Hi there! I’m Kay and I write for the Paws and Pines website.
About Paws and Pines
Paws and Pines is a visual travel guide that uses real-time photographs to show you the top attractions around the world.
Why I Created This Site
As an avid traveler and obsessive planner (with slight FOMO), I will scour the internet and read multiple guidebooks in preparation for any upcoming trips. My stance is that I’d rather have much more information and potential things to do than end up heading back to my hotel room early because I’m exhausted and not sure what to do next. The great thing about this is that if something spontaneous comes up, I’m not a stickler for my plan, but if nothing unplanned comes up, I have a full day devoted to doing what I’m interested in.
My problem comes in the planning stages.
Printed guidebooks are nice because they provide historical context to understand what I’m seeing. However, as a guide to exploring the city, I think they are lacking because they suggest a lot of potentially awesome things to see / do, but it’s basically ALL text. Sometimes (actually, most times) pictures can do more justice to a location than words written on a page. And realistically, this “issue” of mine may never be “resolved” as photographs, with all their pretty colors glossy pages, increase the price for a printed book. So, I’ll usually turn to the internet for further reference.
On the internet, I’m choosing between Trip Advisor (and other more generic travel sites), official tourism websites, and travel bloggers. Trip Advisor is too unorganized for my liking, official tourism websites (like travel guides) have solid information but generally need more photographs, and travel bloggers (while their photos generally to inspire wanderlust) tend to capture the “perfect” photo leading to a situation where reality does not meet expectations.
tldr: guidebooks and tourism websites need more photographs, Trip Advisor needs more curation, and travel bloggers aim for picture perfect thus misaligning expectations vs. reality. Paws and Pines will be a curated city guide that sources public Instagram photos from everyday travels like me and you.
Navigate the Site
The World Guide is my curated search of the best 1) paid attractions, 2) free attractions, 3) neighborhoods to wander around, and 4) food and drink in each city around the world.
Kay’s Journal is where I write about my personal experiences and travels. As I’m based in Amsterdam, you’ll find my popular Local Guide to Amsterdam post as well.
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♥ Kay from Paws and Pines