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Five Years of Travel Blogging: Hitting the Reset Button

Five Years of Travel Blogging: Hitting the Reset Button

On this day five years ago, I was putting together the elements of this blog. Securing hosting, buying a theme, working out every detail so that it would be set for its first post to go live on February 6. Five years. Not a lot of us make it to five years. I feel like I’m starting over this winter. Traveling to a new region — Central America. Traveling on my own. On the backpacker trail.... [Read more]


Sri Lanka From Above: Climbing Sigirya

Sri Lanka From Above: Climbing Sigirya

France has the Eiffel Tower. Egypt has the pyramids. China has the Great Wall. Three different countries, but they have something in common: there is a monument that epitomizes or even defines the country to outsiders. And even though the Eiffel Tower doesn’t represent all of France, it’s one of the first things that come to mind when you think about the country. Sri Lanka has a monument... [Read more]


Just Added: More Tours to Central America!

Just Added: More Tours to Central America!

When our trip to El Salvador and Guatemala sold out in just a week and the waiting list grew and grew, there was only one thing to do: add more tours! Leif and I have decided to add two more tours this spring! Leif will be running one on his own and we’ll be running another together. The Tour Each tour lasts 15 nights. We start with four days of surfing and beach time in El Tunco, El Salvador.... [Read more]


Colombo: Learning to Love an Unlovable City

Colombo: Learning to Love an Unlovable City

Sri Lanka might be full of fascinating places to visit, but Colombo isn’t often listed as one of them. It’s not a city like Phnom Penh and Delhi that gets a lot of flack but redeems itself with its cultural and historical sites. Colombo is the kind of city that people urge you to skip, saying that there’s nothing there. Even if you’re flying into the country for a short... [Read more]


On Christmas in New York

On Christmas in New York

The bar might have been bathed in neon turquoise light, but I still noticed Monica’s nails. Long, lovingly cared for, perfectly squared off, and resplendent in layer upon layer of cherry-red lacquer, topped with a few coats of red glitter. Christmas nails. So festive, yet not garish or obvious. Her nails weren’t made to look like mini Santa hats or dotted with Christmas trees. Even red... [Read more]


Where I’m Going (I Think!) in 2015

Where I’m Going (I Think!) in 2015

In the past, I’ve started the New Year with at least the first six months booked solid. For once, this isn’t the case — I’m excited at the novelty of the flexibility in my future. I’ve got nothing officially scheduled past March. This is great! Even with the travel plans that I do have in my pipeline, they’re different from the past. My income became much more... [Read more]


New in New York — The Latest Edition

New in New York — The Latest Edition

Here’s one thing I will never do in New York: run around like mad trying to see as many sights as humanly possible. I’ve made peace with the fact that I’m never going to see everything that I want to see — so I don’t try. I move at a leisurely pace and know that I’ll return sooner or later. Hopefully sooner. Even so, every time I visit New York, I try to do a few... [Read more]


Strolling Through Galle, Sri Lanka

Strolling Through Galle, Sri Lanka

My time in Galle was far too short – but it was more than enough for me to declare it my favorite place in Sri Lanka. Galle is a Dutch colonial town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast anchored by a World Heritage-listed fort. The architecture gives it a feeling like nowhere else in the country. What I loved about Galle was how European it felt, set in the middle of a tropical Asian country.... [Read more]


Join Our Tour in El Salvador and Guatemala this March!

Join Our Tour in El Salvador and Guatemala this March!

Image: alq666 “Kate, can I come traveling with you?” It’s one of the questions I get the most, and I’m happy to share that the time is finally now. Leif from The Runaway Guide and I are running a tour to El Salvador and Guatemala this March! Run Away to Central America With Us The tour kicks off on March 5 with four days in El Tunco, El Salvador — a fun surf town on... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: December 2014

AK Monthly Recap: December 2014

It’s the last monthly recap of the year! December 2014 took me to three countries and a few of the world’s most iconic cities. Because I’ve been doing lots of recapping to celebrate the end of the year and you’ve already heard many of these stories already, I’ll keep this one brief. Destinations Visited Hikkaduwa and Colombo, Sri Lanka London, UK Reading and Lynn,... [Read more]