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AK Monthly Recap: August 2015

AK Monthly Recap: August 2015

Is it March that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well, that was pretty much my August. It began with a bang, gallivanting in Riga before a wild sojourn through eastern Sicily. After slowing down a bit in Scotland and Iceland, I came home to Massachusetts and came to a stop. Quite a few things happened this month: a family trip, my 31st birthday, and the single most challenging destination... [Read more]


The Genealogy Trip: Tracing Our Roots in Latvia, Sicily, and Scotland

The Genealogy Trip: Tracing Our Roots in Latvia, Sicily, and Scotland

In late July, two special ladies ratlew across the Atlantic to Latvia. For the first time in my nearly five years of travel, family members were coming to travel with me. My mother, Debbie, and my sister, Sarah. Wait? When did you mention a big family trip?! I didn’t mention it, actually. My mom is conservative when it comes to social media and didn’t want to broadcast to the world that... [Read more]


Copenhagen in Photos

Copenhagen in Photos

It’s been two months since I visited Copenhagen, and for some reason, I’ve been struggling when trying to put my visit into words. Copenhagen was lovely. But what made this trip so different? Well, first of all, I failed at tourism. I planned for only four days in Copenhagen without accounting for how the seven-hour eastward jet lag would affect me. (A very late but very fun night on... [Read more]


100 Travel Tips for Paris

100 Travel Tips for Paris

Visiting Paris is an experience that every traveler should have. Paris is the first city I fell in love with. More than 60 countries later, it’s still my favorite city in the world. Since my first trip at the age of 16, I’ve returned seven more times, trying to uncover more layers of the city on each visit. I’ll never succeed in peeling back every layer. Paris, like New York and... [Read more]


What’s it Like to Travel in Albania?

What’s it Like to Travel in Albania?

Image: travelFREAK Albania was the country I was most looking forward to visiting this summer. It fit my dreams — home to a fascinating culture and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, yet a bit of an underdog. A Balkan country I hadn’t visited yet? Sold! But the biggest factor was meeting two lovely Albanian girls this past spring. Erisa and Bianka joined my second Central... [Read more]


How to Protect Your Belongings on the Beach

How to Protect Your Belongings on the Beach

Imagine relaxing on the whitest beach you’ve ever seen. The breeze is gentle, the sun is warm but not harsh, and you’ve got your eye on the bright blue sea before you. And that’s not all — you’re here alone. Because you feel like it. And you’re having a kickass time. Ordinarily, you’d trade off swimming time and watch-the-bags time with a friend, but on your... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: July 2015

AK Monthly Recap: July 2015

Oh, July 2015! You are going down in history! Could I have had any more fun this month?! Let’s not answer that. It was a very Balkan month. This month I continued my annual summertime getaway to the Balkans, this time visiting Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia, bookended by visits to Greece and Latvia. Here are the highlights and lowlights of this marvelous month in Europe! Destinations Visited Santorini... [Read more]


Why Snapchat Matters

Why Snapchat Matters

Over the past several months, Snapchat has been becoming a more and more prominent social network. What was once though to be the domain for teenagers sending each other nude photos has become a powerful new medium of communication. As a publisher, I’ve watched as all of the social networks became more perfection-focused for bloggers and publishers like myself. Instagram was no longer for instant... [Read more]


30 Things I Didn’t Do Until I Turned 30

30 Things I Didn’t Do Until I Turned 30

Yesterday I turned 31. I spent a wonderful day with my loved ones in Riga. It was a day filled with plenty of my favorite things: photographing a World Heritage Site, wine, cheese, getting recognized by a reader, and Magic Mike XXL. I also spent time reflecting on how far I’ve come in the past year. Life doesn’t end at 30. Far from it. In fact, when I turned 30 last year, tons of people... [Read more]


7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

As soon as I decided to visit Chicago for a few days, I began planning meticulously. I started talking to everyone I knew who lived in Chicago or had visited there. I asked questions, took notes, even had a document in my Evernote compiling my information. All this information…was about food. I mean, yes, I wanted to do an architecture cruise and see Second City and have a meetup with my... [Read more]