Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Backpacking Southeast Asia vs. Backpacking Central America

You’re ready to take the plunge — you want to start backpacking, possibly long-term, in a cheap part of the world. So, where is it going to be? We already know Europe will eat up too much cash! Southeast Asia and Central America are two of the most popular destinations for backpackers. I’ve traveled extensively in both […]

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 […]

Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize

Splashes erupted from the side of the sailboat. Giant brown sharks thrashed out of the water, surrounded by silvery tuna, each of them vying for the fish bits thrown on the surface of our daredevil crew. Sharks. Sharks were waiting for us. And it was time to dive in and swim among them. Snorkeling with Sharks […]

Caye Caulker: A Good Place to Go Slow

Just off the coast of Belize lies a sleepy little island. Pastel wooden houses on stilts line the seashore. Palm trees sway slowly in the breeze. People of every shade of the rainbow call this island home, from Rastafarians pushing fruit carts to blond-haired, blue-eyed cafe owners and Chinese shopkeepers. Welcome to Caye Caulker, Belize. Don’t think of Caye […]

Sailing Down the Coast of Belize

I didn’t think that Central America could get any better — and then I got to Belize. I’ve never really dreamed about Belize as a destination. I knew I’d like it, but it didn’t occupy my imagination the way Nicaragua did. In this country, I found a land of Mayan ruins and caves filled with human […]

Visiting Tikal at Sunset

In the jungles of northeast Guatemala, not far from the Belizean border, you’ll find Tikal National Park — one of the largest Mayan complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the beginning, everyone I know who had been to Tikal had gone to see the sunrise. Watching the Mayan pyramids emerge in […]

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 […]

I Still Don’t Know How I Feel About Antigua

Quick announcement: The Paradise Pack, a collection of resources that will teach you to work online and travel the world, is only available for three more days! Read my take on it here and join the 35+ Adventurous Kate readers who have signed up so far. I’m the kind of person who connects with a destination […]

AK Monthly Recap: May 2015

May 2015 is going down in history as one of the funnest months of my life. I’ve had a lot of good months in my life — March and April of this year are certainly up there — but May was OUTSTANDING. The month started out with the end of my second tour, followed by a trip […]

The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

One thing I’ve noticed about Guatemala guidebooks and tours is that they tend to label Lake Atitlan as a singular destination. “Spend a few days exploring Antigua before a few days on Lake Atitlan, then move on to Semuc Champey…” By the sound of that, you’d think that Lake Atitlan is tiny, maybe with one […]