Monday, July 6th, 2015

Caye Caulker: A Good Place to Go Slow

Just off the coast of Belize lies a sleepy little island. Pastel wooden houses on stilts line the seashore. Palm trees sway slowly in the breeze. People of every shade of the rainbow call this island home, from Rastafarians pushing fruit carts to blond-haired, blue-eyed cafe owners and Chinese shopkeepers. Welcome to Caye Caulker, Belize. Don’t think of Caye […]

The UNESCO Hunt: 92-101

Back in November, I achieved my long-held goal of visiting more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I was thrilled to reach this milestone. Doing this challenge has made me feel like I’ve experienced so many of the world’s finest natural and cultural treasures. That said, it’s been a while since I covered World Heritage Sites […]

AK Monthly Recap: June 2015

Did I ever hit the ground running this month! I began with a little over a week at home in Massachusetts, then flew to the Midwest for the first time ever. In Milwaukee I explored the city and served as a mentor at the Bloghouse, then went on to Chicago to see friends, eat everything, […]

Sailing Down the Coast of Belize

I didn’t think that Central America could get any better — and then I got to Belize. I’ve never really dreamed about Belize as a destination. I knew I’d like it, but it didn’t occupy my imagination the way Nicaragua did. In this country, I found a land of Mayan ruins and caves filled with human […]

Why I Don’t Carry On My Luggage

“When you meet a vegan who does Crossfit, which one do they talk to you about first?” “OHHHHHHH! It’s funny because it’s truuuuuuue!” as the Family Guy character would say. But I can think of a third type of person who always seems to talk about what they do: the carry-on traveler. It seems like everyone wants to carry […]

Visiting Tikal at Sunset

In the jungles of northeast Guatemala, not far from the Belizean border, you’ll find Tikal National Park — one of the largest Mayan complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the beginning, everyone I know who had been to Tikal had gone to see the sunrise. Watching the Mayan pyramids emerge in […]

Coming Up: My Summer Travel Plans in Europe

The late springtime weather hasn’t been great since I got home from Central America. Though there were one or two beautiful days (thankfully, my friend Lisa’s wedding was one of them!), it’s been mostly gray skies and drizzles following me from Boston to Milwaukee to Chicago, where I am now. I really hope it doesn’t turn out as bad […]

My Favorite Day in Central America — Semuc Champey

What makes a perfect day? I’m not talking about one of the days I had a water fight in Bangkok, or the day I danced with Vikings in Shetland, or the day I went croc cage diving (in South Africa or Australia), or the day in high school my friends and I saw our classmate’s dad […]

I Still Don’t Know How I Feel About Antigua

Quick announcement: The Paradise Pack, a collection of resources that will teach you to work online and travel the world, is only available for three more days! Read my take on it here and join the 35+ Adventurous Kate readers who have signed up so far. I’m the kind of person who connects with a destination […]

How to Travel the World and Make Money Online Like Me

Back when I started traveling the world full-time in 2010, the world was a different place for wannabe long-term travelers and digital nomads. I knew I just wanted to make $1000 per month so I could live in Southeast Asia, and all I knew how to do was blog, so I pretty much winged it. I didn’t […]

AK Monthly Recap: May 2015

May 2015 is going down in history as one of the funnest months of my life. I’ve had a lot of good months in my life — March and April of this year are certainly up there — but May was OUTSTANDING. The month started out with the end of my second tour, followed by a trip […]

Bachelorettes on the Run in Portland, Maine

Despite being a native New Englander, it took 30 years for me to make it to Portland, Maine! That shouldnt have happened! ‘t was high on my list of places to see – it’s a very foodie-oriented city, on so many “up and coming” lists, and only two hours from Boston. Then I finally got an opportunity – […]

The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

One thing I’ve noticed about Guatemala guidebooks and tours is that they tend to label Lake Atitlan as a singular destination. “Spend a few days exploring Antigua before a few days on Lake Atitlan, then move on to Semuc Champey…” By the sound of that, you’d think that Lake Atitlan is tiny, maybe with one […]

13 Takeaways From a First-Time Tour Guide

If you told me six months ago that I would have run two successful tours by May, I wouldn’t have believed you. How did this all come together? Leif and I met in Sri Lanka in November, became instant friends, and he told me about his plan to run a tour to El Salvador and Guatemala […]

AK Monthly Recap: April 2015

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately, but believe me, there’s a reason for it! I’ve just finished running my second tour and I’ve got a lot cooking up for the next few months. I thought age 26 (when I quit my job to travel the world) would be my most exciting year […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]