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Skellig Michael: Ireland’s Most Striking Destination

Skellig Michael: Ireland’s Most Striking Destination

I hate to say it, but after nearly four years of near-constant travel, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to be impressed. Of course, I love places and I appreciate them and I enjoy almost every place I visit — but being knocked over in marvel, so impressed I can barely speak? That’s incredibly special and incredibly rare. Some of those destinations that have impressed me... [Read more]


Meet My Favorite Cafe in London: Lavish Habit

Meet My Favorite Cafe in London: Lavish Habit

Every afternoon, without fail, I crave a cup of coffee. Not for the caffeine jolt, though. Coffee is how I punctuate my day. I use it as an excuse to stop what I’m doing and reflect as I enjoy the pleasure of sipping a latte in solitude. It’s become so important to my day that I get antsy if I go without it. Since moving back to London in May, I’ve been too busy traveling to explore... [Read more]


Vintage Valletta: The Least Capital-Like Capital

Vintage Valletta: The Least Capital-Like Capital

When you think of capital cities, what comes to mind? Embassies. Bureaucrats. People in suits. Endless meetings. People so protective of their government-oriented careers that they wouldn’t dare rat out an enemy — well, unless they were Frank Underwood. Forget money. Power is the primary currency here. That may be the case in Washington or London or Singapore or Brasilia…but not in... [Read more]


Dubrovnik Survival Guide

Dubrovnik Survival Guide

A survival guide? For Dubrovnik?! Is that even necessary? I’m totally serious. Dubrovnik is a fantastic place to visit – a walled, orange-roofed old city perched above the Adriatic, islands in the background. George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik” – and believe me, he was a very well traveled man. He would know. But if you... [Read more]


Why Travel Safety Is Different for Women

Why Travel Safety Is Different for Women

A few days ago, my attention was brought to a piece on Buzzfeed called 29 Things Women Avoid Doing Because We Fear For Our Safety. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Go ahead, read it and come back here. In typical Buzzfeed style, the piece was written with the goal of gaining social shares and pageviews, and it seemed to be written controversially for that reason. Some of... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: June 2014

AK Monthly Recap: June 2014

What a crazy, whirlwind month! After spending the spring in the UK and Ireland, I was afraid that I wouldn’t get to have a “real” summer — but then came Croatia with its warmth and sunshine. It was exactly what I needed. Destinations Visited Killarney, Portmagee, Skellig Michael, Dublin, and Newgrange, Ireland Belfast, Portrush, and Antrim, Northern Ireland London, England Zagreb,... [Read more]


Don’t Let Croatia Slip Through Your Fingers

Don’t Let Croatia Slip Through Your Fingers

Two years ago, I visited Croatia for the first time. I spent two weeks in the country in total, the first week on a road trip from Pula to Split, and I was blown away — first by how madly I fell in love with Croatia, and second, by how it had been the easiest road trip of my life. It’s incredible — Croatia could not be more perfect for a road trip. But while I want to sing this... [Read more]


Introducing Limerick: Ireland’s City of Culture

Introducing Limerick: Ireland’s City of Culture

“The book made me want to kill myself.” This blunt statement is made by the girl sitting next to me, a travel writer from Bangalore. She’s talking about Angela’s Ashes, the enormously popular memoir by Frank McCourt that takes place here in the city of Limerick, Ireland. “The movie made me want to kill myself!” exclaims our guide, Noel, a kindly grandfather of... [Read more]


Flyboarding in Malta, or, The Day I Became Iron Man

Flyboarding in Malta, or, The Day I Became Iron Man

It was a perfect spring day in Malta — the sun was shining, the water was bright blue, and the flowers were in bloom. For the visitors who escaped the stormy springtime in their home countries of Britain and Ireland and Sweden, it was a much-needed and glorious dose of springtime. Anyway, that’s how Malta’s visitors saw it. The Maltese themselves were still wrapped up in their... [Read more]


Win Two Tickets to Brazil!

Win Two Tickets to Brazil!

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! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking about Brazil lately. I’ve been watching the World Cup, listening to samba and bossa nova, and dreaming of the day I finally relax... [Read more]