Bachelorettes on the Run in Portland, Maine
My girls and I go on a fun, foodie weekend to Maine's quirky largest city!
Viewpoints: Traveling Solo as a Woman of Color with Maya Bhardwaj
What's it like to travel the world as a woman of color? Maya weighs in with her experiences.
The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Heading to Lake Atitlan? There's a LOT to see! Find the best town for you here.
13 Takeaways From a First-Time Tour Guide
Crazy days, food poisoning, and the eccentricities of the developing world -- this is tour guiding!
AK Monthly Recap: April 2015
What happened in April? A second tour from El Salvador to Guatemala with lots of adventures!
Should You Use a Diva Cup?
A menstrual cup will revolutionize how you handle your period while traveling.
A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador
It's the coolest little beach town in El Salvador -- and you will fall in love with it.
Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel
From eating healthy to speeding through sightseeing, here are some unusual solo travel benefits!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]