Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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My Worst Travel Moments of 2014

My Worst Travel Moments of 2014

You’ve got to take the good with the bad. And just because I’m on the road most of the time, it doesn’t mean I’m immune to bad times. Far from it. No matter how much you travel, it can often be challenging and stressful. I really enjoy writing about the crappy times on the road — I think it’s important to show you the full range of travel, not just the pretty, Pinterest-worthy... [Read more]


My Best Travel Moments of 2014

My Best Travel Moments of 2014

What makes a perfect travel moment? For me, it’s not always about seeing an iconic sight or taking a memorable journey — it’s how I feel in one small moment, whether it lasted a few minutes or a few hours. It’s a moment when the rest of the world floats away and I’m perfectly present. Here are my favorite travel moments from 2014. Late-Night Sauna and Skinny Dipping in... [Read more]


Sri Lanka, What Took Me So Long?

Sri Lanka, What Took Me So Long?

If you’re a very longtime reader, you might remember this very early post, which I wrote back in 2010 just before leaving on my six-month trip to Southeast Asia that unexpectedly turned into four years and counting around the world. (What a baby blogger I was back then!) I had been dreaming of visiting Sri Lanka for years, and even though it lay outside Southeast Asia, I knew I had to try to... [Read more]


My Favorite New Destinations of 2014

My Favorite New Destinations of 2014

It’s time for my annual collection of “best of the year” travel lists! Since I have no plans to travel to any new destinations before the end of the year, I’m ready to reveal the first: my favorite new destinations of the year. Every year, I do a round-up of my favorite new destinations of the year. In 2012, it was all about the Faroe Islands; South Africa; Istria, Croatia;... [Read more]


Heading to NYC for an Epic Adventure with Booking

Heading to NYC for an Epic Adventure with Booking

Most of my visits to New York are anchored in Harlem, crashing on the gray couch I gave my sister when I left to travel the world four years ago. And as much as I love staying with her (complete with playing Cards Against Humanity, watching her boyfriend’s latest favorite YouTube videos, and eating all of her Trader Joe’s cookie butter), the couch is starting to get a bit…lumpy. I... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: November 2014

AK Monthly Recap: November 2014

Well, I finally did it. After two and a half years, I finally took a vacation. But aren’t you always on – STOP! Don’t even! Believe me, I know how ridiculous it sounds. I travel the world full-time, stay in luxury hotels, and people get me to do things like fly like Iron Man and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and eat my face off in Italy’s best food region, all for free. But... [Read more]


Ask Kate: Should I Book My Accommodation Ahead of Time?

Ask Kate: Should I Book My Accommodation Ahead of Time?

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 Since Florence: A Retrospective on Study Abroad

Ten Years Since Florence: A Retrospective on Study Abroad

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]


Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

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]


AK Monthly Recap: October 2014

AK Monthly Recap: October 2014

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]