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AK Monthly Recap: February 2023

Kate smiling, sitting at an outdoor table, holding up an Aperol spritz in one hand and a bowl full of fried seafood in another.

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The month started with a week in Sicily and ended with a brand new, completely unforeseen product launch. Fabulous!

Let’s take a look at what made February great.

Spritzes and fritto misto — that’s what Italy does!

Destinations Visited

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Palermo, Monreale, Castellammare del Golfo, Mazara del Vallo, Marsala, Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Scopello, Calatafimi, and Balestrate, Italy


Launching Passport to Confident Solo Female Travel was an incredible ride! I’m going to write about this in the “Side Projects Update” section further down.

A fun trip to Western Sicily. This was going to be our winter 2023 escape — 10 days in Sicily, based in Palermo for most of the time, then some driving around and exploring!

First off — the weather unfortunately was not on our side, which I’ll go into in the “Challenges” section, and unfortunately that put a damper on much of the trip. But there was a lot of great stuff, too.

Palermo is one of my new favorite places in Italy. It’s such a cool city — energetic and friendly yet surprisingly chilled (and far more low-key than I expected — I thought it would be like Naples). It’s also FANTASTIC value for money, where you can eat extremely well for under 10 euros and get a giant, filling arancini for a euro.

We dove into Sicilian food, hardcore. Palermo has a lot of unusual dishes that you won’t find elsewhere in Sicily, and we worked our way through a long list I had put together. Expect the big Sicilian food post soon!

Beyond Palermo, we got to visit several cool towns. Erice was a highlight — a beautiful hill town perched up in the clouds, with spectacular views from above. And San Vito Lo Capo is a place I want to return to in summer — a North African-flavored town with gorgeous cliffs along the beach and square whitewashed buildings in town.

The Segesta ruins were pretty cool, too, and I’m not a big ruins person ordinarily. The view from the amphitheater on top of the hill is spectacular!

Finally making it to Lumina Park. You might recall that last month Charlie and I were supposed to meet our friends at an Alice in Wonderland-themed outdoor light show — then we got trapped in the snow behind a fence!

We made it here this monthand it was fun walking around in the dark around light sculptures of playing…

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