Stuff You Should Know About: December 2017

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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

No more climbing Uluru

There’s always been some controversy surrounding Australia’s famous red rock; indigenous Anangu people have always ascribed deep cultural significance to Uluru and have never really supported people climbing it. Beginning in October 2019, climbing Uluru will be illegal, and there will be steep fines for any who do so.

King Tut goes back on tour

Since I just saw King Tut’s mummy and artifacts from his tomb in Egypt earlier this month, this news item is very timely! Artifacts from King Tut’s tomb will be going on a world tour again starting in March 2018. They’ll start out at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and the move on to Europe in January 2019 for a 10-city international tour. This may be the last time these artifacts travel the world, as they’ll be taking up residence in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo when they return to Egypt.

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:

Bloghouse Memphis

Bloghouse Memphis 2018

Last year, I got to be part of a really cool workshop/mini-conference for travel bloggers called Bloghouse. Bloghouse is a nearly all-inclusive 3-day opportunity to live, work, and learn in a small group environment with both experienced and newer travel bloggers. There are workshops, panels, networking, and helpful one-on-one mentoring and advice. It is THE blogging conference for travel bloggers wanting to take their blogging business to the next level.

Bloghouse 2018 is taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, from May 31-June 3, and applications are now open!

I’ll be mentoring again at Bloghouse Memphis, and can’t wait. Unlike larger blogging conferences where it’s easy to slip through the cracks, Bloghouse is designed to be intimate and inclusive – and all the mentors are open books when it comes to blogging strategy and making money.

Learn more about Bloghouse here! Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.

Top Instagram shots from the last month

Who doesn’t love pretty travel photos, right?? Even though Instagram has been extra frustrating lately (WHY won’t you show my photos to people, IG?), it’s still a platform I use regular to share some of my favorite shots.

Here are some of my most-liked photos from the last month or so:

Here are just a few things the Seychelles are known for: turquoise waters, cool rocks, and palm trees! 🏝😍 And this one isn’t even a famous beach! It’s just one we drove by on Mahe – these Islands are full of incredible beaches! Who wants to visit? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seychelles #seychellesislands #visitseychelles 🇸🇨

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Nov 22, 2017 at 9:59am PST

Who can guess where I am now?? Surprise, I’m in Egypt!! 🇪🇬 As a really big history nerd (and I mean, come on, who didn’t want to be either an Egyptologist or paleontologist as a kid?), I’ve wanted to visit this country and all its treasures for as long as I can remember. And now I’m finally here!! Can’t wait to share more of Egypt with you, and hopefully show that you can totally visit safely as a tourist. Hit me up with any questions, and check out my Stories for daily updates!

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Nov 27, 2017 at 7:19pm PST

Egypt is a dream come true for history nerds like me! 🤓 Visiting the Abu Simbel temples yesterday was so surreal. I’ve seen them in photos and history books, but actually standing there in front of these massive statues of Ramses II was even cooler than I imagined it would be. This temple (one of two that make up Abu Simbel) was originally carved into a mountainside in the 1200s BC. When Egypt was planning to build its High Dam on the Nile in the 1900s, the temple was completely moved in order to save it from flooding. It was relocated in 1968 to its current spot, and they managed to reposition it so that twice a year the sun rays still shine through the door and illuminate statues on the back wall inside, just as it had done for thousands of years. Simply incredible! Major bucket list dream fulfilled. Tell me about one of yours!

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Dec 2, 2017 at 2:09pm PST

I didn’t do any hiking in Zion National Park on this trip, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t plenty for me to do and see! For example, I caught the sunset at the famous bridge looking out towards The Watchman in Zion Canyon. And even though the trees are a bit bare right now, and there weren’t any fluffy clouds to add color in the sky, I’d say this was still a pretty darn good sunset! 🙌🏻 Do you agree?

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Dec 17, 2017 at 6:48pm PST

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Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:


Gypsy With a Day Job was founded by Roxanna Keyes, who was soon joined by Keyauni Kern. More than 20 years separate them, but they share a compelling wanderlust and thirst for life. Roxanna waited far too long to begin her travels, and Keyauni is determined to not let that happen. They are finding ways to make time, get away, and experience adventure. They hope to help you find ways to get away, and to inspire your wanderlust as well.


Holidays to Europe is a European travel blog run by Carolyn, an Australian who is passionate about all things European! Carolyn travels to Europe for two months each year to satisfy her love for the continent, re-visiting favorite haunts and discovering new ones. She shares her travel tips, secret finds and destination inspiration on the blog.


Escape from the Bay started as a way for hobby photographer Hayley to narrate her escapades around the San Francisco Bay area for her friends and family. Now, she turns her lens and love for excessive adjectives to the lesser known areas of California, the food halls of Stockholm, and the cobblestone streets of Croatia’s countryside villages. 

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, ranging from luggage organization to items I like to pack for specific trips.

This month, I’m recommending:

A packable sun hat

When planning my recent trips to the Seychelles and Egypt, I knew packing a good sun hat was going to be important. But how many times have you gone shopping for hats only to find that either 1. all the “packable” ones are butt-ugly, or 2. the cute ones get all bent out of shape if you put them in your suitcase?

After some searching and review-reading, I finally settled on this cotton sun hat that’s both cute AND packable. The brim isn’t too big or floppy, but still keeps the sun out. And even after squishing this up for multiple days in my suitcase, it still came out keeping its shape! (AND it comes in a ton of different colors – I bought a white one.)

So if you’re looking for a cute, truly packable sun hat for your upcoming travels, check out this one!

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 my monthly newsletter.)

I’m only now starting to plan my travels for 2018, but I already have quite a few trips in the works!

  • March: New Zealand – Elliot and I are taking our “official” honeymoon to New Zealand in March! I’ll be taking him to all my favorite places, as well as visiting some new ones! We’re planning to hike the Tongariro Crossing, go tandem bungee jumping in Queenstown, and of course visit Hobbiton – all while traversing in a campervan, which will be a first for me!
  • June: Ireland/Scotland – I’ll be headed back to Ireland and the UK with my mom and sister in the summer. So far we’re planning on a road trip in Ireland, and taking an “Outlander” tour in Scotland.
  • September: Greenland – I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m “leading” a tour to East Greenland in September! We’ll go iceberg-spotting, whale watching, and maybe even see the Northern Lights. There are still spots open, so check out the tour and sign up here!

I’m also starting to think about the “splurge” trip I’ll take next fall. This year, my splurge trip was to Egypt. Next year, I’m torn between East Africa (specifically Kenya so I can stay at Giraffe Manor), or going to see polar bears in Canada. Which would YOU choose??

PS – You can follow along on my travels in real time on Facebook and Instagram Stories (I’m @dangerousbiz everywhere.)

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

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. I am quite thankful to live so close to the Mexican border and to have Mexican mama friends here in Texas who love to fatten up everyone who steps foot in their homes. Gloria a Dios! Whenever I’m traveling it’s never long before I start craving Mexican food. When I return home, that cuisine is always my first choice. And if my face isn’t on fire and my nose isn’t pouring, it’s not hot enough. Hmm… Mexican food sounds good today.

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