Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Chasing Sunsets in Santorini

Over the past few years, I’ve made a habit of visiting my egregious travel oversights. Amsterdam and Berlin got checked off; Japan and Hong Kong were added to my tally; Chicago finally got a visit; I finished visiting every country in the Balkans. But there was one oversight that had people screaming in incredulity. “You’ve […]

The Funk Factor of Tirana, Albania

The Balkans are my favorite region in the world. I’ve now visited four summers in a row: Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro in 2012; Macedonia and Kosovo in 2013, Croatia and Slovenia in 2014; and finally Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia in 2015. Oh, Albania. This country is probably the most interesting place I visited in 2015. And […]

Scenes from England’s Lake District

If you’re a longtime reader, you might remember my stint living in Chester, northwest England. Though Chester was a tough place to live as an outsider and especially an American, I loved exploring the region, a place that so many people overlook. There was city-hopping in Manchester and Liverpool, and discovering adorable pubs in random towns all over […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

The Most Glorious Spirit: A Week of Gin in the UK

My gin trip to the UK was one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken. I spent time with fascinating (and often off-the-wall) creative entrepreneurs, learning about how they ditched the 9-5 to make booze with their buddies. I visited stunning new regions of Britain and a few old favorites. And, of course, […]