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August 2018 Journey and Running a blog Recap

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August can all the time be type of a “meh” month relating to journey blogs; many people see drops in visitors as summer season involves an finish and children head again to highschool, and I personally am all the time on the level in scorching and humid Ohio the place I am prepared for fall to get right here already. It is most likely why I virtually all the time find yourself touring in August!

This 12 months was no exception. See what I obtained as much as under:

August: The month in journey

August wasn’t jam-packed with journey like June was, however the journey that did occur was fairly darn epic. This was the month that I took my dad to Iceland and Greenland. And, you guys, I am a bit of bit in love with Greenland now!

  • Nations visited: 2 – Iceland and Greenland
  • Cities visited: Reykjavik, Ilulissat
  • Flights taken: three
  • Boat journeys taken: three
  • Sled canine pet kisses: Too many to rely
Puppy love in Ilulissat
You may’t get too near the grownup sled canines in Greenland, however the puppies are a special story!

The most effective factor I ate: My dad and I went on a meals tour in Reykjavik, which was SO GOOD. My two favourite dishes have been an Arctic Char pan at seafood restaurant Messinn, and rye bread ice cream at Cafe Loki (I am lactose-sensitive, and I STILL thought it was probably the greatest issues I’ve eaten in Iceland!).

The weirdest factor I ate: We tried numerous conventional meals in Greenland, which included issues like smoked reindeer (fairly good!), dried cod (not unhealthy), and dried whale (gross). However the weirdest factor we tried was undoubtedly seal soup. The easiest way I can describe seal meat is that it form of tastes like fishy beef. It wasn’t the worst factor I’ve ever eaten, however I do not suppose I might ever eat it on goal once more.

Essentially the most epic factor I did: Umm… went to Greenland? I have been to the Arctic earlier than, however not THIS a part of the Arctic. It is nonetheless wild and empty and simply plain beautiful, and I am already dreaming about my subsequent journey there.

View of Ilulissat from Hotel Arctic
Ilulissat, Greenland

August journey highlights

Re-visiting the Snaefellsnes peninsula – Since we needed to go to Iceland anyway with a view to journey to Greenland, I made a decision to point out my dad across the nation a bit. We spent a full day on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which is certainly one of my favourite components of the nation. We visited waterfalls and numerous seashores, did a hike alongside the attractive coast, and I lastly obtained to see Kirkjufell!

Visiting Iceland’s Highlands in summer season – I have been to the Highlands in Iceland as soon as earlier than, although that journey did not finish tremendous nicely. I used to be excited, subsequently, to go to once more in the summertime. We took a brilliant jeep tour to the volcanic desert round Hekla, after which to Landmannalaugar and its painted mountains. It was a protracted day, however we noticed so many cool issues!

Rainbow mountains in Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar

Getting up near Large Ice in Greenland – I’ve dreamt of getting up shut with large icebergs for a very long time, and Greenland didn’t disappoint. We spent four nights in Ilulissat, which sits on the sting of one of many largest and most energetic ice fjords on the planet. The icebergs we obtained to drift previous on numerous boat journeys have been merely beautiful.

Flying over the Kangia Icefjord – Dad and I splurged on a flightseeing tour in Greenland, too, which had us flying low over a glacier and the ice fjord. It was a barely foggy night, which made the entire scene that rather more magical.

Flying above the Ilulissat Icefjord in the fog
Flying above the ice fjord

August journey lowlights

My dad and I have been actually, actually fortunate with the climate in each Iceland and Greenland. We bumped into no flight delays, no canceled excursions, and way more solar than rain. I can not complain in any respect about journey this month!

August on the weblog

August was not my biggest month on the weblog – and it was particularly noticeable since July was so superb! My web site was negatively affected by a Google replace at first of the month, and that coupled with the conventional end-of-summer back-to-school visitors hunch meant that it wasn’t a stellar month for visitors. However I nonetheless printed some nice content material!

August visitors: 158,846 distinctive guests and 234,135 pageviews

Hottest publish: New Zealand Street Journey: The Good Itinerary if You Solely Have 2 Weeks – I lastly wrote a giant fats publish about New Zealand, and it ended up being the longest publish I’ve ever printed! In the event you’re contemplating a NZ street journey and wish to see the highlights on each islands, then this itinerary is for you.

Different posts printed in August:

August on social media

Hottest Instagram publish: You guys actually preferred numerous my Iceland and Greenland photos this month! The preferred one was this picture of Kirkjufell, the well-known mountain on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland.

Hottest Fb publish: Everybody obtained actually into sharing GIFs to inform me about their prime bucket listing locations. You guys additionally preferred this publish about disappointing locations, together with these sundown images from Greenland.

July enterprise replace

Regardless of a success to visitors and spending greater than 1 / 4 of the month touring, I nonetheless managed to have a extremely nice month income-wise. (Yay for passive earnings!)

Revenue report

  • Promoting: $5,405.75
  • Internet online affiliate marketing: $three,068.46
  • Branded content material: $1,650

(Notice that that is my earnings earlier than deductions and taxes.)

Enterprise highs

One other 5-figure month – I am not penning this to brag, nevertheless it’s actually thrilling to sum all the things up on the finish of the month and see that you’ve got made it to 5-figures two months in a row. Again in my newspaper editor days, I could not have dreamed of creating this a lot cash in a single month (again then, I used to be barely making $10Okay in 6 months!). I am happy with how a lot my weblog and enterprise has grown within the final 12 months, and may’t wait to see what the final third of the 12 months will convey!

Amanda on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Enterprise lows

Seeing a drop in visitors – After months of thrilling progress, it was undoubtedly a little bit of a blow to see such a marked drop in weblog visitors in August. The late summer season months are notoriously unhealthy for journey blogs (as a result of individuals are on the market really touring, or preparing for back-to-school as a substitute of researching journeys), however this 12 months August additionally coincided with a Google replace that negatively affected plenty of blogs. I wasn’t hit tremendous laborious and my visitors continues to be up over August 2017, although, so I am attempting to not dwell on it an excessive amount of!

Upcoming in September

A protracted weekend in Asheville – As this publish publishes, I will be in Asheville, North Carolina, for a protracted weekend with my mother-in-law. Neither certainly one of us has been to Asheville, so we determined to go right down to see the Chihuly exhibit presently on on the Biltmore.

Austin for TravelCon – In direction of the top of the month, I will be visiting Austin for the primary time! I am talking at TravelCon, and may’t wait to eat some scrumptious BBQ and see plenty of my running a blog mates that I have never seen in-person for years. Tickets to the convention are offered out, however there’s additionally a digital ticket obtainable for individuals who nonetheless wish to see all of the periods.

 

And bear in mind that you could observe alongside in real-time with all of those adventures by means of my IG Tales on Instagram!

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