Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Ultimate Umbrian Feast

I’ve done a lot of the quintessential experiences in Italy — gawked at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, hiked the cliffs of Capri, ate myself into a coma in Emilia-Romagna’s trattorias, lazed on a gondola in Venice.  But there was one quintessential Italian activity I’ve never done.  That activity? Going to a winery and having [...]

Surprise!  I’m on Vacation!

As this post publishes, I’m off exploring the wonders of Istria, Croatia, with my lovely British boyfriend, Dave.  Yes, at long last, I’m finally on vacation. Vacation? you might say.  Aren’t you always on vacation? GOD, no.  Ask anyone who has spent time with me, and they will tell you that I never stop working. [...]

Kex Hostel: Welcome to Hipster Heaven

I can now say that I’ve stayed in the world’s hippest hostel — Kex Hostel in Reykjavik.  I’ve spent hundreds of nights in hostels around the world, but none of them have looked as cool as this one. Kex has SERIOUS STYLE — far more than any other hostel I’ve ever seen.  Every square inch [...]

Glacier Hiking in Iceland

Of all the activities I wanted to experience in Iceland, one stood at the top of the list: glacier hiking.  I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I’ve never visited a destination with a glacier!  After researching tour companies in Iceland, I found Arctic Adventures‘ Blue Ice Tour, which included an ice-climbing session as well. [...]

Why Iceland is Perfect for First-Time Solo Female Travelers

Today I finished my first trip to Iceland: five fantastic days that I enjoyed immensely.  I can’t wait to tell you about all the amazing experiences I had and show you the unbelievable landscapes. Many women email me telling me that they’re thinking of traveling solo for the first time.  I always tell them to [...]

Looking for Peace in Holy Places

This week’s #FriFotos theme is HOLY PLACES.  From churches and mosques to temples of all kinds, from enormous feats of engineering to tiny countertops in people’s homes, holy places are some of the most impressive places I’ve seen around the world. Here is a selection of some interesting and beautiful holy places I’ve seen around [...]

An Icelandic Hot Spring Hunt

When my sister Sarah started planning her own trip to Iceland two weeks before mine, we decided to have her tell you about some adventures of her own!  Here’s the story of her Hot Spring Hunt with Arctic Adventures.  –Kate If there is one thing you must do in Iceland (especially if you are a [...]

Greetings from Iceland!

As you read this post, I’ve arrived in my latest adventurous destination, the Land of Ice and Fire — Iceland! I’m visiting Iceland in partnership with the Iceland Tourist Board and Arctic Adventures.  Our mission?  To promote Iceland as an adventure-filled destination for solo female travelers and more. In terms of adventurous activities, Iceland is [...]

My Problem With Bucket Lists

“Oh, I’m putting that on my bucket list!”  I hear this all the time — from readers, from family members, from other travel bloggers.  Each time, I’m thrilled to hear that someone has been inspired enough to dream of traveling there someday. But at the same time, I’m a bit apprehensive.  Why?  Because I know [...]

My Personal Paradise: Thailand’s Andaman Coast

This week’s #FriFotos theme is PARADISE.  I’ve been fortunate to see hundreds of beautiful places around the world — but no place exemplifies “paradise” to me better than Thailand’s Andaman Coast. Here are all the things that make the Andaman Coast my personal paradise: The views, and the hidden beaches — like this one in Koh [...]