Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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 [...]

Traveling in the Off-Season: Sometimes Great, Sometimes Awful!

I’m a big advocate of traveling in the off-season and reaping the benefits: lower prices, fewer crowds, a more local experience. But as I sit here in Turkey, I’m disappointed at my decision to come here for three weeks in late November.  Istanbul was great if a bit cold, Cappadocia was freezing cold and creepily [...]

The Most Beautiful Places in Southeast Asia

One of the highlights of spending extended time in Southeast Asia was that I got to see so much beauty, and so many different kinds of beauty. Here are the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia: Thailand’s Andaman Coast Clear turquoise water, limestone cliffs, white sand, longtail boats — this is the Thailand of postcards, [...]

Seminyak: Kuta’s Sexy Older Sister

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a fan of Kuta, the most popular beach resort town in Bali. But if you want to escape Kuta, you don’t have to go far — just visit Seminyak.  Seminyak is part of the Kuta area, but it’s so different that it could be a different island. Instead of [...]

The Most Overrated Places in Southeast Asia

I adore Southeast Asia — and I especially treasure my favorite places in this part of the world. But not every place captured my fancy, though I found something to love about every place I visited. Here are my picks for the most overrated places in Southeast Asia: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand Koh Phi Phi was [...]

My Favorite Beaches in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. Unlike my favorite places in Southeast Asia, I’m going to rank this list — I’ll list my top three beaches in Southeast Asia, and everything else is an honorable mention. My favorite [...]

Keliki — An Artists’ Village in Bali

I’ll admit it — the phrase “artists’ village in Bali” does not conjure up the best image. Overweight women in flowing caftans, crystals, chanting, a dog-eared copy of Eat, Pray, Love on the bedside table, Peruvian flute music in the air.  Not my personal cup of tea. Well, Keliki was nothing like that. As all [...]

Sustainable Tourism in Bali: The Alam Sari

After the shipwreck, I needed to shut myself away and decompress for awhile in Bali. And I found the perfect place to do it — the Alam Sari. After hearing about the accident, the Alam Sari, a sustainable resort in the village of Keliki, just outside Ubud, invited me for a weeklong stay. I couldn’t [...]

Traditional Balinese Dance in Ubud

Dear Future Husband, You never expected me to wear a boring white dress, did you? I’m not traditional.  Not remotely.  But you knew that when you asked me to marry you. So you shouldn’t be surprised that I have chosen a Balinese dance costume for my wedding gown. Specifically, the one worn by Sita.  (Probably [...]

Drinking with Locals? Always a Good Decision.

One of my great inspirations, world traveler,  reformed partier, and certified badass Anthony Bourdain, said it best: “Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.” Uncle Tony, I could not agree more. One of my favorite experiences of drinking with locals was a few nights into my stay in Ubud. And, like many good experiences, it happened [...]