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
Airport lines are getting longer
If you're flying anywhere within or from the U.S. this summer, be prepared to get to the airport early to contend with the increasingly long security lines. Apparently there aren't enough grumpy TSA agents to go around.
No more Airbnb in Berlin
If you're planning a trip to Berlin anytime soon, don't count on being able to rent an apartment through Airbnb. Rentals in the city have been suspended, due to the rising cost of living in Berlin and the lack of affordable housing.
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:
I get questions all the time about how I plan my travels. People are always curious about how I search for flights, find places to stay, and figure out how to get from Point A to Point B. All of these details can get really overwhelming – especially if you're going somewhere you've never been before. I'm therefore always on the lookout for apps and websites to make the planning process easier.
My newest find is GoEuro, a search and booking site that helps you compare all modes of transport to cities and towns throughout Europe.
The site is incredible easy to use – you plug in where you're starting from and where you want to go, and the site quickly searches for all of the transport options available, from plane to train to public transport.
A quick search for London to Paris shows me that flights can be way less expensive than trains, and that there are half a dozen different bus companies that also run that route (and for pretty cheap!).
The best part is that you can click on any of the “Book” buttons and be taken to the appropriate site right away to book your transport.
GoEuro is pretty cool for travel planning, since it lets you compare all the various transport options to ensure you get the best deal. Check it out on your next trip to Europe!
Up your photo game
I get asked all the time about my travel photos – what camera I use, how I edit them, etc. If you're interested in improving your own travel photography, I firmly believe that taking a course can really help.
If you're looking for a good one that starts with all the important basics, check out this new online course by my friend Laurence, who is a brilliant photographer:
The How to Be a Travel Photographer course includes 33 different lessons comprised of video tutorials, step-by-step screenshots, diagrams, and more. The lessons cover everything from understanding and using your camera to composition to editing in Lightroom. There are also lessons on night photography, HDR photography, mobile photography, and more.
Along with the lessons, you'll get to join a private Facebook group where you can get feedback on your photos, a 47-page field cheat sheet you can print out and take with you on the road, and quarterly free photography webinars.
The course costs $199, which I think is good value considering all that you get! (Plus, I know Laurence personally, and he's a pretty awesome teacher as well as photographer.)
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, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!
Here are some of my most-liked photos from the last month or so:
Is there anything better then a beach? How about a beach with penguins?!? This is Boulders Beach in Simonstown, South Africa (not far from Cape Town). Tons of these little guys can be found on the beach almost every day, waddling around in an adorable fashion. And you probably thought penguins only lived in the snow, right??
A photo posted by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’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:
I'm not nearly as eco-friendly in my everyday life as I'd like to be, but one thing I try to do (especially on longer trips), is to bring my own reusable water bottle with me to cut down on the amount of plastic bottles I waste.
My latest favorite model is the CamelBak Chute. It can easily hook onto a carabiner on your purse or backpack, and has a cap that seals really well. I like this model better than the kind with a pop-up straw, because the exposed bit of straw always gets dirty and gross when you're on the road. With the Chute, this isn't a problem!
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 my monthly newsletter.)
- AFRICA! I've been in Africa since May 5, traveling mostly around South Africa with my dad and a group of 7 other people. We explored Cape Town, rode the luxurious Blue Train, went on 2 days of game drives in Kruger National Park, and then headed to Victoria Falls for a couple of days. On May 21, I head out with another group on an overland tour of Namibia and Botswana – 19 days from Cape Town back to Victoria Falls (read about it here). This is going to be completely opposite to the tour I just did, but I can't wait! I'll be mostly offline for this trip, but will still do my best to post photos on Facebook and Instagram!
Which part of my Africa trip 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: This post was partially brought to you by GoEuro. Additionally, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning if you buy something after clicking, I will earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you, of course!).