A Season-by-Season Guide to the Philippines

  If you’re dreaming of your first post-covid getaway, the Philippines may well be at the top of your list. The archipelago of more than 7,000 islands offers paradisiacal beaches and natural beauty spots where you can really get away from it all. One of the first things to consider as you plan your trip to the Philippines is when to visit. The best time of year for your adventure depends very much on your priorities. Weather conditions may be optimal during the high season but you’ll most likely end…

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What to Know About Bourbon Street Before You Go

  Whether you love it or hate it, for plenty of visitors to New Orleans Bourbon Street is the ultimate embodiment of this hard-partying, good times-loving city. Noisy, raucous, and exciting all night long – it is a remarkable avenue that doesn’t really have an equal anywhere else in the world.  Whatever your feelings about beads, hurricane cocktails, and dancing on tables, it would be unthinkable to depart on a cruise from New Orleans without experiencing Bourbon Street at least once. Here’s a quick guide with everything you need to…

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Merry Christmas. It’s Not Too Late to Stay Home. – The Everywhereist

(Above – every holiday with my family ends with people dancing in the kitchen. I don’t know why. This was a few years ago. Yes, there is box wine. And yes, my mother, at left, is a knock-out.)   It’s Christmas Eve, and I am at home. I can’t remember the last time this has been true. It’s been more than a decade, and probably closer to two. I’m usually down in California at this time of year, listening to the seasonal screams of my family while opening incomprehensible gifts…

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My Worst Travel Moments of 2020

Adventurous Kate contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks! I thought that 2016 was bad. This was worse — SO many times worse, universally worse. The year that will be written about forever as the dumpster fire of the early 21st century. We’re going to look back at 2020 as the year when everything fell apart. But even in the year that brought us COVID, I’m going to remember a lot of the more…

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9 Reasons Why I Can’t Wait to Return to Riga, Latvia

Adventurous Kate contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks! When you ask me where to go in Europe that’s a cool city to visit for a few days — somewhere a bit off the beaten path, but not TOO off the beaten path — that’s when I start talking about Riga, Latvia. As a Latvian-American, I have a soft spot for Riga. In 2015 I finally visited Latvia with my mother and sister, more…

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My Best Travel Moments of 2020

2020 was all about looking for a silver lining. In a year of turmoil, I was able to find a lot of joy — and I was grateful for that. Sometimes that’s all that you can say. Here are my favorite travel moments of 2020. Crossing the Border from Serbia into Croatia It was early July and a few days ago, we had been planning on staying in Serbia until the Czech Republic let me in. Then we were hit with bad news — the Czechs would only allow partners…

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My Favorite New Destinations of 2020

Adventurous Kate contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks! 2020 was the year that travel ground to a halt for most people. While most people didn’t travel at all this year, I feel extraordinarily lucky that I got to experience as much as I did. How was I able to experience so much travel in 2020? I began the year in Cuba and was scheduled to be in Mexico until the end of March.…

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What to Expect on Your Visit to New York City

  New York, New York. What a wonderful and busy city it is. It should be on your bucket list and you have to visit it at least once in a lifetime. It has a little bit of everything to offer both locals and tourists, which is why we are going to share with you some of our best tips and options you should see during your trip.   Lady Liberty, best known as the Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty is a part of the city’s skyline. Located…

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AK Monthly Recap: November 2020

Adventurous Kate contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks! It’s official — I’m a cat mom! This month, Charlie and I discovered a pair of rescue kittens that needed a home, and we decided to adopt them! They are two gray tabbies with white bellies and white paws, and their names are Lewis and Murray. Their foster family originally named them Harley and Davidson because they purred so loudly. I named Lewis for John…

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Happy Thanksgiving. Stay the F*ck Home. – The Everywhereist

Ah, Thanksgiving! A holiday we celebrate by playing a game with our families that I like to call “And that’s how you’ve decided to live your life then?” Like Pictionary, you just keep at it until someone cries. Or – hear me out – you could just stay home for the holidays, closing the curtains and doing your best impression of tranquilized zoo animal. because the CDC has actually said that you do not need to see your family this holiday season! You don’t need to host anyone. Are you…

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