Stuff You Should Know About: October 2015

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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

JetBlue to offer free wifi

When it comes to air travel, we've become accustomed to paying extra for everything. But JetBlue says it's going to go against the norm. The airline announced recently that they plan to be the first US carrier to offer free wifi on ALL planes in its fleet. That is AWESOME.

Glass bridges are the hot new trend

Glass-bottomed bridges and walkways have suddenly become super hot, especially in places like China. But one of those brand new bridges cracked recently while tourists were on it. Yikes! Would you walk out on one after reading a story like this?

Cool travel app/website of the month

Usually in this section I tell you about a new travel app or site to help you plan/organize your travels, or to make things easier when you're on the road. This month, though, I want to give a shout out to Travel Blog Success, one of the best membership sites out there for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of travel blogging.

Travel Blog Success

Why am I mentioning them this month? Well because over the last few months, I've been working with TBS to develop a brand new course all about working with travel brands and tourism boards.

The course will launch in mid-November, and I just want to give a heads up to anyone who might be interested in learning more about writing pitches, creating media kits, and building successful partnerships with companies and DMOs. Stay tuned for more details!

Top Instagram shots from September/October

I’ve made Instagram a big focus of mine in 2015 — if you aren’t following already, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!

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


Don't forget to follow me on Instagram!

Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

Rachel is an outgoing English teacher from suburban New Jersey. She is an expert at finding ways to escape her job and explore the world. Her blog, Blond Wayfarer, discusses her adventures, love of books, and determination to beat anxiety – including a big fear of flying!

Caroline in the City

Caroline in the City is a blog about getting out of the “real world” in favor of a life of travel. After graduating from college, Caroline moved to Australia for a year of work and travel. Caroline writes about working abroad, cultural travel experiences, and her life on the go.


My name is Angie Silver and my blog SilverSpoon London is a lifestyle, food and luxury travel blog following my adventures in my hometown of London and around the world. I aim to give the low-down on London’s hottest new restaurants as well as cool and inspiring destinations globally.

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, Im recommending:

Pacsafe Camsafe V25

The longer I've been in this blogging game, the more interested I've become in photography. Photos help enhance every travel story I tell (and, in fact, sometimes tell the story even better than words), so it's no surprise that as the years have worn on I've started spending more money on photography gear.

I recently bought a brand new camera and fancy lens, and decided I should probably buy a proper camera bag to go along with it. After reading tons of reviews and clicking through Amazon like crazy, I finally settled on the Pacsafe Camsafe.

I've loved Pacsafe's bags for years because they're stylish AND functional. I went with this camera backpack because it has a dedicated divided compartment for your camera and lenses (and, in my case, also all my GoPro gear), as well as a laptop sleeve and a top compartment large enough to fit my purse and headphones on travel days.

Pacsafe is known for its pickpocket-proof gear – this bag, for example, has mesh-reinforced fabric and zipper clasps to making sneaking into the bag difficult. A great buy for anyone traveling with a decent amount of photo gear.

>> Buy it on Amazon!

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:

Solo female travel guide
Conquering Mountains: How to Solo Travel the World Fearlessly

Fellow solo female traveler/blogger Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse recently published a really great guide to solo female travel. I know lots of you who follow my site are interested in solo travel, so this book might be perfect for you!

The inspirational and informative book tackles all sorts of issues surrounding traveling alone, from how to overcome to fear to saving up money to planning/packing to how to stay safe on the road. Check out this solo female travel guide!

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


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"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. I absolutely loved your instagram photos over the last month! So amazing.

    Hey. I have a super functional camera/daypack from a different brand. While the design allows for both camera storage and storage for day-use goodies, I have been disappointed with the shoulder straps.

    How are the shoulder straps on the packsafe? It looks like you could likely get 10 kilos in there and after a half day’s hiking,if those straps aren’t comfy, shoulders could be unhappy.

    Aside from that, any other potential downsides you have experienced so far?

      I haven’t done any hiking with this pack, but I will say that the first day I used it, my thought was, “Ooo, comfy!” The shoulder straps are sturdy, and the pack also has a hip belt and chest strap to help distribute the weight.

    Omg, that Balloon Fiesta looks freaking amazing! Air Balloon ride is still on the top of my Bucket List!

      The balloon fiesta was SO COOL. Can’t wait to write about it. Seeing that many hot air balloons in one place really was mind-blowing!

    Those pictures from Canada are amazing!! Canada is really far up on my ‘to visit’ list, especially Banff! You’d think, being from the northeastern US, I’d make it up there more often, but alas, it doesn’t happen as often as it should. My future goal is a giant Canadian summer road trip. Someday 🙂

      I know what you mean – there are still so many parts of Canada that I haven’t seen! Banff definitely deserves a spot near the top of your list, though – it’s so gorgeous!

    Your photos of Banff are absolutely stunning. I’ve been to Glacier in Montana, but would really love to make it to the Canadian side.

      Thanks! I’m the opposite – I’ve been to Banff, but haven’t been to Montana yet! Definitely on my list.

    White Sands National Monument and the Canadian Rockies in two months …. I’d love to have that itinerary as a nature lover!

      It was an amazing couple of weeks! (And stay tuned, because I’ll be writing more about New Mexico soon, too!)

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