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
No more laptops on certain flights
Earlier this month, the US and the UK enacted a ban on laptops, iPads, cameras, and other electronic devices in carry-on bags on inbound flights. The ban only affects flights on certain airlines from airports in several Muslim-majority countries (including flights coming direct from cities like Istanbul and Dubai). You can read .
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!
This month, check out:
You might know that back in 2015 I launched a course with Travel Blog Success all about how to work with travel brands and tourism boards. I had so much fun creating and running that course (and still love it!) that I decided to team up with TBS once again for a brand new course.
The course is , and it just launched this month! The course focuses on building a successful affiliate strategy from scratch, and is geared specifically to travel bloggers.
Affiliate marketing is one of the more natural ways to monetize a blog, and this course aims to show you how to get started.
So if you know nothing about affiliate marketing or are making very little money from your current affiliate efforts, then this course is for you!
(And, the course is currently discounted during ! You can also save on TBS membership, as well as courses on , , , and more!)
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:
Don’t forget to !
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 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:
I know undergarments aren't usually travel blog fodder, but I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend my favorite brand of travel-friendly underwear to you guys. They're made by Ex Officio and are super comfy and breathable. The best part, though? They're quick-drying, meaning you can hand wash them in a pinch and they'll dry while you sleep!
I get the for myself, and they make , too!
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 .)
Along with going to Milwaukee for in April and Indianapolis for Bloghouse in June, here's what else I've got cooking this year:
- April: Chicago – Next weekend, Elliot and I are going to escape Ohio for a long weekend and go to Chicago! Elliot has never been before, so I want to show him all the good stuff: the improv comedy, the deep-dish pizza, The Bean, Willis Tower, and more! We'll be taking Greyhound from Cleveland, and I'll admit that I'm excited to try a different style of travel here in the US!
- June: Oregon – Elliot and I are planning to go out to Oregon for a week sometime this summer (we're thinking early June?) to visit his sister, who lives in Bend. We’ll also road trip to some of the state’s other famous spots like Portland, Crater Lake, and the Painted Hills.
- July: Scandinavia – July is shaping up to be my “long” stretch of travel for this year. I'm heading back to Norway to visit some spots I missed on my last two trips (like Bergen and the Lofoten Islands), will be hopping over to the Faroe Islands for a week, and am thinking I should probably finally visit Copenhagen while I'm over that way, too!
- 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, but otherwise have nothing planned yet. I’m looking forward to exploring South Dakota and Wyoming on the way, though, and finally 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?