Always Date a Girl Who Travels

A short rebuttal to the article, Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels (link is at the bottom of the page). While I thought it was a great read with 85% accuracy, I believe it should have been written in a more positive light. A girl who travels is one of a kind, who wouldn’t want to date a rare gem like that? Every yin needs its yang. For all you single ladies with a gypsy soul, here’s to you & your future better half.

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Always date a girl who travels, it may be short lived but you won’t regret it. She’s a little out there and a lot different from what you are use to but her life strikes a chord in you that normal doesn’t. She’s free, unleashed, soaring with wings spread wide but she holds a sense of love and passion for the world that can make you want to pack your bags.

Always date a girl who travels. Normal will catch her attention. Grounded, stable and mature will polarize her to you like a magnet but it won’t keep her there for long. Always date a girl who travels because finding a way to stay in her life will ignite your soul and turn your world upside down. She will prove that everyone, even you, has a sense of freedom and wanderlust and if you are brave enough, she will show you the door that will uncage it all.

Always date a girl who travels. She lives out of a suitcase and sleeps on the floor. She’s independent and strong. She wants to do it on her own, it’s the only way she knows how. Your money might impress her at first. Your job with a steady income might make her consider slowing down.  Your place to call home with a bed thats not made of air may entice her and your close community of friends may make her jealous. Always date a girl who travels because after all is pondered on, she will still choose to go her own way. She will still choose her love of life over yours. Always date a girl who travels because putting her dreams first will inspire you to do the same, even if just for a moment.

Always date a girl that travels, she will continue to show you that being here on Earth is a spontaneous blessing with jaw dropping views around every corner. She will prove that life is hard no matter what you do. That jet-setting the world comes with extreme highs and lows. That even inside of her amazing cool and wild ways, Mondays still feel the same and Friday nights still call your name. She will be blunt and honest and surprisingly insecure. She will question her path less chosen and wonder if she will ever feel like she could belong again. Always date a girl who travels because she needs your voice of reason and confidence. She needs to hear that she hasn’t fucked up and that taking a different route is messy but admirable. Always date a girl who travels because she will absorb your words like a sponge, she will be an amazing listener and life long friend. Always date a girl who travels because she will inspire others to be brave, free and to pursue their dreams and you will inspire her to keep going.

Always date a girl who travels because at the end of the day no one wants to feel alone. Strong willed, free as a bird, Ms. Independent wants to feel wanted too. Always date a girl who travels, she will keep going on adventures and seeking out new gems in this world, with or without you. She will continue to find great friends from all walks of life, talk to everyone, make memories and experience culture. She will soar her entire life and never slow down. She will continue to pursue her dreams until she succeeds, she will never give up on anything she wants. She will make you want to live your life on the edge. If your lucky enough to date a girl who always travels then you might be lucky enough to be her camera guy on the next trip. (Who do you think snaps all those fantastic pictures?) Always date a girl who travels because you can almost guarantee that her biggest risk and adventure in life would be you.

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Don’t date a girl who travels…. https://medium.com/better-humans/802c49b9141c

Punk’d….again!

Fool us once, we should have guessed it. Fool us twice, we’re still idiots. Ahhh the tourist traps. Kitty and Santa tried their best to stay away from the them but within the first few weeks in Thailand found themselves buying into luxurious trips which ended in no such manner. Their first mistake was planning a lovely family outing in Phuket, an island hopping cruise!

“A private boat offers the flexibility to choose those perfect snorkeling places away from the crowds and, when the tides and water clarity are perfect. Boats are comfortable and fast, fitted with all safety equipment and have large covered areas. Wine & dine yourself while enjoying the beautiful surroundings that the islands of Thailand have to offer ” Kitty, and Santa scanned the cover of the trifold OooOOoo-ing and AhhhHhhh-ing. THIS is something they had to do.

Maya Beach, Koh Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi, Thailand, AsiaWhat the pamphlet really should of said was… ” Welcome abroad you spotted cows, you. We are going to shove 500 people jammed onto a loud and slow barge with plastic chairs and terrible snacks. (Kitty and Santa can’t stand when the snacks are bad)….

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We will transport you at 4 miles an hour to an island where you won’t even be able to see the sand because so many people are standing shoulder to shoulder on the beach trying to get a photo. We then will push you all into the water to snorkel! As you grab your gear be sure to check out our photo exhibit of all the people who were injured in the water! We hope the bloody messes in all the photos will gear you into excitement to jump right in and explore (SAFETY IS ALWAYS NUMBER ONE FOR US, as you can tell we have no idea how to stop all the blood, we only have bandaids on board. We wont tell you how to stay safe but hey, this is an adventure. Figure it out or we will add you to the poster!).

