About this traveler
I am extremely passionate and ambitious about world travel. I love discovering new places, immersing myself in new cultures, meeting new people, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Every year since I began my professional working life I have made it a priority to travel. I have visited at least one new place in the US and one new country every year. I recently traveled through twenty four countries in twenty four months and documented my most memorable experiences on this website www.cataintheworld.com. I always knew that I was passionate about travel but this last trip confirmed for me that this is my true calling. And now more than ever, I want to continue to see the world and share my experiences with everyone. I find travel to be one of the most powerful weapons to fight ignorance and war. I am a true believer that FEAR develops from the unknown and is the biggest feeder of injustice. We tend to judge what we don’t know so we must continuously educate ourselves and work hard to eradicate all harmful prejudices. We need to go out there and learn from other people, other cultures, explore new landscapes, experience cities and towns, and try to understand our world better. I want to be the eyes and the ears for anyone that dreams of going out there. I want to write stories of each place visited and transport readers to new environments through my writing and my photos.
My love for travel was triggered when I moved to the US at the age of 13. Learning a new language, a new culture, and discovering a new way of life was extremely enriching in many ways. When I thought I had become proficient in English, I began to study French. After graduating from college I decided to pursue my goal of living and working in another country. I chose France so that I could become fluent in writing and speaking French. I was very successful in my endeavor and am proud to say that I am trilingual. Upon my return to the US I began a career in International Logistics; which allowed me to save enough money to continue to travel every year. A career in Logistics has also given many valuable skills in planning, budgeting, organizing, forming teams, project management, and executing plans; which have made me a better traveler. A few years into my career I decided to take a break to travel to Africa. I spent six weeks visiting various places in Kenya and Tanzania volunteering as an HIV prevention teacher and enjoying some safaris. I returned to the US to continue to work, but always finding time to travel and inspire others through my photos and stories. By the time I had traveled to 22 countries, I decided that it was time to see more but in a different manner. This time I would do it completely on my own, without following a specific itinerary, and for a long period of time. I decided to quit my job, rent my place, sell my car, put my belongings in storage, and go travel around the world. All I took with me was a 46-liter backpack with a few clothes and personal items, and a small bag with a Gopro, a Canon, and a laptop to document it all. I traveled to 24 new countries in 24 months. It was the most incredible and rewarding experience of my life.
I am a free spirit, a constant learner of life, an adventurer, and an explorer with a huge heart for our world. I want to continue in this awesome journey of discovery… to learn, to experience, to document, and to bring inspiration to ALL.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to inspire you and for taking the time to visit my site.