Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

Every now and then, a friend of mine starts a blog and asks for feedback. No matter what the blog’s niche is — travel or food or beauty or just a personal blog — I find myself giving the same feedback again and again. I started my first blog in 2002, before the word “blog” […]

Should You Use a Diva Cup?

Dear Male Readers of Adventurous Kate: I love you, I appreciate you, you make up one third of my audience, but while I know you enjoy many of my female-oriented posts, today’s post is not going to be enjoyable for you. If you’re a dude, I suggest you catch up on a hilarious vintage post instead: like the […]

A Perfect Day in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

Coming to Central America, I had no idea that one of my favorite places would be a two street town on the coast of El Salvador. But El Tunco was so much more than I expected. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of my extended time in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, four years ago — but a […]

Five Strange and Unusual Benefits of Solo Travel

There are so many incredible benefits to solo travel: you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. You develop incredible confidence. You can change your plans on a whim. It’s easier to interact with locals and learn the local language. You can take the trip of your dreams and be whomever you want to […]

AK Monthly Recap: March 2015

Will any month ever top this one? I’m sure that it will happen, eventually, but not for a long time. If I had to live a month over and over again, March 2015 would be it. From Nicaragua to El Salvador to Guatemala to the United States, surrounded by some of the most amazing people I’ve […]

Alive in León, Nicaragua: The City of Revolution

Central America is known for its volcanic landscapes, its natural beauty, its beaches, its charming small towns. What it’s not known for? Its cities. Sure, Panama City is probably the best big city in the region, and San Salvador has a lot to offer, but the message for cities from Managua to Belize City to Guatemala […]

Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

Despite how long I’ve been traveling, I’ve never actually been to the Caribbean before! I knew that would change when I planned a trip to Central America — because I knew the Corn Islands would be on my itinerary. The Corn Islands lie about 43 miles off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. From what I had read, they were […]

Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don’t speak the local language. Even if you’re traveling alone. I created this site so I could help women travel safely and independently around the […]

Escaping to Laguna de Apoyo

Well, I’ll be honest — when I planned to spend February in Nicaragua, I never dreamed I’d be having the best Valentine’s Day of my life here! Nope, I didn’t meet a guy. I met two lovely girls instead. Let’s set our scene in the beautiful city of Granada. Granada was…interesting. Truthfully, it was the only place […]

Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

Looking back at my travels in Central America so far, I’ve been wondering if there has been a wholly unique place. The kind of place that is the epitome of the region; the kind of place you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. So far, the leading contender for that position is Ometepe, an […]

AK Monthly Recap: February 2015

Nicaragua, I have fallen madly in love with you! Before I came to Central America, I knew I was looking forward to Nicaragua the most, so I made sure to allot myself a good amount of time (four weeks). That was a smart decision. I could easily stay here another month or longer — there is […]

The Best Things to Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

I’ve only been walking around the Nicaraguan beach town of San Juan del Sur for 20 minutes, but already three guys have stopped to talk to Alex. Three HOT guys. Hot Canadian surfers with incredible upper arms and ponytailed hair and the perfect smattering of chest hair. I have one question for my friend: “HOW?!” I […]

The Most Colorful City of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There’s so much I have to write about San Juan del Sur. I planned on coming for three days; I ended up staying for eight. I haven’t felt such a strong pull to a place in a long time. At times it almost felt like a time warp — traveling back to a time when I […]

How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

Imagine walking into a bar and knowing nobody inside. Everyone is laughing and drinking and seems to have been best friends for ages. Do you find that as terrifying as I do? God, it’s the stuff of nightmares! I’ve talked a lot about how to make friends while traveling solo. But party destinations are a special case […]

In Search of Perfect Beach Towns: Sámara, Costa Rica

For the past few years, I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect beach town. Perfect for me, that is. You may disagree. What I like most in a beach town is a big, beautiful, airy beach with lots of space, west-facing sunset views, and the perfect level of development. More on the development in a […]

The Most Important Item I Pack: Pacsafe Travelsafe Review

The single most important item I pack on my travels is my portable safe: my Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L. For years, I’ve been recommending this product to every traveler I know. Budget, luxury, mid-range, family, solo, everything. I’ve urged everyone coming on our Central America tours to buy one for themselves. And yet so few travelers have a portable safe. […]

Into the Cloud Forest of Monteverde

My time in Costa Rica didn’t get off to the smoothest start. After a stunning drive through the Guanacaste landscape, I arrived in La Fortuna to thundering rain. It proceeded to rain about 22 hours out of the day for the next three days. (In the dry season!) It wasn’t a complete washout. I enjoyed […]

AK Monthly Recap: January 2015

Greetings from lovely Nicaragua! I am loving the heat and sunshine, loving that I’m avoiding the snow back home, loving the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, and loving all the adventuring I’ve been doing! Here’s what I’ve been up to in the first month of 2015. Destinations Visited Reading, Lynn, Boston, and Cambridge, Massachusetts New York, New […]

Five Years of Travel Blogging: Hitting the Reset Button

On this day five years ago, I was putting together the elements of this blog. Securing hosting, buying a theme, working out every detail so that it would be set for its first post to go live on February 6. Five years. Not a lot of us make it to five years. I feel like I’m […]

Sri Lanka From Above: Climbing Sigirya

France has the Eiffel Tower. Egypt has the pyramids. China has the Great Wall. Three different countries, but they have something in common: there is a monument that epitomizes or even defines the country to outsiders. And even though the Eiffel Tower doesn’t represent all of France, it’s one of the first things that come to mind when […]