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. Since I began my professional working life I have made TRAVEL a priority. I have visited at least one new place in the US and one new country every year. I also 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 big Round-The-World Trip re-confirmed my love for it! 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 against ignorance and war. I am a true believer that FEAR develops from the unknown and that fear 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 help you learn a bit more until you can go out there and see it for yourself! I want to educate and inspire you through my stories.
A bit of background…
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. Once 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 abroad. I chose France so that I could become fluent in writing and speaking the language. 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 also gave me many valuable skills in planning, budgeting, organizing, project management, and plan execution amongst others; 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 volunteer and enjoying some safaris in my free time. 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 of the world, but in a different manner. This time I would do it completely on my own (independently), 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 some clothes and personal items, and a small bag with a Gopro, my Canon camera, and my 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.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. Happy Travels!