Sunday, June 25th, 2017

SOTM Tour Europe Itinerary: Come Meet Me!


Kate and Mario with Osprey Bags

Yesterday, Mario and I began the Someone Once Told Me Tour (SOTM Tour).  For one year, we’re traveling the world!

It’s been beautiful so far — we left cold and rainy England behind and were welcomed into the glorious sunshine of a Parisian summer.  My last two trips to Paris have been in the winter, and I’d forgotten how utterly fantastic summer is here!

Montmartre Cafe in Sunshine

We spent yesterday strolling around Montmartre.  Our friend Marie-Claire took us for a great dinner at Chartier, a huge bistro with so much character — and one of very few places in Paris with entrees under 10 euros ($13).

Berlin Bear, my tiny travel companion, has been taking in the sights as well.

Berlin Bear in Paris

For more of Berlin Bear’s adventures around the world, check out my Instagram feed!

While in Paris, Mario and I are both looking to meet up with as many of our readers as possible, taking their photos for Someone Once Told Me.  Mario’s ambitious goal is to get 1000 pictures over the course of the year.  He’s off to a good start with two taken last night!

PARIS MEETUP: Tonight (Thursday, June 6) at 8:00 PM at Cafe Rouge in the Marais.  The address is 32, Rue de Picardie.  We’ll be hanging out and taking SOTM photos.  All are welcome — please come and bring your friends!

The Eurail and Interrail passes provided to us by will enable us to travel from Paris to Vienna entirely by train.  I’ve always dreamed of traveling Europe by train long-term, and the passes will allow us to take lots of day trips as well!

Here is our schedule:

June 5-9: Paris. A city we adore where we have lots of friends — I couldn’t think of a better place to start.

June 9-12: Geneva. We have few plans, but I hope to work in a day trip to Annecy.

June 12-19: Bologna. We will be taking part in Blogville Emilia-Romagna and traveling all over this delicious region: tasting cheese, exploring the beautiful towns, checking out a nice spa, and visiting the tiny nation of San Marino.  Mario and I will also be meeting a number of interesting characters from Emilia-Romagna, and I can’t wait to reveal them to you.

June 19-22: Augsburg, Germany.  Remember Josh and Daniel’s offbeat wedding last year?  That was the legal wedding.  This year is the fancy wedding.

June 22-25: Zug, Switzerland. We will be staying with Mario’s cousin and her family.  And we might dare to venture to Zurich, one of the world’s most expensive cities (then get scared by $10 coffees and leave).

June 25-27: Vienna.  I’m hoping we can work in an ambitious day trip to Budapest, too!

June 28-July 10: Malta.  Two full weeks on the sunny island where Mario grew up.

July 10-18: Istanbul.  If you haven’t been reading about what’s been happening in Istanbul this week, please give this piece a read.  If the protests are still going on when we arrive, we fully intend on covering them.

July 18-31: Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Romania.  My itinerary is yet to be finalized, but I’ll be flying into Skopje and immediately traveling to Ohrid, and I’ll be flying out of Bucharest.  I hope to visit Prizren or Prishtina in Kosovo and Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.  Romania will be limited to Bucharest.  During this time, Mario will be in South Africa.

Will you be in any of these destinations on these dates?  Please let me know.  I’d love to meet up with you!

The European leg of our trip is made possible with support from, Blogville Emilia-RomagnaHostelWorld, and Osprey Packs.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

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46 Responses to “SOTM Tour Europe Itinerary: Come Meet Me!”
  1. Rachael says:

    Won’t be in any of those places unfortunately :(. We’re in Amsterdam until we leave for our 6 month Asia trip in November!! Would love to meet up with you in Asia perhaps?? 🙂

  2. Vanessa L. says:

    Hi Kate,

    I love your blog and would love to meet up during your time in Geneva. I am an American expat (from San Diego) and now live in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is about 30 minutes by train from Geneva. Please feel free to contact me and let me know what you are interested in seeing during your time in Suisse and we can plan a meet-up. If you are interested in seeing Lausanne, I would be happy to play tour-guide. Otherwise, we can meet up in Geneva or elsewhere, depending on your plans.

    Hope to see you next week!

    Happy Travels,

  3. Mike says:

    I won’t be in any of those places since I’ll be getting to Europe in late September, but I can’t wait to read all about it and see your wonderful photos! You two will have a blast. Maybe we’ll be able to meet up some other time in the future.

  4. Edna says:

    I like how I get to see you in Paris every six months or so 😉 Can’t wait for our picnic tomorrow (I think I’ve roped a friend into doing a SOTM) and I’ll probably see you tonight too!

  5. Veylan says:

    Hi Kate,

    Will you be coming to Asia? I’m in Malaysia. Mail me if you are coming. I can show you some food that you must not miss in Malaysia, Hope to see you.


  6. George says:

    That itinerary is sooo exhausting. Good luck!

  7. Kirsten Amor says:

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and I loved the post on agriturismo in Italy, but haven’t felt the need to comment until you mentioned Chartier! I went there last year, and have wanted to return ever since, I recommend it to all my friends visiting Paris! Just thinking about the duck confit is making my stomach rumble!

  8. Hey Kate,

    I’m in Montreux on Lake Geneva, so keep me posted on any meet-ups going on in the area! If you fancy a trip up the lake it’s just over an hour to Montreux. It’s pretty nice up this end of the lake:-)

  9. Norbert says:

    Very nice itinerary. BTW, there’s a chance we might cross paths in Romania or Bulgaria as ill be passing through during those days while I do the Mongol Rally. We should stay in touch to see if we can meet!

  10. Lpeg says:

    If you make it to Budapest, I have a friend that lives there (from England, originally). I’m sure he’d love to meet up with you and learn about SOTM!