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So enjoy your snorkeling, except you wont see any fish, you’ll only see legs of the person you were sitting next to on the boat. 500 people floating together with their heads dunked under the water, It’ll take you right back in time to your favorite Titanic moment, but with warm water!! After an hour of watching different color board shorts and bikini bottoms flounder around next to you we will let you back onto the boat to sit some more. If your thirsty, grab a warm beer for $5.00 or some saltine crackers for 3 small payments of $19.95. BUT don’t worry, you’ll make your money back on our all you can eat island buffet. We offer a fine selection of local mystery meats smothered in something weird and a chef’s special of hard, old white rice. When you finished eating say MOOOOOO and get back on line to board the ship. If you get there early enough you may even get to sit down in a chair! After just a short hour and no free time on the island we will head back to beautiful Phuket. I’m sure everyone will be exhausted and crabby from a 7 hour tour of nothingness. Our staff will be sure to hide from everyone during this time. Thank you and please, please YELP your exceptional experience aboard the WORST CRUISE IN THE WOLRD.”

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So Kitty and Santa made a mistake and their families had to suffer through a day of herding cattle. Live and learn right? Except they always seem to forget the learning part. Kitty and Santa arrived in Bangkok just to jump on a train a few days later and head to Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai! WOO!! They went to the train station and smiled politely to the attendant, 2 tickets to Chiang Mai please! “No Chiang Mai train, NEEEEXXXT!” Santa quickly stepped in, her normal panic state “I’m sorry, what?” “Chiang Mai train no working now. You take bus, upstaits. NEEEEEXXXTT!” They stepped away from the front desk and were quickly approached by an overly nice woman who was trying to help them out of the good of her heart (and a small commission fee if we booked with her, but mostly from her BIG ol heart). Kitty and Santa moved aside to discuss the issue, looks like they were going to have to take the bus either way. Flights were mostly booked and the train wasn’t working, what other options did they have?!

The overnight bus to Chiang Mai was….fancy. “A beautiful double decker bus fully equipped with restrooms, fully reclined chairs, luggage space below, 2 full meals and drinks all included for just $85 one way! The bus departs around 10 PM and gets in at 7 AM so you can enjoy a full nights rest aboard and wake up with a smile in sunny Chiang Mai.” “WOWWW!” Santa’s eyes grew big with excitement as the guy showed her pictures of a tour bus that looked VIP enough for Kanye & Kim to tour in. “Lets do this, lets definitely do this Kitty.” Kittys face was blank and unamused at what this guy just did to Santa. She looked at Santa and said “Lets go outside and talk about this” Santa immideatly thought she was playing hard to get with the guy and jumped up pretending to agree. “Oh, ya. Pssh. We’ve seen better deals” As the girls started to walk away the man at the desk shouted “FOR YOU $45.00! “OK! SOLD! Kitty that’s like half off” Santa jumped with excitment, Kitty still did not look convinced. “Santa, outside. NOW.” The girls walked outside and Kitty was hesitant. Santa agreed but what other options did they have. At least with this they get food, drinks and some sleep. They were saving 1 nights worth of money for lodging and so it would all even out in the end. The girls walked back in and agreed to the VIP bus arrangement. The next day they were off.

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They waited in line for what seemed like a very long time to board the bus, “What is taking so long?” As the line grew closer they noticed the bus was short staffed. It appeared a random man was in the luggage compartment, smoking a cig and sweating profusely while trying to load in the luggage. Kitty leaned over and started to whisper to Santa an important bit of information she forgot….”My friend told me that sometimes these night buses are highjacked by thieves and in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep they throw a smoke bomb on the bus that knocks everyone out for real. Then they steal everyones luggage and stuff, and then they leave the bus stranded in the middle of no where. Its happened before, its true.” She leaned away from Santa who was next in line to throw her luggage in the compartment. Santa looked at Kitty in fear and Kitty just nodded with a “I’m so serious right now” face. They boarded the bus, Santa still in a state of shock. “Its a little dirtier than what I hoped for but we still got the food to look forward to!” Kitty said to brighten the mood. She sat down on her rock hard chair and pulled the lever up to test out her seat in fully reclined mode. BOOM. Her seat was basically lying on the seat behind her.”Ooops! Good thing no one was sitting there when I did that” she laughed. As people were boarding Santa looked at Kitty struggling with her seat “Kitty! Put your seat up, these people need to sit down.” Kitty’s face was glowing red, “Its stuck!” “what?!” Santa began to laugh. “I’m serious, it wont move. I’m trying.” People filed in and sat down around Kitty and Santa as they noticed the 2 girls frantically panicking with Kitty’s seat. One guy made a comment about how he was happy he didn’t have the seat behind Kitty, she was a little too comfy for his enjoyment. “I’m not sitting like this on purpose, ITS STUCK!” Kitty squeaked. The man tried to help Kitty but there was no such luck. After 10 minutes of pushing, pulling and smacking her chair it finally sprang into a far too forward position. Kitty went from riding dirty to folded in half. In fear that it was going to get stuck again she let the chair be.

