Adventurous Kate

The Solo Female Travel Blog

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    The UNESCO Hunt: 92-101

    Back in November, I achieved my long-held goal of visiting more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I was thrilled to reach this milestone. Doing this challenge has made me feel like I’ve experienced so many of the world’s finest natural and ...
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    Seaside, Florida — Truman’s Pastel Universe

    No destination I’ve visited in the past year has surprised me as much as the little town of Seaside, Florida. Seaside is a tiny town on the Florida panhandle. I had no idea it even existed until meeting a lady in Mississippi who recommended it, telli...
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    This Summer: Quirky Festival-Hopping in Europe!

    I’m finally able to reveal it to you all — my big summer plans involve festival-hopping all over Europe! Must Love Festivals Must Love Festivals is a campaign highlighting quirky, unusual, lesser-known festivals in Europe. You won’t see u...
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    AK Monthly Recap: August 2017

    Hello. I’m thirty-three. And I’m more balanced than I’ve been in a year and a half. It took a long time to get this point. When I moved to New York in early 2016, I knew it was time — and I was so happy. Even so, I struggled with anxiety. Was I not traveli...
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    How to Protect Your Belongings on the Beach

    Imagine relaxing on the whitest beach you’ve ever seen. The breeze is gentle, the sun is warm but not harsh, and you’ve got your eye on the bright blue sea before you. And that’s not all — you’re here alone. Because you feel l...
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    Solo Female Travel in Thailand — Is it Safe?

    I’ve traveled solo in Thailand several times in the past seven years. I consider it one of the best destinations in the world for women traveling on their own, including first-time solo female travelers. There are a number of guides out there, but th...
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    Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

    Despite how long I’ve been traveling, I’ve never actually been to the Caribbean before! I knew that would change when I planned a trip to Central America — because I knew the Corn Islands would be on my itinerary. The Corn Islands lie abo...
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    On Freedom to Travel

    The following branded content post is brought to you by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Once you see this video, you’ll understand why I agreed to run a branded content post for the first time in nearly a year. One of my greatest joys was final...
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    AK Monthly Recap: July 2015

    Oh, July 2015! You are going down in history! Could I have had any more fun this month?! Let’s not answer that. It was a very Balkan month. This month I continued my annual summertime getaway to the Balkans, this time visiting Albania, Montenegro, an...
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    Into the Cloud Forest of Monteverde

    My time in Costa Rica didn’t get off to the smoothest start. After a stunning drive through the Guanacaste landscape, I arrived in La Fortuna to thundering rain. It proceeded to rain about 22 hours out of the day for the next three days. (In the dry ...
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    Viewpoints: Traveling With a Disability

    Our latest Viewpoints interview is a twofer! Here we will meet two ladies who travel with a disability: Justine, an Aussie who is legally blind, and Dilara, a New Zealand-living Scot who is profoundly deaf. Together they are The Pickle Sandwich — a h...
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    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 e...
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    Strolling Through Galle, Sri Lanka

    My time in Galle was far too short – but it was more than enough for me to declare it my favorite place in Sri Lanka. Galle is a Dutch colonial town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast anchored by a World Heritage-listed fort. The architecture gives...
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    Milwaukee Rocks! Who Knew?

    Here’s an egregious travel oversight of mine: until this June, I had never been to the Midwest before. Not even Chicago! But the spring I was invited to serve as a mentor at Navigate Media Group’s latest Bloghouse, this one taking place in Milw...
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    Airportag: The Coolest Travel Shirts on the Web

    The following branded content post is brought to you by Airportag. As a new brand ambassador for this company, I’m excited to introduce these new products to you! I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have. Also, some of the...
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    Monthly Recap: Most-of-May 2014

    Now that I’m transitioning from SOTM Tour recaps to monthly recaps, this is the one monthly recap that will be a bit wonky — it’s just for three weeks, from May 10 to 31. Destinations Visited Daventry and London, England Limerick, Ireland...
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    AK Monthly Recap: November 2016

    This is a hard recap to write. This was a hard month in a hard year. I finally feel like joining everyone in declaring that 2016 was THE WORST, THE WORST, THE ABSOLUTE WORST. That and I took almost no photographs this month. Oh, and the fact that this is a...
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    Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

    Looking back at my travels in Central America so far, I’ve been wondering if there has been a wholly unique place. The kind of place that is the epitome of the region; the kind of place you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. So far, the ...
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    Cool New Airfare Tricks from Kayak

    The following branded content post is brought to you by KAYAK. I’ve been a big fan of Kayak for years, and now that they’ve introduced these new features, I’m even more excited to use them!   There are so many things that I wish trav...
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    The Criminally Underrated City of Riga, Latvia

    Every now and then, I discover a city that seems to be pretty damn close to perfection — yet mysteriously under-touristed, not visited by as many people as it should be. That latest city for me was Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was one of my favori...
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    AK Monthly Recap: August 2014

    I love the beginning of September. Even though I haven’t been a student for eight years, September has always felt much more like the new year to me, rather than January. The seasons change. Habits change. Fashion is revolutionized. It’s my fav...
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    Endings, Beginnings, Big Changes and What’s Next

    A few years ago, I got the coffee table book Where to Go When for Christmas. It’s a gorgeous book featuring full-page spreads on eleven destinations to visit during each month of the year. I like to check things off. Each time I come home from a long...
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    Here’s to Being Crazy in Your Twenties

    Tomorrow is my 30th birthday. I’ll be spending it in Paris, the city I love most. I’m happy. I don’t have any hangups about entering a new decade. If anything is bugging me, it’s wondering whether girls in their twenties will find t...
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    My Best Travel Moments of 2014

    What makes a perfect travel moment? For me, it’s not always about seeing an iconic sight or taking a memorable journey — it’s how I feel in one small moment, whether it lasted a few minutes or a few hours. It’s a moment when the res...
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    Skyhour: The Best Way to Give Flights (Plus, GIVEAWAY!)

    The following branded content post is brought to you by Skyhour. Once I learned about this new business and app, I thought it was a brilliant idea. And a giveaway for you, my lovely readers, to enjoy? Even better. Imagine you have a friend who loves to tra...
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    SOTM Tour: The Final Month

    The tour is over. I’m happy. Mario’s happy. It’s time to return to normal life, move into an apartment, and unpack for the first time in nearly a year. Since we didn’t end up traveling for the full twelve months — just eleven ...
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    Three Days in Bergen: The Perfect Introduction to Norway

    Norway. One of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of the most expensive countries in the world. A unique and cold and clear and precise destination — yet one that until recently had been out of my price range. But I finally had an opportu...
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    What’s it Like to Travel in Albania?

    Image: travelFREAK Albania was the country I was most looking forward to visiting this summer. It fit my dreams — home to a fascinating culture and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, yet a bit of an underdog. A Balkan country I hadn’...
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    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 wo...
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    Win a Trip to Chile (including Easter Island)!

    The following branded content post is brought to you by Marmot and LATAM Airlines. With a contest this good, I’m always happy to promote it to my readers! Now that I’m based in New York after years based in Europe, I’m making a priority t...
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