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Ask Katie: Solo, Summer Travel in Europe?

Ask Katie: Solo, Summer Travel in Europe?

This week’s question is about affordable, Europe, solo travel ideas for June: Hi Katie I need some travel advice, have 10 days in june that I’m taking off.  I want somewhere in Europe that’s quick, cheap and warm. I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I do want a new, interesting, fun place where … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv

Top Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv

Today’s Travel Tip: 26 Gadera, Tel Aviv I love this little restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Yemeni quarter. It’s a small, atmospheric place with a few tables and a bar inside and a few more tables outside on the patio. The menu is fantastic with fresh ingredients, a fusion of Middle Eastern and other cuisines and … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sama Sama – Ubud, Bali

Top Travel Tip: Sama Sama – Ubud, Bali

Today’s tip: Sama Sama Ubud, Bali. The fabric in Bali is amazing.  Everywhere you look shops are full of intricate batiks and bright woven ikats and each one is more beautiful than the next. As soon as I got there, I decided I wanted to have some clothes made out of the gorgeous Indonesian fabrics.  … Continue reading

A rolling stone

A rolling stone

It has been just over one year since I decided I’d had enough of Washington, DC and set off on this adventure.  Since then I have been to seven countries and countless cities.  I have traveled by plane, train, subway, boat, motor scooter, bike, car, bus, and on foot.  I’ve lounged poolside, hiked up volcanoes, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Howard’s Cafe, San Francisco

Top Travel Tip: Howard’s Cafe, San Francisco

Today’s Tip: Howard’s Cafe I love breakfast.  Eggs, toast, potatoes, coffee – It is by far my favorite meal.  Going out to breakfast is even better, and Howard’s Cafe in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood is just about as good as it gets. No muss, no fuss, just a good old-fashioned diner, serving hearty portions … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Haus, London

Top Travel Tip: Haus, London

Today’s Tip: Haus Everyone likes to pick up momentos from their travels (well most people do, especially me).  Haus, a tiny design shop right on the edge of Victoria Park in east London, has some beautiful things to remind you of your time in the city. While the shop is small, it is packed full … Continue reading

What to read: Grounded

What to read: Grounded

Today’s Tip: Grounded I read this book a few years ago and found it utterly inspiring. Seth Stevenson and his wife embarked on an epic journey – with a twist. Not only did they decide to cash in their 9-5 lives in exchange for an adventure that would take them around the world, but they … Continue reading

The best kanafeh in the world?

The best kanafeh in the world?

Nablus in the West Bank in Palestine is known for a sweet called Kanafeh.  I’d never tried it, and wanted to see more of the region, so the Englishman and I hopped in the car and made the 45 minute journey north to sample what is thought of as the best Kanafeh there is. In … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Jane Hotel – New York

Top Travel Tip: The Jane Hotel – New York

Today’s Tip: The Jane Hotel Where to stay in New York?  The age old question.  Hotels in Manhattan are outrageously expensive.  Even crappy ones.  Its easy to pay $500 and up for a cramped, noisy, run-of-the-mill room. Enter The Jane.  Situated down quiet Jane street in the West Village, adjacent to the Meatpacking district, the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s tip: U Castellu Guest-rooms Algajola, Corsica is a tiny coastal town with a permanent population of around 300 people.  It embodies perfectly the combination of wild, rugged, natural, beauty and European culture that defines the French island of Corsica. Being such a tiny place, you won’t find many big hotels here, but there are … Continue reading

Best laid plans…

Best laid plans…

Travel can be one of the most rewarding, exciting, and in some cases luxurious ways to spend one’s time. It can also be frustrating, difficult and downright miserable. And that switch from good to bad can happen in the blink of an eye. The mountain of travel plans I have stacked up for this summer … Continue reading

Setting sail for a summer of travel

Setting sail for a summer of travel

The only word to describe Nice at the moment is: glorious. The summer is in full Mediterranean bloom and the weather is beyond perfect. The deep aqua sea is putting on its best sparkle for the hordes of visitors who stare in awe and the magic golden sunshine saturates every corner of the city until … Continue reading

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

The Englishman and I said our last goodbye over two months ago at the airport in San Francisco.  Fittingly, we said hello again last week at the airport in Nice. The two of us have had countless rendezvous in airports all over the world: from Cairo, to Rome, to Tel Aviv, to London and Portland, … Continue reading

The Adventure Continues

The Adventure Continues

More than four months after touching down in the US, I have finally booked my flight back to France. I have spent nearly as much time back here on the west coast as I have in France in the past months, which strictly speaking was not part of the plan. But it feels good to … Continue reading