March 2019 Travel and Blogging Recap

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March was a busy month – I spent additional than two/three of it traveling!

Busy months like this are fascinating, but I usually struggle to get function performed when I am on the road. I’ve under no circumstances actually perfected the complete “work though traveling” factor – largely since I do not actually travel for lengthy stretches of time at when, and consequently want to invest just about every moment carrying out and seeing factors rather than functioning.

This does imply that I have a Large list of factors I want to create about in the subsequent couple months, even though, so appear forward to lots additional content material in April!

March: The month in travel

I started in Morocco (finishing up my Intrepid Travel tour), then spent 10 days traveling about Portugal on my personal. As soon as I got back to the US, Elliot and I took a lengthy-weekend trip to Nashville, which is significantly additional spring-like than Ohio at present is!

  • Nations visited: 3 – Portugal, Morocco, USA
  • Cities visited: Ait-Ben-Haddou, Marrakech, and Essaouira in Morocco Lisbon, Obidos, Sintra, Porto, and Braga in Portugal Nashville, Tennessee
  • Flights taken: 5
  • Trains taken: 6
  • Pasteis de Nata eaten: Also quite a few to count

The fanciest factor I did: On my final tour day in Marrakech, I talked a couple other girls in my group into going for afternoon tea at the Royal Mansour, 1 of the fanciest hotels in Morocco (it is owned by the King). Staying overnight at this five-star home wasn’t actually in my spending budget, but I knew you could go have afternoon for about $35 per particular person – this is anything I adore carrying out when I travel, as it enables you to take a look at remarkable hotels even if you can not keep in them. The Roayl Mansour was lovely, and the afternoon tea was so beautiful!

Afternoon tea at Royal Mansour
Afternoon tea at Royal Mansour

My favourite spot I stayed: Soon after my Morocco tour ended, I stayed an additional two nights in Marrakech, opting for a space at a extremely Instagrammable riad known as Riad BE. It was beautiful, and served up my favourite breakfast in Morocco. Runner-up goes to the hotel I stayed at in Porto: Pestana Porto – A Brasileira. This hotel was appropriate in the heart of the city, and my space even came with a smartphone that you could use for absolutely free in Porto.

The most intriguing factor I ate: I currently talked about the pasteis de nata (custard tarts), which I ate a TON of in Portugal. But I consider the item that actually belongs right here is port wine! I do not drink really significantly at dwelling, but I knew I could not go to northern Portugal and not attempt its popular port wine. I did not adore the tawny and ruby ports, but I actually enjoyed the rose and white ports (which I did not even know existed till I attempted some in Porto)!

March travel highlights

Imagining dragons at Ait-Ben-Haddou – Significantly of Morocco completely took me by shocked the nation is significantly additional diverse than I realized. But when we got to Ait-Ben-Haddou (a fortified city along the old caravan route involving the Sahara and Marrakech), I ultimately believed to myself that THIS was what I had been expecting to come across in Morocco. This ancient town is a UNESCO Globe Heritage Web-site, and I loved exploring it for a couple hours. (It was also applied as the slave city Yunkai in Game of Thrones, therefore the dragon reference!)

Amanda at Ait Ben Haddou
Exactly where are my dragons?

Playing princess in Sintra – I had a lengthy to-do list in Portugal for a fairly smaller nation, there confident is a lot to see! 1 of my prime ought to-dos was taking a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, which is a town up in the mountains recognized for its opulent palaces and villas. Even even though Sintra was currently fairly busy in March and even even though my calf muscle tissues hated me immediately after all the hills, I LOVED this day trip! Cannot wait to create about it.

Drinking port in the Douro Valley – I did a day trip to the Douro Valley from Porto (it is closer than most people today consider!) to take a look at the spot exactly where Portugal’s popular port wine comes from. Along with taking a cruise down the Douro River, we also visited two wineries to attempt port and find out about the port-producing method. This was fairly fascinating, and absolutely worth a day trip!

Mural-spotting in Nashville – Lastly, I actually enjoyed exploring additional of Nashville with Elliot. On my initially trip to Nashville final summer time, I focused on the city’s nation music ties. This time about, even though, we focused on all the non-music factors, like distilleries and brunches and fantastic street art.

Amanda at Nashville mural

March travel lowlights

Other than some rain in Nashville and operating out of time to do anything I wanted to in Portugal, I do not have really significantly to complain about travel-sensible this month!

