How to Survive Pre-Trip Anxiety
What happens when pre-trip jitters turn into something more? Here's how to handle it.
How to Rock a Trip to Johannesburg
Most people skip Johannesburg. I'm telling you to give it a chance.
Notes from the Brink of Age 32
As I turn 32, I wonder how I'll make peace without traveling as much.
Visiting South Africa in the Winter: Worth It or Not?
Winter -- or our summer -- is the perfect time to go on safari!
Don’t Expect Travel To Solve Your Problems
Traveling won't solve your problems -- you need to work on your issues as well.
Hudson, New York: The Coolest Small Town in America
Looking for an easy foodie getaway from NYC? Hudson is one awesome town!
AK Monthly Recap: June 2016
From meeting Titus Andromedon to checking out the coolest small town in America, here's the best of June!
“How do you choose where to travel next?” It surprises me whenever I hear it, but this is one of the most popular questions I get. And as much as I think I just pick a destination and go, it’s actually a more complicated process. Why not write a whole post about it? (And I’m not the only one! This week, the Traveling Canucks wrote a post on the very same topic. Do check their... [Read more]
I wrote the first draft of this post on my flight from JFK to Cartagena, and I’m embarrassed to say that I almost didn’t get on the plane. As the departure date of my Colombia trip loomed, knots grew in my stomach. Was I only traveling because I thought I should be traveling? Did I want to be away from my friends and family in New York for 19 days when I had so many more travels coming up this... [Read more]
“Is it really worth it to visit Johannesburg?” Absolutely. I think it’s great for any trip to South Africa, but especially your first. On my first trip to Joburg in 2012, I was absolutely shocked at how much I enjoyed it. So I definitely wanted us to return for our girls’ getaway to South Africa. This was Beth’s first trip to the country and she gave me a lot of freedom in... [Read more]
Imperfect Selfie: Relaxing in Koh Lanta, Thailand This week I turned 32. It’s had me deep in thought. 32 isn’t one of the more significant birthdays, but it’s been a while since I went through a year filled with so many changes. Every year I write a birthday post, talking about where I am now in this part of my life. For this year’s post, I’m illustrating it with several... [Read more]
Finally, after seven months stateside, I broke out my worn navy passport and traveled abroad once again! I needed a break, but I still can’t believe it lasted seven months. This month was about South Africa. My friend Beth and I spent just over two weeks in the country, my third visit and her first. In addition to that, we spent a day in Amsterdam and the rest of my time was spent in the New... [Read more]
“You’re going to South Africa in the winter? Why?!” This was the reaction of most of my South African friends upon learning of my July travel plans. Truth, I very rarely travel during the low season anywhere; for me, it’s not worth the risk of bad weather. But this time it wasn’t just about me — it was about my friend Beth. She’s a teacher and can’t... [Read more]
Sometimes I worry about the narrative that we travel publishers put out there: “Quit your job, travel the world, and all your problems will be solved.” Almost none of us actually say that — or mean it. But when you add up all the travel memoirs and travel blogs and travel-filled Instagram profiles, that’s the dominant narrative. Travel? Leads to great things. Great things? Reduction... [Read more]
“No matter what, you need to get out of the city at least once a month,” my friends warned me. Of course I’ll get out of the city, I thought to myself. I travel for a living! Then April came and to my great shock, I went a full month without leaving New York. Hell, I didn’t believe it until I looked back over the month and double-checked my photos! It’s so easy to get... [Read more]
June 2016 will forever be known as the month that I saw Hamilton. Really, everything else fades to black and white when measured up against Hamilton. I can’t remember the last time a performance affected me this much! But beyond that, there was a lot of fun in New York and a bit beyond. Another quiet month. Another close-to-home month. But another piece in the puzzle as I try to figure out... [Read more]
This summer, I’ve been planning lots of special day trips and short getaways from Manhattan. One of my biggest priorities? The North Fork of Long Island. Long Island extends eastward from Brooklyn and Queens and eventually forks in two. The South Fork gets most of the hype and vacationers — it’s home to the Hamptons and beautiful beaches. The North Fork, however, is all about WINE.... [Read more]