February 2018 Journey and Running a blog Recap

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February is the shortest month of the yr, and I will admit that my February wasn’t tremendous thrilling travel-wise this yr… However I received as much as another cool issues, so verify them out!

February: The month in journey

Very like January, February was a light-weight journey month for me. I caught up on a number of work, started planning a few of the greater journeys I will be taking this yr, and did not truly go away the state of Ohio in any respect till the final day of the month.

  • International locations visited: 1 – USA
  • Cities visited: 2 – Cleveland, Ohio, and Santa Clara, California
  • Flights taken: 2

The very best factor I ate: I did not actually exit very a lot this month (Elliot and I normally eat at house), however I did go to the West Facet Market, a historic and scrumptious market in Cleveland. I received yummy falafel, some macarons, and a few tasty beef jerky. In case you’re ever in Cleveland, get your self to Ohio Metropolis so you may go to the West Facet Marketplace for your self.

Inside the West Side Market in Cleveland

The scrumptious West Facet Market

Probably the most epic factor I did: I went to not one, however TWO artwork museums this month: The Cleveland Museum of Artwork (pictured on the prime of this submit) and the Akron Artwork Museum. (This may increasingly not sound very epic to most individuals, however that is epic for me personally as a result of I’m normally NOT a museum particular person in any respect!)

February journey highlights

Like I mentioned, I did not actually do any touring this month – although as this submit publishes I will be attending a running a blog convention on the Google in Silicon Valley, which I suppose is a reasonably distinctive spotlight!

February journey lowlights

I assume simply the truth that I did not actually do a lot touring!

Amanda on a Google bike

Hanging out at Google is fairly cool, although!

February on the weblog

February visitors: 159,522 distinctive guests, 235,748 pageviews – not unhealthy for a month with simply 28 days!

Hottest submit: 7 Cities within the Midwest You Have to Go to This 12 months – I am so glad that this submit protecting my house area was so well-received! So many individuals touring to the US solely take into consideration visiting locations like New York and Los Angeles, however the American Midwest has some actually cool issues to see and do, too. This submit takes a have a look at a few of my favourite Midwestern cities and contains options for what to do in every.

Different posts printed in February:

An oldie however goodie (from a February previous): Residing Heritage at Taos Pueblo – I wrote this submit two years in the past about Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. It is a captivating place, and it is a submit I am nonetheless actually pleased with!

February on social media

Hottest Instagram submit: Undoubtedly this one from Bergen, Norway:

Hottest Fb submit: This one about distinctive journey locations on individuals’s bucket lists.

Hottest Pin: My Harry Potter prepare pin from Scotland!

February enterprise replace

Revenue report

Whereas January was a gradual earnings month, February was roughly again to “regular” for me.

  • Online marketing: $2,976.38
  • Promoting: $three,438.31
  • Freelance writing: $200
  • Different: $900

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

Enterprise highs

Formalizing plans to guide excursions in Iceland AND Greenland!

In case you guys have ever needed to journey with me (or, you already know, simply actually wish to go to both Iceland or Greenland), this is your likelihood! This September/October I will be co-leading two excursions: one in South Iceland, and one other in East Greenland.

In Iceland, we’ll be chasing waterfalls, soaking in hidden scorching swimming pools, mountaineering on glaciers, and hopefully educating you how you can photograph the Northern Lights. The subsequent week, in Greenland, we’ll be staying in native settlements, spending a number of time amongst icebergs, and on the lookout for whales (and extra Northern Lights!).

Behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

This shall be one of many many cool waterfalls we’ll see in Iceland!

These excursions have been constructed with (mild) journey and loads of pure magnificence in thoughts – and I will be there that can assist you get probably the most epic Instagram pictures!

The Iceland journey is September 23-29, and the Greenland journey will run from September 29 to October four. You may guide one, the opposite, or each (with a reduction in the event you guide each).

Take a look at the total itineraries right here – and if you wish to join, declare your spot quickly since these shall be small group journeys!

Getting invited to talk at TravelCon

Proper earlier than I head off to Iceland, I will be talking at TravelCon, a model new journey running a blog convention going down in Austin, Texas. The speaker lineup alone is INSANE (there are many execs from numerous fields, so you will not simply be studying from journey bloggers!), and I am proud to have been invited to be on that record.

Enterprise lows

I had a pair potential journeys/initiatives fall via in February, which isn’t enjoyable. However I feel the bottom low of the month was my utter frustration with Instagram and its algorithms and the fixed stress to have extra followers and to submit extra excellent photos. Instagram was my favourite social community, and now it is the one I hate probably the most. It is really easy to begin evaluating your self to others on the platform – and everyone knows that comparability is the thief of pleasure!

This IG submit covers all my emotions about it. (However don’t fret, I am over feeling down about it!)

Upcoming in March

In nearly every week, Elliot and I shall be flying to New Zealand for our “official” honeymoon! This shall be my fifth journey to NZ, however Elliot’s first – I can not wait to point out him all my favourite spots and discover some new ones with him! We’ll be doing every part from having dinner at Hobbiton to mountaineering on glaciers, plus tons extra. We’ll be driving round in a campervan, and I will be sharing as a lot as I can with you on Fb and Instagram Tales – so you should definitely observe alongside!