Stuff You Should Know About: February 2016

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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

No more borderless EU?

Due to the refugee crisis currently going on in Europe, countries within the Schengen Zone are at borders. Greece is especially being targeted, but keep an eye on this story if you plan to travel a lot within Europe in the near future!

Leap Year deals

In honor of Leap Year, quite a few travel/hotel booking sites are offering some cool travel deals on Monday, including 29% off bookings or rooms for just $29. Check out for some good ones!

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:

Walc

As a traveler, I'm pretty used to using map apps in order to find my way around new cities. Google Maps is usually my go-to, but I recently learned about Walc, a new map app which I LOVE the concept of. It works like any other map app – you plug in where you are and where you want to go, and then you're given turn-by-turn directions. But the big difference is that the directions are given not using street names, but rather landmarks. So instead of trying to find the name of a street (which, let's face it, can sometimes be tricky!), you only have to look for a statue or McDonald's on the corner instead.

The app is still pretty new, but I think it's a great idea. (And no, I'm not being paid to write about this – I legit think it's a very handy app!)

Top Instagram shots from this month

Instagram is one of my favorite social networks. I mean, who doesn’t love pretty photos?? If you aren’t following already, !

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

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Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

Three years ago, Lindsay started to document her commitment to doing one thing a week that scared her. These weekly adventures turned into an obsession, and now she travels the world full-time, seeking out chances to challenge herself with new experiences. On her blog, she shares her adventure stories and inspirational tips for sprinkling in a little adventure into your own life, no matter who you are.
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, , discusses her adventures, love of books, and determination to beat anxiety – including a big flying fear!
My name is Angie Silver and my blog  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.
Follow Julia Kitlinski-Hong as she explores both her native San Francisco Bay Area and further afield, always with food on her mind. An enthusiast of Turkish breakfasts and Polish Milk Bars (two delicious reminders of her adopted homes of Turkey and Poland), her blog, , reflects her endless curiosity for the intersection of food and travel. Her goal is to get you excited about food and engaging travel, whether it is in your own backyard or halfway across the world.
is THE Weekend Travel Blog. It's a place where you'll find short break itineraries and weekend destination reviews uncovering the sweetest 48-hour escapes in the UK and Europe. It's run by award-winning writer and blogger, Claire Robinson, who's been a weekend jetsetter for the last 2 years and loves nothing more than hopping across the world one weekend at a time!

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:

Sometimes, I don't need a full-on backpack or my camera bag for a day trip or activity – but my purse isn't always ideal, either. So I decided recently to pick up a . This lightweight, water resistant bag is nice and small, and folds up into its own pocket for easy portability. It was perfect on my recent trip to Norway for carrying my camera, wallet, water bottle, and extra pair of gloves during activities like snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

I can highly recommend this little day pack!

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What I’m planning right now

Because my blog runs a little bit behind of what I’m currently doing, I figured I would use this monthly update to let you know what I’m up to, and what adventures are coming up next! (You can also find more detailed info in .)

Coming up:

  • A quick trip down to Puerto Rico for a few days this week (the perfect follow-up to a week in Arctic Norway!).
  • Ecuador in mid-March, where I'll be challenging myself to a digital detox for a week (EEK!).
  • A trip to the American Southwest with Elliot in mid-April to visit as many national parks in Utah as possible leading up to National Park Week.
  • AFRICA in May! My dad and I are going on a tour to South Africa and Victoria Falls with Style Hi Club, and then I’m joining an overland trip through Namibia and Botswana with Acacia Africa.

Which adventure are you most excited to read more about?

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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