July and August 2022 Travel and Blogging Recap

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I’m a month behind on publishing this submit… whoops! I suppose that is what occurs whenever you begin touring frequently once more after 2 years at dwelling and completely overlook how you can steadiness work with adventuring!

July was a quiet month with no journeys, however then August and September felt like pre-Rona occasions with plenty of tasks and adventures packed in. The coming months will likely be quieter – which is an efficient factor; hopefully I can compensate for every thing I’ve to put in writing and share!

This summer time actually flew by… so let’s check out it by way of the highs and lows.

Amanda and Kate on Icelandic horses with mountains in the background
Horseback driving in Husavik? An Iceland spotlight!

July and August: The months in journey

  • Countries visited: 2 – USA and Iceland
  • States visited: 1 – Massachusetts
  • Flights taken: 4
  • Icelandic scorching canine eaten: Too many
  • Days spent on the street: 18

Travel highlights

Hiking to see an lively volcano – My good friend Adventurous Kate and I had been fortunate in that our Iceland street journey coincided with a volcanic eruption! The lively volcano was in the identical space as a 2021 eruption, that means there was already a partial path established to hike to it. We modified our plans barely to have the ability to do the hike on our first full day within the nation. The hike was lengthy (8 miles spherical journey) and fairly tough on the ankles, however getting to observe effervescent lava for an hour (from a protected distance, after all!) was SO COOL. Bucket checklist test for certain.

Amanda looking at an erupting volcano
That’s me an ACTIVE volcano!

Road tripping round Iceland – After the volcano hike, Kate and I spent almost 2 weeks street tripping round Iceland. We did ALL THE THINGS, together with whale watching, waterfall chasing, quirky museum hopping, and hitting up as many scenic spots as attainable. We had been exhausted on the finish of every day, however it actually was a dream Iceland street journey! We had principally nice climate, too, which was surprising however an enormous bonus.

Visiting ALL the recent springs – Another factor we did in Iceland was go to as many scorching springs and thermal spas as we might! In truth, for the primary week of the journey, we visited a scorching spring each single day! This was actually enjoyable – and I wrote this weblog submit about it.

Seeing a corpse flower bloom – Okay, so this one is not a journey spotlight because it occurred at dwelling in Ohio, however a corpse flower bloomed on the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in July, and I bought to go see it! The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum) is a large plant that solely flowers as soon as each 7-10 years on common. The bloom is claimed to scent like rotting meat/rubbish/smelly toes, and since there aren’t a lot of them left on the earth, a bloom at a spot like a zoo or botanical backyard all the time attracts a crowd! I made a Reel you may watch right here.

Amanda with a corpse flower
Me and Cronus the Corpse Flower

Travel lowlights

Honestly, I haven’t got any main journey mishaps to report! I opted to not test a bag to Iceland for concern of misplaced/delayed baggage, and did not have any main flight delays. (Well, technically my flight from Boston to Reykjavik was delayed, however it did not have an effect on my journey in any respect.)

I’ll depend myself fortunate, since journey snafus are nonetheless fairly commonplace if you happen to’re touring internationally proper now.

July and August on the weblog(s)

This summer time was a bit up and down for visitors, with a dip in July and a slight rise in August. But the back-to-school journey visitors stoop is coming in September…

Even although my principal web site is doing comparatively nicely income-wise, my visitors has nonetheless not totally recovered from the pandemic. And, truthfully, I’m beginning to really feel like perhaps it simply will not. The world has modified, and I suppose that is simply the brand new regular!

A Dangerous Business visitors: 156,396 distinctive guests and 215,130 pageviews in July; and 185,683 distinctive guests and 246,026 pageviews in August

Most fashionable submit: The Perfect 10-Day London and Paris Itinerary for Your Dream Europe Trip – This monster of a submit is likely to be the most important submit I’ve ever printed – however that is simply because it is chock FULL of all my ideas for planning an unforgettable journey to London and Paris.

