Author: Kay Boatner

How to Narrow your Travel-To-Do List

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors. Where in the World? For a variety of reasons including work, family, depressing bank account statements and lack of frequent flyer miles, most of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited time and money for travel. Meaning we’ve got to get picky when it comes to planning our next trip and make the most of our short sojourns. So how should a bohemian traveler choose their next vacation spot? To determine my upcoming international escape—I finally settled on Ireland!—I followed the tips below. Fellow bohos, behold: Family Ties Let...

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Foodie Guide to Cambridge

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors.  For statesiders not in the know, Cambridge is the quintessential picturesque college town. Think Princeton with more British accents, and fewer Jersey drawls. (No GTL’ing here, kids.) When I think of college, I think of food—whether it be the over-the-top dining hall brunch every Sunday, the Chinese take-out that was inevitably ordered on dreary days, or the chili cheese fries from a downtown bar that satisfied my late night cravings. The University of Cambridge may be clear across the pond, but excellent (and greasy) eats are just as much...

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Foodie Guide to Seattle

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors.  During my trip to the Pacific Northwest I made sure to balance out my eating with a little outdoor exercise. Making the most of the spectacular mountains, oceans and parks, I partook in a little hiking and camping. Thank goodness I did or I’d weigh roughly 20 pounds more—but when asked about my West Coast vacation, I found that most of the experiences I chose to share involved pie. Or burritos. Or ding dongs. So while, yes, you should undoubtedly enjoy Oregon and Washington’s unspoiled environments…you gotta eat. Here...

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Foodie Guide to Portland

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors. Most people go to the Pacific Northwest to make the most of their spectacular surroundings. Mountains, oceans and parks aplenty afford for fabulous outdoor experiences. I went to the Pacific Northwest to eat. Here are my top 5 recommended restaurants for any travel foodie: Old Town Pizza: I won’t lie to you—a lot of Old Town’s appeal is in its atmosphere. The dark and cozy pizza parlor is purportedly haunted, making any meal there instantly interesting. The ghost of a prostitute who was murdered where the restaurant now stands,...

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Defending Hostels

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors. I blame Hostel. You know, the gory 2005 movie about two kids named Paxton and Josh, and their fellow backpackers traveling around Europe that meet a rather disgusting end in a Slovak—you guessed it—hostel. Until recently, the only hostel I had ever stayed in was in Europe. It didn’t even occur to me to book one on a recent trip, as I was staying in the country. It seems hostels are more frequently used by Europeans, whether the hostel is stateside or abroad. Why are Americans so averse to...

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