Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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My Favorite Experiences in Western Australia

My Favorite Experiences in Western Australia

What struck me first about Western Australia was just how sparsely populated it was. I would follow our route on Google Maps for hours and think, “Okay, we’re finally getting to a real town now.” And that town would be, essentially, a gas station. You’d think I’d get used to it. But even after ten days in the region, I still overestimated everything. I called a taxi one... [Read more]


The Best Gifts for Travelers (Awesome AND Affordable!)

The Best Gifts for Travelers (Awesome AND Affordable!)

Guess what, guys — I’ve been running a variety of blogs since 2002 (!) and this is the first time I have ever published a gift guide.  Seriously. Why start now? Because, frankly, I’m sick of reading out of touch gift guides written by other bloggers. I find that they’re often stocked with ostentatiously expensive items that the vast majority of people would never actually... [Read more]


The Conversation We Would Be Having

The Conversation We Would Be Having

Hi. I met you at a party. Or maybe a bar. We’re friends of friends. Very likely total strangers. I hope that right now you and I are talking about life in New York. Or hilarious dating disasters. Or our favorite slow cooker meals. Or the fact that we’re still not over how Bill Murray lost the Oscar for Lost in Translation. Or you. I want to know all about you, your life, your work,... [Read more]


On the Shores of a Pink Lake in Australia

On the Shores of a Pink Lake in Australia

It doesn’t feel right to “go back to normal” just yet. Whatever that’s supposed to mean. And writing blog posts about pretty places privileged people can visit feels a bit inappropriate at a time when a white supremacist was hired into a top position in the White House and the rights of a great deal of Americans are in danger. But this is what I do — I have an obligation... [Read more]


Leaving is Easy. Fighting is Harder.

Leaving is Easy. Fighting is Harder.

I moved back to America for many reasons. I wanted to be closer to friends and family; I wanted the familiarity of an environment I knew; I wanted to date people who had more in common with me. After more than five years on the road, it was time. Conversely, I left Boston for lots of reasons — one was when Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat went to a Republican in 2010. It was the fourth in a... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: October 2016

AK Monthly Recap: October 2016

Do you remember last month, when I told you I had a trip coming up to a destination I couldn’t name just yet? At the time of publication, I was deep in contract negotiations and couldn’t say anything yet. But if you’ve been following me on social media, you know I went to Western Australia this month! This is another of the busiest travel months I’ve had in recent years.... [Read more]


A Dreamy Trip to South Wales

A Dreamy Trip to South Wales

Wales is a bit of a peculiar destination. It doesn’t have the fame or glory of England or Scotland, but it’s brimming with just as many treasures. So many people want to visit Wales — but they’re not sure where to begin. Why is that? I think part of it is that Wales doesn’t have a signature attraction. Scotland has Edinburgh and the Highlands and Loch Ness. England... [Read more]


A Taste of Alsace in Strasbourg and Colmar

A Taste of Alsace in Strasbourg and Colmar

If there’s any country that I visit often but need to explore in more depth, it’s France. Again and again I overlook other regions in France in favor of spending all my time in Paris, a city I find difficult to resist. But recently I had an opportunity to see a bit more. There were a few days in between the end of The Video Summit in Leipzig, Germany, and my scheduled arrival in Paris. It... [Read more]


My Love Affair with Scotland

My Love Affair with Scotland

The question I get more often than any other is, “So what’s your favorite place?” Truth? I understand why people ask me this question, but I hate this question. Most other travel bloggers hate it, too. It’s not just that we get asked it constantly, it’s that it’s impossible to boil down years of travel and hundreds of destinations into just one place and to cap... [Read more]


Solo Travel in Cartagena in Five Vignettes

Solo Travel in Cartagena in Five Vignettes

Caution and Payoff My guard is up as I land in Cartagena. Not only is this my first time in Colombia, it’s my first time in South America since 2008. And that trip was just to Buenos Aires, which one could argue is Europe’s most southwesternmost point. This trip is different, even for a seasoned solo female traveler like me. I don’t know how safe it’s going to be on the ground, and I need... [Read more]