Thursday, June 30th, 2016

A Day Trip to the North Fork of Long Island

This summer, I’ve been planning lots of special day trips and short getaways from Manhattan. One of my biggest priorities? The North Fork of Long Island. Long Island extends eastward from Brooklyn and Queens and eventually forks in two. The South Fork gets most of the hype and vacationers — it’s home to the Hamptons and beautiful […]

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 […]

I Saw Hamilton and Yes, It Really Is That Great

I made a very impulsive purchase last Friday: one ticket to see Hamilton the very next day. My one-sentence review: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen.” Hamilton is the most popular Broadway show in years — possibly even decades. It’s gone beyond Broadway to become a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. RENT premiered 20 years ago and it’s the closest […]

How to Spend Three Days in Savannah

Savannah is the perfect destination to explore over a weekend. It’s a small city, you can see most of it on foot, and just walking from place to place is just as entertaining as the sights themselves! Itinerary blog posts are a bit of a pet peeve of mine — it seems that bloggers get them […]

AK Monthly Recap: May 2016

Summer has arrived in New York City! And not a moment too soon. May was a long stretch of gray mornings and drizzly afternoons, as it often is in the northeast. And so I buckled down and told myself not to lose faith, that the gray would burn off and it would become beautiful again. I finally broke […]

“How Can I Travel and Make Money Like You, Kate?”

A few times a week, I get asked the same question: “How do I travel the world and make money?” “How can I do what you do, Kate?” Or “What do you think the chances are that I could start to make money while on this trip?” My stock answer? “It’s really hard for me […]

10 Love Stories From My Travels

Many years ago, I purchased The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel, a guide to strange, new, and offbeat ways of exploring while traveling. (The book is now out of print; you can buy used copies here.) These are new and different ways to not only explore a destination, but to see your hometown in […]

To The Racist I Had the Displeasure of Meeting Recently

From our first conversation, I knew that you and I wouldn’t get along. You were negative and made put-downs on a regular basis; I knew I had no desire spend another moment with you after our business trip concluded. That was fine. Part of business, as well as life, is being able to get along with people whose company you don’t […]

16 Reasons to Fall in Love with Savannah, Georgia

Two years ago, I visited the city of Savannah, Georgia, for the first time — and it immediately became one of my favorite places in the world. Since then, I’ve been wanting to get back. Savannah is a place that I feel viscerally. A few other cities give me that same feeling. Granada is the sun beating down, […]

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 […]