Today’s Tuesday Talk has me talking with Kate McCulley from the travel blog, Adventurous Kate. Kate has been travelling for 2 years now, and has managed to make her travel passion and blog a full time thing. Read on to find out a bit more about Kate.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself Kate.
I’m a twenty-something girl from Boston, Massachusetts. Two years ago, I decided I was sick of my life and decided to travel Southeast Asia for six months. It was the best decision I ever made.
While I was in Asia, Adventurous Kate took off and grew to be amazing. After coming home, I decided to ramp up the advertising and try to blog full-time. And for the past year, I’ve been making it work!
Today, I split my time between Chester, England, and the world. Why Chester? It’s the home of my boyfriend, a handsome Brit whom I met in Vietnam. These days, I write about solo female travel and I continue to travel the world.
As your blog name and the posts you have done suggest, you are adventurous, and I love reading about your exploits. Is there anything crazy or adventurous out there that you wouldn’t try?
You know what? I really, really don’t want to skydive. My fear of heights seems to have worsened with age, and just thinking about jumping out of a plane makes me nauseous, my palms slick with sweat.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself while travelling?
I’ve always thought of myself as adaptable, but I never knew just how adaptable I was until the day I sat at a restaurant in Kampot, Cambodia, where bugs were falling off a tree and into my hair. I didn’t even get up — just brushed them away and smiled, continuing my conversation. The old me would have been screaming.
Do you have any regrets from your 2 or so years of travel?
I don’t have any major regrets from my travels — there are lots of little ones. Occasionally, I’ll lament spending too much money on something, but it doesn’t get much worse than that.
If money were no object, where would you go straight away, and what would you do there?
If money were no object, I would LOVE to go to Japan and immerse myself in that crazy culture for a month or so. Sumo, cosplay, theme restaurants, karaoke. Dancing in Tokyo, geisha-watching in Kyoto, bath-hopping in Beppu, and eating enough Okinawan food to guarantee myself to live to 100. Japan would be SUCH an amazing adventure — but between the high costs and the fact that blogger comps in Japan are more or less nonexistent, it remains out of my reach for now. It will happen!
Do you have any advice for budding travellers out there, that you wish someone told you before you started travelling?
Be smart, watch what you drink, use a quality camera, and back up all your photos online as soon as you take them. And have the time of your life!
Thanks so much Kate for taking some time out to answer these questions, telling us more about you, and offering some good advice. We all appreciate it. If you would like to read more about Kate’s adventures you should head over to her blog, Adventurous Kate, and follow Kate on Twitter.