Katie was born in the U.S. but moved to Mexico as a baby where she spent the first 17 years of her life. To this day, her hometown’s biggest call to fame is the local capture of one of the most notorious drug lords in the world. 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 since lived all over the world.
Following 3 years of living in Cuba, Katie decided to pursue her love of languages and obtained a dual B.A. from UT Austin in Chinese and Asian Cultures and Languages. Katie then 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 understands the nuances and difficulties of learning a new language and loves sharing tips and tricks with others.
The challenges of expat life are something else Katie enjoys exploring and sharing with readers as she learns to balance life as a third-culture adult living abroad. A firm believer in staying connected to your roots, even as an expat, Katie makes sure to get involved with U.S. elections and politics and visits the U.S. every year, as well. 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 her readers!
Currently, Katie resides in the U.K. where she works as a 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 Katie is also an aspiring (as of yet) unpublished novelist who enjoys reading, browsing bookstores, and sipping the occasional pint of Guinness at the local pub.