  11. Irene says:

    Hi Kate!
    We met at a travel Tweet up in London a few years back at the Marylebone Hotel. Have been following your blog ever since – let me know if your SOTM travels take you to Toronto 🙂
    x Irene (@irenep)

  12. Hannah says:

    Oooh you’re coming to Malta! How exciting 🙂 I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and would love to meet you when you’re here. Do let me know if you’d like to arrange something 🙂


    • Mario says:

      Hey Hannah that would be great! I’d like lots of people in Malta to take part in SOTM. Would you like to get a few friends together one night so we can all meet up, drink Kinnie and make the SOTM Magic happen?

      • Hannah says:

        Well I’m not really a fan of Kinnie but the rest of it sounds like a good idea. Feel free to contact me on my email address to arrange a day 🙂 I look forward to meeting the both of you!

  13. ioana says:

    Hy. I am a travel writer from Bucharest, Romania. If you want, I’ll be very happy to show you ma city:) Have a nice trip!

  14. Laura says:

    Hi Kate,

    This is my first reading of your blog and I discovered that you have Romania, Bucharest included in your trip. I would stay you should definitely spend more time in the country, however you always can come back again, I am sure you will love it.
    Since I am in the couchsurfing spirit ( I do have an account ), if you do not have yet a place to stay do write me an email with the exact date you will be in Bucharest and if I am around, I would love to host you. I could give you my CS ID as well to check it out.
    If it is during weekend, I can definitely show you around. I am a traveling lover too, planning in a year or so an Asian trip.

    Have a fun trip and I am looking forward to hearing from you 🙂


  15. If you are in Parma, let me know; if not, I think I am in Bologna at some point in the next two weeks – so hopefully we could meet there! It’d be nice to meet again (not in a train station)
    Safe travels!

  16. Marie-Anne says:

    Hey Kate!
    I could meet you in Zurich! I live in Chur and work in Vaduz so it’s really not that far away. Any chance? I haven’t been in Zug yet, actually, so I could also meet you there. 🙂
    Enjoy all of it. Nice itinerary!

  17. Marie-Anne says:

    PS: 10 dollars per coffee might be a bit overboard … :).

  18. Sam says:

    I love the concept of SOTM, it’s so clever and unique. Unfortunately I live in London so I’m a bit too late to participate! But I look forward to following your European adventures and checking out all the photos!

  19. Roco says:

    All the best with your trip! I must say though that far from being ‘cold and rainy’, it’s actually been warm and sunny all week in England! Today (in London, where I live) people were out in T-shirts, so your blog entry was a bit misleading in that aspect.

  20. Amanda says:

    Darn, I think I’ll be just missing you guys on this leg of your trip; I don’t get over to Europe until July 17, and will be in London and Paris until the end of the month. But hopefully our paths will cross elsewhere in the world later this year!

  21. Katrinka says:

    Istanbul has been pretty calm for the last few days (Gezi Park is like a big party right now, just with more gas masks), so let’s hope nothing too scary is going on by the time you get here…!

  22. Lori Barber says:

    Bummer – we won’t be in any of the same places – we will be in Spain. Your itinerary sounds cool. We just spent four weeks in Istanbul and wrote about what we saw of the protests on our travel blog –

  23. Megan says:

    That’s one kickass summer! I don’t think I could be in Vienna and NOT go to Budapest, but I do have a mild obsession with the place 🙂 I may very well in Bulgaria around the same time you are- hopefully flying into Sofia in mid-July. I’m a relatively new reader, but would love to meet up with you if you do any meetups or anything over there!

  24. Jeff says:

    I’m excited to hear about the Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Romania part. That’s a short timeline. you’ll be flying!

  25. Hi, I’ll be in Istanbul around the same time you are. Hope to join the SOTM meet up!

  26. Carson says:

    I am enjoying reading your blog and the travels that you have undertaken. I thought that I had traveled a fair amount, but nothing close to what you have accomplished. My sister is heading to Romania for a month and I am so envious of the two of you.

  27. gavin says:

    Good to see you’re back on the road kate.

    I’d like your opinion on something. it’s slightly off topic but i figured i’d get an answer from you here.

    one of your interviews led my to wanderingearl, a blogger who claims to have been on the road for 12 years non-stop on the same trip with a very obvious “days on the road” counter on his homepage currently sitting at 4900.

    yet reading his itinerary he’s back to u.s. many times, (even 3 months after beginning) and his “secret” to being on the road permanently is just working abroad and traveling with the money.

    clearly he’s misrepresenting himself for blog popularity.

    my question is do you think misrepresenting yourself for popularity’s sake it quite prevalent in the travel blogging community & what do other bloggers think of this.

    • Gavin, thanks for asking. I do find it a bit odd that you choose to focus on Wandering Earl of all people, as I think he is one of the most transparent bloggers out there (and, full disclosure, he’s a friend of mine).

      He’s very open about the fact that he’s earned money in lots of different ways while traveling — sometimes by working on cruise ships, sometimes by creating his own English classes from scratch in Thailand. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s still earning money while traveling. Nowadays, he makes most of his money online, including by selling several ebooks.

      I don’t think he misrepresents himself at all. Bloggers who lie tend not to have huge followings.

  28. peter says:


    you’re traveling for a year and spending 2 weeks solo?? i thought solo travel was the point of this blog.

    • peter says:

      p.s. and you’re going to Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania for only 2 weeks? 3.5 days per country. how can you blog seriously with 3 days?

      • I’m not dividing the four countries into equal 3.5 day increments, Peter. I’m not sure what gave you that idea.

        The bulk of the trip will be spent in Bulgaria and Macedonia — more in Bulgaria than Macedonia.


  30. hey was that gateway of India in India. with the bear picture..


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