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
Some US residents will need passports in 2018
Due to the Real ID act which will go into effect at airports in 2018, residents in more than a dozen US states may not be able to use their driver’s licenses to fly after Jan. 22. Residents of states that don’t comply with the act may need to have a passport in order to get through TSA screenings starting next year. Some states are asking for additional extensions to comply, but if you’re from one that currently doesn’t meet license standards, now might be the time to apply for that passport!
Caribbean still open for business
Despite the hurricanes that have ravaged the Caribbean recently, most islands are back up and running and definitely open for your tourism business. Which is great news, since many of these islands really depend on tourism dollars!
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:
Travel to Greenland with me!
Yes, really! I’ve never actually offered a tour for readers before, but with the help of the folks at Inertia Network, I’ve just launched my very first one! And it’s to one of my top bucket list destinations: Greenland! The trip won’t take place until September 2018 (when there’s a chance of seeing whales and the Northern Lights!), but we’ve already opened it up for registration.
This trip won’t be your typical guided tour – we’ll be headed to East Greenland, which is about a “real” as it gets in this part of the world. We’ll be staying in local settlements, spending lots of time among icebergs and glaciers, and getting to know the locals.
Check out the full itinerary here – and if you want to sign up, claim your spot soon since this will be a small group trip!
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:
The Grand Prismatic Spring was the number one thing I was looking forward to seeing in Yellowstone National Park – and it did not disappoint! 😍 This massive hot spring is one of the largest in the world and can be found in Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin. Boardwalks take you right up to the edge of the pool, and a new trail across the basin takes you up to an overlook with this view! Have you ever been to Yellowstone?
You should always take time to stop and smell the roses… or in this case the pretty mountain thistles! I loved spotting these blooming all throughout Grand Teton National Park.
I totally understand now why Watkins Glen State Park in New York is so popular – the whole gorge is filled with scenes like this! 😍 And, in the autumn, Rainbow Falls lives up to its name! 🌈
Devil’s Tower catches your eye as soon as you spot it rising up above the gently-rolling Wyoming landscape. It looks eerie; definitely out of place. Like, where the hell did it come from? Even though there are scientific explanations for it now (it was formed by cooling magma and then millennia of erosion), it’s no wonder that it is viewed as sacred by a number of Native American Indian tribes. There definitely does seem to be something otherworldly about it when you first see it. Have you ever visited Devil’s Tower?
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Featured bloggers of the month
Check out this month’s Featured Blogs:
Marta and Robert are the couple from Spain and the US that created The Passport Memorandum. This blog aims to inspire readers through photos and travel stories, to provide top budget-travel tips, and to show off some of the most- and least-known travel destinations in the world. The Passport Memorandum not only highlights Marta and Robert’s times and adventures as digital nomads, but also offers the traveler inside you the chance to discover the world with them.
Heather Trimm is a travel, food, and lifestyle blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. She likes to say she’s a hybrid, as she’s a born and bred Southern girl who lived in California for a few years and left part of her heart there! An extreme passion for travel has led Heather to the desire to discover as much of God’s creation as possible. Her journeys have taken her to amazing destinations, and she thoroughly loves igniting that same passion and desire in others. Trimm Travels is a travel, food and lifestyle blog documenting Heather’s experiences.
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.
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:
GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle
Recently I’ve been writing a little more about sustainable tourism, including how to use less plastics when you travel. One major tip is to travel with a reusable water bottle so you can cut down on plastic ones – but what happens if you’re traveling somewhere where the tap water isn’t really safe to drink?
In that case, there are water bottles out there with built-in filtration systems. This one – the GRAYL – was recommended by my friend Lauren, who used one to filter tap water in multiple countries in Africa. The bottle is supposed to work with any fresh water source, including streams, and might be a good investment if you do a lot of hiking/backpacking, too. (I can’t personally speak to how it works with stream water, but I’ll be getting one to travel with to filter tap water!)
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’ve been home since the end of August because I got married easier this month and, well, it was kind of important for me to be here! But now that all the wedding planning is done, I’m ready to get traveling again! Here’s what I’ve got coming up for the rest of this year:
November/December: The Seychelles and Egypt! – I got invited on a press trip to the Seychelles, and decided that if I’m going to be flying all that way, I may as well go somewhere else in the general region, too. Egypt has always been one of my bucket list destinations, so when I found a tour that matched up perfectly with my other trip, I jumped on it and booked it! I can’t wait to see more of Africa.
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?