Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer
Classical music, perfect weather, and an idyllic town: this is the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival!
A Magical Journey Through Rauma, Finland
The town of Rauma was the highlight of my time in Finland. Here's what makes it wonderful.
AK Monthly Recap: August 2014
From Paris to London to Puglia to Cologne, here's what I got up to this August!
The UNESCO Hunt: 82-91
Some of my favorite sites ever are on this list: including Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Croatia!
Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?
Sabina Lohr has traveled solo all over the Middle East. Here she shares her wisdom.
Win a Trip for Two to Cartagena, Colombia!
You could be spending the weekend in this gorgeous colonial city!
A Road Trip Through Slovenia
From Idrija to the Skocjan Caves to Bled to Bohinj, here's how to rock a four-day trip to Slovenia!
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]
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]
“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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
The following branded content post is brought to you by LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. When the prize is as good as this, I’m all too happy to promote it to you all! First we had the Galapagos. Then we had Brazil. Now LAN are giving away a trip to Cartagena, Colombia! The Countdown to Cartagena contest will be giving one person two flights and a three-night... [Read more]
After spending a few days in Ljubljana for the fantastic Ana Desetnica festival, it was time to hit the road! I knew I wanted to see more of the country, so I planned to spend four days road-tripping through Slovenia with my friend Peter, the blogger behind Travel Unmasked. Now, if you’ve been on a road trip before, you know they can can test friendships. Peter and I had never traveled together... [Read more]
The following branded content post is brought to you by DrinkAdvisor, a free nightlife app available for both iPhone and Android. I thought it would be entertaining to use the app to find some new cool bars in London to recommend to you all! Even after all the time I’ve spent in London, I still feel like I barely know the city. Especially when it comes to nightlife. So when DrinkAdvisor... [Read more]