In a recent article for Expedia Viewfinder, I write about how I might travel using a time machine if given the opportunity. The post was inspired by Expedia’s campaign in support of the new Dreamworks film, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. And in writing my piece, I was really surprised to find how personal the topic of time travel turned out to be for me.
Most people might choose to go back to some profound moment in world history. And in the film, the main characters do exactly that from Troy to Versailles to Ancient Egypt, accidentally wreaking havoc on the space-time continuum.
But me!? I’d go back to the toe-tapping era of the 1950’s in Vegas. Why? Well, first of all it was the birth of Vegas as we know it today. And it was a time when legendary talents sang and danced, and performed their hearts out to fabulously-clad crowds.
Also during that time, my grandfather, Danny Thomas, could often be found on stage, twice a night, at The Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino. He was the first entertainer to ever perform there.
It is a core mission of my website and video series to help my viewers travel locally. Either here or on other travel publications, I’m sure you’ve seen articles referencing local travel, getting an authentic experience, or experiential travel. And you might be wondering, what do these buzz words mean exactly?
I think there are two main components to local travel. One is the ability to experience a destination for what it is today. The other is to make personal connections with people from a different part of the world. Both opportunities can enhance your trip and impact your life.
Every destination has a living, breathing society that is evolving all the time. Think about your hometown or New York City, for example. And think about how much it has changed over the last ten years. There are so many new restaurants, new culinary trends, new museums, fads in fashion, art and music. Life is changing all the time.
The same goes for any city around the world. So when you think of going to Rome, visiting the coliseum, strolling around the Vatican, or having a gelato in front of the Trevi fountain – most would agree, that is experiencing Rome adequately. But it is also with the same itinerary as your parents might have used in their youth!
Why have so many people’s travel itineraries scarcely changed as Rome and every major city has evolved over time? (Continue reading…)
Vegas. At every turn there is something that will awe you, overwhelm you or at least cause you to shake your head in disbelief. It is the ultimate saturation of the senses.
But however grand Las Vegas is – the Grand Canyon will impress you more.
Last week, I went to Vegas with a friend from out of town – from France to be exact. And he made a request. He said, we must also visit the Grand Canyon. He could not possibly go back to Europe and explain that when traveling to Las Vegas he hadn’t also visited the Grand Canyon.
As an American, or rather as a Los Angeles native, I reasoned with him saying, nobody from here assumes visiting Vegas is synonymous with going there as well – it’s too far away. But he wasn’t budging on this. So, to the Grand Canyon we went. (Continue reading…)
I recently came across an article about why it is a bad idea to date girls who travel. Ouch! Apparently, it has gone viral and been translated into six languages because it resonates with so many. And as I read it, I find myself simultaneously offended and utterly flattered.
The essay reads as a cautionary tale for young bachelors. It says, “Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures.”
Check out the piece itself – but also read this one I wrote in response, or rather in defense, for girls who travel. When I was a traveling “girl”, I dated a non-traveling boy or two and it was tough.
So, bear with me as I carry on in the spirit of the original post, generalizing and stereotyping all the way. Here goes… (Continue reading…)
So, today is the big day! It’s my first flight since the LAX shooting. And I have very mixed emotions. For one, I am overjoyed that I am feeling courageous enough to go through an airport, pass security check and board a flight.
Secondly, I can’t wait to take off. To feel like I’ve regained my freedom – my freedom to do my job and to live life as I want to.
On Nov. 1st, 2013, I was on my way to New York City from Los Angeles to celebrate my 30th birthday. Like any soon-to-be 30-year-old, this was a big life moment, fraught with fond memories and cringe-worthy regrets about my 20’s, and excitement and fears about the decade to come.
I was planning to fly out of LAX, Terminal 3. But unfortunately for me and even more tragically for others – I was bound to cross paths with someone else that morning with a very different agenda.
If you are a Travel with Katefollower, you’ve noticed I’ve not been publishing very much content recently. That’s because on that morning, I witnessed something truly horrible. And as I have been recovering from those experiences over the last couple months, I have needed to take some personal time.
On that Friday morning, while I was waiting at security check for my shoes and other belongings to journey down the conveyer belt of the x-ray machine, I heard loud booms.
While most people flock to malls or online to buy up holiday gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you should be thinking: ONLINE TRAVEL DEALS.
Many hotels and resorts across the country offer great bargains for purchase on and just after Thanksgiving. And it is a great time to take advantage!
For example, Marriott is participating by providing 30% discounts at 13 Marriott Resorts throughout Florida and South Carolina. The catch? You can only get this deep discount if you make your purchase on Cyber Monday, December 2nd! See details below.
Marriott is sweetening the deal for one lucky Travel with Kate viewer. They gave me a $200 gift card (valid worldwide) to give away to one of you! Watch this video to find out how to enter to win! (Continue reading…)
In Dublin, I was stiffed! Ya, that’s right. My local had to cancel on me, last-minute. And because I only had a very brief amount of time in the Irish capital, I decided to try something new – ambush total strangers and see if someone might be my local guide.
Learning a new language can be hard – especially when you are relying mostly on textbooks, flash cards and tedious exercises to improve. In this video, I’ll share one of my favorite and innovative tools for learning a new language.
Music, like food, helps you get right to the core of a culture. And grooving to the same beats that the locals do can catapult your progress. It gives you reason to learn and reason to want more.
I hope you enjoy me making a fool of myself!
Want more? Also, see my video about first steps to learning a new language HERE.