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Traveling in Colombia: The Best Moments

Traveling in Colombia: The Best Moments

When I decided to take a 2.5-week solo trip to Colombia, I wanted to pack in as much variety as possible. Cities and rural areas, destinations for both locals and international travelers. And I wanted to do it on a budget — not a shoestring, but enough of a budget to save money while still staying in private rooms, going on tours, and taking occasional flights to save hours of travel. My first... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: August 2016

AK Monthly Recap: August 2016

It was the month of Colombia! I spent 19 days exploring my 64th country and getting back into the groove of long-term solo travel after several trips with friends and short solo excursions. Between Colombia and some good times at home, here are the best and worst moments of August 2016. Destinations Visited New York, NY Cartagena, Medellín, Guatapé, Salento, Valle del Cocora, Bogotá, and Zipaquirá,... [Read more]


Adventurous Kate’s Offbeat Guide to Cape Town

Adventurous Kate’s Offbeat Guide to Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most visually spectacular and culturally unique cities I have ever visited. It’s the cornerstone of a South Africa trip and a city you’ll be raving about afterwards to everyone you meet. Even so, it can take a bit of a learning curve to really get into Cape Town. Its charms beyond its natural beauty aren’t as obvious, and it isn’t as easy to navigate... [Read more]


How I Choose Where to Travel Next

How I Choose Where to Travel Next

“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]


How to Survive Pre-Trip Anxiety

How to Survive Pre-Trip Anxiety

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]


How to Rock a Trip to Johannesburg

How to Rock a Trip to Johannesburg

“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]


Notes from the Brink of Age 32

Notes from the Brink of Age 32

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]


AK Monthly Recap: July 2016

AK Monthly Recap: July 2016

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]


Visiting South Africa in the Winter: Worth It or Not?

Visiting South Africa in the Winter: Worth It or Not?

“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]


Don’t Expect Travel To Solve Your Problems

Don’t Expect Travel To Solve Your Problems

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]