Published on April 4, 2014

Vancouver for a New Wardrobe? (Video)

It was a real girls day out with Trish Friesen of Tripstyler.com. Trish is a Vancouver local with a love of travel and all things chic. On her site, she profiles fabulous vacations around the world. And in her hometown she is quite the connoisseuse of boutique shopping.

In this video she takes me around to her four favorite stores full of unique finds. And we also sample some delicious snacks at her beloved eateries. Watch the video above or check out the 30-second trailer!

Here is a list of all the places we visited in order of appearance: (Continue reading…)

Published on March 29, 2014

What’s Kate Up To?

I am so pleased to announce that Travel with Kate is reaching new heights. First of all, I know you’ve heard me mentioning Expedia a lot lately. And that is because I have recently joined their team of content creators for the Expedia Viewfinder blog.

I suppose this is my official announcement!! I’m joining other prominent travel bloggers that I have been admiring for years. And so far, I have posted three articles there: A post on escaping to Tulum, Mexico for a warm-weather getaway; a piece about going back in time to Rat Pack Vegas; and my latest is about my two favorite European restaurants in LA.

And that’s just the beginning. (Continue reading…)

Published on March 11, 2014

The Women’s Travel Festival, a Dynamic Event!

Last Saturday, on International Women’s Day, I took part in a wonderful event empowering women to travel. It was the first annual, Women’s Travel Festival held in New York City.

And it was clear that from the seasoned, career-travelers on stage to the festival attendees – the room was full of friends. Wait. Not just friends, but sisters. A love for travel, solo or otherwise, means you embrace new friendships and new adventures. And the festival was packed with open-hearted and brave women coming together over their common passions.

For that and many other reasons, I was so honored to be one of the speakers.

KateThomasonstage2 (Continue reading…)

Published on March 4, 2014

Traveling Back in Time with My Dad

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.

DTSandsWhat I wouldn’t give to be a fly on that wall!!? (Continue reading…)

Published on February 25, 2014

What is Local Travel Anyway?

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…)

Published on February 18, 2014

A Trip to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas!

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…)

Published on January 29, 2014

Don’t Date a Boy Who Doesn’t Travel

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…)

Published on January 20, 2014

To Seattle, I Go

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 the other hand, (Continue reading…)

Published on January 14, 2014

The Shooting at LAX – My Personal Account

 

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 Kate follower, 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.

It was undeniable. Those were gunshots and they were close by. (Continue reading…)