Monday, April 21st, 2014

Oak Alley Plantation

As soon as I saw photos of Oak Alley Plantation’s grand entrance, I knew I had to come here and photograph it myself. That mansion at the end of all those oak trees. How romantic and southern — it was something straight out of Gone with the Wind! There were other mansions in South Carolina [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Ten of Twelve

It’s almost over. When Mario and I set off on the SOTM Tour, we planned on being away for a year, or maybe a year minus two weeks or so. Well, we have an official end date now: May 9. On that day, we’ll board a flight from Malta to Birmingham, England, a little over [...]

New Orleans’ Garden District

The French Quarter might get all the fame in New Orleans, but at some point, you need a break from the constant music and crowds and good times rolling. The perfect spot? The Garden District. I’ve always loved driving around and looking at beautiful houses, seeing where people live and thinking about the choices the [...]

Finding the Right Purse for Travel

Should you bring a purse on your travels? If so, what kind? This is a question that I’m asked often. It’s no surprise — people always want to know how best to protect their belongings when they’re exploring a new destination. And my answer is a resounding YES. I use a purse at home — [...]

Mardi Gras: Magic, Music, and Mayhem in New Orleans

New Orleans enchanted me from the moment I arrived. This was my first stop on the #SouthUSA road trip and my first real stop in the South. I knew I would love it, and right away, I was fascinated by the musical city before me. After arriving late the night before, I set out in [...]

#SouthUSA: Best of the Trip

My road trip through the American South was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. It’s also the most exploring I’ve done in the US since I began my full-time travels in 2010. Discovering the South was long overdue and it couldn’t have gone better. The trip began in New Orleans and after a quick [...]

Hong Kong: The Best Experiences

I knew I’d love Hong Kong, but I had no idea I’d be rapturously in love with the city by the end of my time there! Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating — it’s impossible to get bored here. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Chowing Down on a Hello Hong Kong Food [...]

The Revelation of Hong Kong

Whenever I travel, I try to fit in. I’m quiet. I observe. I try to speak as much of the local language as I can. I even dress like the locals. I try to fit in seamlessly with the tapestry before me. I love doing this, and having an ethnically ambiguous look is certainly an [...]

How to Use Airbnb and Have a Great Experience

Airbnb has quickly become one of my favorite ways to find a place to stay around the world. This unusual lodging site has saved me a lot of money and led to some of my most memorable stays. While Airbnb was founded in 2008, it absolutely exploded in the past few years. I had my [...]

Travel Safety: Always Consider the Source

“You shouldn’t go there. It’s not safe.” STOP. As soon as you announce your upcoming travels, no matter to whom, you’ll probably be hit with at least one person saying, “It’s not safe.” Whether the person is protesting the act of solo female travel — which is ridiculous — or travel to a particular destination, [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Nine of Twelve

I’m writing this post from the sunny town of Jacksonville, Florida, as I reflect on the previous month’s travels. During this month, I found two new cities to love deeply — Hong Kong in New Orleans, I made a very happy return to the US, and I explored some truly interesting places — oh, and had [...]

Boracay: The Ultimate Tropical Island

Have you ever sat to the ultimate healthy meal, only to find yourself gazing at the unopened bag of Sour Patch Kids in your kitchen? You made yourself a salad — an exceptionally healthy one. It’s vegan, gluten-free, has seasoned tofu for protein and even a good dose of goji berries and various nuts and [...]

#SouthUSA: A Road Trip from New Orleans to Charleston

After three and a half years of exploring the world, it’s time for me to explore my own country. Exploring the US on a road trip has long been on my list of travel priorities, and the time was finally right. There are so many places to explore in the US, from the forests and [...]

Trover — My New Favorite Travel App

The following branded content post is brought to you by Trover. I fell in love with this app immediately and was delighted to take part in promoting such a great product. All opinions, as always, are my own. For the longest time, I thought I just didn’t get Pinterest. I mean, I kind of got [...]

Brunei: Perplexing, Infuriating, Unforgettable

The expat community of Brunei was recently rattled by the sudden deportation of one of their own. Most expats in Brunei either work in the oil industry or are teachers. One could make the argument that oil workers or English teachers are a dime a dozen here. This man was neither. He held arguably the [...]

Ask Kate: First Time in Europe

If your friend were visiting Europe for the first time ever, where would you tell him or her to go? Join in and help this reader out! Hey Kate! I’m planning a several months trip for next year and would like to start in Europe. I have never been so I was wondering where you [...]

Is it Safe to Travel in Thailand During the Bangkok Protests?

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked whether it’s been safe to travel in Thailand during Bangkok’s political protests. I’ve spent a few months in Thailand this winter and I can tell you that my trip was mostly unaffected by the activity. The protestors, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, have been trying to remove Prime [...]

Railay Revisited — Is It Still The World’s Most Beautiful Beach?

I’m going to do something different for this post. I’d like you to read an old post first and see what you think. Go, read The Endangered Beauty of Railay — it’s short — and come back here. Right. Let’s get started. In the first piece, I briefly mentioned Gone Walkabout — but I didn’t [...]

The First Adventurous Kate Survey — And You Could Win $50!

It’s a time of change, improvement and innovation on Adventurous Kate. I am hard at work planning on a lot of changes to take place in the next six months, and while I contemplate what needs to be done, I want to know what YOU think first. What do you really like? What do you [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Eight of Twelve

Are we really three-quarters of our way through the SOTM Tour? Holy hell. We’re getting into the home stretch! In just a few days, we’ll be flying to the US, which may end up being the final country of the trip (we will be in Germany and Malta later on, which we already visited early [...]