Monday, November 30th, 2015

My Favorite New Travel Destinations of 2015

Every year, I love to look back at my travels and choose my favorite new destinations of the year. In 2014, some of my favorite new destinations were Finland, Sri Lanka, and Savannah, Georgia. In 2013, some of my favorite new destinations were Japan, Macedonia, and Berlin. In 2012, some of my favorite new destinations were […]

Scenes from the Cotswolds

Having lived in and traveled extensively throughout the UK, I’ve gotten to know the country well and have been continuously discovering new places to visit. Some of them are still my most-wanted destinations: beach-hopping in Cornwall, hiking in St. Kilda, partying in Newcastle. One destination that I finally got to visit: the Cotswolds, a region in Gloucestershire, […]

Solo Female Travelers Over 40

When I first started blogging in early 2010, solo female travel was a barely trodden topic. The concept of long-term solo travel hadn’t even crossed my mind until I was 22. Solo female travel was especially unusual in my home country, the United States, and women traveling solo were more likely to be seen as reckless than inspiring. Today? Google “solo […]

Briefly, Belgrade

During my annual summer hop through the Balkans, I knew that I wanted to visit every Balkan country that I hadn’t yet visited. The final Balkan country to add to my tally? Serbia. Serbia doesn’t get a lot of the tourism fame that other Balkan countries do — it has a lot to offer, but it’s […]

AK Monthly Recap: October 2015

Happy November, everyone! I’ve arrived back at home in Massachusetts after a busy month of jetting around Europe and the United States. This month proved one thing for sure: at this point in my life, the guiding force in my travels is going wherever I can see my friends. Everywhere I went this month was either because I had […]

Win a Trip to Africa (With Flights!) From KLM Airlines

The following branded content post is brought to you by KLM Airlines. You know I love promoting contests! The prize here is fabulous and I really hope that one of my readers wins. Three years ago today, I was on safari in Kruger National Park, enjoying my first trip to Africa. My first trip to South Africa […]

On Curiosity, Gin, and Cultivating Interests

“Now, lean in and smell it, just like wine,” I instruct the girls before me. Vicky and Candice obey, each leaning into a small glass filled with an ounce of Whitley Neill gin at the bottom. “Now smell it with your mouth open. It’s just like tasting it! Rachelle taught me that on the trip.” […]

On Living in Perpetual Motion

It’s Monday in Mallorca and your jeans need to be replaced. They’re the only pair you brought for this trip, and you’ve dropped so much weight in recent months (GOOD THING!) that that they’re barely hanging on your hips, fitting you poorly. And you could live with that, but now there’s a hole near the crotch for some reason, and […]

Five Years of Travel: The Best Experiences

As of today, I’ve been a full-time traveler for five years! A huge milestone and one for which I am deeply grateful. Five years ago today, I hopped on a plane from New York to Bangkok, excited and a little bit terrified. Within 24 hours, I went from eating at The Spotted Pig near one of […]

The Criminally Underrated City of Riga, Latvia

Every now and then, I discover a city that seems to be pretty damn close to perfection — yet mysteriously under-touristed, not visited by as many people as it should be. That latest city for me was Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was one of my favorite destinations of my summer in Europe and I feel like it […]