Stuff You Should Know About: September 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

Google delves further into travel

I can't say anything too terrible about Google, since the lovely Google Gods send a lot of search traffic to my blog every day. BUT, they're starting to encroach more and more on the travel space, which is something bloggers like myself are keeping a close eye on. Google already had its Destinations tool, which allows people to compare prices for things like flights and hotels, and , which keeps track of travel plans and makes suggestions based on a person's interests. Here's to hoping they don't put travel bloggers like me out of a job!

Norway and the “Frozen effect”

After the massive success of Disney's “Frozen” and Norway's connection to it, the country (and especially the western part of the country with all its pretty fjords) is actually cutting BACK on its advertising budget. In fact, they say that this part of Norway is .

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 recently wrote a post outlining all the different ways I make money as a travel blogger (read it here) because it's the top question I get asked as a blogger. And one way that I make money each month is through freelance writing.

It isn't easy to go from independent blogger to paid writer, though – especially when freelance writing includes a lot of hustling and pitching and thinking creatively. If you're curious about breaking into travel writing (and, you know, actually making money from it), you should check out the offered in conjunction with Travel Blog Success. The author, Britany, is a very accomplished freelance travel writer herself, and I've learned a lot about where and how to pitch travel stories from the course Facebook group.

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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:

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Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

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.
My name is Scott and I’m a . I like to travel big, and experience as many adventures as possible within a very limited time frame. You always have to make the most of those few vacation days you get a year. Join me as I travel the world, visit new destinations, and live new adventures – all while working full-time. Enjoy the adventure!

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 get a LOT of offers in my inbox next week to check out a new travel-related gadget or article of clothing. Most (sadly) go straight into the trash because they're just not right for this blog. But every once in a while I get an offer that does intrigue me – and that's exactly what happened when Ja-Vie ed me.

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makes ballet flats that are perfect for a girl like me (i.e. a girl who has trouble wearing flats because of a lack of arch support). Ja-Vie flats come with a leather insole and a clear jelly outsole, and the insole actually has some arch support!

These flats come in some pretty adorable designs, too (I just noticed some tartan ones, which is fitting since I'm currently writing this from Scotland!), which is always a . Ja-Vie sent me a pair of houndstooth ones to try out, and they're super cute!

Ja-Vie ballet flats
I love the houndstooth ones I got as a sample!

The shoes retail for $68 per pair, which is perhaps a tad pricey. BUT, these are the first pair of ballet flats boasting arch support that really do seem to deliver. I also like the clear jelly outsole because it makes them appropriate for wearing when it's raining, too.

Ja-Vie flats come in European sizes (35-41), so my tip for my U.S. readers would be to size up since U.S. sizes don't exactly match up and there's no give/stretch in the jelly outsoles.

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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:

  • October 5-10: The Baltics – I had a week to play with, so I decided to go to a part of Europe that I still haven't managed to visit yet: the Baltics! I'm spending three nights apiece in Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania). Can't wait to explore some new cities in a new part of Europe. If you have any suggestions for either city, please send them my way!
  • October 11-23: 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.

Are you on Snapchat? If so, make sure to follow me (dangerousbiz) to follow along on my travels in real-time!

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

 

 

*Note: 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!). 

"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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