Ask Kate: Should I Book My Accommodation Ahead of Time?
Is it okay to just show up at a guesthouse, or should you book beforehand?
Ten Years Since Florence: A Retrospective on Study Abroad
Looking back ten years later, I'm both nostalgic and appalled by my semester in Florence.
Five Things I’m Loving Right Now
I've found the best gel eyeliner, flip-flops with arch support, and a savory masala French toast!
AK Monthly Recap: October 2014
Massachusetts is gorgeous in October -- plus some exciting news and updates!
A Street Food Crawl Through Queens, New York
Come see a different side of New York City -- a fantastic street food neighborhood.
Win a Trip to Yemaya Resort, Little Corn Island!
Want to win a trip to a Caribbean island? Yemaya's giving away the trip of a lifetime!
Where to Stay in Paris — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation
Which neighborhood is best, and where should you stay? All my top Paris spots are here!
Scenes from the Flåm Railway, Norway
Norway is home to one of the world's most beautiful train journeys. Do you agree?
Three Days in Bergen: The Perfect Introduction to Norway
This beautiful Norwegian city is a perfect place to explore for a few days.
Is it necessary to book your accommodation in advance? If so, how far in advance? The latest Ask Kate question delves into the pros and cons of showing up to book. Hey Kate! Let’s say you book a plane and go with it, you just pretty much research the area best as possible for places to stay and transit? I know sometimes you just have to wing it but do you have somewhat of a plan as well because... [Read more]
Ten years ago today, I was studying abroad in Florence. For the past several months, I’ve been thinking that my 10-year study abroadaversary would be a great opportunity to look back at that special time. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I ever made and by far the best thing I did in college. It was the catalyst that led me to a life of travel, and I think part of me knew that. At... [Read more]
And now for something a little bit different on this Friday — I thought I’d share with you some products that I’ve been enjoying lately, both travel and otherwise. Have a great weekend! Sleep Cycle App Do you love statistics and feeling great in the morning? You should track your sleep! This app works by putting your phone down in bed next to you. It analyzes your movement and determines... [Read more]
October was an enormous break. Not from work, but from travel. I made an eleventh hour decision to axe my trip to Greece. If you subscribe to my email updates – in which I reveal stuff that I don’t include on the blog — you already know why. If not, check it out here. (And if you want to receive those weekly email updates from me, sign up in the widget at the bottom of this page.) It’s... [Read more]
New York has become one of my bases over the past few years. With so many of my friends living there (as well as a sister who doesn’t mind putting me up on her couch), I’m spending more and more time in the city, and with that, looking for new and interesting things to do on my visits. One activity that I had been wanting to do for years? A Queens street food tour by Jeff Tastes. And... [Read more]
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Where’s the best place to stay in Paris? For most people, going to Paris is the trip of a lifetime — so it’s all the more important to carefully choose where you stay. Paris was the first city I ever fell in love with, and after thirteen years, it’s still my favorite city in the world. On my first visit, I skipped away from my school group to climb the towers of Notre-Dame;... [Read more]
Norway’s Flåm Railway, or Flamsbana, is often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Beginning in the sea-level fjord hamlet of Flåm and extending to the town of Myrdal, 863 meters above sea level, the train glides through grassy mountains with waterfalls spurting out from every direction. Is it the most beautiful train journey? Well, I’ve been on lots... [Read more]
Norway. One of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of the most expensive countries in the world. A unique and cold and clear and precise destination — yet one that until recently had been out of my price range. But I finally had an opportunity. Norwegian Air is now flying to New York, and at this time, I’ve found it to be the cheapest way to get across the Atlantic. I booked... [Read more]
When New Year’s 2014 rolled around, I didn’t think I would be visiting Germany at all this year. How wrong I was! By August, I had visited Leipzig, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin, Potsdam, and finally Cologne and Brühl. With the exception of Berlin, they were all new destinations for me. Cologne closed out my summer of festivals — for this final event, I would... [Read more]