Adventurous Kate

The Solo Female Travel Blog

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    Puerto Rico Seriously Has It All

    Now that I’ve settled down in New York after five years of travel, one of my goals is to travel more within the U.S. I have a lot of cities I want to visit this year: Austin, Nashville, Portland. But the biggest goal of all? Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico ...
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    Win Two Tickets to Brazil!

    The following branded content post is brought to you by LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. When the prize is as good as this, I’m all too happy to promote it to you all! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been...
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    Win a Trip to Africa (With Flights!) From KLM Airlines

    The following branded content post is brought to you by KLM Airlines. You know I love promoting contests! The prize here is fabulous and I really hope that one of my readers wins. Three years ago today, I was on safari in Kruger National Park, enjoying my ...
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    Colombo: Learning to Love an Unlovable City

    Sri Lanka might be full of fascinating places to visit, but Colombo isn’t often listed as one of them. It’s not a city like Phnom Penh and Delhi that gets a lot of flack but redeems itself with its cultural and historical sites. Colombo is the ...
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    How to Rock a Trip to Johannesburg

    “Is it really worth it to visit Johannesburg?” Absolutely. I think it’s great for any trip to South Africa, but especially your first. On my first trip to Joburg in 2012, I was absolutely shocked at how much I enjoyed it. So I definitely ...
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    The Best Gifts for Travelers (Awesome AND Affordable!)

    Guess what, guys — I’ve been running a variety of blogs since 2002 (!) and this is the first time I have ever published a gift guide.  Seriously. Why start now? Because, frankly, I’m sick of reading out of touch gift guides written by oth...
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    The Joys and Challenges of Traveling in Sicily

    Sicily kicked my ass and nearly destroyed me. I did not expect that. Italy is my zone. I go to Italy once or twice a year. I lived in Florence for four months. I speak Italian (not as well as I used to, yet more than enough to get by). As a result, Italy i...
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    Heading to NYC for an Epic Adventure with Booking

    Most of my visits to New York are anchored in Harlem, crashing on the gray couch I gave my sister when I left to travel the world four years ago. And as much as I love staying with her (complete with playing Cards Against Humanity, watching her boyfriend&#...
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    Where I’m Going (I Think!) in 2015

    In the past, I’ve started the New Year with at least the first six months booked solid. For once, this isn’t the case — I’m excited at the novelty of the flexibility in my future. I’ve got nothing officially scheduled past Mar...
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    Dubrovnik Survival Guide

    A survival guide? For Dubrovnik?! Is that even necessary? I’m totally serious. Dubrovnik is a fantastic place to visit – a walled, orange-roofed old city perched above the Adriatic, islands in the background. George Bernard Shaw once said, R...
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    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 cel...
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    Contest Alert: Brag Your Way To a Holiday

    The following branded content post is brought to you by Three UK. This is a sweet photo-driven contest available to my UK readers, and I hope you enjoy it! One of my continuous annoyances while traveling is trying to stay online. Some hotels still charge i...
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    AK Monthly Recap: September 2016

    On one day this month, I woke up on a vineyard in rural southwest Wales and went to sleep at dawn in an offbeat city in eastern Slovakia. I think it’s fair to say this will never happen again! This month was so much more hectic than I expected it to ...
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    The Lessons My Friends Taught Me in 2014

    On this, the last day of 2014, I wanted to give a special thank you to my friends. More than anything, 2014 was a year of friendship. The second half of 2014 was one of the darkest and most difficult periods of my life, and I wouldn’t have gotten thr...
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    A Taste of Jacksonville Sunshine

    There are very few places in the world where you need to go north in order to go south. One of those places is Florida. Though Florida is the southernmost part of the contiguous United States, most of Florida doesn’t feel like the American South at a...
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    Five Years of Travel: The Best Experiences

    As of today, I’ve been a full-time traveler for five years! A huge milestone and one for which I am deeply grateful. Five years ago today, I hopped on a plane from New York to Bangkok, excited and a little bit terrified. Within 24 hours, I went from ...
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    AK Monthly Recap: July 2017

    There’s nothing like summer in the city, feeling droplets fall on you and wondering if it’s pee. I kid, I kid. At least 10% of the time I’m certain someone’s spitting out their window. I spent almost all of the month sleeping in my ...
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    Briefly, Belgrade

    During my annual summer hop through the Balkans, I knew that I wanted to visit every Balkan country that I hadn’t yet visited. The final Balkan country to add to my tally? Serbia. Serbia doesn’t get a lot of the tourism fame that other Balkan c...
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    How to Start a Travel Blog In Six Easy Steps

    Anyone can start a travel blog — but starting a quality travel blog is a much more involved task. It involves time, it involves investment, and it involves a LOT of work. Lots of people plan on starting a travel blog just to keep their family and fri...
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    AK Monthly Recap: January 2015

    Greetings from lovely Nicaragua! I am loving the heat and sunshine, loving that I’m avoiding the snow back home, loving the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, and loving all the adventuring I’ve been doing! Here’s what I’ve been up to ...
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    14 Reasons Why I’m Smitten with Asheville, North Carolina

    I’ve been wanting to go to Asheville, North Carolina, for quite a long time. I’d heard that it was a beautiful town with a cool arts scene nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. And I’d heard that it was a little drop of blue in a sea of re...
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    A Place Like Zadar

    There’s a place in Croatia that I love even more than the old city of Dubrovnik, the saltwater lakes of Mljet, the architecture of Korčula, the colors of Rovinj, the beaches of Pučišća, and the waterfalls at Krka. My favorite place in Croatia is Zada...
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    Notes from the Brink of Age 32

    This week I turned 32. It’s had me deep in thought. 32 isn’t one of the more significant birthdays, but it’s been a while since I went through a year filled with so many changes. Every year I write a birthday post, talking about where I a...
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    The Genealogy Trip: Tracing Our Roots in Latvia, Sicily, and Scotland

    In late July, two special ladies ratlew across the Atlantic to Latvia. For the first time in my nearly five years of travel, family members were coming to travel with me. My mother, Debbie, and my sister, Sarah. Wait? When did you mention a big family trip...
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    On Charleston and Victims of Timing

    What do Luang Prabang, Barcelona, Bali, and South Korea have in common? For me, they were victims of timing. I visited each of these destinations at the worst time — either at the tail end of exhausting adventures, or after an incredible destination ...
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    The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway to Koh Lanta, Thailand

    “What’s your favorite place?” I asked get that question at least once a day and often several times. It’s not an easy question to answer, as most travelers can attest. Our lists are long and we can’t pick one place above all. ...
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    Visiting Hokkaido, Japan, in Winter

    Ever thought of traveling to Japan in the winter? I suggest you consider the wild island of Hokkaido. I recently had the opportunity to return to Japan and explore the best of the Japanese winter. Did I enjoy it? I absolutely loved it! How This Trip Began ...
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    A Magical Journey Through Rauma, Finland

    “Rauma? Why are you going there?” Again and again, Finns asked me this question. Rauma is a nice place, surely, but would you go out of your way to go there? “Two World Heritage Sites,” I’d reply with a smile. Rauma’s ol...
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    My Best Travel Moments of 2015

    Every year, I like to take stock of the best travel moments of the year. This year had PLENTY! I visited 21 countries in total, a number I doubt to repeat anytime in the near future, and I had some of the happiest moments in my travel days. What makes a gr...
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    The Best Eats of the American South

    To say I was looking forward to Southern food would be an understatement. I literally planned the whole #SouthUSA trip around what I would be eating! Southern food is rooted in so much tradition and has so many geographic influences, from Africa to France ...
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