March on the weblog

I once more wrote really tiny in March due to all the traveling, but it was an additional exceptional visitors month for the weblog (1 of the finest, in reality!).

March visitors: 203,263 one of a kind guests, 288,542 pageviews

Most well known post: eight Items That Shocked Me About Traveling in Morocco – My initially Morocco post facts all the factors I discovered about the nation, and provides a tiny sneak peek of anything I saw/did. I LOVED this trip so significantly, and you can appear forward to quite a few additional Morocco posts!

Other posts published in March:

March on social media

Most well known Instagram post: You guys are nearly as obsessed with my Morocco photographs as I am! This image of an orange cat in the blue city of Chefchaouen was by far my most well known photo in March. It really is 1 of my favorites, as well – I strategy to print it out and hang it in my living space! (Be confident to verify out my feed for even additional Morocco!)

Most well known Facebook post: You actually enjoyed these photographs from my trip to Sintra, along with this post about Moroccan meals.

March organization update

March continued to be a fantastic month earnings-sensible, regardless of me becoming dwelling for only a smaller element of it. I’ve also got a lot of exciting factors brewing for the rest of the year!

Revenue report

  • Marketing: $five,240.20
  • Affiliate advertising and marketing: $four,026.39
  • Other: $898.07

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

Enterprise highs

Possessing my finest month ever with marketing – I use Mediavine as my ad network, and completely admit to becoming a Mediavine fangirl. But I have superior explanation to be, as they are exceptional and assistance my organization to be as effective as it is. I had my highest earning month EVER with them in March (it will not be reflected in my earnings report till June), which is really fascinating. Perhaps I will need to go strategy an additional trip to celebrate.

Enterprise lows

Obtaining time to run two blogs – This is not actually a “low,” specifically when I am truly actually excited about my second weblog. But it is worth mentioning, since a lot of people today do not recognize how quite a few hours go into operating a weblog! It was additional difficult in March because my second weblog is all about Cleveland, and I wasn’t actually in Cleveland really significantly – which means I wasn’t gathering any new content material to share. I absolutely will need to do a improved job of preparing ahead the subsequent time I am leaving Ohio for a though.

Possessing to turn down a exciting speaking gig – Final year, I had a likelihood to speak at the really initially TravelCon in Austin, Texas. I had an awesome time and got a lot of fantastic feedback on my speak about affiliate advertising and marketing. I was invited to speak once more at this year’s TravelCon in Boston, but sadly I currently have an additional campaign booked in Europe for the duration of that time. It sucks to have to turn down gigs (specifically ones exactly where I am assured to see so quite a few pals!), but it is taking place additional regularly as my months book out additional in advance just about every year.

TravelCon is when once more supplying a virtual pass to the conference for these who can not make it in-particular person, even though, so I consider I may well choose up 1 of these so I can nonetheless watch all the talks. (If you’d like to get a virtual pass, as well, you can get 1 right here!)

Amanda at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal
Pretending to be a princess at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra

Upcoming in April

I do not truly have any travel planned in April! I am going to keep at dwelling and get lots of function performed (and of course invest additional time carrying out exciting factors in Cleveland – adhere to my new Instagram account for lots of Cleveland coverage).

Soon after April, right here are some of the factors coming up subsequent:

Might: SATW in Columbus – At the starting of Might, I am headed down to Columbus for a handful of days for the SATW Freelance Council meeting. This will be my initially time going to an SATW occasion, so I am excited! I also have a packed schedule in Columbus that is going to include things like, amongst other factors, lots of awesome meals!

June: Bloghouse – For the third year in a row I will be mentoring at Bloghouse, a three-day intensive blogging workshop. This year’s edition is taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I am searching forward to going to a new element of that state.

June: Scotland – Elliot and I are taking our annual “big trip” to Scotland this year, exactly where we’re preparing to discover the Malt Whisky Trail in the Highlands, and distillery-hop about the island of Islay. Elliot has under no circumstances been to Scotland just before, so I am searching forward to sharing an additional of my favourite components of the planet with him.

June: Avalon river cruise – Soon after Scotland, I am flying to Budapest to board a river cruise up the Danube with Avalon Waterways. I am actually excited about this particular cruise, as it is 1 of Avalon’s new “Active &amp Discovery” itineraries, which consists of a wider variety of excursions to pick out from. I am searching forward to going to some new cities in Austria!

 

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

 



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