AK Monthly Recap: March 2018

AK Monthly Recap: March 2018

If my travel life can be cleaved neatly in half, this is the month where it should be done. Before Antarctica. After Antarctica. The most important, moving, and beautiful trip of my life. Half the month was spent on board the Ocean Diamond, with seven days of...
Splurging on the Right Things in Tokyo

Splurging on the Right Things in Tokyo

On my first trip to Japan in 2013, I completely fell in love with the country — but I couldn’t have named a favorite city. I deemed Japan far greater than the sum of its parts. That may still be true — but this time, I have a favorite. Tokyo, I...
What to Wear in Antarctica: Packing List for Women

What to Wear in Antarctica: Packing List for Women

I don’t usually stress about packing, but packing for Antarctica was the most nerve-wracking experience I’ve ever had! What if I forgot something critical? You can’t exactly run to Target when you’re at the bottom of the world! Luckily, I soon...
Antarctica and the Traveler’s Ego

Antarctica and the Traveler’s Ego

I thought I would come back from Antarctica in triumph, my fists raised in exultation. Hey, I can say I’ve been to seven continents now! And you know the Polar Plunge? I did it WAY south of the Antarctic Circle! Also, here are dozens of adorable photos of...
AK Monthly Recap: February 2018

AK Monthly Recap: February 2018

If you told me six months ago that I’d be spending much of February in Japan, I wouldn’t have believed you! But it turned out to be a total delight. And a good reminder that even when you’re driven to visit new places, it’s good to go back and...
Visiting Hokkaido, Japan, in Winter

Visiting Hokkaido, Japan, in Winter

Ever thought of traveling to Japan in the winter? I suggest you consider the wild island of Hokkaido. I recently had the opportunity to return to Japan and explore the best of the Japanese winter. Did I enjoy it? I absolutely loved it! How This Trip Began ANA —...