January 2019 Travel and Blogging Recap


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Individuals generally say that how you commence a year is an indication of how that year will go.

Nicely, I started 2019 eating cactus fries in Sedona, Arizona, and then watching the sun set more than a snowy Grand Canyon. So, I imply, a fairly epic commence to a new year. I am not certain if there will be any far more cactus fries in my future this year, but I DO count on lots of similarly great adventures.

Considering that that fast trip to the Southwest, I’ve been super busy operating on not just 1 but TWO web sites (far more on this later), networking my butt off in New York City, and preparing lots of travel for the rest of this year.

Here’s what my January looked like:

January: The month in travel

I started the month in the Southwest, and took one more fast trip to New York City. Otherwise, I spent most of the month at dwelling, plotting all sorts of great points for 2019.

  • Nations visited: 1 – USA
  • States visited: 3 – Arizona, Nevada, New York
  • Cities visited: 4 – Sedona, Tusayan, Cleveland, New York City
  • Flights taken: 3

The most epic point I did: Watching the sun set at the Grand Canyon. In the snow. This was my third pay a visit to to the Grand Canyon, but most likely the most memorable – it is even far more grand beneath a dusting of snow!

Mather Point sunset at the Grand Canyon in winter
A wintry sunset at Mather Point

The most intriguing point I ate: Just after obtaining an offroad jeep tour canceled simply because of icy trails in Sedona, my pal Shawna and I decided to have lunch at the Cowboy Club Grille. We ordered a tasting plate that had cactus fries, bison skewers, and rattlesnake sausage. It was all scrumptious!

January travel highlights

Going to the Grand Canyon in the snow – Yes, I know I am mentioning this twice, but it was that incredible. The Grand Canyon is not usually snowy in the winter, so I felt like my pal and I have been experiencing one thing truly unique. Anticipate some ideas on going to the Grand Canyon in winter quickly!

Going to the initial cat cafe in Cleveland – Watch out, globe: Cleveland now has an adorable cat cafe! It is referred to as AffoGATO, and it is 1 of the greater cat cafes I’ve visited (and I’ve been to a handful of all about the globe!) I enjoy that the kitties right here are all adoptable, and am currently preparing to go back later this month to attempt out cat yoga!

Chasing frozen waterfalls in Ohio – We ultimately got our initial huge snow of the season in January (eight inches all in 1 day!), so I produced it my mission to go out and discover just before it all melted. I went to a nearby park I hadn’t visited just before, and ended up obtaining a largely-frozen waterfall all to myself. 

Great Falls of Tinkers Creek in Bedford, Ohio
Terrific Falls of Tinkers Creek in Bedford, Ohio

January travel lowlights

Government shutdown effects – The government shutdown did not impact my New Year’s trip as considerably as it could have due to the fact the state of Arizona paid to hold the Grand Canyon largely operating, but it was nonetheless apparent in the shuttered visitor centers and lack of park rangers. Later in the month, I also ran into some flight delays simply because of air targeted traffic manage problems. It all produced me mad – not simply because my travels have been getting impacted, but simply because the shutdown negatively impacted our national parks and forced federal workers to function devoid of spend, and folks at the highest level of government did not care at all.

January on the weblog

January is practically usually a excellent month for travel bloggers. The holidays are more than, and folks are beginning to get tired of cold climate – which means they are ultimately pondering about travel once again. This January was no exception, as it was a excellent month for targeted traffic!

January targeted traffic: 193,734 exceptional guests, 281,203 pageviews

Most well-known post: Visiting National Parks For the duration of a Government Shutdown: Can You? Ought to You? – Just after going to the Grand Canyon in the course of the government shutdown and then reading about how folks have been trashing other national parks, I decided to create this post. It was shared far and wide, so I am truly glad I took the time to place it with each other.

Other posts published in December:

January on social media

Most well-known Instagram post: The Southwest is usually well-known on Instagram, but this post of the Fire Wave from Valley of Fire State Park was the most well-known of the bunch.

Most well-known Facebook post: My share of this video produced a lot of you laugh, and I was also tickled that you guys liked this post about that time I got a shoutout on Oprah’s web-site.

