September is all the time a bizarre month of the yr. Youngsters are going again to highschool, there are normally just a few journey conferences occurring, and the climate in Ohio is attempting to determine whether or not it needs to nonetheless be summer season or transfer on to autumn.
This September was no exception: it was type of in every single place! After getting dwelling from my journey to Iceland/Greenland with my dad, I used to be touring each different week all through the month. This meant much less work acquired finished than was superb, but additionally meant I acquired to go to some new elements of the US!
September: The month in journey
I did not go away the nation in September, however I did go away Ohio a few occasions – each for work, and for enjoyable.
- International locations visited: 1 – USA
- Cities visited: Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas
- Flights taken: 5
- Variety of occasions I ate greater than I ought to have: Too many
The most effective factor I ate: Each Asheville and Austin have some nice BBQ (to not point out tacos in Austin!), so deciding on simply ONE factor is hard. I will name it a tie, then, between pulled pork at Buxton Corridor Barbecue (it did not even want BBQ sauce!) in Asheville and brisket at Terry Black’s Barbecue in Austin.
Probably the most epic factor I did: Strolling out on the roof of the Biltmore Property was fairly cool, however this honor has to go to the 2 hours my pal Cailin and I spent on the FOMO Manufacturing unit in Austin. The FOMO Manufacturing unit is a pop-up interactive artwork exhibit that warps you again to the ’90s and makes all of your wildest Instagram goals come true. This was the primary time I might gone anyplace that was particularly designed for Instagram and selfies, and it was actually enjoyable!
September journey highlights
Touring the Biltmore Property – Earlier this summer season, my mother-in-law known as me up and stated she wished to drive all the way down to Asheville, North Carolina, with the intention to see a Dale Chihuly glass exhibit on the Biltmore Property. Since I like highway journeys and had by no means been to that a part of NC earlier than, I instantly stated sure! We spent a full day on the Biltmore, the mansion constructed within the late 1800s by the Vanderbilt household. The mansion itself is gorgeous and engaging, and we additionally loved the gardens, Chihuly installations, and outlets and vineyard which are additionally on the property.
Exploring Asheville, NC – Talking of Asheville, town itself is fairly cool! It is in a fantastic spot within the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is crammed with cool outlets, a lot of breweries, and a few glorious meals. We spent one entire day hopping on and off the trolley that excursions across the metropolis, which is the right period of time to get to know Asheville.
Visiting Austin for the primary time – In the direction of the top of the month, I jetted off to Austin, Texas, for the primary annual TravelCon convention. Together with going to the convention and catching up with a few of my blogger pals, I additionally acquired to get a small style of Austin! It was my first time on this a part of Texas, and I am glad to have lastly been in a position to go to.
September journey lowlights
Aside from it being fairly darn sizzling in each Asheville and Austin, I haven’t got a lot to complain about this month.
September on the weblog
Again-to-school season normally means a dip in site visitors for many journey blogs, as persons are extra involved with new college garments and homework than planning journeys. Site visitors, subsequently, was a bit down this month. I additionally was touring on and off all month, which meant much less posts revealed than I might have preferred. However there’s all the time subsequent month. 😉
September site visitors: 143,917 distinctive guests, and 209,729 pageviews
Hottest publish: Greenland Journey Information: How one can Plan a Journey to Ilulissat – Once I was planning my journey to Greenland, I found that there wasn’t a lot sensible information on the web about planning a visit to Greenland. So once I acquired dwelling, I made a decision to write down this tremendous complete information to planning your individual journey to Ilulissat – and fortunately you guys appeared to take pleasure in it!
Different posts revealed in September:
September on social media
Hottest Instagram publish: You guys cherished Greenland as a lot as I did! Together with this colourful picture from Ilulissat that proves that Greenland is definitely inexperienced(ish) in the summertime!
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Although most individuals image icebergs and desolation after they consider Greenland, the reality is that individuals – 56,000 of them – do name this place dwelling. Earlier than my journey to Greenland, I actually had no concept what to anticipate of Ilulissat, the third-largest metropolis within the nation with a complete 5,000 residents. That’s a small city even for somebody who describes herself as a “small-town lady.” However this was a type of pleasant instances the place my unsure expectations of a spot had been fully blown out of the water. Not solely was Ilulissat charming with its colourful buildings and August wildflowers, however I additionally discovered a complete lot extra to do than I anticipated! Together with icefjord cruises and sled canine pet encounters, my dad and I visited an artwork museum, ate lunch within the solar outdoors a bit of cafe, and even tried beer produced at a neighborhood brewery. For anybody who’s thought of Greenland in a “who would ever go there?” type of method, it’s time to reassess these preconceived notions! Greenland is a captivating and delightful place to journey, and I already can’t wait to plan my subsequent journey! Would you ever wish to go to Greenland?
Hottest Fb publish: This publish crammed with Greenland iceberg photographs!
September enterprise replace
This was a reasonably thrilling month business-wise, with a journey convention and an enormous journey writing award on the books. My revenue has been pretty regular the previous few months, too, which is certainly encouraging.
- Promoting: $6,504.79
- Online marketing: $2,732.38
- Talking: $500
- Different: $485.32
(Observe that that is my revenue earlier than deductions and taxes.)
Talking at TravelCon – I discussed above that I went to Austin for TravelCon, however I did not simply go to the convention; I additionally spoke there! I gave a session on internet online affiliate marketing for journey bloggers, and it went very well. I hope to do extra talking/educating like this within the coming yr!
Successful a Lowell Thomas award – The day I used to be flying dwelling from TravelCon, I came upon that I had gained the Silver Award for Finest Journey Weblog within the Lowell Thomas Journey Journalism Competitors, which is hosted yearly by the Society of American Journey Writers (SATW). This was tremendous thrilling and such an honor; I do know that I am personally very happy with what my weblog has grow to be, however it all the time feels good to have others validate it, too. The Lowell Thomas Awards are a fairly large deal (my weblog’s title was on that record together with publications like Nationwide Geographic and writers like Tim Cahill and Rick Steves!), and I am nonetheless fairly giddy about it!
I did not have any main setbacks business-wise this month; issues are going alongside fairly properly, which is tremendous thrilling in an business the place issues like regular paychecks aren’t normally the norm.
Upcoming in October
Aruba – As this publish publishes, Elliot and I can be on our strategy to Aruba to have fun our first wedding ceremony anniversary! We’ll hang around with flamingos, go snorkeling, and eat ALL the seafood! And whereas I will not be doing a lot work whereas we’re gone, there is a good likelihood I will nonetheless be posting among the highlights on my social channels – so keep tuned!
Manitoba – In the direction of the top of the month, I am headed as much as Winnipeg, Manitoba, after which Churchill with the intention to hopefully see polar bears! Churchill is called the “polar bear capital of the world,” as a result of within the fall, when the ice is beginning to type on the Hudson Bay, there are extra bears on the town than people. I’ve booked a tour with Frontiers North Adventures and can be spending three nights at their tundra buggy lodge and occurring each day polar bear “safaris.” This can be a complete bucket record journey for me, and I am unable to WAIT!
And bear in mind which you could observe alongside in real-time with all of those adventures by means of my IG Tales on Instagram!