double J

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Like I said, I think it mostly has to do with copyright concerns. I don’t mind if you still pin my photos, though, as long as that’s all you’re doing with them! 🙂

  • Dave says:

    Hi Amanda – very nice site layout and content. Enjoying your blog very much. Cheers Dave
    Dave recently posted..Top Tips to Keep Your Holiday Costs Down

  • Sarah says:

    Hey there, Amanda! I just found your blog, and I really like it!

    I also am beginning to wonder if we were separated at birth. ;D You mentioned going to New Zealand with your mom for two weeks in 2005. Well, guess what? My first overseas trip was to Germany…. in 2005… for two weeks… with my mom!

    Okay okay, so maybe that doesn’t make us twins, but I still thought it was funny. X) I’m also a grad student (and thus feeling guilty about spending so much time looking up travel stuff!), and I also speak some German. 🙂

    So here’s a big energetic wave from me! Keep traveling, keep writing!

  • Hi Amanda!

    It’s awesome to see adventurers like you out exploring the world. A couple of years ago, I taught English in France to elementary students and had the opportunity to travel to another 11 countries on the European continent (while on break of course). I know what you mean about that pesky travel bug! I call it my itch I can’t stop scratching!! And New Zealand! Ahh….my ultimate destination, and why? I too was a LOTR nerd in high school; how stoked are you for The Hobbit to come out??

    Anywho, I just wanted to tell you about our great app INTERPRETRAVEL. It’s the first to market, on-demand, live interpretation app! In lieu of a faulty translation, INTERPRETRAVEL connects you instantly with an interpreter from our language catalogue. INTERPRETRAVEL just adds that confidence, reassurance and security knowing you literally have an interpreter right in the palm of your hand.

    If you have any questions on INTERPRETRAVEL, please email me and let me know. I’d love to hear more about your adventures! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; that way we can keep in touch!

    Safe travels my friend!

  • Suz says:

    Amanda! So amazed at your blog, I don’t know how I’ve not come across it before. As a fellow kiwi I’m glad you have such an obsession with my country – makes me proud. I just recently watched The Hobbit and planning to get married near Peel Forest.

    I’d have to say I can also blame Carmen Sandiego and the road trips I took with my dad across the North Island.

    You truly are an inspiration and now I know I should “just do it” when it comes to writing about my travels, past; present and future.

    Thanks and keep on spreading the good travel karma 😀


  • Inma says:

    Quickly stopped by before dinner after reading your response to the 1000 1000 challenge! You’ve built a cool blog! We kinda feel identified with your “normal” style and would love to read more! We know challenge’s 2nd part is around the corner! 🙂

  • Love it that you can write your name upside-down.
    Just discovered you on Landlopers. Great site!
    If you’re ever in Paris and would like to go on a treasure hunt at the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay, drop me a line. It’s what my company, THATLou, does.
    Kind regards,

  • Hi Amanda,
    I am loving reading through your site……. you are so lucky to be able to travel where and when you want to….
    I have only managed Thailand and Cambodia and of course my country of the Philippines. We have so many problems with visas and also earning enough money to pay for trips.
    I am a registered nurse and love to travel when i can.
    May i ask you if it is possible to exchange links with my website http://islandgirltraveller.com/
    and i will reciprocate. Thankyou and enjoy your RTW trip. hope you can drop in to Philippines on the way and especially my island of Sibuyan
    Dhie Rey (Islandgirltraveller) recently posted..You can take the girl out of the islands

  • Andy Santos says:

    Hi Amanda,

    You have a fantastic blog. I like how your travel blog was
    fueled by LOTR as I am a Tolkien fan too.

    On a different note, you should visit South East Asia – Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia if you haven’t yet. Lot’s of wonderful places – you can even do “temple run” in Sim Reap.

    All the best!
    Andy Santos recently posted..Laiya Travel Guide

  • Austin says:

    You have a fantastic blog, particularly your photos. I can see that you’ve been to many places, but I hope next time you’ll travel to UK for a balloon hot air ride experience. Its a good experience I had in UK. It’s a bit adventurous but full of fun. Anyway, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with

  • Ankita says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I have always loved traveling and took to travel writing recently. I have been looking at various travel blogs for some inspiration to start travel blogging. I felt an instant connect with your blog. You have some really wonderful posts on traveling and I really got that much needed push stop procrastinating. I am from India and would love to tell me more about my country when you plan a trip here. All the best.


    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for reading, Ankita! So glad to hear that my site has inspired you to stop procrastinating and get traveling!

  • Fiona says:

    Amanda, I love your writing style and your pictures. I have just nominated you to enter the Capture the Colour photography competition
    Fiona recently posted..Nyika National Park

  • Hi Amanda –
    I just nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, here is the link:
    I really enjoy your blog!
    Michelle Grabuski recently posted..Cruising the Caribbean

  • Laura says:

    Hi Amanda!

