Stuff You Should Know About: July 2015

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Welcome to the newest monthly feature on A Akatuki5! 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

New UNESCO sites

This past week, UNESCO announced the addition of . These include places like Ephesus in Turkey, the Forth Bridge in Scotland, rock art in Saudi Arabia, and more. New sites span from France to Iran to Uruguay and many places in between. How many UNESCO sites have YOU visited?

Cuba opening up more to travel

If you've ever wanted to travel to Cuba as an American, your ability to do so just increased a ton. In the past few weeks, Carnival has announced that it will start offering in 2016, and JetBlue will start operating .

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:

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The tagline of this site/app is “discover how to get anywhere.” And that's pretty much exactly what it does. You type in where you're starting from and where you want to go, and Rome2Rio shows you all your transportation options, from planes to trains to taxis cabs (and sometimes even Ubers!). It shows you predicted prices and times for each route option, so it's easy for you to figure out if a train, bus, ferry, or plane will be the cheapest/fastest for you to get from Point A to Point B.

I have , but they have a website you can check out, too.

Top 4 Instagram shots from June

I’m making Instagram a big focus of mine in 2015 — if you aren’t following already, f!

Here are my top four most-liked photos from last month:

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Featured bloggers of the month

Check out July’s Featured Blogs:

Cailin O'Neil is an award-winning travel, video and food blogger. Over the last 6 years, Cailin has visited 47+ countries on four different continents. As she travels, she tastes everything from the very best to the very worst of foods, staying in $2,000 a night South African lodges to $20 a night hostels and everything in between filming and photographing everything as she goes for her popular travel blog .
is a European travel blog run by Carolyn, an Australian who is passionate about all things European! Carolyn travels to Europe for two months each year to satisfy her love for the continent, re-visiting favorite haunts and discovering new ones. She shares her travel tips, secret finds and destination inspiration on the blog.

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:

I SWEAR by packing cubes these days, and I never go anywhere without them. It doesn't matter if I'm traveling with a backpack or suitcase – I always organize my bag with packing cubes.

By using these genius cubes, I never have to dig through piles of clothing in my bag in order to find a particular shirt or pair of jeans – I just grab the packing cube of shirts or bottoms, and boom: easy access and no disorganized mess!

If you've never tried organizing your bag with before, I challenge you to give it a try. If you're anything like me, you'll fall in love and never go back to packing without them!

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:

This book by my friend Nomadic Matt is quickly turning into THE budget travel bible. In many parts of the world, budget travel on $50 a day (or less) is totally possible, and this book is a great place to start for anyone who wants to learn how to make that happen.

 

 

 

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

 

*Note: There are some affiliate links in this post. If you buy through one of the links, you won't be charged any extra, but I'll earn a little bit to put towards running this site!

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