Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Ten Years Since Florence: A Retrospective on Study Abroad

Ten years ago today, I was studying abroad in Florence. For the past several months, I’ve been thinking that my 10-year study abroadaversary would be a great opportunity to look back at that special time. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I ever made and by far the best thing I did in college. [...]

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

And now for something a little bit different on this Friday — I thought I’d share with you some products that I’ve been enjoying lately, both travel and otherwise. Have a great weekend! Sleep Cycle App Do you love statistics and feeling great in the morning? You should track your sleep! This app works by [...]

AK Monthly Recap: October 2014

October was an enormous break. Not from work, but from travel. I made an eleventh hour decision to axe my trip to Greece. If you subscribe to my email updates – in which I reveal stuff that I don’t include on the blog — you already know why. If not, check it out here. (And if you [...]

A Street Food Crawl Through Queens, New York

New York has become one of my bases over the past few years. With so many of my friends living there (as well as a sister who doesn’t mind putting me up on her couch), I’m spending more and more time in the city, and with that, looking for new and interesting things to do on my visits. [...]

Win a Trip to Yemaya Resort, Little Corn Island!

The following branded content post is brought to you by Yemaya Resort. When the prize is a 10-night Caribbean vacation for two with airfare, you know I’m happy to broadcast that to all of you! Imagine a tiny island adrift in the Caribbean. It’s home to the clearest water you’ve ever seen; palm trees reach out into the [...]

Where to Stay in Paris — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where’s the best place to stay in Paris? For most people, going to Paris is the trip of a lifetime — so it’s all the more important to carefully choose where you stay. Paris was the first city I ever fell in love with, and after thirteen years, it’s still my favorite city in the world. On my first [...]

Scenes from the Flåm Railway, Norway

Norway’s Flåm Railway, or Flamsbana, is often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Beginning in the sea-level fjord hamlet of Flåm and extending to the town of Myrdal, 863 meters above sea level, the train glides through grassy mountains with waterfalls spurting out from every direction. Is it the most beautiful train journey? Well, I’ve been [...]

Three Days in Bergen: The Perfect Introduction to Norway

Norway. One of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of the most expensive countries in the world. A unique and cold and clear and precise destination — yet one that until recently had been out of my price range. But I finally had an opportunity. Norwegian Air is now flying to New York, and at this [...]

Rocking Out at Cologne Music Festival

When New Year’s 2014 rolled around, I didn’t think I would be visiting Germany at all this year. How wrong I was! By August, I had visited Leipzig, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin, Potsdam, and finally Cologne and Brühl. With the exception of Berlin, they were all new destinations for me. Cologne closed out my summer of [...]

Norway’s Fjords in Photos

When you think about visiting Norway, what comes to mind first? Fjords. It’s always fjords. They are the symbol of the country and one of the reasons why many people consider Norway the most naturally beautiful country in Europe. I couldn’t go to Norway for the first time without visiting any fjords, which is why I chose [...]