Saturday, February 6th, 2016

The Truth About Extreme Budget Travel

What does budget travel mean to you? For some of my friends, it means downgrading to a three-star hotel instead of a luxury property. For others, it’s giving up their private rooms for hostel dorms. Budget travel is unique to everyone. The broadest definition of budget travel is being financially conscious during your travels. I […]

AK Monthly Recap: January 2016

Last month, I said that my one and only goal was to find an apartment in New York. So did I succeed? YES! I GOT A PLACE. I saw five apartments in total and fell in love with the second one on sight. The entire process was difficult and nerve-wracking and I think I gained several […]

Seven Quirky Travel Accessories For Your Future Home

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Make This The Year You Start Your Own Business

Looking back over the past decade, I’m shocked at how much the business world has changed. Just a few years ago, there was only one socially acceptable route: get a full-time job and work there as long as you can. Maybe do something creative on the side, if anything. Today? People are starting their own businesses, cobbling […]

The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway to Koh Lanta, Thailand

“What’s your favorite place?” I asked get that question at least once a day and often several times. It’s not an easy question to answer, as most travelers can attest. Our lists are long and we can’t pick one place above all. …or can we? Yes, it’s true — I actually have a favorite place in […]

Quit Fucking Around and Build Yourself a Fuck-Off Fund

One of the most popular posts on this site? How I Saved $13,000 For Travel In Just Seven Months. I stand by that post. It may have been from a different point in my life, but it’s still an excellent guide on how to strip your life down to the basics in order to save a ton of money as quickly […]

Scenes from England’s Lake District

If you’re a longtime reader, you might remember my stint living in Chester, northwest England. Though Chester was a tough place to live as an outsider and especially an American, I loved exploring the region, a place that so many people overlook. There was city-hopping in Manchester and Liverpool, and discovering adorable pubs in random towns all over […]

How to Arrive in Bangkok

The first time I landed in Bangkok back in 2010, I did everything wrong. I was so excited, I didn’t get myself close to the schedule before I arrived. Even though I was arriving close to midnight, I slept on the final flight there. I gave my guesthouse address written in Thai to my driver, but […]

Kate’s Picks: Where to Go in 2016 Before It’s Too Late

Where are the best places to travel to in 2016? You’ll find just about every major travel website putting together their own list. Lonely Planet wants you to go to Botswana. National Geographic wants you to go to Greenland. So why should you care about this one? Well, I chose these places carefully. They’re not […]

AK Monthly Recap: December 2015

How do I even characterize a month like this? It’s hard to say. This month was spend pinging around the world, from Thailand back to the States. I had pushed myself too far and was burned out beyond belief. At the same time, I was dealing with the realization that I need to take a break […]

My Worst Travel Moments of 2015

You can’t have the bad without the good! Every year (and every month!) I like to write about the bad moments along with the good ones because I think it’s important to show that travel is not a prescription for a happy life. Even if you travel all the time, plenty of bad things happen […]

My Best Travel Moments of 2015

Every year, I like to take stock of the best travel moments of the year. This year had PLENTY! I visited 21 countries in total, a number I doubt to repeat anytime in the near future, and I had some of the happiest moments in my travel days. What makes a great travel moment? They’re […]

My Favorite Reads of 2015

Challenge complete! Late in 2014, I decided to take on PopSugar’s 2015 Book Challenge, requiring me to read 52 books in 50 different genres. The result? This is probably the most I’ve read in a single year, and by far the most diverse array of literature. I also made a secondary goal this year of reading […]

AK Monthly Recap: November 2015

This month, I went back to my roots — back to Southeast Asia, back to Thailand, back to Bangkok. In that picture above, I’m wearing the blue dress and black open cardigan that I bought in Bangkok nearly five years ago. And while Southeast Asia will always be the destination where I cut my teeth as […]

Airportag: The Coolest Travel Shirts on the Web

The following branded content post is brought to you by Airportag. As a new brand ambassador for this company, I’m excited to introduce these new products to you! I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have. Also, some of these links are affiliates, which, if you purchase, will earn me a small commission […]

My Favorite New Travel Destinations of 2015

Every year, I love to look back at my travels and choose my favorite new destinations of the year. In 2014, some of my favorite new destinations were Finland, Sri Lanka, and Savannah, Georgia. In 2013, some of my favorite new destinations were Japan, Macedonia, and Berlin. In 2012, some of my favorite new destinations were […]

Scenes from the Cotswolds

Having lived in and traveled extensively throughout the UK, I’ve gotten to know the country well and have been continuously discovering new places to visit. Some of them are still my most-wanted destinations: beach-hopping in Cornwall, hiking in St. Kilda, partying in Newcastle. One destination that I finally got to visit: the Cotswolds, a region in Gloucestershire, […]

Solo Female Travelers Over 40

When I first started blogging in early 2010, solo female travel was a barely trodden topic. The concept of long-term solo travel hadn’t even crossed my mind until I was 22. Solo female travel was especially unusual in my home country, the United States, and women traveling solo were more likely to be seen as reckless than inspiring. Today? Google “solo […]

Briefly, Belgrade

During my annual summer hop through the Balkans, I knew that I wanted to visit every Balkan country that I hadn’t yet visited. The final Balkan country to add to my tally? Serbia. Serbia doesn’t get a lot of the tourism fame that other Balkan countries do — it has a lot to offer, but it’s […]

AK Monthly Recap: October 2015

Happy November, everyone! I’ve arrived back at home in Massachusetts after a busy month of jetting around Europe and the United States. This month proved one thing for sure: at this point in my life, the guiding force in my travels is going wherever I can see my friends. Everywhere I went this month was either because I had […]