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
Get a free castle in Italy
In order to try to boost tourism and encourage people to fix up historic buildings, Italy's State Property Agency is , including villas, inns, and castles – for free! The only catch is that the new owners have to promise to restore the old buildings and open them up for visitors. Sounds like a win-win!
More rigorous electronics screenings have begun
While the US is still throwing around the idea of banning laptops and other large electronic devices from , the only thing that has gone into affect in the United States so far is at 10 airports. If you're flying through one of these airports soon, be sure to allow extra time for security!
Cool travel thing 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 about these things often (only the ones I really, really love), but some of them are still worth mentioning!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you may have heard me talk about the Paradise Pack before. This resource bundle goes on sale for one week each year, and one week only. The ebooks and courses included in the Paradise Pack are different each year, but one thing always remains the same: it's always an insane deal!
Valued at $2,600 this year, this bundle of ebooks and online courses is designed to help you travel more and become location independent – and it's available for just $197.
Some of the ebooks/courses included in this year's Paradise Pack include:
- The Complete Beginner's Guide to Starting a Lifestyle Business by Sean Ogle
- Travel Writing for Bloggers from Travel Blog Success
- The Social Media Rockstar Academy by Ka Sundance
- Frequent Flyer Masterclass by Travis Sherry
- 21 Days To Finding Your Passion by Chelsea Dinsmore
- The 30 Day Money Cleanse by Caz and Craig from yTravelblog
- Virtual Assistant Foundation Course by Danielle Greason
- House Sitting Summit by Nat and Jodie
- 6 language learning books by Benny Lewis
- courses on branding, sales systems, cruise ship jobs, and more!
See the full list of resources included here.
The 2017 Paradise Pack just went on sale, and is only available for seven days – from today (May 30) through Monday, June 5 at 11:59 PST.
(And, know that 10% of each purchase goes to charity!)
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:
Interested in being a featured blog next month?
Go here to learn more!
Take my reader survey!
Every couple of years, I like to survey you guys, my readers, in order to find out how you travel and how you use my site.
I would love for you to take ! It's only 15 questions long and should take only about 5 minutes of your time.
AND, to add a little incentive, I'll be giving away two Amazon gift cards to survey participants. I'm only leaving the survey open for a few more days, so if you haven't taken it yet, please do!
Take the survey !
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 .)
June: Oregon – Elliot and I are heading out to Oregon this weekend to visit his sister, who lives in Bend. We’ll also road trip to some of the state’s other famous spots like Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, and the Painted Hills.
July: Scandinavia – Europe, here I come! I'll be spending all of July in Europe, with trips currently planned in Norway and the Faroe Islands. And while I’m over in that part of the world, I’m thinking I should probably finally visit Copenhagen, too!
July: Ireland – After Scandinavia, I'll be hopping over to Ireland to do a trip with Shamrocker Tours. I'll be doing their 5-day “Giant's Rocker” that mostly concentrates on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland.
August: Road trip! – My sister and I are planning another road trip this summer in order to coincide with the solar eclipse on August 21. We’ve booked a hotel in Idaho for the eclipse, and plan to explore South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana on the way – I'll finally be visiting Yellowstone!
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?