Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.


Now that I’m back in the States, I’d like to take the time to thank the many people who made this trip possible.

To everyone who donated money after the shipwreck:

Thank you so much.  I am blown away by your kindness and generosity, and though I spoke to each of you privately, I want to acknowledge you here as well.

The shipwreck and the days that followed were awful, and your kind donations brought me to tears — and helped me quickly replace my computer, clothing and toiletries.  I cannot tell you how moved I was by your messages as well.

(Once I get my insurance refund, which is still pending, I will announce the amount of money I am donating and to which charity.)

To everyone who hosted me on my travels:

Thank you for opening your homes to me, whether it was for 10 hours or 15 days.  You’re always welcome in Boston, or wherever I end up living.

To my friends from travel:

Thank you for more fun times than I ever could have imagined.  I will always look back at the memories with such happiness.  I had the time of my life with you, and I’ll never forget it.

I’d like to give a special shout-out to my friends with whom I traveled through Thailand’s beaches, my friends from Sihanoukville to Luang Prabang, and my friends from Vietnam and beyond.

To my friends from home:

Thank you for virtually joining me for the ride and keeping me up to date on hometown news.

To my family:

Thank you for always being there and respecting me for going after my dreams.  I’m sorry I put you through a lot of worry.

To the travel blogging community:

Thank you for your visits, your comments, your promotion, your tips, your contacts, and more!  I’m happy to be part of such a wonderful community.

To my sponsors:

Thank you for making so many of my adventures possible, and bringing my site to a new audience.

Special Thanks

There are a few individuals I’d like to single out.

To Adam — thank you for finding my Moleskine diary on Koh Chang, holding onto it as you traveled through Laos, and returning it to me in Bangkok, without even reading it.

To Mike — thank you for talking me off a virtual cliff via gchat on multiple occasions.  You saved me from self-destruction.

To Andrea — thank you for quickly squashing the family rumor that “the baby on board” who survived the shipwreck was my own.  My dad has fewer gray hairs because of you.

To Beth — thank you for not hesitating to call me in Indonesia when I was unable to Skype.  It means more than you know.

To Dave — thank you for showing me, time and time again, that anything’s possible.

And — most importantly — to my readers!

THANK YOU for reading this site.

THANK YOU for recommending it to your friends.

THANK YOU for each an every comment.

THANK YOU for making my Facebook page such a fun community.

THANK YOU for showing me, every day, that I’m in the right business.

This trip was better than I ever could have hoped — and I thank you all for that.

Much love,


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21 Responses to “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.”
  1. Gary Arndt says:

    So, what’s next?

    • Short answer — Sayulita, Mexico, May 28-June 4. Surfing and yoga with Nourish Retreats.

      Long answer — that is the big question. I’ll be discussing some of my thoughts on what to do next this week!

  2. Thank YOU for all the great stories 😀

  3. Colleen says:

    Thank YOU for being so amazing.And thank you for blogging about the good,the bad and the ugly of your life for the past few months. One day when our paths cross itll be great to meet you and give you a great big hug. I’m glad you made it home safe (especially after the shipwreck).

  4. Amy says:

    So glad you are safe, Kate! Thanks for keeping us updated and sharing your story with us! I’m already looking forward to reading about your next adventure!

  5. Amanda says:

    You are so welcome, Kate! Thank YOU for being so awesome! 🙂

  6. Priscilla says:

    Loved reading your blog! Hated worrying about you! Admire your guts! Envy for your experiences (well most)! Sad you are done! Happy you are back where maybe we’ll meet! Oh, the places you’ve been!

  7. Shaun says:

    Thank you Kate for sharing such a great journey!

    I started reading your just before you left for SE Asia and It was great to follow it from start to finish.
    looking forward to many more adventurous tales!

  8. Anthony says:

    What is going to come next? I will have to check back next week to find out I guess 🙂

  9. Becki453 says:

    Thank YOU Kate for sharing your fantastic and inspiring stories. I’ve enjoyed following your adventures and you’ve encouraged me to go and experience places that I never though i’d be able to have the guts to go. South East Asia is the first place on my itenerary and after reading your stories it’s the place i’m most excited to visit! Look forward to reading more of your adventures in the future. B xx

  10. you made it home!!!
    I really enjoyed reading about your adventures Kate, it was altogether very inspiring and entertaining! excited to hear about what you plan next 😉

  11. tom says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences have loved reading your blog and will continue too 🙂

    I think its amazing that you got donations after the shipwreck, its refreshing to be reminded that the majority of the human race and kind generous and giving

  12. Michael says:

    <3 !
    I haven't been on gchat as much lately because the internet has been real shitty. Hopefully I'll get that fixed soon.
    Have fun in Mexico! and see you this summer probably 🙂

  13. Quickroute says:

    I enjoyed reading / watching your adventures (especially the Shipwreck Video) – It’s not easy to lay up those walking boots so interested to see what happens next

  14. Betti says:

    glad to know you managed to negotiate some money out of the insurance company!

  15. Adam says:

    Aw Kate! I’m glad I was able to find your Moleskine for you. I had so much fun hanging out and catching up with you here in Asia – glad we got to meet up here more than just once!

    Can’t wait to see you again somewhere else in the world again 🙂

  16. Carrie - PipeDreamJunkie says:

    Kate, you are such an inspiration to me. I am hoping for the best that my own RTW dreams come true once I’m out of graduate school. To end one chapter is to begin another, and your emails detailing how you’ve come to far help keep me going when my lows are lowest and I feel like giving up.

    Thank you. Looking forward to the next post.

    • Carrie, I am so happy to hear it. Save your cash and keep dreaming — you will have an amazing trip when the time comes!

      • Carrie - PipeDreamJunkie says:

        Unfortunately saving cash is hardly in the cards right now — I’m having a hard enough time trying to figure out how I’m going to survive my final year of graduate school financially. Saving will be a bonus if I can manage it at all.

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