Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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My Plan for 2017: A Commitment to Fitness

My Plan for 2017: A Commitment to Fitness

For years, I lived my life with one solid focus: to travel the world as much as possible and build my career as a travel blogger. And it was good. Lord, was it good. But over time, I learned that being singularly focused means that everything else in your life suffers to a degree. Relationships. Other interests. And most importantly, health. Case in point: almost every travel blogger who has given... [Read more]


How to Fall in Love with Kraków in 30 Steps

How to Fall in Love with Kraków in 30 Steps

I wondered if I was doing myself a disservice, waiting so long to visit Kraków and Poland as a whole. As much as I hate to admit it, you do lose a bit of sense of wonder when you travel constantly. Would I greet Kraków with the enthusiasm of my early twenties? Or be underwhelmed and head to cafes to work the whole time? The good news, however, is that traveling this much teaches you what you... [Read more]


Where to Go in 2017: Kate’s Top 12 Picks

Where to Go in 2017: Kate’s Top 12 Picks

January is a time for goal-setting and making those long-held travel dreams a reality. This is the time to start saving and making tentative plans for one of your long-held dream trips. Now — if you have a specific, long-held travel dream, that’s what you should prioritize! I always encourage people to go after their biggest travel dreams. But if you need a little nudge from me, here... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: December 2016

AK Monthly Recap: December 2016

And just like that, 2016 is over. It couldn’t have come soon enough. I didn’t buy into the “Fuck 2016” memes until the election in November, and then I was fully on board. Talk about an awful year. Now that it’s 2017, even though it’s just an arbitrary difference, I feel like a lot of people will be able to let go of anger and begin welcoming more positivity into... [Read more]


My Favorite Reads of 2016

My Favorite Reads of 2016

2016 was the year that my reading habits changed significantly. Casual reading no longer satisfies me. These days, a book either needs to feature excellent writing or teach me something new, or it won’t hold my interest. I used to need to alternate between heavier books and lighter reads; now I enjoy going from heavy to heavy. This year, I read a lot about race, class, and privilege in America.... [Read more]


My Worst Travel Moments of 2016

My Worst Travel Moments of 2016

It’s time for everyone’s favorite post of the year — my worst travel moments! And I love writing this post every year. I think it’s important to reflect the not-so-pleasant times along with the happier moments, and I think that reflects in my coverage here. In 2012, I drove my car into a ditch in the Faroe Islands. In 2013, I was extorted for my phone in Cambodia. In 2014,... [Read more]


Christmas in Bavaria in 25 Photos

Christmas in Bavaria in 25 Photos

This year I achieved a long-held travel dream: visiting Christmas markets in Germany. It’s crazy that I haven’t done this until now! I remember visiting my first German Christmas market, albeit in another country — it was during my semester in Florence in 2004. The market was set up a two-minute walk from my apartment on Piazza Santa Croce. I was flabbergasted that a market this... [Read more]


My Best Travel Moments of 2016

My Best Travel Moments of 2016

2016 was rough for lots of us, and I’m no exception. Between global events and personal setbacks, it was a very tough year for me. More than I’ve let on here. I have my health and security, which are the most important things, and I didn’t go through any significant personal losses, but this year was a lot rougher than I thought it would be. That said, there were many wonderful... [Read more]


My Favorite New Destinations of 2016

My Favorite New Destinations of 2016

Every December, I put together a list of my favorite destinations of the year. I love picking out the places that made my heart beat the fastest! Last year, the big winner was Nicaragua. In 2014, Finland was a memorable standout. In 2013, Japan hit the hardest. In 2012, I loved the Faroe Islands. This year was far lighter on travel than the past. I only visited four new countries (Colombia, Slovakia,... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: November 2016

AK Monthly Recap: November 2016

This is a hard recap to write. This was a hard month in a hard year. I finally feel like joining everyone in declaring that 2016 was THE WORST, THE WORST, THE ABSOLUTE WORST. That and I took almost no photographs this month. Oh, and the fact that this is a week late, when I am usually ON IT with the monthly recaps. But as bad as this month was, there was a lot of good, too. Perhaps even some life-changing... [Read more]