Poland is a country with much to offer on the traveler circuit. A youthful and industrious spirit dominates with lots of music, art and delicious food- plus enough activities to keep you occupied for weeks.
I know this because I spent eight days in Poland- four each in Krakow and Warsaw- and found so much to love that I was completely captivated and genuinely sad to leave.
I was also charmed by the country’s three cat cafes, all featuring stray rescue cats.
As a traveler, I have found Europe to be amongst the best places in the world to visit. All the things we travel for: history, culture and food abound and simply wandering its streets makes one feel so enlightened and positively civilized.
As a budget traveler, however, Europe presents a challenge. Such refinement comes at a cost and makes Europe, especially Western Europe an expensive destination. Eastern Europe and the Baltics offer all of the charm, plus better affordability.
Taiwan has long been a destination for cat lovers, ever since the first cat café, Cat Flower Garden (now called Café Dogs & Cats), opened its doors in Taipei in 1998. Since then, the trend has swept across Japan with the rest of the world recently catching on.
The country has remained a steady presence on the cat café scene with plenty of options to get your kitty fix, from traditional cat cafes to regular cafes with a shop cat, and even cafes that feature adoptable felines.
Southern California is famous for many things- the sunny weather, the ocean, Disneyland, Hollywood to name a few. There are drawbacks as well- earthquakes, traffic and high cost of living among them, but seemingly not enough to reduce the appeal.
So Cal is also home to several well-known cat cafes, and since they feature rescue cats available for adoption, it’s all attraction and zero drawback.
California often sets the trends in the US and so it’s not surprising that the first cat cafe started here. California also leads the way when it comes to animal welfare, but I was surprised to learn that the first cat cafe to open in the US also pioneered the socialization technique used in most rescue and adoption focused cat cafes around the world.
The Neighbor’s Cat visited seven cat cafes in May, 2018. Today, we feature four outstanding locations in and near the Bay area- Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and Napa.
Malaysia occupies a long peninsula just south of Thailand with its capital city Kuala Lumpur somewhere in the middle. KL, as its commonly referred to, is a city filled with skyscrapers and mosques, offering up a memorable combination of history and the future.
But there was one aspect of KL that was especially unforgettable- its amazing cat cafes.
In the lead up to our Six-Asian-Cities-In-Six-Weeks whirlwind cat cafe tour, I was especially looking forward to Singapore.
Known for its glittering skyline, steamy climate and melting pot of citizenry, this wealthy city/country offers so much to see and do that I was worried that Singapore’s cat cafes would have difficulty measuring up.
Hong Kong is one of the most exciting international cities in the world. Despite the energy-sapping heat and humidity, it teems with vitality, from ultramodern Hong Kong Island and its architectural skyline to mysterious Kowloon with its lively neighborhoods and street markets.
Beijing is an exciting travel destination famous for its history, whether they be ancient sites such as The Great Wall and Forbidden City or relatively modern ones like Tiananmen Square. China’s capital is also known for being traditional and a bit mysterious
Taiwan has long been a destination for cat lovers, ever since the first cat café, Cat Flower Garden (now called Café Dogs & Cats), opened its doors in Taipei in 1998. Since then, the trend has swept across Japan
When we started The Neighbor's Cat, our goal was to visit and review every cat cafe on the planet. We wanted to promote 'cat travel' and shine a light on these small businesses making the world a better place for cats and people everywhere!
The Neighbor's Cat has seen a lot of cat cafe logos from around the world. Most are sweet and adorable but a few brands are so hip, so clever, so tattoo-worthy that they have earned a coveted spot on my laptop cover.
Seoul is a vast geographical metropolis and exciting travel destination with much to see and do.
From the pop culture mecca of Gangnam to the shopping hotspot of Myeongdong to the arts and entertainment haven of Hongdae, this fast-paced city guarantees you won't be bored- and that your feet will be tired from trying to see it all.