Jetfarer in Review: August, September and October 2017

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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.

The Summary


  • 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

Website Milestones

  • 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 herehere, 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

August-October Highlights

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

Northern Lights in Tromsø – Photo Credit: Strolic Furlan

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:

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).

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Kay is a full-time working professional located in Washington DC who takes every spare vacation day to get outside and explore the world. When she travels, she loves visiting the most iconic and naturally beautiful destinations in the USA and abroad. You can typically find her wandering the streets of a city, running through a park, taking ridiculous self portraits, or hiking a mountain somewhere. Connect with Kay: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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