After a few months of limited travel as we adjust to life here in Ohio, July finally saw my return to the open skies and open roads – just in the nick of time!
Not being able to travel has been hard for my mental health and my business, and sneaking in a few trips before the Delta Variant began sweeping across the country helped soothe that discomfort some. While I have a few more trips coming up, it was nice to be on the road and feel like things were almost getting back to normal… for a minute there.
- Travel: ✈️🚀🚗
- Blogging: 📉
- Income: Also 📉
This month’s photos were taken in New Mexico & New Jersey. Both new places I had never visited before!
Travel in July
Since moving to Ohio, we haven’t traveled much. It turns out that 1. Cleveland is a really bad place to get direct flights to basically anywhere, and 2. our finances are still recovering from the move and new budget of home ownership. But it wasn’t entirely travel-free: I had a chance to take a last-minute once-in-a-lifetime trip plus head out to the East Coast – a new destination within our reach!
- Destinations Visited: 3
- Albuquerque & Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Cape May, NJ
- Flights Taken: 2
- Days on the Road: 6 out of 31
July Travel Highlights & Lowlights
The best travel experience I had in July was… seeing the Virgin Galactic launch in New Mexico. I took a last-minute and short trip to New Mexico. I put in 500 miles of driving and saw a lot including the awe-inspiring launch. I put together a highlight of the trip on my Instagram profile.
The worst travel experience I had in July was… driving 8 hours each way during a short weekend trip to Cape May, NJ. That’s a lot of driving, but the rest of the trip was great.
My July travel highlight from years past was… celebrating the Apollo 50th Anniversary in Houston last year. I didn’t even have to check my calendar of past travels – that one will always be a highlight!
Blogging in July
After three banner months clocking over 200,000 pageviews each month, the downward trajectory I saw in June continued into July. I can see now that I was affected by the June Core Update that Google rolled out, plus a new wave of increased concerns about travel safety and the natural slowing of interest in Alaska travel planning contributed to my traffic losses. That said, it was still a great month, and I’m proud of how far this site has come since the pandemic hit and travel disappeared.
… Wait, what happened?
I’m launching a brand new site to help travel bloggers like you create sustainable and financially successful websites! If you want to read the rest of this recap, you’ll need to head over to Site School to see all the details: