Meet the Travel Bloggers: Adventurous Kate

When, why and how did you start your travel blog?This week Meet the Travel Blogger highlights travel blogger Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate.

How did you get that name and what does the name mean to you?
Adventurous Kate has been my screen name for a long time. I chose it because I always love doing different, crazy, adventurous things — and for a while, I would never turn down a dare.

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Kate and a new friend on the “Merry-Go-Round of Death” in Cambodia, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

What is the MOST outrageous thing you’ve ever done on the road?
I decided to jump in a boxing ring and fight Muay Thai in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand/ {Editor’s note: Muay is a martial art from Thailand.} It was by far the most stupid thing I’ve ever done. I fought a vicious Australian girl and ended up with a bloody eye for three weeks.

What is the thing that keeps you the most jazzed about blogging?
Hearing from readers is the best thing in the world. Just knowing that I’ve helped them, or that they enjoy reading my site, gives me such deep happiness.

You’re from Boston, yet, when you’re not traveling, you’re based in London? Why London?
Well, I originally moved to the UK for love — specifically, northwest England. After that relationship ended, I fell madly in love with a Londoner. So I stayed for love, really! London is such a fun city and I love being close to so many of my good friends.

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Kate eating a grilled frog in Hanoi, Vietnam, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

What do you do when you’re not on the road?
The blog is my full-time job and I work harder on it at home than when I’m on my travels.

Do you always travel solo?
Often, but not always. I enjoy traveling on my own, and most of the time it’s necessary, Most of the time it’s necessary to travel on my own because the people closest to me have full-time jobs and can’t take off extended time. I also enjoy traveling with cool people.

What excites you most about travel?
I love the feeling of waking up in the morning and being able to do anything new and exciting. To eat something I’ve never tried, to people-watch, to attempt a few phrases in the local language, or even to grab a ticket and randomly hop on a bus somewhere else!

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Kate in Koh Lanta National Park, Thailand, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

Are you a bargain or luxury traveler?
Being a travel blogger, I frequently travel at both ends of the budget spectrum. Back in June, I spent the night on the bottom bunk of a triple-decker bunk bed at a hostel in London. The next night, I stayed at the hotel in the Faroe Islands that hosted Bill Clinton. It’s crazy.

On the road, do you seek out some experiences more than others?
Two things that I always do in a new destination: I try to get to the highest point in town and see the view, and I eat whatever the local specialty is. I enjoy seeking out adventurous activities that you can’t experience anywhere else, like snorkeling in nearly freezing, fluorescent blue water in Iceland.

Is being in your comfort zone important to you?
I think I have a fairly broad comfort zone, but I do have things that I do that make me uncomfortable.

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Kate living like a Bedouin in Wadi Rum, Jordan, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

Last year, I did a surfing and yoga retreat in Mexico. Most of the girls on this trip were fitness fiends; I was embarrassingly out of shape compared to the rest of them. But I really pushed myself that week, and though I wanted to throw up after most beach workouts, my arm muscles looked fabulous just in time for my friend’s wedding.

What’s your most memorable travel experience?
Up Helly Aa — the Viking fire festival in the Shetland Islands. Hundreds of Vikings, including several baby Vikings, setting a traditional boat on fire as costumed Shetlanders follow them with torches — then an all-night party filled with wild performances and Scottish dancing. It was the strangest, craziest and best party I’ve ever been to!

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Kate taking a break on a glacier in Iceland, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

What’s your favorite place on earth?
It’s so hard to pick just one place! I think I’ll say Thailand because I love the food, the people, and the lifestyle — as well as the massages, the beaches, the motorbikes, the mountains, the shopping…and did I mention the food? I love the food!

Where are you off to next?
I will be heading to one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, to ring in the New Year at the Hogmanay celebrations. Part of Hogmanay is walking into strangers’ homes and asking them to pour you a drink. I’m interested to see how that goes.

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Kate hanging out on Table Mountain in Cape Town, photo/courtesy Adventurous Kate

What’s the biggest fantasy on your bucket list?
If we’re talking pure fantasy, I would love to do a month long luxury culinary trip through Japan with several of my travel blogger buds.

Is there anything we haven’t asked that you feel you’d like to share about your travels or your blog?
One thing that I write about often is prioritizing travel. Plenty of people tell me they wish they could travel like I do, but they don’t have the money or the time. Well, in most cases, they would have both the money and the time if they prioritized saving for travel over going out to the bar several times a week or having premium cable or always buying the latest Apple gadget on its day of release. In most cases, they would have the time if they didn’t squander their vacation days. It takes a lot of work and diligence to be able to travel long-term, but it’s absolutely doable if you make it a priority.

Meet the Travel Bloggers visits with travel blogger Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate. quit her job to travel the world at age 26. Two years and 35 countries later, she’s still traveling — mostly solo, and always adventurously. Now based in London, she is primarily jaunting across Europe these days. Kate chronicles her worldwide adventures on Adventurous Kate.  You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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9 Responses to “Meet the Travel Bloggers: Adventurous Kate”

  1. lola
    December 27, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    love this interview!! especially learning about the Viking Fire Festival & the tradition of Hogmanay! i think you’ll have no problem getting drinks from strangers, Kate. just flash that gorgeous smile :) AND i’m sure that travel fantasy is on the verge of happening for you!!
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    • Billie Frank
      December 27, 2019 at 9:17 am #

      I, too am looking forward to reading about the Hogmanay adventures.

  2. Jennifer
    December 27, 2019 at 9:34 am #

    I learned something new about Kate! I had no idea she got into a boxing ring in Thailand. Will have to search her blog to see if she wrote more about that!
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  3. Shubhajit
    December 27, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve been following Kate for last one month or so. I really like her way of presenting things with photographs. I like her way of writing, though a bit less informative, but her presenting style makes it “less is more”. As a women traveler and also a solo traveler, she is inspiring. I give her my best wishes, travel healthy, travel safe, and avoid Muay Thai :)

    • Billie Frank
      December 28, 2019 at 8:46 am #

      Glad to hear that Kate is bringing you inspiration and that your got to know more about her in Meet the Travel Bloggers.

  4. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    December 28, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

    Getting to the highest point in a city is a great tip. I think I’m going to steal that one! Great idea.
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  5. Caro
    January 18, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Pssst, Muay Thai is a martial art, not a marital art ; ) I mean, I guess it could be if you’re into that haha!
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    • Billie Frank
      January 18, 2019 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks for catching my typo! This was not the Kama Sutra-lol. The editor apparently needs an editor.

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