Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Bachelorettes on the Run in Portland, Maine

Bachelorettes on the Run in Portland, Maine

Despite being a native New Englander, it took 30 years for me to make it to Portland, Maine! That shouldnt have happened! ‘t was high on my list of places to see – it’s a very foodie-oriented city, on so many “up and coming” lists, and only two hours from Boston. Then I finally got an opportunity – my dear friend Lisa’s bachelorette party. Lisa gave us largely free reign on planning... [Read more]


Viewpoints: Traveling Solo as a Woman of Color with Maya Bhardwaj

Viewpoints: Traveling Solo as a Woman of Color with Maya Bhardwaj

I’m happy to announce a new feature on Adventurous Kate — the Viewpoints column! This interview series will focus on independent female travelers around the world with interesting stories to tell. As much as I want to represent all independent female travelers, as a white, straight, able-bodied, educated, middle-class American, I carry an enormous amount of privilege that affects my travels... [Read more]


The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

One thing I’ve noticed about Guatemala guidebooks and tours is that they tend to label Lake Atitlan as a singular destination. “Spend a few days exploring Antigua before a few days on Lake Atitlan, then move on to Semuc Champey…” By the sound of that, you’d think that Lake Atitlan is tiny, maybe with one town and a public beach or two. Not in the least! It’s huge... [Read more]


13 Takeaways From a First-Time Tour Guide

13 Takeaways From a First-Time Tour Guide

If you told me six months ago that I would have run two successful tours by May, I wouldn’t have believed you. How did this all come together? Leif and I met in Sri Lanka in November, became instant friends, and he told me about his plan to run a tour to El Salvador and Guatemala during the winter. I thought it sounded like a great idea and offered to promote the tour on my Facebook page. Well,... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: April 2015

AK Monthly Recap: April 2015

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately, but believe me, there’s a reason for it! I’ve just finished running my second tour and I’ve got a lot cooking up for the next few months. I thought age 26 (when I quit my job to travel the world) would be my most exciting year ever, but age 30 might be even better. Here’s everything I got up to in April! Destinations Visited Reading... [Read more]


The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

Every now and then, a friend of mine starts a blog and asks for feedback. No matter what the blog’s niche is — travel or food or beauty or just a personal blog — I find myself giving the same feedback again and again. I started my first blog in 2002, before the word “blog” was even in the common lexicon. Since then, I’ve run blogs in multiple niches, from travel... [Read more]


Should You Use a Diva Cup?

Should You Use a Diva Cup?

Dear Male Readers of Adventurous Kate: I love you, I appreciate you, you make up one third of my audience, but while I know you enjoy many of my female-oriented posts, today’s post is not going to be enjoyable for you. If you’re a dude, I suggest you catch up on a hilarious vintage post instead: like the night I crashed Vanilla Ice’s stage or when I was an extra in a really bad... [Read more]


A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

Coming to Central America, I had no idea that one of my favorite places would be a two street town on the coast of El Salvador. But El Tunco was so much more than I expected. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of my extended time in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, four years ago — but a million times better. I’m thirty now and have truly outgrown fun-but-skeevy places like Sihanoukville; El... [Read more]


Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

There are so many incredible benefits to solo travel: you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. You develop incredible confidence. You can change your plans on a whim. It’s easier to interact with locals and learn the local language. You can take the trip of your dreams and be whomever you want to be without catering to anyone else. These are some of the reasons why I adore traveling... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: March 2015

AK Monthly Recap: March 2015

Will any month ever top this one? I’m sure that it will happen, eventually, but not for a long time. If I had to live a month over and over again, March 2015 would be it. From Nicaragua to El Salvador to Guatemala to the United States, surrounded by some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met — it was so full of love and learning and friendship and beauty. And there is sooooo... [Read more]