    Just wanted to let you know that you are a HUGE inspiration! It’s great to see that you are making the Travel Dream work, and look like you’re having a great exploring and writing/blogging! Wish I could meet you (ohmygosh, HUGE Lord of the Rings and horse fanatic as well while growing up!!), maybe we will cross paths someday, I am hoping to spend my twenties wanderlusting around the world as well! Until then, I’ll be following your amazing blog!

    Hantalë ar mára mesta. 😉

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks SO MUCH, Laura! Always great to “meet” a kindred spirit, and of course always awesome to hear that I’m inspiring people! Good luck following your own travel dreams!

  • Danielle says:

    Hey Amanda! I just discovered your site and I love it! It’s great to see another Ohioan traveling the world, I don’t meet too many of us out there.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yay traveling Ohioans! I’ve met a couple more of our kind on the road, but you’re right – we need to be better represented!

  • Liesha Bear says:

    Hi Amanda, I always love to check the “about me” section to get to know why and how people ended-up making a great blog like you did. I really love travelling but after a series of event in mid 2013 (my dad got really ill), I have to uhmmm well.. kinda stop travelling to far away places. After reading your blog, I had an idea to write posts about my hometown. I can still travel in nearby places on weekends. I’m currently living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, so if you would like to have a post about it (I haven’t seen mush of Asia on you travels), I would really love to be a guest blogger (and I love photography too). I’ll be following your blog then 🙂 seen you around 😉
    Liesha Bear recently posted..The hills are alive

  • Hi Amanda! I love your writings on Bulgaria. Would you mind if I link to them from our website? Our marketplace is http://www.balkana.bg and our blog is at http://blog.balkana.bg. Thanks!
    Bryant Ingram recently posted..Ancient Symbols in the Bulgarian Chiprovtsi Carpets

  • watso says:

    Hi Amanda, I also travel…North America, or as we call it, Indian Country. We live on a reservation in Murky Water ( Minnesota ) and also hang out in San Francisco and Arizona. I came across you while looking up Yellow Springs, OH. So, you are welcome to come and visit us (our family) anytime, just figure where we are at…from a PowWow in the woods to a street fair in Frisco, maybe blasting across the desert. We paddled down the Hudson last summer and have been talking of going to Slab City – RU familiar with it? My name is watso. Well, enough for now. May smiles be your companion.

  • Gina Minick says:

    Hi Amanda! I stumbled on your blog through BootsnAll Travel. From one Ohio girl to another, I like your spirit, your writing style and your openness to having fun. In 2013 Len and I spent 6 weeks exploring North and South Islands of NZ using workaway.info (check out “Be a Workawayer: An Affordable Travel Option” my post on their blog) to plan our stays with families in exchange for room and board. It was such a fantastic experience that we are returning this October for a 6 month stay. I am thinking about starting a blog…I like your blog and it gives me some hope that i can succeed too. Any advice for a beginner? Gina

    • Amanda says:

      Welcome, Gina! Really glad you found my blog – and that you share my love of New Zealand!

      As for starting a blog, I would say give it a go if you really love writing and want a place to share your stories!

  • I found your blog on twitter and loved reading it especially the post about riding elephants, which i believe was your recent post. your writing is very sublime. keep up writing about the good stuff, you are inspiration for many people. thanks & regards @KASHMIR_LADAKH
    kashmir ladakh recently posted..Colors of kashmir in autumn

  • Hi Amanda,

    We just wanted to reach out to you to let you in on some exciting news; very soon American travelers will have access to free rental cars courtesy of transfercarus.com.

    Transfercar is the market leader offering free rental cars in Australia and New Zealand, and will be the first to offer this service to the American public.

    We get our supply of rental cars from rental car companies who need to relocate vehicles to a new location to position their fleet for new hires.

    So far, we have serviced over 100,000 happy customers Across Australia and New Zealand and look forward to offering the same service in the US.

    If you think this service would be of interest to your audience, please feel free to help us spread the word and let them know.

    Your can check out our websites at the below links
    http://www.transfercarus.com – New site for the USA – rental cars will be available soon!

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Best regards,

    Wesley Bradley

  • hi Amanda,
    extraordinary travels indeed! i am just beginning my travel journeys again- starting with a bit of biking in NZ and then to North/South America next with my trusty surly- so excited. there is so much to see in the world, everywhere! i will definitely be keeping posted on your adventures!

