The UNESCO Hunt: 92-101
My latest World Heritage Sites take me over my goal! Including Sri Lanka, Norway, and more.
AK Monthly Recap: June 2015
From the US to Denmark to Spain to Andorra to Greece, here's what I've been up to!
Sailing Down the Coast of Belize
Sailing down the coast of Belize was one of the best trips of my life!
Why I Don’t Carry On My Luggage
Is carrying on the only way? Not at all! Here's why I always check my luggage.
Visiting Tikal at Sunset
Everyone thinks it's best to see Tikal at sunrise -- but I think sunset is even better!
Coming Up: My Summer Travel Plans in Europe
From Andorra to Albania, from Sicily to Santorini, here are my summer travel plans!
My Favorite Day in Central America — Semuc Champey
From relaxing in these green pools to swimming through caves while holding candles -- this is Semuc Champey!
I Still Don’t Know How I Feel About Antigua
Usually I love a destination or don't care for it. But Antigua? I'm still not sure.
Just off the coast of Belize lies a sleepy little island. Pastel wooden houses on stilts line the seashore. Palm trees sway slowly in the breeze. People of every shade of the rainbow call this island home, from Rastafarians pushing fruit carts to blond-haired, blue-eyed cafe owners and Chinese shopkeepers. Welcome to Caye Caulker, Belize. Don’t think of Caye Caulker as your run-of-the-mill... [Read more]
Back in November, I achieved my long-held goal of visiting more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I was thrilled to reach this milestone. Doing this challenge has made me feel like I’ve experienced so many of the world’s finest natural and cultural treasures. That said, it’s been a while since I covered World Heritage Sites in depth on this site. Here is the latest batch of... [Read more]
Did I ever hit the ground running this month! I began with a little over a week at home in Massachusetts, then flew to the Midwest for the first time ever. In Milwaukee I explored the city and served as a mentor at the Bloghouse, then went on to Chicago to see friends, eat everything, and discover a city that I had shockingly never visited until now. Then I kicked things off in Europe with a few days... [Read more]
I didn’t think that Central America could get any better — and then I got to Belize. I’ve never really dreamed about Belize as a destination. I knew I’d like it, but it didn’t occupy my imagination the way Nicaragua did. In this country, I found a land of Mayan ruins and caves filled with human sacrifices, of laid-back Caribbean islands and the most turquoise water you’ve... [Read more]
“When you meet a vegan who does Crossfit, which one do they talk to you about first?” “OHHHHHHH! It’s funny because it’s truuuuuuue!” as the Family Guy character would say. But I can think of a third type of person who always seems to talk about what they do: the carry-on traveler. It seems like everyone wants to carry on their luggage. People get complimented... [Read more]
In the jungles of northeast Guatemala, not far from the Belizean border, you’ll find Tikal National Park — one of the largest Mayan complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the beginning, everyone I know who had been to Tikal had gone to see the sunrise. Watching the Mayan pyramids emerge in the mist is one of the quintessential experiences of Guatemala. If you have... [Read more]
The late springtime weather hasn’t been great since I got home from Central America. Though there were one or two beautiful days (thankfully, my friend Lisa’s wedding was one of them!), it’s been mostly gray skies and drizzles following me from Boston to Milwaukee to Chicago, where I am now. I really hope it doesn’t turn out as bad as “the summer that never was”... [Read more]
What makes a perfect day? I’m not talking about one of the days I had a water fight in Bangkok, or the day I danced with Vikings in Shetland, or the day I went croc cage diving (in South Africa or Australia), or the day in high school my friends and I saw our classmate’s dad next to us at a stoplight, then challenged him to a drag race. (He agreed. We actually raced.) In my mind, perfect... [Read more]
Quick announcement: The Paradise Pack, a collection of resources that will teach you to work online and travel the world, is only available for three more days! Read my take on it here and join the 35+ Adventurous Kate readers who have signed up so far. I’m the kind of person who connects with a destination in two ways: fiercely, or not at all. Which is why I felt bewildered after my two trips... [Read more]
Back when I started traveling the world full-time in 2010, the world was a different place for wannabe long-term travelers and digital nomads. I knew I just wanted to make $1000 per month so I could live in Southeast Asia, and all I knew how to do was blog, so I pretty much winged it. I didn’t have a strategy, but the travel blogging world was tiny back then and it was a time when it was... [Read more]