Friday, November 27th, 2015

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 […]

Win a Trip to Africa (With Flights!) From KLM Airlines

The following branded content post is brought to you by KLM Airlines. You know I love promoting contests! The prize here is fabulous and I really hope that one of my readers wins. Three years ago today, I was on safari in Kruger National Park, enjoying my first trip to Africa. My first trip to South Africa […]

On Curiosity, Gin, and Cultivating Interests

“Now, lean in and smell it, just like wine,” I instruct the girls before me. Vicky and Candice obey, each leaning into a small glass filled with an ounce of Whitley Neill gin at the bottom. “Now smell it with your mouth open. It’s just like tasting it! Rachelle taught me that on the trip.” […]

On Living in Perpetual Motion

It’s Monday in Mallorca and your jeans need to be replaced. They’re the only pair you brought for this trip, and you’ve dropped so much weight in recent months (GOOD THING!) that that they’re barely hanging on your hips, fitting you poorly. And you could live with that, but now there’s a hole near the crotch for some reason, and […]

Five Years of Travel: The Best Experiences

As of today, I’ve been a full-time traveler for five years! A huge milestone and one for which I am deeply grateful. Five years ago today, I hopped on a plane from New York to Bangkok, excited and a little bit terrified. Within 24 hours, I went from eating at The Spotted Pig near one of […]

The Criminally Underrated City of Riga, Latvia

Every now and then, I discover a city that seems to be pretty damn close to perfection — yet mysteriously under-touristed, not visited by as many people as it should be. That latest city for me was Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was one of my favorite destinations of my summer in Europe and I feel like it […]

The Most Glorious Spirit: A Week of Gin in the UK

My gin trip to the UK was one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken. I spent time with fascinating (and often off-the-wall) creative entrepreneurs, learning about how they ditched the 9-5 to make booze with their buddies. I visited stunning new regions of Britain and a few old favorites. And, of course, […]

AK Monthly Recap: September 2015

If March, May, and July went down in history for their sheer hedonism, September was marked by abstinence. I spent it mostly at home. Worked hard every day. Didn’t ingest a single drop of alcohol. And did little else until I headed to New York at the end of the month. You might think that September was […]

I’m Off to Britain to Sample the Gin

Well, that’s certainly a way to end Sober September. I’m heading back to Europe for a few weeks this October, and I’m kicking things off with a boozy trip around Britain. Alongside Matt of LandLopers and Rachelle of The Travel Bite, I’m spending a week sampling the finest British gins throughout England. I adore gin. It’s […]

Cool Airfare Tricks from Kayak

The following branded content post is brought to you by KAYAK. I’ve been a big fan of Kayak for years, and now that they’ve showcased these features, I’m even more excited to use them! There are so many things that I wish travel search engines would do for me. Like, assess my personality with FiveThirtyEight-like capacity and […]

Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel: Fuji X-T1

This spring, I made a big decision that more and more travel photographers are making: I decided to switch from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera. In other words, I said farewell to the Nikon D5100 that I had been using for two years in favor of the Fuji X-T1, a mirrorless model. And I could not be happier about […]

On Freedom to Travel

The following branded content post is brought to you by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Once you see this video, you’ll understand why I agreed to run a branded content post for the first time in nearly a year. One of my greatest joys was finally visiting my readers from the Philippines in Manila […]

Corfu, Greece, in Technicolor

Should I have allotted more than two nights for Corfu, the largest Ionian island off the coast of Greece? Of course I should have! For me, Corfu was meant to be a stopover en route from Santorini to Albania. I flew there via Athens with two intentions: to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town and […]

Where to Go in Eastern Sicily

While Sicily is full of beauty everywhere you look, you’ll find many of its best treasures in the eastern part of the island. The east is home to active volcanoes, ancient ruins, Baroque cities, and gorgeous beaches, not to mention fabulous food and world-famous wine. Why concentrate on the east in particular? Sicily is a big island, the […]

Viewpoints: Traveling With a Disability

Our latest Viewpoints interview is a twofer! Here we will meet two ladies who travel with a disability: Justine, an Aussie who is legally blind, and Dilara, a New Zealand-living Scot who is profoundly deaf. Together they are The Pickle Sandwich — a hilarious YouTube duo riffing on life, love, travel, and disability. I love their videos and highly […]

Aci Trezza: A Laid-Back Seaside Town in Sicily

I love discovering a new place completely by chance. I had done a lot of research on Sicily beforehand, but one of my favorite places turned out to be a little seaside town I hadn’t even heard of until the day my mom, my sister, and I visited. It was our second morning in Sicily and we weren’t feeling too […]

The Joys and Challenges of Traveling in Sicily

Sicily kicked my ass and nearly destroyed me. I did not expect that. Italy is my zone. I go to Italy once or twice a year. I lived in Florence for four months. I speak Italian (not as well as I used to, yet more than enough to get by). As a result, Italy is one of […]