Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

AK Monthly Recap: July 2016

Finally, after seven months stateside, I broke out my worn navy passport and traveled abroad once again! I needed a break, but I still can’t believe it lasted seven months. This month was about South Africa. My friend Beth and I spent just over two weeks in the country, my third visit and her first. In addition […]

AK Monthly Recap: September 2015

If March, May, and July went down in history for their sheer hedonism, September was marked by abstinence. I spent it mostly at home. Worked hard every day. Didn’t ingest a single drop of alcohol. And did little else until I headed to New York at the end of the month. You might think that September was […]

SOTM Tour: The Final Month

The tour is over. I’m happy. Mario’s happy. It’s time to return to normal life, move into an apartment, and unpack for the first time in nearly a year. Since we didn’t end up traveling for the full twelve months — just eleven months and four days — I decided to make this the final monthly […]

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t […]

My Account of the Attack on the Boston Marathon

Yesterday I went to watch the Boston Marathon.  A few hours later, we were recovering from a devastating attack on our city. My friends, family, and I are fortunate to be uninjured.  We were watching two miles away from the blasts in Copley Square. Boston: Home to the World’s Best Marathon Boston is a lot of […]

Boston’s North End in Black and White

Big news: after years of filling this blog with my iPhone photos, I’ve upgraded to my first DSLR!  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D5100 and a Tamron 17-50 lens, the latter a recommendation from my wonderful photographer friend Ed. The camera body retails for $496.95 without the kit lens (I bought it used “like new” […]

When You Get a Sign, LISTEN.

If you’re a longtime reader, you remember how I decided to stop dreaming and actually start traveling.  It began in January 2010.  Within a two-week span, everything in my life seemed to fall apart. First, my relationship ended. Next, I lost my freelance job writing about Boston nightlife. Third, I lost my job. And finally, […]

Traveling in the Off-Season: Sometimes Great, Sometimes Awful!

I’m a big advocate of traveling in the off-season and reaping the benefits: lower prices, fewer crowds, a more local experience. But as I sit here in Turkey, I’m disappointed at my decision to come here for three weeks in late November.  Istanbul was great if a bit cold, Cappadocia was freezing cold and creepily […]

Photo Essay: Cape Cod Houses

Spending time on Cape Cod is a rite of passage for Massachusetts residents.  If families in Massachusetts aren’t booking flights to Orlando, chances are they’re booking a week at a house down the Cape. That wasn’t the case for my Massachusetts-bred family.  Rather than spending our summers vacationing in our home state, we always went […]

Boston Movie Tours, or, THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD

I love Boston movies — and I love that there are so many of them lately! That’s because Massachusetts began offering tax credits to film studios in 2005.  Since then, movie after movie has been shot in the Boston area.  Coincidentally, a wave of gritty Boston crime movies began around that time — first, Mystic River, […]