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The same man who was smoking cigs and loading luggage came and asked for their tickets and handed them an old child’s blanket for sleeping. Confused at who this man was and what the stain on the blanket was  they handed the tickets over. 10 minutes later the man was handing out snacks. Looked like a one man show. Kitty got super excited, I wonder what it is. They were given 2 hoho looking cake treats, one lime green and the other bright pink and a juice that looked to be made of antifreeze. “IS THIS OUR MEAL?” Santa asked. Kitty was absolutely positive it wasn’t. “It said 2 meals, not one. This is a snack for sure. Not a meal” Kitty then politely asked the strange man what was on the menu for the evening dinner. She didn’t eat anything since lunch because she was so excited about the free food. Thai food? Maybe Indian? Nooo it was probably some kind of noodle dish. She rubbed her hands together and tried not to drool. The man looked down at her “Meal one. Meal two” He pointed to each of the colorful weird looking cakes. Santa swears a tear almost fell from Kitty’s eyes in that moment. As she tried to focus on the cakes the last passenger boarded the bus, with a screaming baby and guess where the baby sat, YEP! Right behind Kitty and Santa. This bus ride was going to be a cake walk. Literally. Santa scrambled in her bag for a second, Xanax!! Kitty and Santa popped a stress relieving pill and hoped to fall deep into a coma for 9 hours. As the luggage loader, ticket puncher, waiter got into the drivers seat of the bus they prayed if the robbery was going to happen they would be out for it…Hopefully they would be waking up with a smile on their face in beautiful Chiang Mai in the morning…. (To be continued)

Ashton Kutcher −2        Kitty&Santa −BIG FAT NOTHIN.

Bangkoking It.

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Welcome to Bangkok! Dirty, loud, crowded Bangkok. Kitty and Santa stayed in a lovely hostel with an open air rooftop cafe overlooking the muddy Chao Phraya River. It was beautiful in the most polluted way possible. They were just passing through Bangkok for 2 nights on their way to Chiang Mai but made the most of the trip. They took the water taxis up and down the river, enjoyed some street food & saw some sights (well attempted to see some site). By this point the Southeast Asian City had no real shock value to it. They were pros now at the tuk tuk, motorbike, street food lifestyle. Kitty & Santa still enjoyed every moment of the adventure. They took it all in, even the fumes and pollution.

The only downside to their trip to Bangkok was when they attempted to see the palace. They were escorted out of line in the 90 degree weather and pushed into a separate line. Had they won the lotto? Was this their lucky day? They waited patiently with the other tourists to see where they were going. They stepped inside of a small building and saw that there were rental clothing options. “Why would we rent clothes?” asked Kitty. “I would never wear that thing” said Santa. They looked around and noticed a pattern. Kitty and Santa were dressed for the summer day along with the other 30 people standing around them. When they looked to the separate line they noticed everyone was clothed from head to toe. “OHHHH” They both realized that this Grand Palace was a place of worship with temples and Kitty and Santa looked a bit disrespectful. They quickly got out of line realizing that rental clothes were not in the budget. As they looked at the temple from afar Kitty and Santa decided to sneak a peak past the guards. There wasn’t any disrespect in just getting a closer look from the outside, was there? When a guard turned his back at the exit Kitty and Santa slowly meandered their way in the exit. Some might say Kitty and Santa are rule breakers but in a city that dirty ya gotta expect a little crime 😉

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Reunited in Phuket, Thailand

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Kitty and Santa got to their gate at the Seoul International airport an anxiously devised a plan of attack. They’re family’s connecting flight to Phuket was Kitty and Santa’s departing flight from Korea. All of their sadness about leaving Korea was quickly washed away when they sprung up on their parents walking through the terminal. Hugs, tears and more hugs were given as they were finally reunited after a long year apart.

