Saturday, August 30th, 2014

SOTM Tour: Month Six of Twelve

As of December 6, Mario and I have been on the road for six full months! The sixth month was filled with mostly joy, a few challenges, and a very special visitor as we traveled through Cambodia and Thailand. On to the round up! Destinations Visited Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep and Siem Reap, Cambodia Bangkok, [...]

Cambodia has changed, and not for the better.

Three years ago, I fell madly in love with Cambodia. For three years, it occupied a top five spot on my list of favorite countries. So when it came time to take Mario and the SOTM Tour to Southeast Asia, I knew that Cambodia would be a mandatory stop for us. I was beyond excited [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Five of Twelve

It’s been five months on the road for the SOTM Tour. I mentioned to Mario this morning that we were close to the halfway point — so what would his favorite places be so far? Japan, he said. And South Africa. And the Burj al Arab, and the night he proposed to me in Malta. [...]

The Southeast Asia Conundrum

I’m back in Bangkok — and Southeast Asia — for the first time in two and a half years. I’ve been indulging in my favorite Bangkok activities — eating pad kra prow on the street. Browsing the wacky clothing stalls in Siam Square. Buying fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit shakes from my street vendors. Taking [...]

The Travel Olympics: Who Gets the Gold?

Happy Olympics Opening Day!  I’m super-excited for the London 2012 Games, wondering what the iconic moments will be this time around.  I’ll never forget what it was like back in 2008, screaming my head off as Michael Phelps and his teammates beat the French in that one swim relay they weren’t expected to win. So [...]

Where to Find the Friendliest People in the World

When you travel the world solo, you spend a lot of time talking to locals!  And while I’ve met kind, hospitable, welcoming people in every corner of the world I’ve visited, some places are universally welcoming — no matter where you go, you’re welcomed as a close friend or even a member of the family. [...]

7 Super Shots — From Cambodia!

HostelBookers has started a new meme in the travel blogging community — 7 Super Shots, encouraging people to share their favorite travel photos in seven categories. I was nominated by my friend Michael of Go, See, Write and I decided to do the meme — with a twist: Cambodia. Cambodia affects me emotionally more than [...]

Announcing: Adventurous Kate’s Travel Calendar Shop!

It’s December — and that means it’s time to buy a 2012 calendar! I am pleased to announced that I have opened my first online store, the Travel Calendar Shop! And before you read anything else, you can get 50% off if you buy two or more with the code GIFT4THEYEAR — not sure how long [...]

Photo Essay: Cute Kids in Laos and Cambodia

One of the joys of traveling Southeast Asia is the children. In Laos and Cambodia, however, they were very special.  Little kids would run up to me and give me high fives.  Older kids would shyly come over to practice their English.  Whenever I rode my on a motorbike, kids of all ages would wave [...]

Adventurous Kate Eats 10 Chili Peppers In a Row

There’s not a lot to do in Pakse, Laos. It may be the largest city in the region — but we’re talking about one of Asia’s least developed countries.  While it’s a great jumping-off point for exploring the Bolaven Plateau by motorbike, the city itself isn’t that exciting. Sometimes, you need to make your own [...]