Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

As soon as I decided to visit Chicago for a few days, I began planning meticulously. I started talking to everyone I knew who lived in Chicago or had visited there. I asked questions, took notes, even had a document in my Evernote compiling my information. All this information…was about food. I mean, yes, I wanted to do an architecture […]

15 Lessons From Turning My Travel Blog Into A Career

There are a handful of questions that I get asked several times a week when on the road (or even at home). The first, far and away the most popular, is, “What’s your favorite place?” So hard to answer! (Though stay tuned, because an upcoming feature in October will answer that once and for all.) […]

A Day Trip to Andorra from Barcelona

The mysterious country Andorra wasn’t on my original itinerary for Europe this summer. From my launch pad in Copenhagen, I planned to head to Athens, then upward into Albania and through the Balkans until I arrived in Belgrade. In fact, I had no flights booked until two weeks before I arrived! But then after learning that my friend Becki wouldn’t […]

Is it Safe to Travel to Greece Right Now? Absolutely.

After spending time in Greece this summer, I’ve constantly been slammed by questions from travelers with one eye on their vacations and another on Greece’s financial crisis. Is it safe to travel to Greece right now? My short answer: ABSOLUTELY. Neither I nor several of my friends traveling in Greece this summer had a single problem […]

The Secret to Solo Female Travel Confidence: Drink Champagne

The older I get, the more I realize that nobody has a clue what they’re doing. We’re all just winging it, hoping for the best. And that goes for me with my solo travels. After nearly five years of constant travel, most of it solo, I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit better at […]

Viewpoints: Traveling While Overweight with Pamela MacNaughtan

Pamela MacNaughtan of Savoir Faire Abroad was the first person I met when I started traveling the world long-term: we met on my first day in Bangkok in 2010! Years later, she’s still traveling solo, with a particular love for Asia and Québec City. But a few months ago Pam wrote a post that rocked the […]

Milwaukee Rocks! Who Knew?

Here’s an egregious travel oversight of mine: until this June, I had never been to the Midwest before. Not even Chicago! But the spring I was invited to serve as a mentor at Navigate Media Group’s latest Bloghouse, this one taking place in Milwaukee. Milwaukee, it turns out, was the perfect introduction to the Midwest. As much […]

Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize

Splashes erupted from the side of the sailboat. Giant brown sharks thrashed out of the water, surrounded by silvery tuna, each of them vying for the fish bits thrown on the surface of our daredevil crew. Sharks. Sharks were waiting for us. And it was time to dive in and swim among them. Snorkeling with Sharks […]

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 – […]