Katie was born in the US but spent the first 17 years of her life growing up in Mexico. To this day, her hometown’s biggest call to fame is that one of the most notorious drug lords in the world was once captured there. Katie’s first big move overseas happened when she travelled to Cuba to train at the National Ballet School in La Habana. As a life-long expat, Katie has a serious addiction to travel and expat life, and has lived all over the world.
Her love of languages led her to obtain a dual BA from UT Austin in Chinese and Asian Cultures and Languages. After graduating, Katie took her passion for ballet and languages abroad and danced and taught in the Philippines and Singapore. During a year-long stint living in Taiwan, Katie gained experience as a language learner, as well as an ESL teacher. She’s familiar with the ups and downs of learning a new language and loves sharing tips and tricks with others.
The nuances of expat life are something else Katie enjoys exploring and sharing with readers. She learns more every day on how to balance life as a third-culture adult living abroad. A firm believer in staying connected to your roots, even as an expat, Katie visits the USA annually and is even involved in US elections and politics from overseas. Making the transition easier for newbie expats, first-time language learners and travellers (both seasoned and not) is one of Katie’s main goals in her travel writing. Knowledge is power and travel is addictive, and she wants to combine the two for you!
Currently, Katie resides in the UK where she works several side-hustles, including freelance writer, pet-sitter and dog-walker, and small business owner. Katie is also an aspiring (as of yet) unpublished novelist who enjoys reading, browsing bookstores and sipping the occasional pint of Guinness at the local pub.