Sorry, folks, but there’ll be no new video this week. Have no fear, though… Next week, Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day will be uploaded and ready for your viewing pleasure! In the meantime, here’s a brief update on the goings-on of the Monkey Abroad crew:
Curtis went back to China 🙁
Curtis Good—the ultimate cameraman/hype-man/best friend of the Monkey Abroad operation— returned to China this week to start a new job teaching at an international high school. That means I’m all by myself for the rest of this adventure.
It’ll be more challenging—and a lot less humorous—without Curtis’ help, but it won’t be impossible. I filmed both the Chiang Mai video and the Taipei video by myself while Curtis was in China getting his work visa, so I can carry out my 20-dollar mission as a lone wolf. But there will definitely be an element missing in the videos without Curtis’ charm. I’ll miss you, bruv!
So much love from fans
The comments and personal messages I receive (on our Facebook page and YouTube channel) have been AMAZING. It’s nearly impossible to respond to all the personal messages, let alone the comments on all the videos—sorry if I still haven’t gotten back to you if you’re one of the folks who’ve sent a personal message this week! I’m trying!
In the last month, the Monkey Abroad Facebook page went from 9,000 likes to more than 44,000 likes
It’s been a real fun time reading all these messages. Some just want to say hello, some want to meet up, some send encouragement and love, and a surprising number even offer themselves to be Curtis’ or my boyfriend/girlfriend. Needless to say, one of the best parts about uploading videos is reading all the comments and personal messages that come as a result.
Getting recognized in public
As a result of this growth on Facebook, it’s been INSANE how many people have recognized us from the videos. Some people even bought us drinks and invited us to hang out with their friends for the evening. A huge outpour of support from new fans has been really encouraging in continuing to produce these videos, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has commented, left a message, or personally recognized us and shown us love.
Do you really live on 20 dollars a day?
No, I don’t. In fact, on many days, I go over the budget. The point of this Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day series isn’t to realistically chronicle a lifestyle of living with only 20 bucks a day. This series is for newbie travelers who’ve never visited these cities to help them determine whether they are getting a fair price on meals, transportation, and accommodation. More importantly, it’s to encourage travelers to try local foods and not always settle for the continental breakfast offered at their hotel/hostel.
I’m on a bus headed to Sihanoukville, dripping sweat on my keyboard as I type up this blog post. It sucks that Curtis isn’t with me, but I know that after I get back into the groove of filming these videos by myself, it’ll be all good.
To finish this post, I just want to say thank you to YOU, the person reading this, the person who chooses from billions of other things on the internet to watch and read my content. It’s because of YOU that I create and will continue to create. Thanks for joining me on this adventure. Until next week, monkeys.