Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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 [...]

Living it Up in Hip Kreuzberg, Berlin

Long before arriving in Berlin, I knew it was a city for hipsters.  But Berlin is a gargantuan place — several times the size of Paris.  Just where was the hippest neighborhood of all? I started researching and saw people say that both Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg were very cool places to live.  But they [...]