Saturday, November 1st, 2014

A Street Food Crawl Through Queens, New York

New York has become one of my bases over the past few years. With so many of my friends living there (as well as a sister who doesn’t mind putting me up on her couch), I’m spending more and more time in the city, and with that, looking for new and interesting things to do on my visits. [...]

Win a Trip to Yemaya Resort, Little Corn Island!

The following branded content post is brought to you by Yemaya Resort. When the prize is a 10-night Caribbean vacation for two with airfare, you know I’m happy to broadcast that to all of you! Imagine a tiny island adrift in the Caribbean. It’s home to the clearest water you’ve ever seen; palm trees reach out into the [...]

Where to Stay in Paris — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where’s the best place to stay in Paris? For most people, going to Paris is the trip of a lifetime — so it’s all the more important to carefully choose where you stay. Paris was the first city I ever fell in love with, and after thirteen years, it’s still my favorite city in the world. On my first [...]

Scenes from the Flåm Railway, Norway

Norway’s Flåm Railway, or Flamsbana, is often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Beginning in the sea-level fjord hamlet of Flåm and extending to the town of Myrdal, 863 meters above sea level, the train glides through grassy mountains with waterfalls spurting out from every direction. Is it the most beautiful train journey? Well, I’ve been [...]

Three Days in Bergen: The Perfect Introduction to Norway

Norway. One of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of the most expensive countries in the world. A unique and cold and clear and precise destination — yet one that until recently had been out of my price range. But I finally had an opportunity. Norwegian Air is now flying to New York, and at this [...]

Rocking Out at Cologne Music Festival

When New Year’s 2014 rolled around, I didn’t think I would be visiting Germany at all this year. How wrong I was! By August, I had visited Leipzig, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin, Potsdam, and finally Cologne and Brühl. With the exception of Berlin, they were all new destinations for me. Cologne closed out my summer of [...]

Norway’s Fjords in Photos

When you think about visiting Norway, what comes to mind first? Fjords. It’s always fjords. They are the symbol of the country and one of the reasons why many people consider Norway the most naturally beautiful country in Europe. I couldn’t go to Norway for the first time without visiting any fjords, which is why I chose [...]

AK Monthly Recap: September 2014

I am home in Massachusetts and it feels GREAT. After a year and a half of constantly moving, it has been an absolute treat to be based in one place for more than two weeks at a time. So many of my stresses have melted away! I’ve been spending time with family and friends, both in the [...]

Bangkok Rooftop Bars and Vegas Partying with Yonderbound Hotels

The following branded content post is brought to you by Yonderbound, a new hotel booking site. This post gave me the ability to show off my favorite hotels, and I decided to take you on a tour of my favorite party hotels in Bangkok and Vegas. Enjoy! If you’re going to splurge on a luxury hotel [...]

The Stunning Trulli of Alberobello, Italy

If you’re new to this site, here’s something you’ll soon learn about me: I regularly take on way more than I should, bite off way more than I can chew, and end up stressing myself out for the sake of seeing as much as possible while traveling. The latest example? My one-day road trip through [...]

Win a Trip for Two to Chile’s Atacama Desert!

The following branded content post is brought to you by LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. With yet another contest and another opportunity to visit somewhere fabulous, I am delighted to share this one with you. I fell in love with the desert when I was nine years old. I was on [...]

Coming Home to the Carpino Folk Festival

August is a sacred month to Italians. It’s tradition to take the whole month off — unless you work in, say, the hospitality industry, as someone needs to serve copious scoops of gelato to the ridiculously good-looking, speedo-clad Italians who use this time off as a reason to flock to the seaside. But there’s more to [...]

Endings, Beginnings, Big Changes and What’s Next

A few years ago, I got the coffee table book Where to Go When for Christmas. It’s a gorgeous book featuring full-page spreads on eleven destinations to visit during each month of the year. I like to check things off. Each time I come home from a long trip, I find that book and underline my [...]

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer

If summer has a perfect sweet spot, it can be found in Finland. Forget the gray, rainy, temperamental weather of London, Paris, Limerick, and Cologne, the days that could easily have appeared during any other month of the year. Forget the sweltering days of Dubrovnik and Ljubljana, where going outside was akin to hurling yourself into a [...]

A Magical Journey Through Rauma, Finland

“Rauma? Why are you going there?” Again and again, Finns asked me this question. Rauma is a nice place, surely, but would you go out of your way to go there? “Two World Heritage Sites,” I’d reply with a smile. Rauma’s old town is famous for being the largest wooden old town in the Nordic [...]

AK Monthly Recap: August 2014

I love the beginning of September. Even though I haven’t been a student for eight years, September has always felt much more like the new year to me, rather than January. The seasons change. Habits change. Fashion is revolutionized. It’s my favorite month for travel in many regions of the world, and there’s no better time to visit Europe. But [...]

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 [...]