Adventurous Kate

The Solo Female Travel Blog

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    My Favorite New Destinations of 2017

    Every year, I like to take a look back at my favorite new destinations of the year. What were the new places that I enjoyed the most? What are the places I’d most like to recommend my readers to visit? In 2012, I chose places like Iceland, Montenegro...
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    In Kiev, a Stylish and Surprising City

    Dear cities of the world: I warn you, it’s dangerous for me to visit you immediately after a city I love. You may not be judged fairly. So many cities have suffered this fate. Tulum couldn’t hold a candle to Caye Caulker. I would have loved Cha...
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    Solo Female Travel in New York City — Is it Safe?

    Is it safe for a woman to travel to New York alone? Absolutely. And I would know: I’m a travel writer specializing in solo female travel who lives in New York City. Since moving here, dozens if not hundreds of women have asked me the same question: I...
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    My Hopes for the Future of Travel

    The following branded content post is brought to you by the World Travel and Tourism Council. I’m a big fan of their sustainable tourism mission and I’m always happy to join them in sharing how we can travel more responsibly. What is next in travel? Talk t...
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    A Street Food Crawl Through Queens, New York

    New York has become one of my bases over the past few years. With so many of my friends living there (as well as a sister who doesn’t mind putting me up on her couch), I’m spending more and more time in the city, and with that, looking for new ...
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    The Funk Factor of Tirana, Albania

    The Balkans are my favorite region in the world. I’ve now visited four summers in a row: Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro in 2012; Macedonia and Kosovo in 2013, Croatia and Slovenia in 2014; and finally Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia in 2015. Oh, Alb...
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    My Favorite Experiences in Western Australia

    What struck me first about Western Australia was just how sparsely populated it was. I would follow our route on Google Maps for hours and think, “Okay, we’re finally getting to a real town now.” And that town would be, essentially, a gas...
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    Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer

    If summer has a perfect sweet spot, it can be found in Finland. Forget the gray, rainy, temperamental weather of London, Paris, Limerick, and Cologne, the days that could easily have appeared during any other month of the year. Forget the sweltering days o...
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    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 For...
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    Ten Years Since Florence: A Retrospective on Study Abroad

    Ten years ago today, I was studying abroad in Florence. For the past several months, I’ve been thinking that my 10-year study abroadaversary would be a great opportunity to look back at that special time. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions ...
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    AK Monthly Recap: April 2016

    Guys, I’m a bit embarrassed at what I’m about to tell you. For the first time in the six years that I’ve been writing this blog, I went a full month without leaving a single city. I couldn’t believe it until I went back through my p...
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    The Biggest Mistakes New Bloggers Make

    Every now and then, a friend of mine starts a blog and asks for feedback. No matter what the blog’s niche is — travel or food or beauty or just a personal blog — I find myself giving the same feedback again and again. I started my first b...
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    Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

    Day trips from Florence, Italy can take to the best places in Italy within a few hours. Just hop on a train and in no time you can be riding in a gondola through Venice or sipping wine in Chianti or eating your way through Bologna or taking hilarious selfi...
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    AK Monthly Recap: August 2015

    Is it March that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well, that was pretty much my August. It began with a bang, gallivanting in Riga before a wild sojourn through eastern Sicily. After slowing down a bit in Scotland and Iceland, I came home to Massac...
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    My Favorite New Destinations of 2014

    It’s time for my annual collection of “best of the year” travel lists! Since I have no plans to travel to any new destinations before the end of the year, I’m ready to reveal the first: my favorite new destinations of the year. Ever...
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    Six Ways to Travel More Sustainably

    The following branded content post is brought to you by AIG Travel Guard. When I was asked to co-host AIG’s solo and sustainable Twitter chat and write about sustainable travel here, I was all too glad to participate. I hope to see you at the chat on...
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    How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

    Imagine walking into a bar and knowing nobody inside. Everyone is laughing and drinking and seems to have been best friends for ages. Do you find that as terrifying as I do? God, it’s the stuff of nightmares! I’ve talked a lot about how to make...
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    Ana Desetnica: Ljubljana’s Incredible Street Theatre Celebration

    I’m spending this summer visiting quirky and unusual festivals throughout Europe. My first festival trip took me to Ireland and Limerick, City of Culture. My second took me to a very different destination and a country I had yearned to visit for year...
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    Solo Travel in Cartagena in Five Vignettes

    Caution and Payoff My guard is up as I land in Cartagena. Not only is this my first time in Colombia, it’s my first time in South America since 2008. And that trip was just to Buenos Aires, which one could argue is Europe’s most southwesternmost point. Thi...
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    Kate’s Picks: Where to Go in 2016 Before It’s Too Late

    Where are the best places to travel to in 2016? You’ll find just about every major travel website putting together their own list. Lonely Planet wants you to go to Botswana. National Geographic wants you to go to Greenland. So why should you care abo...
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    Viewpoints: Traveling While Overweight with Pamela MacNaughtan

    Pamela MacNaughtan of Savoir Faire Abroad was the first person I met when I started traveling the world long-term: we met on my first day in Bangkok in 2010! Years later, she’s still traveling solo, with a particular love for Asia and Québec City. Bu...
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    Introducing the Adventurous Kate Scarf with a Hidden Passport Pocket

    Of all the questions I get from most readers, most of them are from women looking to stay safe on their travels. We live in a world where women are constantly told, No, you can’t travel, it’s not safe, most often from people who are well-meanin...
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    What’s It Like to Tour Chernobyl Today?

    When I began planning my trip to Ukraine, I knew I wanted to find a way to visit Chernobyl, home of the nuclear disaster site of 1986. Chernobyl? You can go there? Yes, you can. Tours have operated for years now. But is it safe? Yes, this tour is. Today, m...
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    The Towns of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    One thing I’ve noticed about Guatemala guidebooks and tours is that they tend to label Lake Atitlan as a singular destination. “Spend a few days exploring Antigua before a few days on Lake Atitlan, then move on to Semuc Champey…” By...
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    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...
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    Win a Trip to Yemaya Resort, Little Corn Island!

    The following branded content post is brought to you by Yemaya Resort. When the prize is a 10-night Caribbean vacation for two with airfare, you know I’m happy to broadcast that to all of you! Imagine a tiny island adrift in the Caribbean. It’s...
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    AK Monthly Recap: December 2014

    It’s the last monthly recap of the year! December 2014 took me to three countries and a few of the world’s most iconic cities. Because I’ve been doing lots of recapping to celebrate the end of the year and you’ve already heard many ...
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    On Travel, Lost in Translation, and Park Hyatt Tokyo

    I am the girl who has not seen a lot of movies. Star Wars? I saw it once, when I was six, and I got so scared, I thought Darth Vader was hiding in my closet for the next several months. I’ve never seen any of the other Star Wars movies. E.T. had a si...
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    AK Monthly Recap: May 2015

    May 2015 is going down in history as one of the funnest months of my life. I’ve had a lot of good months in my life — March and April of this year are certainly up there — but May was OUTSTANDING. The month started out with the end of my ...
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    Black Tap and the Craziest Milkshakes in New York City

      A few months ago, a new breed of milkshakes exploded across the internet. Monsters covered in piles of candy. Layers of candy and frosting upon whipped cream and chocolate, eagerly waiting to be slurped through a straw. They were crazy, they were impract...
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