  • Heather says:

    Hey Amanda,
    Just read your 10 ways to start a travel blog. While I have started my travel blog, I am going to use your 10 tips to make it better. I also have a journalism degree and currently design pages for a newspaper. LOL!!
    Heather recently posted..Happy New Year

  • Tianne says:

    I just wanted to tell you, you are such an inspiration to me. As a young girl that wants to travel alone but doesn’t quiet know how and the dos and don’ts of traveling alone. I found your website very comforting and living proof that I am not the only one that wants to do this! I would just like to thank you.
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you very much
    ~The high school girl still waiting to travel on her own

  • Emily Attard says:

    Hi Amanda! I came across your travel blog while doing some research for the extended New Zealand trip my husband and I are planning for next year.

    All I can say is, we could seriously be twins!! I also grew up in rural Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) and have always been a huge Tolkien fan. Your blog has been very insightful and informative in our planning process. We are planning a year long trip to NZ so we can fully experience everything the North and South Islands have to offer. Since we are planning to go on a work holiday visa, I found your NZ page very helpful! We definitely want to see what’s off the beaten path…but still trying to determine the best way to get around: bus system, campervan, or purchase a vehicle to use for the year. What methods did you use to get around while you were in NZ? Thanks!!

    • Amanda says:

      When I lived in NZ, I was in Wellington, which has a fairly decent bus system. And I was studying there, so I wasn’t traveling all the time. If you plan to do a LOT of traveling in that year, though, I would probably look into buying a car or van for the year. That would probably make the most sense, and probably save you some money.

      As for where/how to buy a car or van… I’m afraid I don’t have any tips for you on that since I’ve never done it!

  • sherine says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I’m from Singapore and chanced upon your blog. Really enjoyed reading your amazing travelogue! ^^
    sherine recently posted..Day trip to Jeonju, Korea

  • Andrew Gills says:

    Hi. I just discovered your blog this morning while looking for information about Eger, Hungary. Do you have a follow link somewhere? I would love to keep up to date with your blog. Sorry if it’s obvious and I’ve missed it.

    Cheers 🙂
    Andrew Gills recently posted..Cserkeszolo to Eger (Northern Great Plains)

    • Amanda says:

      Hey Andrew! Yes, you can sign up for email updates if you want – there’s a box to do so in the sidebar of my site (just go to a blog post, and you should find it just under the social media follow buttons (it says “Jpin 90,000 monthly readers” at the top)!

  • Emily Cocker says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Hope you’re well.

    I know you probably already receive an inordinate amount of emails regarding content for https://www.dangerous-business.com/

    I currently work on behalf of Executive Lounges, an airport lounge company specialising in luxury travel and comfort. We’ve started producing a range of content for our site, from infographics to blog articles.

    I wondered if our infographic about ‘top 10 European destinations’ might be of interest for you to feature? I know you sometimes feature posts from experts within the industry. You can see our infographic here: http://www.executivelounges.com/top-10-european-destinations

    Let me know what you think and if anything catches your attention.

    Speak to you soon,

    Emily Cocker.

  • Heyy! I love your blog…and have been reading posts on your site for the past hour. I’ve been to 39 countries but just started my travel and photography blog, Visit50.com, while exploring Asia a few years ago. Like you, I was a journalism major and love being able to combine my passions for travel and writing (and photography)!

    I’m creating a blogroll page of my favorite blogs – would love to exchange.

    -Todd at Visit50.com
    Todd @ Visit50 recently posted..Island Hopping in Bocas del Toro Panama

  • Hi Amanda,

    I was searching for “Best Bloggers in the World” and guess what ??? Your name came in the top 5… It is then that I saw your website and I am so happy to have read your travels. Quite a few achievements you got… Amazed by the no. of countries you have visited so soon. I HAVE to follow you now 🙂 Been to India anytime ?

    Great Work… Good Luck !

  • aniko says:

    Very nice blog!!! I really like your travel philosophy about not having to give up a home base/be a digital nomad to experience travel.

    Did you draw the lovely header illustration? In any case, it’s wonderful!

    • Amanda says:

      When it comes to travel, it definitely doesn’t have to be an either-or – you can have a job AND still see the world! 🙂

      As for the header, that was made by the lovely Candace Rardon from Serendipity Sketches!

  • Britt says:

    I seriously feel like you are my spirit animal or something! Half of my travels are planned around my love of reading- Bulgaria/Romania area has been super high up my list, also because of the Historian! Absolutely love that book, but haven’t meet too many people that have read it.
    Britt recently posted..Why I Hate The “How Do You Afford To Travel?” Question

    • Amanda says:

      Ahhh that’s like one of my most favorite books!! You definitely should go to Bulgaria/Roomania – you can visit so many of the places mentioned in there!

      (Spirit animals… UNITE!)

  • Scott says:

    I just discovered your awesome blog. Some nice posts…and I love your bucket list. I’ve been thinking of doing one myself.

    Happy trails…now get thyself to Uganda!