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They arrived in Phuket and were greeted the next day by Katie’s sisters Liz and Emily. They felt the love as they listened to the girls talk about their 12 hour layover in Hong Kong with no good selection of snacks. They bought a large bottle of expensive wine (the cheapest they could find in the duty free section) passed the bottle back and forth and chased it down with some NyQuil and a large French fry ….point taken, you don’t sit around the Hong Kong airport like that for just anyone. Kitty and Santa felt truly blessed to be reunited with some of their families on the beautiful beaches of Karon. They all were able to bask in the sun, island hop, eat some amazing Thai, Indian and American food & tour the local sights that Phuket had to offer.
 
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Some short stories to highlight the trip::
 
You want my dirty Baht?
“Give me dirty Baht Santa”…”You want my dirty Baht?” Santa exclaimed in fear. “Nooo, I need your thirty baht.” With Santa’s hearing problem and miscalculations of currency there was never a dull moment wheeling and dealing their Baht (Thai money) on the streets of Thailand. Santa welcomed Kitty’s parents as her mom Cindy never seems to hear things correctly the first time and her dad was caught bragging to people at the pool bar about how his room cost him 80 Baht (thats equivalent to $2.50 USD)! They got many chuckles out of swindling people down on prices when they found out later they only knocked off 5 cents. Kitty and Santa had long conversations about what type of hostel they wanted to book in northern Thailand. An hour into it they realized this large debate was weather they should sleep with 8 people in a bunk bed dorm room that had 1 window and 1 fan OR for $3.00 more they could have a private room with air conditioning. Ummmm? “DIRTY BAHT” (said of course, in a Justin Timberlake Dirty Pop rendition).

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Bartering with the tuk tuk mafia. 
Apparently the mafia runs the entire transportation system on the beaches of Phuket. Bartering was not easy but when the 4 girls approach the locals in their bikinis lowering the price of BAHTS happened to get a little easier. The entire time Liz was telling Emily to watch her mouth, as she can get a little scrappy with her bartering techniques, in fear the mafia might restrain her. Kitty was relieved after the week was over that we never had to meet with the “queen bee”…”queen bee?” Santa asked. “Ya, you know the ring leader of the mafia pack. He’s the queen bee right?” Santa would have thought a mafia leader would roll with a tougher name than that but was happy to be learning Thai mafia facts from Kitty.

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Our Wolf Pack
After the parents left it was just the 4 girls. Liz, Em, Kitty & Santa. The girls set out for a beach up north in Phuket called Nai Yang. They strolled down the quiet tiki beaches when they noticed they had made a new friend. A medium sized dog who looked just as lost and beached as they did. Their wolf pack quickly became 5 as they welcomed their 4 legged friend, they even named her Dolly. Kitty and Santa will spare the details but she definitely had some boob issues going on. As they walked they heard a loud a ferocious bark from the village street at the top of the beach. This dog sounded an alarm which hailed at least 8 vicious looking dogs storming the beach in their direction. “What the fuck?” The girls all huddled together and tried to keep calm as they walked along. Then they noticed Dolly was in trouble. The dogs ganged up on her nipping, growling and showing fangs. The 4 girls had no choice but to leave Dolly and walk as calm and collectively as possible away from the scene of attack. They didn’t want to get in the middle of a dog fight. The dogs pushed Dolly around until she left their territory but then another pack of dogs came howling. The girls kept their distance but felt bad for their new friend who was being bullied around the beach. The real question was “who let the dogs out and why did they hate poor Dolly so much?” Later they found out from a beach front bar owner that Dolly was new to town and these dogs ran Nai Yang beach. It appeared the dog beach mafia was also a tight run clique. Poor, poor Dolly.
 
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Patong and Ping Pongs
The Wolfpack had planned to attend the full moon party in Koh Phangan, but when they found out it was a 5 hour bus ride to a 2 hour boat, they decided stick around the area. They traded in an island fiesta for a night out in Patong. They had heard about the infamous Ping Pong shows and lady boys, but wanted to see it first hand. After Liz gave the group a talk about sticking together and what they were to do if attacked by a mafia member, they got decked out in their flare and hit the streets. They found a party tuk tuk that dropped them right at the action, and for only 400 baht! They were immediately bombarded with people, ping pong show offers, iguanas and monkeys. They had decided they would probably skip the ping pong shows, grab some beers, and scout out the area.  Without travel insurance they didn’t want to risk catching a ping pong to the eye. Patong or Bangla Road to be exact, was a bit crazier than Karon beach. Lots of people, music, and bartering going on. The Wolfpack posted up at a country bar, had some drinks and watched the swarming streets with wide eyes. After a few rounds they found there way back to Karon beach where they hit The Terrace Bar for some live music. They were the only patrons that night and after a few rounds Emily stole the show. The band didn’t know the words to all the songs requested, so the Wolfpack offered to fill in for the lead singer. They danced, sang and drank until closing time. They finally stumbled home around 3am and spent the following day lounging at the pool, receiving massages and taking naps. Wolfpack -1 Mafia-0
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Kitty & Santa loved every moment of their adventure with their families. It was the perfect way to reunite after a year apart. After lots of hugs and see you soons the girls packed up their bags and headed to Northern Thailand, next stop…Bangkok & Chiang Mai 
 
