Welcome to the newest monthly feature on A Dangerous Business! It’s been (very creatively) named “Stuff You Should Know About” and will basically just be a 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
Flights to Europe for $99 with WOW Air
Get ready, travelers — WOW Air (a small airline based in Iceland) is about to make you say their name over and over again when you hear about this deal: $99 flights to Europe! No, it's not a joke. The airline is launching flights from Boston this month, and from Baltimore in June. WOW will offer service from these U.S. cities to Reykjavik and then onward to London and Copenhagen. Right now the cheapest flights (the $99 ones) are one-way from Boston to Reykjavik.
Forget adding those extra pages to your passport
The U.S. State Department announced recently that they will no longer be adding extra pages to passports that get filled up before they expire. So if you think you'll need extra pages, make sure to get them before December 31, when this goes into effect. It's not all bad news, though — starting next year, ALL U.S. passports will be issued with 52 blank pages for no extra charge. Jumbo passports, here we come!
Cool travel app/website of the month
I get a lot of emails every week — sometimes every day — about new travel apps and websites. I don’t write reviews very often about apps/websites (only the ones I really, really love), but some of them are still worth mentioning!
This month, check out:
A new live-streaming app to work in tandem with Twitter has exploded onto the social media landscape. It's called Periscope, and it already has tons of people chattering about it. The minds behind the app “wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation,” and what resulted is a way to broadcast live video from anywhere in the world. This obviously could be really useful for travel bloggers as yet another way to share their travel experiences with others.
Today (April 3), Skyscanner is partnering up with bloggers all around the world for a 24-hour Periscope extravaganza — they are literally going to show you around the world for a day, broadcasting live for one hour from a variety of cities.
Top 3 Instagram shots from March
I’m making Instagram a big focus of mine in 2015 — if you aren’t following already, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!
Here are my top three most-liked photos from last month:
One of the many reasons to love Wanaka, New Zealand: lupins blooming in the springtime! A photo posted by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on
I love this little street in the main town on the island of Ios. It makes me think of Candy Land! A photo posted by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on
And don't forget to follow me on Instagram!
Featured bloggers of the month
Check out April’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 month, I'm recommending:
If you're usually staying in luxury hotels on your travels, then this item won't be for you. But, on the other hand, if you find yourself often staying in hostels, sleeping on friends' couches, taking overnight trains, or camping, then listen up!
A silk sleep sheet is basically what it sounds like — a silk sheet to sleep in. Kind of like a sleeping bag, but without the bulk. These can be used in SO many ways: on top of questionable bedding in hostels or other budget accommodation, as a light layer while camping, to line a sleeping bag for some extra warmth, or even as a blanket on a chilly bus or plane ride.
I bought one of these before my trip to Southeast Asia, and was very happy to have it, especially on an overnight train ride in Vietnam where I was sleeping on dirty sheets and sharing my train car with a mouse.
And the best part of a sleep sheet? It takes up virtually NO room in your bag.
What I’m reading right now
Lastly, I love to read and am making a goal of reading MORE in 2015. Here’s what I’m currently reading:
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This book isn't strictly travel-related. In fact, it's a mixture of historical fiction, mystery, and a bit of fantasy that centers around Dracula/Vlad the Impaler. It's a vampire book, and yet so much more. It's an awesome read, told over three generations and at least half a dozen countries. This book inspired me to travel to Eastern Europe on my very first trip to Europe. I went to places like Budapest and Romania and Rila Monastery and Istanbul because of this book. And, since I'm headed back to Eastern Europe soon, I figured it was time for a re-read!
That’s it for this month’s edition of “Stuff You Should Know About!” Which section was your favorite, and is there anything else you’d like to see included next month?