Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Ask Kate: Should I Book My Accommodation Ahead of Time?

Is it necessary to book your accommodation in advance? If so, how far in advance? The latest Ask Kate question delves into the pros and cons of showing up to book. Hey Kate! Let’s say you book a plane and go with it, you just pretty much research the area best as possible for places to [...]

Where to Stay in Paris — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where’s the best place to stay in Paris? For most people, going to Paris is the trip of a lifetime — so it’s all the more important to carefully choose where you stay. Paris was the first city I ever fell in love with, and after thirteen years, it’s still my favorite city in the world. On my first [...]

Why I’m Loyal to Intercontinental

My first job out of college wasn’t a typical one. After weeks of interviews, I was ecstatic to get a job at a marketing firm that had a beautiful office, a great location in Fort Point, Boston, and an interviewer who coyly hinted at their list of celebrity clients. I accepted the job and couldn’t [...]

Cruising Through Coastal Mississippi

“Downtown Reading. That’s a throwback.” “Is it really?” I asked. I was 21, temping for the summer, and my boss-of-the-week had told me that my own hometown was remarkable. “It’s something special. You don’t see a lot of towns like that anymore.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. Growing up in a Massachusetts town founded in 1644, it’s [...]

How to Use Airbnb and Have a Great Experience

Airbnb has quickly become one of my favorite ways to find a place to stay around the world. This unusual lodging site has saved me a lot of money and led to some of my most memorable stays. While Airbnb was founded in 2008, it absolutely exploded in the past few years. I had my [...]

Visiting the Burj al Arab: The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel

I’m not a girl who dreams about hotels. I have some friends who work in the luxury hotel industry and they wax poetic about hotels they dream of visiting someday — hotels with plunge pools overlooking mountains, glass-bottomed overwater bungalows and 50,000 thread count sheets. Me? I get their fascination, but hotels aren’t my thing, [...]

The Sweet Sliema Life

When Mario and I first arrived in Sliema, he told me to keep my expectations low: “Don’t judge Malta until you see Valletta tomorrow.” I could see what he meant — Sliema didn’t look overtly appealing during our evening arrival. Traffic raced along the water’s edge; the sidewalks were filled with kiosks. Pubs catered to [...]

Why Don’t More Backpackers Come to Malta?

Is Malta a great country for backpackers? Absolutely. It’s fun, it’s cheap, it’s got nice hostels, it’s easy to get to and get around. But are there backpackers here? Very few. I was shocked at how few people I saw actually backpacking Malta. Sure, there are lots of young people with backpacks, but they tend [...]

Ask Kate: How Do I Find Cool Hostels (Not Party Hostels)?

Though I used to be all about the party hostels, today I’m all about the cool hostels — ones that aren’t about partying but relaxing, socializing, and having a great time. In this week’s question, I show a reader how to find those hostels. Hi Kate (or Kate community), I was reading your blog post [...]

Sweet Digs and Artsy Days in Vienna

Every now and then, I come across a unique hotel or hostel that I love so much, I can’t stop raving about it to everyone I know. Sometimes they’re places I discover on my own, like Monkey Republic. Sometimes they come highly recommended from friends, like Gallery Hostel. And on occasion, they are places that [...]