Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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The Stunning Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

The Stunning Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

If you’re new to this site, here’s something you’ll soon learn about me: I regularly take on way more than I should, bite off way more than I can chew, and end up stressing myself out for the sake of seeing as much as possible while traveling. The latest example? My one-day road trip through Puglia, Italy. After a few days at the Carpino Folk Festival, I had a free day with a rental... [Read more]


Win a Trip for Two to Chile’s Atacama Desert!

Win a Trip for Two to Chile’s Atacama Desert!

The following branded content post is brought to you by LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. With yet another contest and another opportunity to visit somewhere fabulous, I am delighted to share this one with you. I fell in love with the desert when I was nine years old. I was on a family trip to Arizona, and we did a lot of driving, from Phoenix to Sedona and the Grand... [Read more]


Coming Home to the Carpino Folk Festival

Coming Home to the Carpino Folk Festival

August is a sacred month to Italians. It’s tradition to take the whole month off — unless you work in, say, the hospitality industry, as someone needs to serve copious scoops of gelato to the ridiculously good-looking, speedo-clad Italians who use this time off as a reason to flock to the seaside. But there’s more to August than just holidays. For many Italians living far from... [Read more]


Endings, Beginnings, Big Changes and What’s Next

Endings, Beginnings, Big Changes and What’s Next

A few years ago, I got the coffee table book Where to Go When for Christmas. It’s a gorgeous book featuring full-page spreads on eleven destinations to visit during each month of the year. I like to check things off. Each time I come home from a long trip, I find that book and underline my most recently visited destinations of the 132. Most recently: Slovenia (best in August). Fjord cruise,... [Read more]


Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer

If summer has a perfect sweet spot, it can be found in Finland. Forget the gray, rainy, temperamental weather of London, Paris, Limerick, and Cologne, the days that could easily have appeared during any other month of the year. Forget the sweltering days of Dubrovnik and Ljubljana, where going outside was akin to hurling yourself into a furnace. In Finland, the temperature hovered close to 82 degrees... [Read more]


A Magical Journey Through Rauma, Finland

A Magical Journey Through Rauma, Finland

“Rauma? Why are you going there?” Again and again, Finns asked me this question. Rauma is a nice place, surely, but would you go out of your way to go there? “Two World Heritage Sites,” I’d reply with a smile. Rauma’s old town is famous for being the largest wooden old town in the Nordic countries and one of the most immaculately preserved wooden old towns in Europe.... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: August 2014

AK Monthly Recap: August 2014

I love the beginning of September. Even though I haven’t been a student for eight years, September has always felt much more like the new year to me, rather than January. The seasons change. Habits change. Fashion is revolutionized. It’s my favorite month for travel in many regions of the world, and there’s no better time to visit Europe. But before we launch into September,... [Read more]


The UNESCO Hunt: 82-91

The UNESCO Hunt: 82-91

It’s been a summer of European travel, and for that reason, it’s been a summer of UNESCO World Heritage Sites! If you’re interested in World Heritage Sites, there’s no better place than Europe, as it has the greatest concentration of sites. This summer took me to new countries like Finland, new regions like Puglia, and new cities like Trogir, all of which have World Heritage... [Read more]


A Place Like Zadar

A Place Like Zadar

There’s a place in Croatia that I love even more than the old city of Dubrovnik, the saltwater lakes of Mljet, the architecture of Korčula, the colors of Rovinj, the beaches of Pučišća, and the waterfalls at Krka. My favorite place in Croatia is Zadar, a small city on the Dalmatian coast. I first visited this city, the gateway to Dalmatia, two years ago. It was just a quick visit, en... [Read more]


Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?

Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in the Middle East? It’s far safer than the media would have it appear, and with the proper planning and precautions, it can absolutely be safe. For this piece, I decided to bring in an expert on solo female travel in the Middle East: Sabina Lohr, who has spent years living and traveling around the region on her own. You’ve traveled extensively in the... [Read more]