Meet Karate Pony & Cat Monkey

Karate Pony and Cat Monkey are our travel mascots. Karate Pony was adopted from London and Cat Monkey from Vietnam.

How did we come up with the names? Well, Karate Pony was easy, she is obviously a pony and, being my first travel mascot, the blog name had to be part of the mascot’s name.  Mix Karate and Caviar and pony (leave out the caviar, she doesn’t like it much..) and you get ‘Karate Pony’ :) Well, and obviously she has a black belt in Karate, duh..

With regards to Cat Monkey, he (yes, pink and male can go together!) was born in Vietnam in the year of the monkey. And I think he’s  supposed to be a cat.. We were debating which animal he resembles most but I think cat comes closest. There we go, Cat Monkey it was!

Travel Mascot’s Pictures

Karate Pony joined our trip through the Americas for 5 months starting in the US, then Canada and then slowly making our way down via Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia. Cat Monkey joined us in Vietnam (I think in Vung Tau) and then happily travelled along through the rest of Vietnam, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan.

Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru

As I have already mentioned several times, Peru is one of my favourite places in the world. I studied there for my semester abroad and immediately fell in love with the people, the food and Peru’s amazing nature. Karate Pony’s favourite place was Cusco and the city’s surrounding Inca ruins. She was also thrilled by visiting Machu Picchu!

Travel Mascot Cusco


Travel Mascot Peru and Cusco

Travel Mascot Peru

Turns out Karate Pony loves Cusquena… keeps her quiet :)

Travel Mascot drinking beer


Hue, Vietnam

Hue is an amazing city and should be part of any trip along Vietnam’s coast. It’s a former emperor city and there are ruins all over the city. Definitely worth a visit!

Travel Mascot Hue

Travel Mascot Hue


Hanoi, Vietnam 

Though I’m quite biased to prefer South Vietnam I really had an amazing time in Hanoi. It’s quite a hipster city with lots of quaint coffee shops. So for some of the days I took my kindle and Cat Monkey and we ventured out to explore the city’s best coffee shops. Have you tried Vietnamese Iced Coffee (cà phê đá)? If not, you have to!

Travel Mascot Hanoi Coffee Shop Travel Mascot Hanoi

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a must if you spend some time in Hanoi. The islands are really stunning though they have turned quite touristy over the last few years. Nevertheless, it’s worth to go on a day trip (or a couple of days) to explore them.

Travel Mascot Halong Bay

Travel Mascot Halong Bay


Once Karate Pony and Cat Monkey have made up their minds and choose more  photos, I’ll add them here. And by the way, Cat Monkey already has his own post here.




  1. November 6, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Such adorable travel mascots! The names are very creative. They look like great travel companions that anyone would want to go on an adventure with.

  2. Jenn JG
    November 6, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Looks like these two are having fun out and about with all the cute pictures! My daughter loves those little ponies too!

  3. November 6, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Look at them so happy to be taken everywhere around the world! They make up for really cool and original pictures!

  4. November 6, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    That’s a really interesting way to add continuity and a “narrative” to your blog posts. It’s also super fun and cute.

  5. November 6, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Isn’t Karate Pony really Karate Unicorn?!?!? Lol! Either way it looks like they’re having a great time! I’m actually desperate to get to Peru! One day soon….

    • Karateandcaviar
      November 6, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Hahaha, I guess it’s actually a unicorn :)

  6. November 6, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    These are too cute! I love taking friends along for photos. We’ll probably bring a friend when we head back to Disney. Love your pictures!

  7. November 6, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Okay those mascots are adorable! We have a similar twilight sparkle in our house! Your pictures are beautiful.

  8. November 6, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I absolutely love that you have travel mascots that is so cool and the photos with them in are fab what lovely memories.

  9. November 7, 2017 / 2:10 am

    Awe, I love the idea of travel mascots! This is something that my daughter would love to do. I’ve got to share this with her.

  10. Claudia Krusch
    November 7, 2017 / 2:54 am

    Your travel mascots are so cute. I would love to go on a trip like this. I have always wanted to travel to Vietnam.

  11. November 7, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Cute travel mascots! That unicorn plushie looks so lovely! Enjoy and savor the moment!

  12. November 7, 2017 / 5:51 am

    haha! how cute are those two! i used to do this with my ‘froggie’ and u made me think to do it again next time i travel

    • Karateandcaviar
      November 7, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      You should! It’s so much fun :)

  13. November 7, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Look this is cute how they are traveling everywhere. I love the travel mascot idea.

  14. Jessica Taylor
    November 7, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    This is such a cute and creative post! I love how they are traveling everywhere with you!

  15. November 8, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Oh my god this is too freaking cute I love the travel mascots and how they have traveled to Vietnam among other exciting vistas. And how beautiful and colourful are they as well? x

  16. Blair villanueva
    November 8, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Lovely meeting your two mascots! They make your journey awesome and fun with them.
    Do you know that there is a travel agency for stuff toys in Japan? Check it out and you will be inspired to their advocacy.

  17. November 8, 2017 / 4:29 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful and the mascots are so cute. I would love to visit both places. Thanks for sharing.

  18. November 8, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Awww…they’re both so cute. We only have our G and D initials when we travel. I think you gave me an idea right now to find our stuff toy buddy. :D

    -Gerome of G&D Blog

  19. November 8, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Looks like a wonderful time was had during your stay. I love visiting different places and getting to know their cultures.

  20. November 8, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    This is such a cute idea to have a travel mascot while travelling. They’re so cute! I really like the photos of all the places you’ve been. They’re awesome!

  21. November 8, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    This was so cute! I really love the idea of mascots for traveling.

  22. November 10, 2017 / 3:27 am

    Hahaha I love the pictures, how creative :) So cute

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