My Favorite Reads of 2017

My Favorite Reads of 2017

I outdid myself reading in 2017. Not only did I complete the PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge in September, but I’ve read 70 books as of press time, well beyond the standard book per week! I also bought my apartment’s first bookshelf at the beginning...
My Best Travel Moments of 2017

My Best Travel Moments of 2017

Last year, I wrote that 2016 turned out to be a lot worse than I expected. And not only because of the election. It was a rough year in many ways. 2017 has been a lot better, thankfully. A better business year, a better personal year, even in spite of all the fears...
My Favorite New Destinations of 2017

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, and South...
AK Monthly Recap: November 2017

AK Monthly Recap: November 2017

Happy December, everyone! It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over. For me, once again, this was a low-key month, mostly spent at home. I’m savoring these times before I strike up my busy winter travel schedule. Destinations Visited New York, New York...
Chisinau and Minsk: Two Offbeat Soviet Cities

Chisinau and Minsk: Two Offbeat Soviet Cities

This year, in my effort to visit every European country, I made trips to two new cities: Chisinau (pronounced KEE-shee-no), the capital of Moldova, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Why pair these cities (and countries) in a single post, even though these trips were...
The Best Gifts for Travelers: 2017 Edition

The Best Gifts for Travelers: 2017 Edition

The holidays are upon us and you know what that means — it’s time for our 2017 gift guide! Even though I’ve been blogging since 2002, last year was the first time I ever published a gift guide. So this year I am publishing a new version, keeping lots...