Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

Every now and then, a friend of mine starts a blog and asks for feedback. No matter what the blog’s niche is — travel or food or beauty or just a personal blog — I find myself giving the same feedback again and again. I started my first blog in 2002, before the word “blog” was even in the common lexicon. Since then, I’ve run blogs in multiple niches, from travel... [Read more]


Should You Use a Diva Cup?

Should You Use a Diva Cup?

Dear Male Readers of Adventurous Kate: I love you, I appreciate you, you make up one third of my audience, but while I know you enjoy many of my female-oriented posts, today’s post is not going to be enjoyable for you. If you’re a dude, I suggest you catch up on a hilarious vintage post instead: like the night I crashed Vanilla Ice’s stage or when I was an extra in a really bad... [Read more]


A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

Coming to Central America, I had no idea that one of my favorite places would be a two street town on the coast of El Salvador. But El Tunco was so much more than I expected. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of my extended time in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, four years ago — but a million times better. I’m thirty now and have truly outgrown fun-but-skeevy places like Sihanoukville; El... [Read more]


Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

There are so many incredible benefits to solo travel: you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. You develop incredible confidence. You can change your plans on a whim. It’s easier to interact with locals and learn the local language. You can take the trip of your dreams and be whomever you want to be without catering to anyone else. These are some of the reasons why I adore traveling... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: March 2015

AK Monthly Recap: March 2015

Will any month ever top this one? I’m sure that it will happen, eventually, but not for a long time. If I had to live a month over and over again, March 2015 would be it. From Nicaragua to El Salvador to Guatemala to the United States, surrounded by some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met — it was so full of love and learning and friendship and beauty. And there is sooooo... [Read more]


Alive in León, Nicaragua: The City of Revolution

Alive in León, Nicaragua: The City of Revolution

Central America is known for its volcanic landscapes, its natural beauty, its beaches, its charming small towns. What it’s not known for? Its cities. Sure, Panama City is probably the best big city in the region, and San Salvador has a lot to offer, but the message for cities from Managua to Belize City to Guatemala City to Tegucigalpa is, “There are cultural offerings if you look deep... [Read more]


Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

Despite how long I’ve been traveling, I’ve never actually been to the Caribbean before! I knew that would change when I planned a trip to Central America — because I knew the Corn Islands would be on my itinerary. The Corn Islands lie about 43 miles off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. From what I had read, they were blissfully underdeveloped, well-priced, and on the verge of... [Read more]


Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don’t speak the local language. Even if you’re traveling alone. I created this site so I could help women travel safely and independently around the world. And after five years, it’s working — I get daily emails from... [Read more]


Escaping to Laguna de Apoyo

Escaping to Laguna de Apoyo

Well, I’ll be honest — when I planned to spend February in Nicaragua, I never dreamed I’d be having the best Valentine’s Day of my life here! Nope, I didn’t meet a guy. I met two lovely girls instead. Let’s set our scene in the beautiful city of Granada. Granada was…interesting. Truthfully, it was the only place in Nicaragua with which I didn’t quite... [Read more]


Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

Looking back at my travels in Central America so far, I’ve been wondering if there has been a wholly unique place. The kind of place that is the epitome of the region; the kind of place you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. So far, the leading contender for that position is Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua formed by two joined volcanoes. I almost didn’t go to Ometepe.... [Read more]