Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The UNESCO Hunt: 82-91

It’s been a summer of European travel, and for that reason, it’s been a summer of UNESCO World Heritage Sites! If you’re interested in World Heritage Sites, there’s no better place than Europe, as it has the greatest concentration of sites. This summer took me to new countries like Finland, new regions like Puglia, and [...]

A Place Like Zadar

There’s a place in Croatia that I love even more than the old city of Dubrovnik, the saltwater lakes of Mljet, the architecture of Korčula, the colors of Rovinj, the beaches of Pučišća, and the waterfalls at Krka. My favorite place in Croatia is Zadar, a small city on the Dalmatian coast. I first visited this [...]

Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in the Middle East? It’s far safer than the media would have it appear, and with the proper planning and precautions, it can absolutely be safe. For this piece, I decided to bring in an expert on solo female travel in the Middle East: Sabina Lohr, [...]

Win a Trip for Two to Cartagena, Colombia!

The following branded content post is brought to you by LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. When the prize is as good as this, I’m all too happy to promote it to you all! First we had the Galapagos. Then we had Brazil. Now LAN are giving away a trip to Cartagena, Colombia! The Countdown [...]

A Road Trip Through Slovenia

After spending a few days in Ljubljana for the fantastic Ana Desetnica festival, it was time to hit the road! I knew I wanted to see more of the country, so I planned to spend four days road-tripping through Slovenia with my friend Peter, the blogger behind Travel Unmasked. Now, if you’ve been on a [...]

A Notting Hill Cocktail Crawl with the DrinkAdvisor App

The following branded content post is brought to you by DrinkAdvisor, a free nightlife app available for both iPhone and Android.  I thought it would be entertaining to use the app to find some new cool bars in London to recommend to you all! Even after all the time I’ve spent in London, I still feel like I [...]

Ask Kate: Should I Travel Now or Later?

Her semester abroad is almost over and her funds are almost gone. Is this her last chance to travel Europe, or will she get another chance? Hi Kate, I’m a 20 year old college student who is currently studying abroad in England. I’m absolutely loving my experience though it can get difficult balancing school with [...]

AK Monthly Recap: July 2014

Two new countries, two festivals, five new World Heritage Sites — this July was a month of accomplishment. From my base in London, I continued my busy schedule with trips to Slovenia and Finland. Destinations Visited London, United Kingdom Ljubljana, Idrija, Skocjan Caves, Bled, Radovljica, and Bohinj, Slovenia Helsinki, Kuhmo, and Rauma, Finland Favorite Destinations Ljubljana — [...]

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park, Croatia

If you love waterfalls, Croatia is a fantastic country to visit. Thanks to a jagged coastline and mountains flush with rivers, waterfalls thrive in this beautiful nation. Plitvice Lakes National Park in particular is world-famous for its waterfalls (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if 25% of the waterfall photos on Pinterest were from Plitvice alone!), [...]

Here’s to Being Crazy in Your Twenties

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday. I’ll be spending it in Paris, the city I love most. I’m happy. I don’t have any hangups about entering a new decade. If anything is bugging me, it’s wondering whether girls in their twenties will find their way to this site, see my age, and dismiss me as irrelevant. It’s ridiculous, [...]

From Rocking Croatia to Eating London: My Favorite Lists on Trover

The following branded content post is brought to you by Trover, an app that I’ve been using more and more over the last several months. Here’s the latest on how I’m playing with Trover lists for you. A few months ago, I introduced you to Trover — the travel app that filled in the much-needed [...]

Skellig Michael: Ireland’s Most Striking Destination

I hate to say it, but after nearly four years of near-constant travel, it’s becoming harder and harder for me to be impressed. Of course, I love places and I appreciate them and I enjoy almost every place I visit — but being knocked over in marvel, so impressed I can barely speak? That’s incredibly special and incredibly [...]

Meet My Favorite Cafe in London: Lavish Habit

Every afternoon, without fail, I crave a cup of coffee. Not for the caffeine jolt, though. Coffee is how I punctuate my day. I use it as an excuse to stop what I’m doing and reflect as I enjoy the pleasure of sipping a latte in solitude. It’s become so important to my day that I get antsy [...]

Vintage Valletta: The Least Capital-Like Capital

When you think of capital cities, what comes to mind? Embassies. Bureaucrats. People in suits. Endless meetings. People so protective of their government-oriented careers that they wouldn’t dare rat out an enemy — well, unless they were Frank Underwood. Forget money. Power is the primary currency here. That may be the case in Washington or London or Singapore or Brasilia…but [...]

Dubrovnik Survival Guide

A survival guide? For Dubrovnik?! Is that even necessary? I’m totally serious. Dubrovnik is a fantastic place to visit – a walled, orange-roofed old city perched above the Adriatic, islands in the background. George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik” – and believe me, he was a very well [...]

Why Travel Safety Is Different for Women

A few days ago, my attention was brought to a piece on Buzzfeed called 29 Things Women Avoid Doing Because We Fear For Our Safety. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Go ahead, read it and come back here. In typical Buzzfeed style, the piece was written with the goal of gaining [...]

AK Monthly Recap: June 2014

What a crazy, whirlwind month! After spending the spring in the UK and Ireland, I was afraid that I wouldn’t get to have a “real” summer — but then came Croatia with its warmth and sunshine. It was exactly what I needed. Destinations Visited Killarney, Portmagee, Skellig Michael, Dublin, and Newgrange, Ireland Belfast, Portrush, and Antrim, [...]

Don’t Let Croatia Slip Through Your Fingers

Two years ago, I visited Croatia for the first time. I spent two weeks in the country in total, the first week on a road trip from Pula to Split, and I was blown away — first by how madly I fell in love with Croatia, and second, by how it had been the easiest road [...]

Introducing Limerick: Ireland’s City of Culture

“The book made me want to kill myself.” This blunt statement is made by the girl sitting next to me, a travel writer from Bangalore. She’s talking about Angela’s Ashes, the enormously popular memoir by Frank McCourt that takes place here in the city of Limerick, Ireland. “The movie made me want to kill myself!” exclaims our [...]

Flyboarding in Malta, or, The Day I Became Iron Man

It was a perfect spring day in Malta — the sun was shining, the water was bright blue, and the flowers were in bloom. For the visitors who escaped the stormy springtime in their home countries of Britain and Ireland and Sweden, it was a much-needed and glorious dose of springtime. Anyway, that’s how Malta’s visitors saw [...]