Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Golden Gai: Tokyo’s Coolest Bar Neighborhood

Tokyo is a sleek city of chrome, neon, and crowds — particularly in Shinjuku. This modern neighborhood is home to tall office buildings, high-end department stores, endless traffic, bright and colorful signs, and some of the busiest railway stations in Tokyo. But hidden on a narrow grid of side streets in Shinjuku is Golden Gai: [...]

Up Helly Aa: The Epic After-Party

Up Helly Aa is all about the explosions of fire and burning torches, the parades and Viking songs. What is less known is that it’s ALSO about some legendary after-parties. After the burning of the galley, there are 10 official Up Helly Aa parties around town.  These parties last from 9:00 PM to roughly 9:00 [...]

The Craziest Piano Bar in Salzburg

I always go out looking to experience the nightlife wherever I travel, but really, Salzburg was something new entirely. My friend Ken and I (by the way, if you haven’t yet, check out his site — he’s a brilliant photographer!) found a random bar on the edge of the Old Town called Peter’s. We walked [...]

Adventurous Kate’s Top 10 Adventures in Southeast Asia

You know how much I live for adventures! My six months in Asia were filled with them, and I don’t regret any of them.  I’ll be telling these stories forever. But some of the adventures were a lot better than others. Here are my top 10 adventures in Southeast Asia: Fighting Muay Thai in Koh [...]

My First Indonesian White Party

I can’t stop raving about how wonderful the people of Bali are. They are so kind, so friendly, and genuinely interested to learn about you!  At times, I literally sit back and marvel at how amazing they are. Before arriving in Bali, I contacted a few local organizations looking for complimentary activities in exchange for [...]

Why I Didn’t Get a Bar Job in Sihanoukville

One reason why I returned to Sihanoukville is because I loved it – my ultimate backpacker beach paradise, the land of all-night parties and 50-cent beers and awesome backpackers from all over the world. I also realized that I was running low on cash and had to start living a lot more cheaply if I [...]

Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos, is the most fun you will ever have without taking your clothes off. Well, I would say that, but I actually saw a guy go off one of the rope swings while naked, so I guess that’s out the window! Needless to say, tubing in Vang Vieng is one of [...]

A Wild Welcome in Vang Vieng

“CHEESY BACON FRIES!” I yelped as we rounded the bend.  We had driven past a bar advertising the most delicious food I could imagine.  “We have to go there!” Our minibus had arrived in Vang Vieng.  After crossing the border to Laos, my friends Anthony, Jon, Chris and Mona and I split a minibus with [...]

New Year’s Eve in Bangkok

New Year’s Eve in Bangkok had been on my itinerary for quite a long time — I had long planned to bring in 2011 with two of my travel blogger friends!  Mike of Art of Backpacking, Stephanie of Twenty-Something Travel and I decided to plan a wild Bangkok bash. Travel Blogger New Year’s, we called it. [...]

Sihanoukville: The Ultimate Backpacker Party Paradise

I didn’t know what to expect in Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s most famous beach destination. Most of what I had heard was that it was a bit of a dirty, grungy beach, and worth visiting, but not worth a lot of time. Well, you know what? Sihanoukville is an amazing backpacker hangout and a party paradise. And [...]