Welcome!

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My name is Kara and I love hiking, stargazing, and reading just about anything I can get my hands on. I plan to spend the next few months (or possibly years) living abroad, challenging myself to learn and grow every day while meeting new people and exploring new places. I hope you’ll join me on my adventures as I share stories and photos from across the world on this blog!

 

Where am I now?

I am based in New York City until April 2015 after living in Ghana for five months.

And where have I been?

I have written most extensively about Argentina, California, Liberia, and Ghana; but I’ve shared stories and pictures from all over. (Want more details? Take a look at my travel map.) For a complete list of my posts, see the archives, or search by destination in the header.

More about Freedman Travels

This is a travel blog with its beginnings in a trip to Argentina where I spent a semester studying abroad in 2012 and has evolved to feature various other places where I have lived or traveled. Freedman Travels is a combination of stories and photography from my experiences both abroad and within in the US, along with occasional reviews of books or movies. I do my best to show you what my personal experience in a given place was like – I am not an authority on the places I visit nor do I try to be. Rather, I hope that my writing will contribute to the complexity and richness of the world around us, and hopefully inspire you to travel as well.

Although I am a fan of planning and tend to do a lot of research before going on a trip, I am not as meticulous with this blog, so you’ll often find me posting about a trip weeks after I’ve returned or publishing a travel story from long, long ago, sometimes following no time-sensitive pattern. Feel free to use the header to find posts by destination or by theme for a more continuous experience. Or, to follow my travels in real time, take a look at my Twitter or Instagram feeds. If you’re interested in what books I’m reading – my choices often reflect the places I’m going to visit – visit my Goodreads account. Or, if what you’re looking for is hotel or attraction reviews, I’m pretty active on TripAdvisor.

More about the author

I have been traveling and seeking out new stories and adventures for as long as I remember. When I was 12, growing up in New York City, I demanded that my parents take me to Brighton Beach–an hour and a half subway ride from our apartment in Manhattan–in order to see a new part of the city and to make sure I could write a realistic short story with a character from that neighborhood. For me then as well as now, it was important for me to see this new place in order to try to understand it, avoid generalizations or assumptions, expand my horizons and step outside my comfort zone.

I think of travel as a kind of exploration, both physical and emotional. I get goosebumps when I go somewhere new and experience a strange kind of enjoyment when crossing borders, even when it is just from one county to the next while driving. Travel can happen halfway across the world or in your backyard, in conversation with others or on your own. For me, learning about other cultures through their books, movies, or newspapers are just as much of an exploration as traveling to a new place physically, and this blog reflects both of those options – though with an emphasis on my personal travels.

Life and learning are inextricably linked and I look forward to many years of exploring to come. If you follow me I’ll take you around the world as I explore it, one step at a time.

12 comments

  1. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to
    this site before but after looking at many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I came across it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back regularly!

    1. I don’t think that’s too important. Travel when and where you can, enjoy yourself and make sure to learn something about where you’re going–that’s the good thing about travel, regardless of where you go!

  2. Hi Freedman! Thanks for popping over to my blog! I’m honoured :D You’re so well-travelled in South America (it’s my dream to make a dent in SA one day so I’m in awe!) All the best with your travelling – It’s always lovely to meet someone who loves travelling as much as I do (:

    1. Thanks! It´s really quite simple actually. The maps.google.com website has a link emblem that you can click to embed the image or just add a link once you´ve zoomed into your desired location. To add postmarks you have to have a google account and create a new map. I have google help pages extremely useful to explain all of that.

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