Monkey Abroad

Videos and stories of the life abroad – food, culture, travel & work

[UPDATE] Monkey Abroad Service Announcement


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 for work

On a cramped bus headed somewhere.

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.

Curtis, after he hurt his knee in Koh Lanta

Curtis, after he hurt his knee in Koh Lanta

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!

With the help of friends from around the world, I can produce these videos

Without Curtis, I’ll need the help of friends from around the world to make these videos.

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.

A fan recognized us in Siem Reap!

A fan recognized us in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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.

This is my office.

This is my office.

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.

Monkeying around in Phnom Penh

Monkeying around in Phnom Penh

Right now…

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.

Always keepin' it real

Always keepin’ it real

Author: Kevin Cook

I want to inspire you to pursue your own dream of traveling and/or living overseas!


  1. Thanks for this personal insight about what goes into making and maintaining this adventure. So cool!

  2. Aww Bee, great post. I know it’s hard you lost your BFF. I loved Curtis, however, I’m more excited that viewers will see more of my bro in the coming videos. I’m so proud of your hard work and can’t wait to see what’s next!! ❤️

  3. Hello there! I love watching the videos. I’m actually from Thailand “bpou” meaning crab in Thai/Laos. But I love that you guys eat everything! Not sure if I’ll be that adventurous to try crazy foods, but love that you guys do. Thanks for the videos. Looking for more! Bpou.

  4. Have fun….but not too much!!

  5. As always kevin we appreciate what you are doing for us!! we who can’t travel are having a good time watching you eat weird food, drink good beer, and be crazy funny. be safe and have fun.

  6. I really enjoy reading the updates. I love traveling and your videos keep me inspired not to sit still. Keep it up. Cant’ wait to see the new destinations.

  7. Beachy Bar and Restaurant at Ocheurteal beach is waiting for you!! Bro!!

  8. So Long Curtis. Your students are very fortunate to have you for their teacher. Kevin, it has been a joy and privileged to watch you mature and enjoy life the way in which your MeMaw did. We look forward to all of your new adventures and as always, please stay safe!

  9. Love your videos and blogs – super entertaining and great fun! Above all else, the bigger message is about tolerance, open mindedness and a genuine enthusiasm to explore life beyond the comforts of home. In the US, it feels like we’re a bit short sighted and become easily stagnated in our routines and lives. But you are embarking on a movement that is definitely going to inspire many others to lift the veil and go into the unknown. You’re awesome, keep up the excellent work!

    • Michelle,

      Thanks for such kind words! Great to hear that you enjoy the videos and content. Any plans to travel in the future?

      • Alas, I have two kids: a 6 year old, and a 1 1/2 year old- love them to pieces but that makes traveling quite challenging! We braved it and took them to Thailand (my mom is Thai) and just returned a month ago. It was truly an adventure:) My oldest daughter returned with a new sense of appreciation for her home, school and life- we are afforded so many privileges in the US and she was able to put that in perspective. When my youngest is a bit older, we definitely plan on traveling more. In lieu of that, I’ll live vicariously through your videos and blog! Have you considered writing professionally for a travel publication? Your writing is fantastic 🙂

  10. what is the name of ur utube channel?also monkeyabroad?

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