January small business update

As predicted, January was even greater than December! My aim is to continue growing my income in 2019 – we’ll see how it goes!

Earnings report

  • Marketing: $five,904.48
  • Affiliate marketing and advertising: $three,748.35
  • Consulting: $682.50
  • Course sales: $388.04 (yes, I have courses!)
  • Other: $900

(Note that this is my earnings just before deductions and taxes.)

Company highs

Launching a second web-site – I’ve been speaking about it with mates and my husband for years, and I ultimately took the leap final month and began a niche weblog! The weblog is referred to as Cleveland Traveler, and it is all about my adopted hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I am searching forward to exploring the city far more in-depth so that I can share the extremely very best of it. You can uncover my Cleveland content material on Facebook and Instagram, also.

Speaking at the New York Occasions Travel Show – Final weekend I was in New York City for a day of networking at International Media Marketplace, and then spoke on a panel at the New York Occasions Travel Show. The panel was about operating with travel bloggers, and I was honored to be element of it along with some other kickass girls.

New York Times Travel Show panel
Loved speaking with these ladies!

Beginning up a consulting service – Considering that I’ve been obtaining emails about it far more and far more often, I’ve decided to commence supplying an affiliate marketing and advertising consulting service to other travel bloggers. I am just operating by way of referrals so far (no web-site however, although it is in the operates), but I currently have a couple consumers signed up! If you are interested in understanding far more, shoot me an e mail: [email protected]

Winning NATJA awards – Lastly, I won a couple awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association! Two Silver awards and 1 Honorable Mention for content material published on my weblog in the final year. I was particularly pleased to have my post on ideas for how to travel far more with restricted holiday time recognized with a Silver award.

Company lows

Instagram hates me – Instagram and I have had our ups and downs, and apparently we’re in a “down” period at the moment. My final handful of posts on that platform have gotten completely abysmal engagement – largely simply because Instagram just will not show them to the folks who are following me. This is SO frustrating. Not simply because I especially care about Instagram any far more, but simply because I know that a lot of destinations and travel brands that I’d like to function with this year DO care about these stupid numbers. If you want to assistance me out, head more than to @dangerousbiz and like or comment on a photo.

Facebook hates the atmosphere – I wrote a post this month in partnership with the Nature Conservancy about how we as travelers can lessen our environmental effect. When I attempted to enhance the post on Facebook (simply because, even although I have 34,000 fans more than there, significantly less than 1,500 of them normally see my posts unless I enhance them), Facebook told me I could not simply because I am not authorized to run advertisements to problems deemed also “political.” I fully grasp that climate transform can be a touchy topic, but I HATE that we have politicized taking care of the planet – I nonetheless never fully grasp why that wants to be a partisan situation. Anyway, if you want to study the post, uncover it right here simply because I nonetheless cannot run an ad to it.

(And now /endrant on how I hate social media.)

Kitten at AffoGATO cat cafe in Cleveland
Here’s a cute polydactyl kitten from the Cleveland cat cafe to cheer us all up

Upcoming in February

Here’s a appear at what is coming up in February (and beyond!):

February: Morocco – I’ve booked a 13-day tour about Morocco for the second half of February! I have not been to Morocco however, so I am excited to get a taste of the country’s exceptional culture. I booked my tour with Intrepid Travel (it’s this one in case you want to verify it out, also), as I believe traveling solo with other folks and a guide will assistance me get the most out of the nation. We’ll be covering a LOT of ground, from huge cities like Fes and Marrakech to smaller sized locations like Chefchaouen and Midelt. We’ll be spending time in each the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, also, which ought to make for some incredible adventures!

March: Portugal – After Morocco, I will be heading to one more new-to-me nation: Portugal! I am preparing to commit about 10 days in Portugal, attempting to see as considerably as I can by utilizing trains and other public transport. I am preparing to base myself in Porto for half the time and Lisbon for the other half, and taking some day trips from every. If you have Portugal ideas, please send them my way!

March: Nashville – Also in March I am preparing to head down to Nashville for a extended weekend to catch up with some mates from college. I am searching forward to a second pay a visit to to Music City!


And recall that you can adhere to along in true-time with all of my adventures via my IG Stories on Instagram!



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