Category: Recreation

BMTM’s Epic Black Friday Sale!

Hey all, happy sale time. As I’m sure you’re seeing all around the web, ’tis the season to get things discounted!

I’ve struggled with the sometimes wasteful consumerism of this season, and personally, I think the best gifts, to oneself or to others, are experiential. The benefits of learning a new skill or even building a new business last for a lifetime.

That’s not to say a physical present isn’t tons of fun, too. With lots of options for how to vote with our dollars, I’d like to present my offerings. Between my courses and Wanderbabe Clothing, I’m offering ethically-made, female-run options that give back. Read on to find the best deals I offer all year on nearly everything I’ve created:

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I started my travel blogging journey eight years ago, and have just about made every mistake possible …

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So You Want to Be a Travel Blogger? How to Make Money

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When I first got into travel blogging, the way to make money was by selling links and having 40-50 niche websites with Google adwords ads. Press trips didn’t exist for bloggers and getting paid for our work was tough.

Then came the dawn of the influencer. The industry blossomed in opportunity and things were going pretty well until BOOM, the cooties hit.

So now that the game has changed drastically again, how is it possible to make money with a travel blog going into 2021?

I’m here to tell you it’s still totally possible to thrive in this role, provided you’re ready to put in the hard work and most importantly, passion.

These are the ways to make it happen in 2021 and beyond:

1. Use your blog as a resume to get freelance writing work

My biggest source of income during the first couple years of my

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How to Visit Flamingo Beach, Aruba

When I was planning my trip to Aruba I put out the call to my friends to see who had been there and what could not be missed. One of them mentioned that there are flamingos on the beach in Aruba and I was beyond ecstatic.

I could just picture it: Chilling with a bunch of pink compadres in that beautiful blue Caribbean water? It’s a photographer’s dream!

But when I arrived in Aruba it turned out that there are not scores of flamingos roaming around all over the beaches, they are in just one spot – a private island owned by a hotel.

Finding Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Renaissance Island is a private island connected to the Renaissance Hotel, which is located in the main shopping area of Aruba. It’s somewhat close to the cruise port and the airport in Oranjestad.

In order to access the island you

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Beautiful Chakra Meditations for Each of Your 7 Chakras

I wasn’t very spiritual when I first started traveling several years ago. I knew what I believed was different than the society I was raised in, but I never understood that it was reflected in other cultures. Thankfully, Asia was the first part of the world that I explored, and it made all the difference.

The first time I picked up a book to read about Buddhism, I finally felt understood. The things that my old finance coworkers called me a hippie for — my disconnect with fancy things, belief that everyone is fundamentally equal, and energetic connection with nature — were not New Age beliefs, but rather older than Christianity. It all stems from Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths and before that, Hinduism.

Over the past couple of years I’ve supercharged my spiritual curiosity, learning more about meditation, Tantra, and dipping into quantum physics as well, at least,

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The 9 Best Winter Vacations in the U.S.

Winter is one of the best times to see different parts of the US at its brightest and most festive. In some places of the country, the coziness of the seasonal chill is quintessential to the winter experience. But in other places, winter is basically nonexistent, save for a few holiday decorations!

Here are 9 of the best vacations you can take this upcoming season:

California Desert Trip

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Though winter frost is usually associated with snow-covered trees, the desert is a great place to visit in the winter. Scorching summer temperatures in California (which sometimes reach over 120°F!) mean that the cooler seasons make the desert bearable. There are plenty of deserts, like Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Mojave, Death Valley, and more, to spend your winter in the Southern California area. For a little bit of inspiration, check out BMTM’s perfect California deserts road trip itinerary.

If you

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Starting a Travel Blog for Queer Travelers in 2020

At first thought, 2020 wouldn’t seem like the year to start a travel blog. With so many travel bans in place and a big shift in the industry, why jump into a profession that has been hit so hard?

From the outside it may look grim, but if you ask me, this is actually one of the best times to start a travel blog.

Why? When things get tough, those who can stay the course and work through it have a fantastic opportunity. For the first time in the short span of travel blogging as a career, this shake up will cause many to quit, lose dedication, and decide to pursue something else.

While unfortunate for them, this creates an opportunity for those who are willing to go all in, to fill those gaps left behind, and to innovate to rise to the current times.

Jennifer Bourbon is one of

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