Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

My Favorite Day in Central America — Semuc Champey

What makes a perfect day? I’m not talking about one of the days I had a water fight in Bangkok, or the day I danced with Vikings in Shetland, or the day I went croc cage diving (in South Africa or Australia), or the day in high school my friends and I saw our classmate’s dad […]

Ask Kate: Should I Book My Accommodation Ahead of Time?

Is it necessary to book your accommodation in advance? If so, how far in advance? The latest Ask Kate question delves into the pros and cons of showing up to book. Hey Kate! Let’s say you book a plane and go with it, you just pretty much research the area best as possible for places to […]

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 […]

Ask Kate: I’m Not Enjoying My Travels

What happens when the trip of your dreams isn’t turning out as planned? This reader wants to know. Hi Kate,I’m currently farming with WWOOF in Spain, and I’ve spent about two months here so far. In between farms I have visited various cities, but this being my first trip out of the country and my first time […]

Ask Kate: First Time in Europe

If your friend were visiting Europe for the first time ever, where would you tell him or her to go? Join in and help this reader out! Hey Kate! I’m planning a several months trip for next year and would like to start in Europe. I have never been so I was wondering where you […]

Ask Kate: Is This Trip a Bad Idea?

What happens when your girlfriends are planning a trip that seems over their heads — and they want you to come along? Hey there Just thought I would see if you could give me any advice on a bit of a situation I have got myself into and what your well travelled opinion would be! […]

Ask Kate: How Do I Find Cool Hostels (Not Party Hostels)?

Though I used to be all about the party hostels, today I’m all about the cool hostels — ones that aren’t about partying but relaxing, socializing, and having a great time. In this week’s question, I show a reader how to find those hostels. Hi Kate (or Kate community), I was reading your blog post […]

Ask Kate: Should I Pay Off My Student Loans Before Traveling?

This week’s Ask Kate question is actually the same question from three different readers — because I see it all the time. If you want to travel long-term but are carrying student loans, this question is for you. Reader #1: I am seriously considering quitting my job to travel. My problem is….I have roughly $20,000 […]

Ask Kate: How Do You Divide Travel Expenses As a Couple?

This question was sent to me and other travel bloggers a few weeks ago.  I was about to post mine when another travel blogger, Audrey of That Backpacker, posted the same question on her blog.  Though I initially didn’t want to publish a question already answered by someone else, after much consideration, I’ve decided to publish […]

Bologna la Rossa — Scenes from a Red City

I walked into Bologna and felt my heart swell with happiness.  This was the city I loved so much — a part of Italy that is breathtakingly beautiful yet rough around the edges, home to some of Italy’s best food but still pretty cheap, cultural and enthralling and incredibly conveniently located — yet still off […]