Stuff You Ought to Know About: October 2016

Welcome to “Stuff You Ought to Know About” – a month-to-month assortment of journey information, ideas, pictures, and different odds and ends that don’t actually slot in anyplace else however that I nonetheless actually wish to share with you.

Random journey information

Greatest in journey 2017

Earlier this week Lonely Planet launched its annual “Greatest in Journey” web site to focus on in all places they assume you must journey in 2017. High nations embrace Canada, Colombia, and Finland, whereas high cities embrace Bordeaux, France, and Cape City, South Africa. Their high “finest worth” locations embrace Nepal and Namibia, whereas a few of their top-recommended areas embrace Taranaki, New Zealand, and North Wales.

TripAdvisor says no to animal cruelty

This month, TripAdvisor introduced that it and its companions (which incorporates Viator) will not be promoting tickets to wildlife points of interest that may be thought-about merciless. This implies no extra promotion of elephant rides, captive dolphin encounters, tiger temples, and extra. All I’ve to say is: it’s about time!

Cool journey web site/app/course of the month

I get quite a lot of emails each week — typically day-after-day — about new journey apps, web sites, programs, merchandise, and extra. I don’t write opinions fairly often about apps, web sites, or programs (solely those I actually, actually love), however a few of them are nonetheless value mentioning!

This month, take a look at:

WiFox App

We’ve all been there earlier than: You’re caught at an airport on a protracted layover and aren’t fortunate sufficient to have entry to one of many fancy airline lounges. You determine to hop on-line for some senseless Fb shopping to move the time, solely to seek out out that there’s no free wifi at this airport! GAH.

Enter the WiFoxx app. This app, the brainchild of Anil Polat of foXnoMad, is fairly sensible – and quite simple. Briefly, it’s a map of wi-fi passwords from airports and lounges worldwide. The content material is considerably crowdsourced and constantly up to date, that means you may have a very good likelihood of getting on-line if the airport you’re at is on the map.

You possibly can obtain the map in app kind so that you’ll at all times have it. Test it out on iOS or Google Play.

High Instagram pictures from the final month

Instagram is considered one of my favourite social networks. I imply, who doesn’t love fairly pictures?? For those who aren’t following already, observe me on Instagram @dangerousbiz!

Listed below are a few of my most-liked pictures from the final month or so:

Don’t overlook to observe me on Instagram!

Featured bloggers of the month

Try this month’s Featured Blogs:

Lucy from On the Luce supplies inspiration and recommendation that will help you take advantage of your journey time and get a style of luxurious on a price range – within the UK, Europe and past. The location highlights the sights, tradition and experiences that make every place distinctive. It combines inspirational tales and delightful pictures with all of the helpful particulars it’s essential make the journey a actuality, from weekend break concepts to rail adventures, opinions of quirky lodging to uncommon angles in your favourite locations.
My identify is Tracy from Tracy’s Travels in Time and I’ve been touring for 30+ years – solo in my 20’s, as a single Mum in my 30’s, and with my husband in my 40’s! I’ve lived in 6 nations throughout three continents, and am shifting subsequent yr to Australia. I like assembly new folks and experiencing new cultures, and in addition love historical past (I’m a professional historical past instructor), prepare journey and maps! I get pleasure from attempting new meals, too, and can at all times discover the perfect milkshakes wherever I am going. Touring for me is a lifelong obsession and every decade brings new alternatives and adventures
Do you wish to discover ways to carve out extra time in your life for journey and journey? Try Balancing Wanderlust, a journey and journey way of life weblog. Via journey tales, prompt itineraries, how-to articles, profession recommendation, and journey guides, Sarah will present you tips on how to tailor your ambitions round your profession to repeatedly fulfill your wanderlust. From mountaineering in British Columbia to snorkeling in Iceland in the course of winter, be a part of Sarah on her lively journey across the globe.
My identify is Angie Silver and my weblog SilverSpoon London is a way of life, meals and luxurious journey weblog following my adventures in my hometown of London and around the globe. I intention to provide the low-down on London’s hottest new eating places in addition to cool and galvanizing locations globally.

Curious about being a featured weblog subsequent month?
Go right here to study extra!

It is best to pack this

Every month, I’ll characteristic one or two of my packing must-haves. This month, I’m recommending:

Lenmar “Undead Energy” iPhone battery case

For those who’re like me as a traveler, you most likely depend on your smartphone loads: You plot your path utilizing Google maps, lookup prepare and bus instances, order Ubers, convert forex, and hold family and friends updated with Snapchat and Instagram. And whereas a smartphone undoubtedly makes the journey expertise an entire lot simpler, all of those apps and Google searches drain your cellphone’s battery – typically alarmingly shortly.

For the previous couple of years, I’ve turned to utilizing a battery cellphone case once I journey. There are quite a lot of choices on the market with regards to energy packs on your smartphone, however I discover that having further juice constructed proper into my iPhone case is by far essentially the most handy. It means I don’t have to fret about remembering to pack an additional charging wire, or the place precisely in my bag I tucked my charger block.

Earlier this yr, I picked up an “Undead Energy” battery case by Lenmar, and I believe it’s the most effective inexpensive battery circumstances on the market! The one I’ve is 3000mAh, pretty slim, and prices lower than $30. WIN!

>> Test it out right here.

What I’m planning proper now

As a result of my weblog runs somewhat bit behind of what I’m presently doing, I figured I might use this month-to-month replace to let you already know what I’m as much as, and what adventures are arising subsequent! (You too can discover extra detailed information in my month-to-month e-newsletter.)


  • November 12-16: New Orleans – After 5 weeks within the UK, the Baltics, and Russia, I positively want a while at house! I’ll be taking it (comparatively) simple for the remainder of the yr, and thus far solely have a brief journey to New Orleans deliberate with a buddy to rejoice her birthday. This can truly be my very first time in NOLA, so I welcome your ideas on what we must always see/do! Particularly inquisitive about any spooky excursions and nice eating places that you just would possibly advocate!

Are you on Snapchat? If that’s the case, make sure that to observe me (dangerousbiz) to observe alongside on my travels in real-time!

That’s it for this month’s version of “Stuff You Ought to Know About!” Which part was your favourite this month?



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