Traveling in Colombia: The Best Moments
Colombia is beautiful, colorful, and full of wonderful people. Here are the best things to do!
AK Monthly Recap: August 2016
Here's the first look at my trip to Colombia, along with the other ways I spent this month in New York.
Adventurous Kate’s Offbeat Guide to Cape Town
This in-depth guide will inspire you to travel to Cape Town!
How to Survive Pre-Trip Anxiety
What happens when pre-trip jitters turn into something more? Here's how to handle it.
How to Rock a Trip to Johannesburg
Most people skip Johannesburg. I'm telling you to give it a chance.
Notes from the Brink of Age 32
As I turn 32, I wonder how I'll make peace without traveling as much.
Visiting South Africa in the Winter: Worth It or Not?
Winter -- or our summer -- is the perfect time to go on safari!
When I decided to take a 2.5-week solo trip to Colombia, I wanted to pack in as much variety as possible. Cities and rural areas, destinations for both locals and international travelers. And I wanted to do it on a budget — not a shoestring, but enough of a budget to save money while still staying in private rooms, going on tours, and taking occasional flights to save hours of travel. My first... [Read more]
It was the month of Colombia! I spent 19 days exploring my 64th country and getting back into the groove of long-term solo travel after several trips with friends and short solo excursions. Between Colombia and some good times at home, here are the best and worst moments of August 2016. Destinations Visited New York, NY Cartagena, Medellín, Guatapé, Salento, Valle del Cocora, Bogotá, and Zipaquirá,... [Read more]
Cape Town is one of the most visually spectacular and culturally unique cities I have ever visited. It’s the cornerstone of a South Africa trip and a city you’ll be raving about afterwards to everyone you meet. Even so, it can take a bit of a learning curve to really get into Cape Town. Its charms beyond its natural beauty aren’t as obvious, and it isn’t as easy to navigate... [Read more]
“How do you choose where to travel next?” It surprises me whenever I hear it, but this is one of the most popular questions I get. And as much as I think I just pick a destination and go, it’s actually a more complicated process. Why not write a whole post about it? (And I’m not the only one! This week, the Traveling Canucks wrote a post on the very same topic. Do check their... [Read more]
I wrote the first draft of this post on my flight from JFK to Cartagena, and I’m embarrassed to say that I almost didn’t get on the plane. As the departure date of my Colombia trip loomed, knots grew in my stomach. Was I only traveling because I thought I should be traveling? Did I want to be away from my friends and family in New York for 19 days when I had so many more travels coming up this... [Read more]
“Is it really worth it to visit Johannesburg?” Absolutely. I think it’s great for any trip to South Africa, but especially your first. On my first trip to Joburg in 2012, I was absolutely shocked at how much I enjoyed it. So I definitely wanted us to return for our girls’ getaway to South Africa. This was Beth’s first trip to the country and she gave me a lot of freedom in... [Read more]
Imperfect Selfie: Relaxing in Koh Lanta, Thailand This week I turned 32. It’s had me deep in thought. 32 isn’t one of the more significant birthdays, but it’s been a while since I went through a year filled with so many changes. Every year I write a birthday post, talking about where I am now in this part of my life. For this year’s post, I’m illustrating it with several... [Read more]
Finally, after seven months stateside, I broke out my worn navy passport and traveled abroad once again! I needed a break, but I still can’t believe it lasted seven months. This month was about South Africa. My friend Beth and I spent just over two weeks in the country, my third visit and her first. In addition to that, we spent a day in Amsterdam and the rest of my time was spent in the New... [Read more]
“You’re going to South Africa in the winter? Why?!” This was the reaction of most of my South African friends upon learning of my July travel plans. Truth, I very rarely travel during the low season anywhere; for me, it’s not worth the risk of bad weather. But this time it wasn’t just about me — it was about my friend Beth. She’s a teacher and can’t... [Read more]
Sometimes I worry about the narrative that we travel publishers put out there: “Quit your job, travel the world, and all your problems will be solved.” Almost none of us actually say that — or mean it. But when you add up all the travel memoirs and travel blogs and travel-filled Instagram profiles, that’s the dominant narrative. Travel? Leads to great things. Great things? Reduction... [Read more]