Feature Friday | Katherine from Kat Is Travelling
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I strongly believe that people who love to travel are the best kind of people. This series will introduce you to some of the amazing women travelers with whom I have been fortune enough to connect. Women travelers who are overcoming adversity and crushing societal norms are a huge source of inspiration for me and I believe their stories will inspire you as well.
Hi! I’m Katherine, creator of Kat Is Travelling. I’m originally from just outside London in the UK, but currently hanging out in Melbourne, Australia for a few months. I traveled abroad on family holidays from an early age to different parts of Europe, then spent my teenage years holidaying in different areas of the UK. I started to travel abroad again when I finished university and had a paying job, which meant I could finally afford it! I usually go to a couple of different places a year with friends and family. At the moment I’m on a year-long trip around Australia, which is my first solo travel experience.
Describe the moment you fell in love with travel in as much detail as possible. Where were you? Who were you with? What did you see, smell, hear? Transport us to that moment.
I have a lot of fond memories from family holidays growing up and for as long as I can remember I’ve loved traveling to new places. There is one particular moment though when we were on a trip to Wales and we climbed Mount Snowdon. I was about 17, wearing inappropriate shoes for climbing and generally just not that into the whole idea of scaling a mountain in the heat. However on our way up there I remember being completely struck by the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Up until that moment I’d never really experienced nature like that and it really stuck with me. To this day my favorite thing to do is climb anything and everything in search of breathtaking views.
Where is your favorite place in the world? What stands out about this place that makes it your favorite?
I love the Scandinavian countries. On a trip to Norway earlier this year we visited Tromso, which holds a special place in my heart. They call it the gateway to the Arctic as it’s where the expeditions to Svalbard depart from. I’ve always been fascinated by remote places so there’s something about knowing that you’re in the Arctic Circle so close to such a wild and largely uninhabited area that is thrilling. The town itself is very quiet, but it has a number of great attractions such as the stunningly modern Arctic Cathedral, and the cable car which runs until 1am in the summer, thanks to the midnight sun. I am also convinced that Tromso must have one of the most scenic airports in the world.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from traveling? How has learning this lesson helped you in your life?
Traveling has definitely made me a much more relaxed person. I used to make sure I had everything completely organized when I was going somewhere. I’d have all of the accommodation and trips booked in advance, so I could just turn up and know exactly what I was doing each day. When you’re on a long trip you just can’t plan every single day. You have to be more flexible. It turns out that this can be a good thing as it allows you to book trips and accommodation based on the recommendations of people you meet along the way, and these always turn out to be the best experiences.
Have you ever traveled solo? If so, what was the best part of the experience? If you haven’t, why not?
I’m traveling solo at the moment for the first time and have discovered a whole load of great things about it. One major perk is that you never have to worry about anyone but yourself, which means that you have more freedom. You can come and go as you like, depending on whether or not you’re enjoying a place.
I think a lot of people imagine that traveling solo is a lonely experience, but it’s not at all. I’ve met so many people on my trip so far that I doubt I would’ve met if I’d traveled with someone else just because you always make more of an effort to speak to people when you’re on your own. Other solo travelers are more likely to approach you as well. Consequently you’re never alone for long! Plus with Facebook and Skype you can so easily share all of your wonderful experiences with your friends and family back at home.
If you could give one piece of advice, about anything, to a large group of people, what would it be?
My advice would be, don’t be scared to go traveling alone. I’ve always loved traveling and knew I wanted to spend a year in Australia, but I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to go on my own. Eventually, I realized if I waited around for someone to decide they wanted to come with me, I might miss the opportunity to go completely. I knew that if that happened, I’d always regret it. Now my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!
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