Random Travel Interview #62 with Kate from Adventurous Kate

by Poi on October 30, 2011

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Welcome to round 62 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.

Random Traveller 62

Songkran in Bangkok, Thailand

Kate enjoying Songkran in Bangkok

Who are you?
My name is Kate McCulley and I run Adventurous Kate.  I’m a twenty-something from Boston, Massachusetts, and I decided to trade my pleasant but unfulfilling life for travel and online entrepreneurship.  I quit my job in fall 2010 to travel Southeast Asia for six months.  Those six months passed…and I haven’t gone back to the corporate world.  I’ve become a full-fledged digital nomad, and I travel full-time — though I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the UK these days!

What’s the deal?
Adventurous Kate, first and always, is a solo female travel blog. My goal is to show women that solo travel can be safe, cheap and a lot of fun! I also write a lot about my adventures, from the death-defying (surviving a shipwreck in Indonesia) to the disgusting (drinking snake blood and bile in Vietnam) to the incredibly stupid (fighting Muay Thai in a bar and having a bloody eye for three weeks). I try not to say no to anything, and that inevitably leads to some crazy stories.

It was great meeting you in Bangkok but how are you finding being away from the backpacker scene in SE Asia, does anywhere compare?
Nothing compares to the backpacker scene in Southeast Asia. I miss it so much — not just the backpacker scene, but the Southeast Asia lifestyle — living cheap, eating street food on a tiny stool on a sidewalk, basking in the glorious sun and humidity, cheap massages all the time. People who live in Southeast Asia really have it figured out.

Dressed up for the Chester Races, England

All dressed up for the Chester Races

Being a Brit I am of course very happy to see you falling in love with my home, What is it about the place you like? Tell me it’s brown sauce!
It’s funny — I actually fell in love with the culture first, and I did it while in Asia! Most of my travel companions were British, and I grew to love British culture through them. One of those travel companions was a lovely English lad whom I met in Vietnam. We’ve been together since, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with him in his hometown of Chester. Spending so much time in the UK has given me a great appreciation for British culture. I love the humor and its omnipresence. I love the language and the funny expressions. I love how green everything is, especially when viewed from a train. I love the pubs and their real ales, and I love the food. And yes, that includes brown sauce on full English breakfasts!

Eating Frog in Hanoi, Vietnam

Kate and a tasty frog in Hanoi, Vietnam

What’s Next?
This November, I’ll be landing in the Middle East for the first time, exploring Jordan and Turkey. After that, my plans are up in the air — and that’s how I love it! Lately, I’ve been tending to travel wherever an opportunity presents itself, and I hope opportunities bring me back to Southeast Asia soon. Or at least somewhere warm, cheap and amazing! Until then, I’ll be enjoying myself here in the UK.

A big thanks to Kate for taking part, great to have you.

Be sure to check her out:
Blog: Adventurous Kate
Twitter: @adventurouskate
Facebook: /Adventurouskate

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Monica @ TheTravelHack October 31, 2011 at 1:00 am

Great interview! I’m from Chester so I hope you’re having lots of fun there Kate. It’s a gorgeous city!

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Natalie October 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wah – Stoked to hear you are coming to Turkey Kate – Looking forward to reading your posts about your visit.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures November 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Fabulous interview!!! 🙂

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Mike C November 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

Kate you need to move to London. It’s where the cool kids are (when we are not in Canada).

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Slice December 14, 2011 at 3:29 am

Kate’s blog is ace, her posts about getting shipwrecked in Indonesia were epic!

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Slice December 14, 2011 at 3:31 am

I forgot to add, I live near Chester in Preston too, looks like all the cool kids are up here Mike C!

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crazy sexy fun traveler December 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm

OMG, Kate, did u really ate that frog??

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