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Where to Stay in Barcelona — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where to Stay in Barcelona — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where’s the best place to stay in Barcelona? I called in the experts! After writing my Where to Stay in Paris post, I was inundated with requests to do one for Barcelona, too. At the time, I grumbled, “I’m only one woman — I’m not an expert on every city in the world!” But you know what? You really want to know. And while I’ve been to Barcelona several times,... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: January 2017

AK Monthly Recap: January 2017

Once again, I went a full month without leaving New York! I barely even left Manhattan, venturing to Brooklyn a total of twice. The first time I did that, in April of last year, I was shocked and horrified at myself. This time, I welcomed it! The past few months were much busier than I anticipated (a six-week trip to Europe and Australia, a nine-day trip to Germany, plus three trips home to Massachusetts),... [Read more]


This is the Islamic World

This is the Islamic World

Let me show you a world that is too often misunderstood. Women gossiping in a park. Istanbul, 2013. Soft sand, palm trees, and some of the bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Senggigi, Indonesia, 2011. Bikes and bread and girls in matching dresses. Prizren, Kosovo, 2013. Camel rides at sunrise. Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2011. Chilled out beach resorts. Ksamil, Albania, 2015. Opulence. Dubai, 2013 New... [Read more]


For the Love of God, Don’t Sew a Canadian Flag on Your Backpack

For the Love of God, Don’t Sew a Canadian Flag on Your Backpack

  There are so many travel urban legends out there. The belief that dressing up and being polite at check-in will get you a free upgrade to business class. The Paris restaurant where the food is so good, you’ll cry, and prices haven’t changed since the 1980s. The mysterious Thai island that no “tourists” know about. But the biggest myth of all? The crowds of American travelers with... [Read more]


My Plan for 2017: A Commitment to Fitness

My Plan for 2017: A Commitment to Fitness

For years, I lived my life with one solid focus: to travel the world as much as possible and build my career as a travel blogger. And it was good. Lord, was it good. But over time, I learned that being singularly focused means that everything else in your life suffers to a degree. Relationships. Other interests. And most importantly, health. Case in point: almost every travel blogger who has given... [Read more]


How to Fall in Love with Kraków in 30 Steps

How to Fall in Love with Kraków in 30 Steps

I wondered if I was doing myself a disservice, waiting so long to visit Kraków and Poland as a whole. As much as I hate to admit it, you do lose a bit of sense of wonder when you travel constantly. Would I greet Kraków with the enthusiasm of my early twenties? Or be underwhelmed and head to cafes to work the whole time? The good news, however, is that traveling this much teaches you what you... [Read more]


Where to Go in 2017: Kate’s Top 12 Picks

Where to Go in 2017: Kate’s Top 12 Picks

January is a time for goal-setting and making those long-held travel dreams a reality. This is the time to start saving and making tentative plans for one of your long-held dream trips. Now — if you have a specific, long-held travel dream, that’s what you should prioritize! I always encourage people to go after their biggest travel dreams. But if you need a little nudge from me, here... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: December 2016

AK Monthly Recap: December 2016

And just like that, 2016 is over. It couldn’t have come soon enough. I didn’t buy into the “Fuck 2016” memes until the election in November, and then I was fully on board. Talk about an awful year. Now that it’s 2017, even though it’s just an arbitrary difference, I feel like a lot of people will be able to let go of anger and begin welcoming more positivity into... [Read more]


My Favorite Reads of 2016

My Favorite Reads of 2016

2016 was the year that my reading habits changed significantly. Casual reading no longer satisfies me. These days, a book either needs to feature excellent writing or teach me something new, or it won’t hold my interest. I used to need to alternate between heavier books and lighter reads; now I enjoy going from heavy to heavy. This year, I read a lot about race, class, and privilege in America.... [Read more]


My Worst Travel Moments of 2016

My Worst Travel Moments of 2016

It’s time for everyone’s favorite post of the year — my worst travel moments! And I love writing this post every year. I think it’s important to reflect the not-so-pleasant times along with the happier moments, and I think that reflects in my coverage here. In 2012, I drove my car into a ditch in the Faroe Islands. In 2013, I was extorted for my phone in Cambodia. In 2014,... [Read more]