Other posts printed:

Amanda at Mulagljufur Canyon
Most epic hike we did in Iceland to Mulagljufur Canyon

On my Cleveland area of interest web site, I hit a brand new visitors file this summer time: two consecutive non-holiday months with greater than 50K guests! I’ve cherished seeing this little web site develop, and loved spending July getting out and doing plenty of enjoyable native stuff like going to baseball video games and trying out new eating places.

Cleveland Traveler visitors: 54,673 distinctive guests and 70,424 pageviews in July; and 51,674 distinctive guests and 64,115 pageviews in August.

If you wish to see what I’ve been as much as on Cleveland Traveler these days, go to the location right here.

July and August on social media

The greatest social media information from the previous few months is that I had an Instagram Reel go viral in August. Like, REALLY viral. Like, 35 MILLION views viral. (It was this whale Reel from my Arctic journey in case you did not see it.) This led to plenty of new followers and extra publicity for my content material on Instagram, which is basically thrilling!

I’m nonetheless sharing Iceland content material on my @dangerousbiz IG account, so if you happen to missed that journey, test it out!

Most fashionable submit on Instagram (@dangerousbiz): (Other than the whale reels…) I encourage you to click on over and browse the caption on this submit, the place I discuss my ideas on local weather change and the best way we discuss it on-line.

Most fashionable submit on Instagram (@clevelandtraveler): Reels do infinitely higher on my native account than pictures, and this one itemizing a few of my favourite native patios was the most well-liked.

July and August enterprise replace

Remember, I report my earnings after they hit my checking account, that means these promoting earnings are from April and May, and the affiliate earnings are principally from June/July journey.

I had funds come by from some journey campaigns throughout these months, which helped enhance my general revenue. I really feel like I’ve performed extra of those partnerships in 2022 than in earlier years (and by “these partnerships,” I imply working with tourism boards and journey manufacturers to go to and promote locations), however what can I say? We’re all making up for misplaced time!

Still, although, a minimum of half of my travels this 12 months have been unsponsored and paid for out of my very own pocket.

A Dangerous Business July revenue report:

  • Advertising: $11,335.33
  • Affiliates: $3,652.9
  • Course/product gross sales: $429.29
  • Travel campaigns: $5,937.74
  • Other: $1,297.78

A Dangerous Business August revenue report:

  • Advertising: $12,244.26
  • Affiliates: $5,652.9
  • Course/product gross sales: $167.67
  • Travel campaigns: $952.77
  • Other: $140.34

(Note that that is my revenue earlier than deductions/bills and taxes.)

Rainbow street in Iceland
Happy rainbow road in Iceland

On Cleveland Traveler, advert earnings are fairly regular, persistently hitting that $2K per 30 days threshold now, which is greater than I ever anticipated to make with this web site!

My @clevelandtraveler Instagram account additionally lastly bought accepted into the Reels bonus program, which permits me to make some cash from the movies I submit on IG. (It’s actually exhausting to earn greater than $100 per 30 days on this bonus scheme, however hey, I’ll take the additional $100 for sharing content material I used to be going to share anyway!)

Cleveland Traveler July revenue report:

Cleveland Traveler August revenue report:

  • Advertising: $2,100.39
  • Social media: $107.6

(Note: A Dangerous Business was began in 2010, and has been monetized for greater than 10 years; Cleveland Traveler was began in 2019, and has been monetized for two.5 years.)

Business highs/lows

The summer time was good; regular. Nothing stands out as significantly tremendous good or tremendous unhealthy, however that is truly simply nice for me!

Upcoming this fall

I haven’t got something deliberate previous October – but! I’m itching to do one thing Christmassy in December although…

October: Austin, TX – Last 12 months, we had been imagined to go to Austin for the Formula 1 US Grand Prix. But COVID ruined these plans, and we deferred our tickets to this 12 months. I’m unsure what number of F1 followers I’ve following me, however I plan to share it with you anyway! We’ll be in Austin for a few week, spending 2 days on the race and the remainder of the time visiting with associates and exploring Austin a bit!



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