Stuff You Should Know About: October 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

Best in travel 2017

Earlier this week Lonely Planet released its annual “” site to highlight everywhere they think you should travel in 2017. Top countries include Canada, Colombia, and Finland, while top cities include Bordeaux, France, and Cape Town, South Africa. Their top “best value” destinations include Nepal and Namibia, while some of their top-recommended regions include Taranaki, New Zealand, and North Wales.

TripAdvisor says no to animal cruelty

This month, that it and its partners (which includes Viator) will no longer be selling tickets to wildlife attractions that can be considered cruel. This means no more promotion of elephant rides, captive dolphin encounters, tiger temples, and more. All I have to say is: it's about time!

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:

WiFox app

We've all been there before: You're stuck at an airport on a long layover and aren't lucky enough to have access to one of the fancy airline lounges. You decide to hop online for some mindless Facebook browsing to pass the time, only to find out that there's no free wifi at this airport! GAH.

Enter the WiFoxx app. This app, the brainchild of Anil Polat of foXnoMad, is pretty brilliant – and very simple. In short, it's a map of wireless passwords from airports and lounges worldwide. The content is somewhat crowdsourced and continuously updated, meaning you have a really good chance of getting online if the airport you're at is on the map.

You can download the map in app form so you'll always have it. Check it out on or .

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:

Lucy from  provides inspiration and advice to help you make the most of your travel time and get a taste of luxury on a budget – in the UK, Europe and beyond. The site highlights the sights, culture and experiences that make each place unique. It combines inspirational stories and beautiful photos with all the useful details you need to make the trip a reality, from weekend break ideas to rail adventures, reviews of quirky accommodation to unusual angles on your favorite destinations.
My name is Tracy from and I have been traveling for 30+ years – solo in my 20's, as a single Mum in my 30's, and with my husband in my 40's! I have lived in 6 countries across 3 continents, and am moving next year to Australia. I love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, and also love history (I am a qualified history teacher), train travel and maps! I enjoy trying new foods, too, and will always find the best milkshakes wherever I go. Traveling for me is a lifelong obsession and each decade brings new opportunities and adventures
Do you want to learn how to carve out more time in your life for travel and adventure? Check out , a travel and adventure lifestyle blog. Through travel stories, suggested itineraries, how-to articles, career advice, and adventure guides, Sarah will show you how to tailor your ambitions around your career to continually satisfy your wanderlust. From hiking in British Columbia to snorkeling in Iceland in the middle of winter, join Sarah on her active journey around the globe.
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.

Interested in being a featured blog next month?
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You should pack this

Each month, I’ll feature one or two of my packing must-haves. This section usually contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase through my link(s), I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you!).

This month, I’m recommending:

If you're like me as a traveler, you probably rely on your smartphone a lot: You plot your path using Google maps, look up train and bus times, order Ubers, convert currency, and keep friends and family up to date with Snapchat and Instagram. And while a smartphone undoubtedly makes the travel experience a whole lot easier, all of these apps and Google searches drain your phone's battery – sometimes alarmingly quickly.

For the past couple of years, I've turned to using a battery phone case when I travel. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to power packs for your smartphone, but I find that having extra juice built right into my iPhone case is by far the most convenient. It means I don't have to worry about remembering to pack an extra charging cord, or where exactly in my bag I tucked my charger block.

Earlier this year, I picked up an by Lenmar, and I think it's one of the best affordable battery cases out there! The one I have is 3000mAh, fairly slim, and costs less than $30. WIN!

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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:

  • November 12-16: New Orleans – After 5 weeks in the UK, the Baltics, and Russia, I definitely need some time at home! I'll be taking it (relatively) easy for the rest of the year, and so far only have a short trip to New Orleans planned with a friend to celebrate her birthday. This will actually be my very first time in NOLA, so I welcome your suggestions on what we should see/do! Especially interested in any spooky tours and great restaurants that you might recommend!

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!). 

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