Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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 [...]

A Road Trip Through Slovenia

After spending a few days in Ljubljana for the fantastic Ana Desetnica festival, it was time to hit the road! I knew I wanted to see more of the country, so I planned to spend four days road-tripping through Slovenia with my friend Peter, the blogger behind Travel Unmasked. Now, if you’ve been on a [...]

A Notting Hill Cocktail Crawl with the DrinkAdvisor App

The following branded content post is brought to you by DrinkAdvisor, a free nightlife app available for both iPhone and Android.  I thought it would be entertaining to use the app to find some new cool bars in London to recommend to you all! Even after all the time I’ve spent in London, I still feel like I [...]

Ask Kate: Should I Travel Now or Later?

Her semester abroad is almost over and her funds are almost gone. Is this her last chance to travel Europe, or will she get another chance? Hi Kate, I’m a 20 year old college student who is currently studying abroad in England. I’m absolutely loving my experience though it can get difficult balancing school with [...]

AK Monthly Recap: July 2014

Two new countries, two festivals, five new World Heritage Sites — this July was a month of accomplishment. From my base in London, I continued my busy schedule with trips to Slovenia and Finland. Destinations Visited London, United Kingdom Ljubljana, Idrija, Skocjan Caves, Bled, Radovljica, and Bohinj, Slovenia Helsinki, Kuhmo, and Rauma, Finland Favorite Destinations Ljubljana — [...]

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park, Croatia

If you love waterfalls, Croatia is a fantastic country to visit. Thanks to a jagged coastline and mountains flush with rivers, waterfalls thrive in this beautiful nation. Plitvice Lakes National Park in particular is world-famous for its waterfalls (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if 25% of the waterfall photos on Pinterest were from Plitvice alone!), [...]

Here’s to Being Crazy in Your Twenties

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday. I’ll be spending it in Paris, the city I love most. I’m happy. I don’t have any hangups about entering a new decade. If anything is bugging me, it’s wondering whether girls in their twenties will find their way to this site, see my age, and dismiss me as irrelevant. It’s ridiculous, [...]

From Rocking Croatia to Eating London: My Favorite Lists on Trover

The following branded content post is brought to you by Trover, an app that I’ve been using more and more over the last several months. Here’s the latest on how I’m playing with Trover lists for you. A few months ago, I introduced you to Trover — the travel app that filled in the much-needed [...]