Katie Hammel Travel Articles

 
9 Incredible Things to Experience in Iceland
9 Incredible Things to Experience in Iceland The Blue Lagoon, waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, and volcanoes. Most travelers know the heavy-hitters when it comes to Iceland's attractions. But the small country has more than its share of natural wonders, geological anomalies, and beautiful vistas, and there's so much more to explore.
9 Reasons to Visit Chicago This Summer
9 Reasons to Visit Chicago This Summer From eclectic street festivals to picnics in the park, running along the Lakefront and hitting the beach, there's so much to do in Chicago during the summer. Here are nine reasons why you should add a visit to Chicago to your summer plans.
Eat (and Drink) Your Way Around Nova Scotia
Eat (and Drink) Your Way Around Nova Scotia Local, sustainable, and organic are terms that get tossed around a lot in the culinary world these days, but in few places does this emphasis seem to be so pervasive than in Nova Scotia, Canada. If you're an adventurous foodie out to discover the best of what Nova Scotia has to offer, don't miss these top spots.
Trading Snow for Sun: Why You Should Visit a Ski Town in Summer
Trading Snow for Sun: Why You Should Visit a Ski Town in Summer While ski resort towns become hot destinations during winter, they tend to be forgotten about by most travelers come summer. But here's a little secret: ski resorts don't lose their luster when the snow melts. In fact, for non-skiers, they become even better during warmer months.
Drink Your Way Around Portugal
Drink Your Way Around Portugal Portugal seems to get lost in the shuffle, a side trip on the Iberian Peninsula, a long strip of land between Spain and the sea. But that's about to change. Not only is Portugal one of the most affordable wine-tasting destinations in Western Europe, but in addition to producing an incredibly diverse array of quality wines, the country also offers enough other specialty drinks to keep your liver working overtime for weeks.
Seven Reasons to Attend the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival
Seven Reasons to Attend the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival The annual Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits festival attracts hundreds of drink connoisseurs who come from around the country to sip and sample some of the nation's best wine and spirits, paired with culinary delights from the some of the country's best chefs, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Colorado's Gore Mountain Range. Here are seven reasons why you should consider attending as well.
Is Bigger Better? The Pros and Cons of Small-Ship Cruising for Independent Travelers
Is Bigger Better? The Pros and Cons of Small-Ship Cruising for Independent Travelers Independent travelers often turn their noses up at the idea of cruising, but for those who want to enjoy some of the benefits of a cruise without succumbing to the mass tourism pitfalls associated with megacruises, a small-ship cruise is an excellent compromise.
Cruise Review: Star Clippers Costa Rica and Nicaragua Cruise
Cruise Review: Star Clippers Costa Rica and Nicaragua Cruise As an independent traveler, Katie Hammel never had much interest in cruising. But the idea of a more intimate ship that could get into smaller ports of call enticed her to give it a try. Here's her review of the Star Clippers cruise of Costa Rica.
10 Reasons to Visit Iceland Now
10 Reasons to Visit Iceland Now Iceland may seem like just a dot on the map in the middle of the North Atlantic, but this remote island country packs a big punch, in the way of abundant natural wonders, delicious food, and delightful locals. Katie Hammel explains why now is the perfect time to visit Iceland.
On Solid Ground: Conquering a Fear of Flying
On Solid Ground: Conquering a Fear of Flying A fearful flyer takes a flying lesson to conquer her fears, and realizes getting over the phobia won't be that easy.