October 2018 Journey and Running a blog Recap

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October is at all times going to be a fairly thrilling month for me – each my birthday and wedding ceremony anniversary fall throughout the first 10 days of the month! It is also often my favourite month of the yr as a result of Ohio is bursting with fall colour, however for the second yr in a row the autumn colour has refused to indicate itself.  🙁

Nevertheless it’s all good as a result of my October was crammed with some superior travels!

October: The month in journey

October was a various month travel-wise. I went from the recent and sticky Caribbean to the Canadian tundra within the span of only a couple weeks!

  • Nations visited: 2 – Aruba and Canada
  • Cities visited: Oranjestad, Aruba; Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
  • Flights taken: 10 (yikes, gotta attend to my carbon offsets this month!)
  • Wildlife images taken: So many!!

One of the best factor I ate: Consider it or not, Winnipeg, Manitoba, is house to a ton of nice eating places! My two favorites had been Segovia (Spanish tapas) and Passero (Italian). At Segovia, I had an incredible eggplant and Brussels sprouts dish, and at Passero the tagliatelle with brief rib ragout and black truffle was scrumptious. I additionally beloved Clementine for brunch!

Probably the most epic factor I did: I crossed a really huge merchandise off my bucket record and went as much as Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears within the wild! In October and November every year, a whole lot of bears collect across the small city of Churchill as they look forward to the Hudson Bay to freeze over. That is the proper time to see these animals lounging round within the snow, wandering the tundra, and even play-fighting with each other. The expertise was so a lot better than I ever thought it will be; polar bears are wonderful!

Polar bear on the tundra in Manitoba

October journey highlights

Celebrating our anniversary in Aruba – Elliot and I celebrated our first wedding ceremony anniversary in October, and did it in fashion by renting a personal cabana for the day on Renaissance Personal Island in Aruba (learn extra about it right here). It was enjoyable and enjoyable, and goes to be arduous to high subsequent yr!

Hanging with flamingos in Aruba – I will not misinform you: one of many primary causes we selected Aruba for our anniversary journey (aside from the truth that it lies outdoors of the Hurricane Belt) was the flamingos that stay on the non-public island owned by the Renaissance Resort. Hanging with them for a pair hours one morning was positively a visit spotlight!

Flamingos on Renaissance Private Island in Aruba
Sure, these are actual birds!

Seeing polar bears within the wild – And naturally a HUGE spotlight this month was seeing polar bears on the tundra in Manitoba! It is one thing I have been eager to do for years, and the precise expertise was so a lot better than I ever anticipated. We rumbled across the tundra for 3 entire days, recognizing all the things from sleeping bears to sparring bears to child bears. Locking eyes with a polar bear is one thing I’ll by no means, ever neglect.

October journey lowlights

I did not have any really low moments this month. The one factor that (briefly) bummed me out was once I visited the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg and all of the resident polar bears had been napping and I did not get to see any of them swimming above the tunnels in Gateway to the Arctic exhibit. I actually wished to see a swimming polar bear! However seeing so a lot of them within the wild the following week in Churchill greater than made up for it.

Winnipeg, Manitoba
And the remainder of Winnipeg was cool!

October on the weblog

Autumn is rarely the most effective season for a journey weblog, however my October truly wasn’t too dangerous (till Halloween hit and it was just like the web disappeared into its plastic pumpkin stuffed with sweet!).

October visitors: 164,179 distinctive guests, 237,495 pageviews

Hottest put up: A Excellent 10-Day Itinerary for Norway in Winter – When you’re on the lookout for an ideal wintry journey with snow sports activities and Northern Lights, you possibly can’t go incorrect with a visit to Norway! This is an ideal itinerary you possibly can comply with that features Oslo, Norway in a Nutshell, Bergen, and Tromsø.

Different posts revealed in October:

October on social media

Hottest Instagram put up: This month it was all about pink birds and white bears! However the pink birds had been positively the most well-liked, as this photograph from Aruba proves!

Hottest Fb put up: My images from Greenland had been fashionable, as was my Norway winter itinerary!

October enterprise replace

My revenue stays regular, which is nice – it means I can take a number of journeys per 30 days the place I do not actually work a lot (which is certainly what occurred in each Aruba and Manitoba!) and never should stress about it.

Earnings report

  • Promoting: $6,169.94
  • Affiliate marketing online: $2,974.08
  • Different: $1500

(Observe that that is my revenue earlier than deductions and taxes.)

Enterprise highs

My first course sale! – That is the primary yr that I’ve 100% owned each my running a blog programs, that means it is the primary time I can run my very own Black Friday/vacation sale! (In case you were not conscious, I supply two programs for journey bloggers. As soon as is about working with journey manufacturers/tourism boards, and the opposite is about affiliate internet marketing.) I am providing 25% off each my programs all through the month of November. Head over to my Teachable web site to take a look at the programs, and use code ADBBLACKFRIDAY to reap the benefits of the low cost!

New tasks – I labored on some enjoyable tasks this month, together with campaigns with Hotwire and out of doors clothes model Rohan. And I am already cooking up some tasks for subsequent yr!

Me in my new Rohan Cocoon Coat in Churchill

Enterprise lows

No main lows to report this month, which is at all times factor!

Upcoming in November

You guys… I haven’t got any journeys deliberate for November! Or December! Eek!

I am planning to remain nearer to house for the vacations, largely as a result of I have to get some severe work accomplished earlier than the brand new yr hits! I am beginning to plot some travels for early 2019, although, and also you by no means know what might crop up between at times.

I am tossing round some journey concepts for January-March, and up to now some high contenders embody Hawaii, Portugal, Morocco, and Mexico – which one(s) would you be most to examine?


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