Sunday, April 20th, 2014

My Best Photos of 2012

Happy New Year, everyone!  As you read this, I’m participating in Blogmanay up in Edinburgh.  I wanted to close out the year with a bang, so I decided to share my favorite photos from the year. You know your photography skills are improving when you regularly cringe at shots you took six months ago.  That said, I’m [...]

Christmas in Paris

Each time I’ve been to Paris, it’s been during a different time of year.  I’ve experienced rainy April days, the tourist swam and local flight of August, chilly October nights, near-perfection in June, and the freezing temperatures and soldes of January. On this trip, my sixth, I visited in December — and got to experience [...]

My Favorite New Destinations of 2012

I’ve been doing several Top 12 of 2012 lists to round out the year, and initially had a Top 12 New Destinations of 2012 list in the making. But I decided to scrap it — 12 wasn’t a good number for this one.  I wanted to narrow it down to the destinations that REALLY floored [...]

New Year’s in Scotland — It’s Time for BLOGMANAY!

With Christmas freshly finished, I’ve got my next trip planned: Blogmanay!  I’ll be celebrating New Year’s in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, which I’ve long extolled as one of my favorite cities, has one of the world’s best New Year’s celebrations.  People come from all over the world to celebrate Hogmanay. I’ve been invited to be part [...]

My 12 Worst Travel Moments of 2012

Constant travel does not equal constant happiness. Just because I’m nearly always on the road, it doesn’t mean it’s always easy or fun or exciting.  Travel, as life-fulfilling as it can be, can also be very challenging.  I try to show that darker side, but most of them time, those bad moments don’t make entertaining [...]

Ask Kate: Is Vietnam As Bad As Nomadic Matt Says?

This week’s Ask Kate is a question that I get asked with surprising frequency.  Two years ago, Nomadic Matt wrote a post called Why I’ll Never Return to Vietnam.  It got quite a bit of outcry — many of his readers were in complete agreement; many more disagreed.  Here I try to help a reader [...]

View from the Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town

“Change of plans.  We’re going up Table Mountain now,” David told us. Now?  We had literally just stepped off the Blue Train. “There are no clouds on top of the mountain today.  The weather probably won’t be this good again.” It turns out that although Cape Town has a fantastic climate, Table Mountain can be [...]

My Top 12 Travel Experiences of 2012

2012 was a wild year. It’s been a fantastic, exciting year, filled with good times and bad, fun, friendship, and adventure.  Looking back, I’ve tried to narrow 2012 down to the best 12 travel experiences I’ve had. Here they are: 12. Visiting the Alhambra in Granada, Spain I’ve always been into architecture, but this marvel [...]

Lyon’s Festival of Lights

This past weekend, I got to experience a delightful festival for the first time: Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, or Festival of Lights.  Every year from December 8-11, Lyon’s nights are filled with brilliant light shows that are as technologically savvy as they are artistically scintillating. Despite my lifelong francophilia, I had never heard of this [...]

Ask Kate: My Parents Don’t Want Me To Travel

This week’s question is about how to help your parents adjust to the idea of you traveling — long-term or short-term, solo or with someone else. Hi Adventurous Kate! I’m planning to travel abroad for an extensive length of time (most of 2013), and my parents are very nervous about this. I’m 28, single, financially [...]