Can you believe it? The leaves are finally changing, fall is in full swing, and Jetfarer has been up and running for nearly three months. I still find it hard to believe that we’ve had several THOUSAND people visit the site since our inception on August 15. I’m so thankful for every single one of you who has taken the time to read one of our posts, comment, or engage with us on social media. You are the reason why we keep this site going, writing something new every single day! Today is article #93, and we’re so excited to continue this journey with you.
We recently took a look at the past 3 months and realized…we’ve done a LOT! From Machu Picchu to local art exhibits, we’ve been out and about in the world to bring you the most up-to-date and realistic guides to the places we’ve covered. Here’s a quick summary on our happenings since our launch on August 15.
- Trips taken: 10
- Domestic destinations: Houston, Texas (twice); Richmond, Virginia; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; New York City, New York (for work)
- International destinations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru
- We’ve posted 93 pieces of content (remember our promise of 1 per day for the first year?)
- We’ve been featured on over 5 different sites (you can see a couple of them here, here, and here)
- Our unique users have grown nearly 300% since our first week post-launch
- Our pageviews have grown 165% since our first week post-launch
- We reached our first 150 followers on Instagram (if you aren’t one of them, let’s hang out!)
- We reached 1,000 likes on Facebook (if you aren’t one of them, come join us!)
- We’ve grown substantially on Pinterest and Twitter, with more to come there in the coming months
A Weekend Trip to Copenhagen
When I found a cheap flight deal to Copenhagen, I just couldn’t resist. So, I bought my $400 flight, packed my tiny carry-on, and traveled to Copenhagen for a short 3 days. While I definitely didn’t think it was enough time, I enjoyed every second of it, prioritizing what I wanted to do and cutting out the rest.
Trekking the Salkantay Trail in Peru
After having to cancel a trip to Peru earlier this year for career reasons, I decided I still wanted to go sometime in 2017. In early September, I took off and went to Peru for a whole week (since I paired it with a holiday weekend, I only used 4 vacation days!). The highlight of my trip was doing a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trail. With snowy mountains, lush cloud forests, and incredible views of the lost city, it was an absolutely incredible way to escape the office for a week.
Exploring Hidden Gems in Houston and Washington DC
Although there haven’t been any other big trips for me recently, I’ve spent quite a bit of time getting to know my cities. I recently moved to Washington DC, so taking time to explore the corners of this city has been really interesting, including an abandoned church-gone-art studio. Additionally, I go back to visit Houston (my old city) quite regularly, so since starting this website, I’ve also tried to see it a bit more as an opportunity to get to know it in a way I never did before.
Coming Up in November
Fall Leaves on the East Coast
We’re taking some time to focus on the areas nearest to home to show that local tourism can have a lot to offer. With that, we’re planning on perusing the best areas for fall foliage in the mid-Atlantic region. Through hikes, city parks, and green spaces, we’ll be sharing our experiences in this part of the United States.
Northern Norway and Oslo
During Thanksgiving week (our favorite holiday to travel), we’re headed to Norway to chase the Northern Lights and hang out in Oslo’s Christmas markets. Seeing the Northern Lights has been a bucket list item for me personally for a long time, os I’m hoping that it will finally happen during our Tromsø leg of the trip.
Your Favorite Posts Thus Far
Here are your absolute favorite posts from the past 3 months, according to Google Analytics:
- How I Used 15 Vacation Days to Travel to 12 Countries in One Year – In 12 months I was able to see 12 countries on top of countless domestic trips. Find out how I did it in this post.
- Two Days in Big Bend National Park – Are you heading to Texas sometime soon? If so, be sure to head to BIg Bend National Park for some of the most spectacular views in the country!
- On Dining at a Michelin Star Restaurant While Staying in a Hostel – When traveling it’s important to prioritize your time and money on things that you care about. Dining at a Michelin Star restaurant while staying at a hostel demonstrates these personal choices.
- 7 Ways to Find Ridiculously Cheap Flight Deals – If you’re looking for a flight deal to anywhere in the world, read this first.
- How This Australian Traveled the World for 888 Days Straight – Dan Smolenaers is a huge inspiration to us, and we hope that his trip around the world will inspire you too.
Again, Thank You
From me and everyone else who has been involved with or featured on the site, I want to thank you for being a reader of Jetfarer. We couldn’t do it without you! Here’s to a wonderful and wanderlustful November full of enlightening travel stories and growth (personal, professional, and otherwise).