Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Genealogy Trip: Tracing Our Roots in Latvia, Sicily, and Scotland

In late July, two special ladies ratlew across the Atlantic to Latvia. For the first time in my nearly five years of travel, family members were coming to travel with me. My mother, Debbie, and my sister, Sarah. Wait? When did you mention a big family trip?! I didn’t mention it, actually. My mom is conservative when […]

Copenhagen in Photos

It’s been two months since I visited Copenhagen, and for some reason, I’ve been struggling when trying to put my visit into words. Copenhagen was lovely. But what made this trip so different? Well, first of all, I failed at tourism. I planned for only four days in Copenhagen without accounting for how the seven-hour eastward jet […]

100 Travel Tips for Paris

Visiting Paris is an experience that every traveler should have. Paris is the first city I fell in love with. More than 60 countries later, it’s still my favorite city in the world. Since my first trip at the age of 16, I’ve returned seven more times, trying to uncover more layers of the city on each visit. […]

What’s it Like to Travel in Albania?

Image: travelFREAK Albania was the country I was most looking forward to visiting this summer. It fit my dreams — home to a fascinating culture and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, yet a bit of an underdog. A Balkan country I hadn’t visited yet? Sold! But the biggest factor was meeting two lovely Albanian girls […]

How to Protect Your Belongings on the Beach

Imagine relaxing on the whitest beach you’ve ever seen. The breeze is gentle, the sun is warm but not harsh, and you’ve got your eye on the bright blue sea before you. And that’s not all — you’re here alone. Because you feel like it. And you’re having a kickass time. Ordinarily, you’d trade off swimming […]

AK Monthly Recap: July 2015

Oh, July 2015! You are going down in history! Could I have had any more fun this month?! Let’s not answer that. It was a very Balkan month. This month I continued my annual summertime getaway to the Balkans, this time visiting Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia, bookended by visits to Greece and Latvia. Here are the highlights […]

Why Snapchat Matters

Over the past several months, Snapchat has been becoming a more and more prominent social network. What was once though to be the domain for teenagers sending each other nude photos has become a powerful new medium of communication. As a publisher, I’ve watched as all of the social networks became more perfection-focused for bloggers and […]

30 Things I Didn’t Do Until I Turned 30

Yesterday I turned 31. I spent a wonderful day with my loved ones in Riga. It was a day filled with plenty of my favorite things: photographing a World Heritage Site, wine, cheese, getting recognized by a reader, and Magic Mike XXL. I also spent time reflecting on how far I’ve come in the past year. […]

7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

As soon as I decided to visit Chicago for a few days, I began planning meticulously. I started talking to everyone I knew who lived in Chicago or had visited there. I asked questions, took notes, even had a document in my Evernote compiling my information. All this information…was about food. I mean, yes, I wanted to do an architecture […]

15 Lessons From Turning My Travel Blog Into A Career

There are a handful of questions that I get asked several times a week when on the road (or even at home). The first, far and away the most popular, is, “What’s your favorite place?” So hard to answer! (Though stay tuned, because an upcoming feature in October will answer that once and for all.) […]