Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The Travel Olympics: Who Gets the Gold?

Happy Olympics Opening Day!  I’m super-excited for the London 2012 Games, wondering what the iconic moments will be this time around.  I’ll never forget what it was like back in 2008, screaming my head off as Michael Phelps and his teammates beat the French in that one swim relay they weren’t expected to win. So [...]

Where to Find the Friendliest People in the World

When you travel the world solo, you spend a lot of time talking to locals!  And while I’ve met kind, hospitable, welcoming people in every corner of the world I’ve visited, some places are universally welcoming — no matter where you go, you’re welcomed as a close friend or even a member of the family. [...]

Jordan: The Perfect Introduction to the Middle East

Dear Readers, I know that many of you long to see the world.  So you’ve traveled a bit in Europe.  You’ve done the resort vacation in Mexico.  Perhaps you’ve done a bit of Central America or even Asia. And you’d like to try somewhere new– somewhere adventurous, and exciting, and DIFFERENT. May I make a [...]

Petra by Night? More like Petra by DOWNPOUR!

Petra by Night is a lovely introduction to Petra — you visit the famed Treasury while it’s illuminated by candlelight as soft music plays and they serve tea. Under normal circumstances, it looks like this: Image: Debraj It didn’t exactly happen that way for me. The weather had been good all week, but it began [...]

How to Tie a Bedouin Scarf

On this icy cold Sunday — well, at least it is here in Massachusetts! — I’ve got a video for you straight from the desert: Wadi Rum in Jordan. While in Jordan, I learned that there are SO many ways to tie a headscarf, either for men or for women. And I wanted to learn [...]

Camping with Bedouins in Wadi Rum

I was very much looking forward to the Wadi Rum leg of my trip to Jordan — because I would be camping in the desert!  As a girl who has camped her entire life, first went camping at twelve days old (!), and took her first steps in a tent (seriously), I knew camping with [...]

Kicking Back at the Ma’in Hot Springs

Think the Dead Sea is the only spa escape in Jordan?  Think again. Not far from the Dead Sea are the Ma’in hot springs and the Evason Ma’in Resort and Six Senses Spa. This area stays warm year-round because it’s 264 meters below sea level, and it’s covered in beautiful waterfalls. Hot waterfalls, that is! The [...]

Floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan

Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the experiences I looked forward to the most in Jordan.  It’s one of those unique travel experiences that can only be had in this tiny part of the Middle East. The Dead Sea, named because no life can survive in it, is a big source of pride [...]

Announcing: Adventurous Kate’s Travel Calendar Shop!

It’s December — and that means it’s time to buy a 2012 calendar! I am pleased to announced that I have opened my first online store, the Travel Calendar Shop! And before you read anything else, you can get 50% off if you buy two or more with the code GIFT4THEYEAR — not sure how long [...]

Scenes from a Jordanian Road Trip

While I’m not so big on the act of driving, I love a good road trip.  Setting off with friends, good music, and letting the road unfold in front of you — what could be better? It turns out that Jordan is an excellent place for a road trip.  The roads are safe and mostly [...]