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
Pay to eat cereal
If you've been to Times Square in New York City, you've seen all the huge stores from brands like Hershey's and M&Ms. And now Kellogg's is going to add to the offerings – earlier this month, in Time Sqaure, serving up dishes made from its most popular cereals. Would you go?
New UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO just released the list of . They include sites in China, Iran, Canada, and more. Have you been to any of them?
Cool travel website/app/course of the month
I get a lot of emails every week — sometimes every day — about new travel apps, websites, courses, products, and more. I don’t write reviews very often about apps, websites, or courses (only the ones I really, really love), but some of them are still worth mentioning!
This month, check out:
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 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 the last 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:
A photo posted by Akatuki (@dangerousbiz) on
A photo posted by Akatuki (@dangerousbiz) on
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:
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You should pack this
Each month, I’ll feature one or two of my packing must-haves. This month, I’m recommending:
Someone asked me last week which bit of gear has been the most unexpectedly useful on my travels, and after thinking about it, it definitely has to be the small dry bag I always pack for every trip. You never know when you're going to get caught in the rain on a hike, or unexpectedly decide to go kayaking or frolicking in a waterfall.
I've been traveling with a dry bag every since I had a camera die on a ferry in Belize, and have used mine on hikes in Utah, a beach-hopping boat trip in Puerto Rico, at Victoria Falls in Africa, while rafting in Slovenia, and on a kayaking trip in Thailand. And every time I pull it out (and inevitably offer to put other peoples' phones into it), someone comments on what a great idea it is to have one. I couldn't agree more!
I wouldn't necessarily suggest taking a bag like this swimming with you if you don't need to, but it's a great thing to have tucked away just in case. (For reference, I have a small 5L bag fo r my camera and phone, but you'll need a bigger one if you have more gear or want to use it as a day pack.)
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 .)
After a couple of quiet months with virtually no travel plans, things have suddenly exploded! I have a lot of exciting trips coming up this fall:
- August: Nicaragua – I'm taking my sister on a short retreat to a resort on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua. I love sister trips, and this one is special for us both. Even though the weather this time of year in Nicaragua can be awful, I'm looking forward to a few days of yoga, relaxation, and some water sports!
- September: Scotland and Wales – In mid-September, I'm headed back to the UK for a number of things. I'll be attending a conference in Inverness, going on an adventure-filled trip to Wales, and going back to the Isle of Skye (along with the Isles of Lewis and Harris) with one of my favorite companies, Haggis Adventures. Can't wait to get my Scotland fix!
- October: Russia – I'm super excited to be working with Viking River Cruises again this autumn. I'll be checking out their Waterways of the Tsars cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and am really looking forward to finally visiting Russia.
I have about a week in between my time in the UK and this Russia cruise, and would love suggestions on where to go! I'm thinking maybe a return to Poland, or perhaps hopping over to Northern Ireland. Or maybe it's time to finally visit Portugal? I don't know – where would you go?
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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