Stuff you Should Know About: March 2017


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 full details here.

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:

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

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 Affiliate Marketing for Beginners, 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!

Read more about the course here.

(And, the course is currently discounted during Travel Blog Success’ Spring Sale! You can also save on TBS membership, as well as courses on partnerships, Facebook marketing, freelance writing, 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, follow me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!

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

Elliot and I are getting married in October, and while our “big” honeymoon will be to New Zealand next March, we think we want to take a little mini-moon this fall after the wedding. We wouldn’t want to go too far from the US (no overnight flights!), and would likely go for less than a week. Any suggestions for us? 👰🏻🤵🏼 (And in case you’re curious, this photo was taken last summer on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua.)

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Mar 6, 2017 at 7:17pm PST

Monument Valley is one of my favorite places in the US because of its unique scenery and history – and it features in my latest blog post, which lays out an itinerary for a 10-day road trip around the American Southwest! (Blog link in profile!) This is my favorite part of my country, and I think will always be my favorite place for a road trip! 🚘🛣 What are your favorite parts of the US for road tripping?

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:01pm PST

I didn’t manage to spot Nessie on my very first trip into the Scottish Highlands, but this gorgeous sunset over Loch Ness more or less made up for it! 🌅🐉

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Mar 15, 2017 at 7:27pm PDT

England sure does do charming towns well! 😍 Since it was so nice today, we hopped on a 15-minute train from Hull and spent half a day in the historic market town of Beverley. With its half-timbered buildings, remnants of medieval gates, and impressive Minster church, Beverley reminded me of a smaller, less-crowded version of York. I highly recommend making a day trip here from Hull! 🚂🇬🇧 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 📷Photo taken at the North Bar gate near Beverley’s market square (where they still have great markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays). #WelcomeToEngland

A post shared by Amanda (@dangerousbiz) on Mar 21, 2017 at 5:20pm PDT

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Featured bloggers of the month

Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:

Mark is an Airline Pilot who is on a mission to inspire and inform you about his two passions: Flying and Travel. Having flown over 2 million miles across the World and travelled to all 7 continents, he is here to help you travel the world with inspiring destinations and expert Flying and Travel tips. Do you have a question about flying you’ve always wanted to ask an airline pilot?

My name is Angie Silver and my blog SilverSpoon London 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?
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:

Comfy, breathable undies

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 women’s Give-N-Go Bikini Briefs for myself, and they make a men’s version, 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 my monthly newsletter.)

Along with going to Milwaukee for WITS 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?



  1. Wow, Earl, a really touching post! It brought 2 things to mind for me:

    1) Here in Shiraz, Iran where I live they have a popular snack called ‘zorrat mexique’ (‘Mexican corn’ in Persian), which, you guessed it, has exactly the same ingredients as the esquite you described above, and I am also addicted to it! I just assumed they called it ‘mexique’ here because of its spiciness…I never realised that it was an actual snack that originates in Mexico, since I’d never seen this snack before! Amazing to find out that the Iranians have borrowed something from the Mexicans, despite the distances/differences in geography and culture between the 2 countries.

    2) When I was living in Belgrade, nearly every day I would pass a Serbian lady called Ljubica in her 60s who operated a small ice-cream stand by herself. She worked long hours in the hot Belgrade summer sun, with only one day off per week. Anyway, she was the kindest lady around, always waving me over and very eager to practise her English with me that she had learned when she was young. And every time I saw her, she would wholeheartedly exclaim “Svaka cast!” to me when I tried my halting Serbian with her, which means “What an honour!” in Serbian. This was so humbling to me, that here I was *initially* just saying something VERY basic in Serbian such as “Good day, how are you? I would like this ice-cream, please ma’am”, but she was genuinely overjoyed that I was bothering to learn her language. It was very sad for me when the winter came, and I no longer saw Ljubica on that street corner anymore.

    So thanks for bringing my memories flooding back of my similar experience in that regard, Earl…it touched my heart to read your thoughtfully-observed story of Francisco.


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