Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Black Tap and the Craziest Milkshakes in New York City

  A few months ago, a new breed of milkshakes exploded across the internet. Monsters covered in piles of candy. Layers of candy and frosting upon whipped cream and chocolate, eagerly waiting to be slurped through a straw. They were crazy, they were impractical, and they seemed largely designed for Instagram. Surely no normal person could eat one […]

In Oakland, A Different Narrative

It took three visits to San Francisco before I finally made it over the bridge to Oakland. Did I like it? Absolutely! It’s a great city with fantastic food. But what I found most interesting in Oakland was how different the narrative felt. Go to most major cities in the U.S., learn about their history, and they’ll give […]

Introducing My New Apartment!

You know, I wasn’t sure if this was the right time to reveal my apartment to the world. Originally, I wanted to wait until I got art on the walls, decorated it more, and had a completely staged apartment to reveal. Then I remembered that you guys always enjoy seeing the process of things, the nitty-gritty, the […]

When the Photography Gods Don’t Smile Upon You

If I were a more professional photographer, my travels would be very different. I’d do a lot more research beforehand, scoping out the best places to take the shots I wanted. I’d wake up before sunrise on a regular basis (the horror!) and plan my days around the sunsets. And in case of bad weather and […]

AK Monthly Recap: March 2016

March kicked off with a bang in Puerto Rico — then mellowed out considerably by the end of the month. Here are the best and worst moments of the month! Destinations Visited San Juan, Culebra, Fajardo, Orocovis, and Ponce, Puerto Rico New York, New York Shelton and Monroe, Connecticut Reading, Lynn, and Andover, Massachusetts Favorite Destinations […]

Five Years Since the Shipwreck That Changed My Life

Every March 28, I’m reminded of the night when the boat went down. Falling asleep on a bench and woke up with a jerk at 2:00 AM, scrambling on the floor before a crew member came in and said, “Everybody, get your lifejackets on.” The night I cried and panicked on the same bench, holding on to a […]

Is It Too Late to Make It as a Travel Blogger Now?

There’s a question that I’ve been asked more and more often lately: “There are so many travel blogs out there today. If I start, I’m going to be so far behind. Do I have any chance of making it a career? Is it even possible?” A lot of people would say no — but I […]

Puerto Rico Seriously Has It All

Now that I’ve settled down in New York after five years of travel, one of my goals is to travel more within the U.S. I have a lot of cities I want to visit this year: Austin, Nashville, Portland. But the biggest goal of all? Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was a priority for late February. Or sometime […]

Inside Bushwick, The Weirdest Place in New York City

What makes Bushwick so weird? It’s the brightly painted warehouses that you can’t tell are functional or abandoned. It’s galleries that double as yoga studios and coffeeshops that double as life drawing classes. It’s strange parties in abandoned furniture stores where people wear crazy costumes. It’s being hit on by guys who always end their catcalls […]

The Best Things I Ate in the San Francisco Bay Area

I adore California. It’s my favorite state to visit as a traveler. I love the beaches, the palm trees, the laid-back attitude. And I love In & Out Burger. (I don’t love how you have to drive everywhere in most places, but hey, no destination’s perfect.) But my favorite thing about California is the constant sunshine — and with […]

15 Ways to Leave the Country if Donald Trump Gets Elected

When Donald Trump announced he was running for president, we joked that he’d be done within a few months. Comedians had a field day. He couldn’t gain any serious support, could he? Until he started leading all the polls…and winning primaries. Holy shit. This could actually happen. “If Trump gets elected, I’m leaving the country!” I […]

AK Monthly Recap: February 2016

This was the month that I moved to New York! Far and away, that dwarfs anything else I did this month. I went on and on about my apartment in last month’s recap — it seems a bit silly now, as I hadn’t even moved to the place yet! I will tell you, however, that my place […]

Privilege in the Gardens

It’s a sunny February afternoon in Yountville, California, in the heart of Napa Valley. My fellow bloggers and I just finished a sumptuous lunch at Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, easily a new contender for one of the best meals of my life, and have consumed just enough wine to give the landscape a softened haze. Yountville is also home to The […]

Why I Moved to Harlem Instead of Brooklyn

For the longest time, I was certain I would be moving to Brooklyn. It made the most sense — it was cool, most of my friends were there, it wasn’t too far from the airport, and, well, it was cool. The epicenter of all things cool. And I was cool, wasn’t I? And so I spent […]

How to Avoid Motion Sickness While Traveling

Here’s a dirty little secret I’ve mostly kept under wraps: despite being a full-time traveler, I get horrific motion sickness. You’d think being in motion so often would allow me to develop a tolerance over time, but no, it doesn’t work that way. And yes, it’s led to some awkward moments. Like the time I puked […]

The Funk Factor of Tirana, Albania

The Balkans are my favorite region in the world. I’ve now visited four summers in a row: Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro in 2012; Macedonia and Kosovo in 2013, Croatia and Slovenia in 2014; and finally Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia in 2015. Oh, Albania. This country is probably the most interesting place I visited in 2015. And […]

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

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 at […]

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 […]