  • Rutavi Mehta says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I came across your blog through my TBEX friends and loved the way you have kept it so professional still a warm touch.. You have travelled exensively.. Have you ever been to India ? If not, please visit soon and trust me keeping travel blogger experience it is the best place to travel and learn new things .. Hoping to be connected when you India.. Also do leave your two cents on my blog 🙂
    Rutavi Mehta recently posted..Top 8 things to do in Paris

  • Alex says:

    I ADORE your blog header! it is the coolest one i’ve seen. Mostly because i’m a massive LOTR fan and anything with hobbit feel to it is a hit lol. Great blog as well!

  • Katey says:

    Your site…It’s the best travel blog I’ve seen BY FAR. So well done and that header…beautiful! Just wanted to say thank you for creating a blog that shows a woman enjoying life on her terms. Yours is definitely one I’ll share with my young daughter who, at 8, already has a serious case of wanderlust. She begged me to let her have an outdoor adventure blog of her own and we have ended up doing it together as a great way to be creative and share our love of the outdoors. You are definitely an inspiration and I’m so happy I have stumbled on to A Dangerous Business!

  • Melinda Bargwanna says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I have been enthralled reading your blog. You are a girl after my own heart…as well as an awesome photographer.
    Could you suggest the best LOTR tours you did around Queenstown. I have so enjoyed reading all of your NZ adventures and have great respect for your views.
    Many thanks,

    • Amanda says:

      Hey Mel! Thanks so much for the lovely compliments. 🙂

      As for LOTR tours around Queenstown… I’ve mostly just done things with Red Carpet Tours, who offer multi-day LOTR-themed tours through NZ (I have a review of them if you search my site!). For shorter trips, I’ve also heard good things about the Nomad Safaris tour to Skipper’s Canyon, or their “Safari of the Scenes.”

  • Matt M. says:

    Love the site. You’ve definitely inspired me to get up and get out! 🙂

  • Peter says:

    Amanda, it feels like we are the same person ))) I was passionate about Harry Potter, Lord of the rings too. I like traveling a lot. Your Alaska photos are so impressive. You inspire me to do more for my traveling.

  • Great site and useful information. Keep it up!

  • Hey Amanda;
    Just wondering why you invited me to like your facebook page and how you found me.

    Nice blog site. Hope you enjoy ours 🙂

    Love your travel philosophy.

    Pru & family.

    • Amanda says:

      Hey there! Most likely you liked something I posted on my page (perhaps a photo or link). That’s the only way I find people to invite to like my page. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Amanda, Oh my Lord! Aside from the many beautiful things about your blog, your header image is to die for! I also love that you didn’t give up your job to travel. That’s so reassuring for us part-time nomads!

  • Saul says:

    I can’t fathom why there is a huge amount of bloggers and supposed SEO professionals who are actually useless
    You are now part of my weekly website bookmarks, keep up the interesting posts
    Saul recently posted..Saul

  • Apurva says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for the best ones and I must say it is a very inspiring and entertaining blog. Cheers for that!

    As I read through the About Me page, I could agree to a lot of things but one. Normal Life. It is great that you can balance the ‘normal’ life and the life of an adventure and travel enthusiast, but Normal according to me is a very subjective term. Those who have quit their jobs never found the life they led to be normal.

    THEY’RE living a life THERE which is totally THEIRS. I am particular about grammar too.

    But anyways, this is just to say that even I may not quit my job in future and travel, but I certainly won’t call that life Normal and be calm.

    I am from India. Someone who is living a kind of normal life here but is interested in a lot of other things, including travel. Trekking, Writing, Music, to name a few. If you wish, do check out my blog someday.


  • My fiancé grew up on a Christmas tree farm east of Cleveland – perhaps that is a thing in Ohio? I think it’s cool that you’ve been able to craft your own dream lifestyle that balances work, home, and travel. I’m working towards early retirement and then hope to do something similar. I’ve danced between slow traveling internationally, getting an R.V. and traveling across the U.S., or setting up shop in my hometown and then traveling for a month or two out of the year. Still figuring it out!
    Julie @ Millennial Boss recently posted..The Secret FIRE Cult – And Why You’ll Want to Join It

  • David says:

    Your next adventure is to become an amateur radio (ham radio) operator and that will lead you to friendships and more around the world (I am just a vicarious traveler). If you are in northeastern Ohio (Christmas tree country), a lot of clubs would like you as a member – you would be in heavy demand as a Christmas dinner speaker as well ! You are living the life.

  • I found your blog earlier today and have spent the morning reading through your posts. I am from the middle of nowhere Northwest Ohio and have spent the past year preparing to move to Arizona and begin my adventure. My roommate and I have started a travel blog called The Hive and are always looking for awesome lady bloggers to look up to. You definitely have become just that for us. Greetings from Ohio!

  • Johann says:

    Inspiring! Just stumbled across your blog. You have a fan. 🙂
    Johann recently posted..Picturesque pit stops en route Manali

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