Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Don’t Expect Travel To Solve Your Problems

Sometimes I worry about the narrative that we travel publishers put out there: “Quit your job, travel the world, and all your problems will be solved.” Almost none of us actually say that — or mean it. But when you add up all the travel memoirs and travel blogs and travel-filled Instagram profiles, that’s the […]

Hudson, New York: The Coolest Small Town in America

“No matter what, you need to get out of the city at least once a month,” my friends warned me. Of course I’ll get out of the city, I thought to myself. I travel for a living! Then April came and to my great shock, I went a full month without leaving New York. Hell, […]

AK Monthly Recap: June 2016

June 2016 will forever be known as the month that I saw Hamilton. Really, everything else fades to black and white when measured up against Hamilton. I can’t remember the last time a performance affected me this much! But beyond that, there was a lot of fun in New York and a bit beyond. Another quiet month. Another […]

A Day Trip to the North Fork of Long Island

This summer, I’ve been planning lots of special day trips and short getaways from Manhattan. One of my biggest priorities? The North Fork of Long Island. Long Island extends eastward from Brooklyn and Queens and eventually forks in two. The South Fork gets most of the hype and vacationers — it’s home to the Hamptons and beautiful […]

Backpacking Southeast Asia vs. Backpacking Central America

You’re ready to take the plunge — you want to start backpacking, possibly long-term, in a cheap part of the world. So, where is it going to be? We already know Europe will eat up too much cash! Southeast Asia and Central America are two of the most popular destinations for backpackers. I’ve traveled extensively in both […]

I Saw Hamilton and Yes, It Really Is That Great

I made a very impulsive purchase last Friday: one ticket to see Hamilton the very next day. My one-sentence review: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen.” Hamilton is the most popular Broadway show in years — possibly even decades. It’s gone beyond Broadway to become a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. RENT premiered 20 years ago and it’s the closest […]

How to Spend Three Days in Savannah

Savannah is the perfect destination to explore over a weekend. It’s a small city, you can see most of it on foot, and just walking from place to place is just as entertaining as the sights themselves! Itinerary blog posts are a bit of a pet peeve of mine — it seems that bloggers get them […]

AK Monthly Recap: May 2016

Summer has arrived in New York City! And not a moment too soon. May was a long stretch of gray mornings and drizzly afternoons, as it often is in the northeast. And so I buckled down and told myself not to lose faith, that the gray would burn off and it would become beautiful again. I finally broke […]

“How Can I Travel and Make Money Like You, Kate?”

A few times a week, I get asked the same question: “How do I travel the world and make money?” “How can I do what you do, Kate?” Or “What do you think the chances are that I could start to make money while on this trip?” My stock answer? “It’s really hard for me […]

10 Love Stories From My Travels

Many years ago, I purchased The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel, a guide to strange, new, and offbeat ways of exploring while traveling. (The book is now out of print; you can buy used copies here.) These are new and different ways to not only explore a destination, but to see your hometown in […]

To The Racist I Had the Displeasure of Meeting Recently

From our first conversation, I knew that you and I wouldn’t get along. You were negative and made put-downs on a regular basis; I knew I had no desire spend another moment with you after our business trip concluded. That was fine. Part of business, as well as life, is being able to get along with people whose company you don’t […]

16 Reasons to Fall in Love with Savannah, Georgia

Two years ago, I visited the city of Savannah, Georgia, for the first time — and it immediately became one of my favorite places in the world. Since then, I’ve been wanting to get back. Savannah is a place that I feel viscerally. A few other cities give me that same feeling. Granada is the sun beating down, […]

Chasing Sunsets in Santorini

Over the past few years, I’ve made a habit of visiting my egregious travel oversights. Amsterdam and Berlin got checked off; Japan and Hong Kong were added to my tally; Chicago finally got a visit; I finished visiting every country in the Balkans. But there was one oversight that had people screaming in incredulity. “You’ve […]

AK Monthly Recap: April 2016

Guys, I’m a bit embarrassed at what I’m about to tell you. For the first time in the six years that I’ve been writing this blog, I went a full month without leaving a single city. I couldn’t believe it until I went back through my photos and realized it was true. I never left New […]

Black Tap and the Craziest Milkshakes in New York City

  A few months ago, a new breed of milkshakes exploded across the internet. Monsters covered in piles of candy. Layers of candy and frosting upon whipped cream and chocolate, eagerly waiting to be slurped through a straw. They were crazy, they were impractical, and they seemed largely designed for Instagram. Surely no normal person could eat one […]

In Oakland, A Different Narrative

It took three visits to San Francisco before I finally made it over the bridge to Oakland. Did I like it? Absolutely! It’s a great city with fantastic food. But what I found most interesting in Oakland was how different the narrative felt. Go to most major cities in the U.S., learn about their history, and they’ll give […]

Introducing My New Apartment!

You know, I wasn’t sure if this was the right time to reveal my apartment to the world. Originally, I wanted to wait until I got art on the walls, decorated it more, and had a completely staged apartment to reveal. Then I remembered that you guys always enjoy seeing the process of things, the nitty-gritty, the […]

When the Photography Gods Don’t Smile Upon You

If I were a more professional photographer, my travels would be very different. I’d do a lot more research beforehand, scoping out the best places to take the shots I wanted. I’d wake up before sunrise on a regular basis (the horror!) and plan my days around the sunsets. And in case of bad weather and […]

AK Monthly Recap: March 2016

March kicked off with a bang in Puerto Rico — then mellowed out considerably by the end of the month. Here are the best and worst moments of the month! Destinations Visited San Juan, Culebra, Fajardo, Orocovis, and Ponce, Puerto Rico New York, New York Shelton and Monroe, Connecticut Reading, Lynn, and Andover, Massachusetts Favorite Destinations […]

Five Years Since the Shipwreck That Changed My Life

Every March 28, I’m reminded of the night when the boat went down. Falling asleep on a bench and woke up with a jerk at 2:00 AM, scrambling on the floor before a crew member came in and said, “Everybody, get your lifejackets on.” The night I cried and panicked on the same bench, holding on to a […]