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Philippines Part 2 – Island Life

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Kitty and Santa found themselves on the back of motorcycles touring around the island with their local friends, Ramos and Denmar.   They rode through the small villages and became very envious of the simplicity that comes with island life. The guys took Kitty and Santa to an amazing beach and showed them where to get the best fresh coconut drinks right from the tree.

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Ramos and Denmar are cousins and both grew up on the island. They explained to Kitty and Santa that their grandparents moved to the island when tourism was nonexistent and had 11 kids. Each of those kids (including their parents) had around 10 or 11 kids. So literally everyone was related to them. They told Kitty and Santa that they absolutely loved their island life and wouldn’t trade it in for anything. They both own little huts by the beach, they have electricity, a TV and good rum. Their pet roosters win them money in the weekly cockfights and they both participate in the Island’s Dragon Racing. Kitty and Santa were in shock when they heard the guys  made around $5.00  a day through booking tours and that was plenty of money for them. Enough for food, drinks and bills. They said if one day they don’t make enough to eat then they just go to one of their 145 relatives on the island whom conveniently all live in huts surrounding them. Denmar said “I’m not rich, I don’t have a lot, but I am so happy. This island is my family and we take care of each other. We are happy and that makes us rich.”  This really stuck with Kitty and Santa. How amazing to meet people who truly appreciate every aspect of their life without the need of materialistic items. People work their entire lives in hopes to retire to an island like this when in reality it would only cost them $5.00 a day to just do it (give or take). Kitty and Santa want to urge all of you reading this that there is no better time in life than NOW. Money means nothing in the end. Do only what you love. Enjoy the amazing life you were granted, the beautiful places in this world and all the bright souls you might meet along the way…because there are SOO many of them out there. Kitty and Santa were feeling truly happy and blessed. 

When they were done sleeping on the beach they went back to where Ramos had said he would meet them. He was there waiting but it was only him and his motorcycle. Confused Kitty and Santa asked where his cousin was. Ramos told them he had to do something so he would be taking them back. Still confused Kitty and Santa both said “On your motorcycle?” Ramos also looked confused “Yes, lets go.” Santa got on and then Kitty did too. They had become those people they were always laughing at riding 3 deep on a motorcycle. They felt very odd about the situation until they pulled up next to a family of 5 and a baby on 1 motorcycle. Then it wasn’t so bad. (to our mom’s: please know these island roads move VERY slow or Kitty and Santa would have never agreed to get on). They safely arrived back to their beach for sunset.

As they strolled back to their favorite beach bar, Nigi Nigi Nu Noos, Ramos offered to take them out the next day on his boat. He told Kitty and Santa he would take them snorkeling and to a some private islands where he could cook them his famous Philippine BBQ chicken. Sounded like a dream come true, Kitty and Santa kindly accepted the invitation!

Even though Kitty and Santa had been hanging around these guys for the past few days they still took the necessary precautions before heading to sea with their friends. That night at the bar Santa told just about every person she met to remember her face incase they saw her on the news in the days comming. She told them a detailed description of Ramos and Denmar and where exactly they like to hang out and every bit of information they told her. When Santa got home she wrote an email titled “IF I GO MISSING, READ THIS”  and sent it to herself and Kitty just in case. Santa was sure the FBI would check her e-mail if something happened. She also wrote a note and left it on her bed for housekeeping. Its safe to say that Santa and Kitty have watched one too many ‘I survived’ / 48 hour murder mystery shows. They weren’t going to be the girls that go missing on an island without a trace. They left clues hidden EVERYWHERE.

Turns out Denmar, Ramos and  a few of their cousins that joined them were really just amazing people. They didn’t want to harm or kill Kitty and Santa, they just wanted to cook them chicken and ask them questions about their life back in the states. The day at sea couldn’t have been more of an amazing experience thanks to the amazing Filipino hospitality and culture!

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Where we enjoyed lunch and a few bottles of rum :  )

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Saying goodbye to the boat and our friends

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❤ Peace, love & freedom to all of you on this journey we call life. ❤

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” 
― Oprah Winfrey