Hey There and Welcome to this Travel Blog!! I’m Katharina. I’m an architect by day and the author of A Life Beautifully Travelled by night. I am also a Travel Fanatic, who finds it difficult to stay in one place at a time. To learn more about what this blog is all about, head over to the About page – or keep reading to find out more about the girl behind the blog…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF A LIFE BEAUTIFULLY TRAVELLED
Originally from Germany, I’m currently based in the North-east of London, but I never stay in one place for very long.
Since early childhood, I have lived in a whole range of countries. I was born in Munich, grew up in Paris where I was educated in an International School, studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and am currently re-discovering my family roots in London.
I am Trilingual (fluent in English, French and German) and have a basic understanding of Spanish.
My family is truly unique! My Dad was born in London, grew up in Devon and then decided to move to Frankfurt. My Mum is German, but fancies herself French and has lived in Paris for more than 20 years. My Stepdad is a proud Scott and slightly reluctant expat living in France.
Two years ago my boyfriend, Gary, and I moved to London, in the pursuit of a more fulfilling and exciting life and matching careers. We live in a small flat with a Garden in North East London, with a very large aquarium and my five Goldfish (Blacky, Little Lemon, Big Red, Clementine and Jaffa). On Weekends we head out into the countryside and explore the local areas that surround London. Most of our spare money and time is spent on travelling. We couldn’t live without it!
In fact I have travelled the world as far as I can remember. Whilst my Dad frequently whisked us off on wild Adventures in far-flung places (such as Africa, the Canary Islands, the Caribbean Islands and Egypt), my Mum and Stepdad spoilt us with more Cultural Trips in England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and France. These Childhood Vacations played a big part in forming the person that I am today.
Whilst Holidays with my Mum and Stepdad developed a keen sense for Architecture and an Interest in Culture and History, travelling with my Dad pried my mind wide open to this very diverse World. Not only did Traveling make me the person I am today, these Memories of Travels past are also the most cherished moments of my entire Life.
My mission is to do more than travel the world; I want to really get to know it. The main theme behind my blog and my travel ethics is deeper, more intelligent travel (you can read more about what I mean by that here). My travel styles vary from trip to trip, but the hunt for a good story is always the same. I love to travel and explore, to get lost and discover hidden gems, to chat to locals about their culture, and – most of all – to discover a place through its food.
WHY I BLOG… MY STORY
But, as I grew older, things went down another track – as they often do. I discovered a second passion, Architecture and threw myself into seven long and hard years of study. I travelled, but not as much. I simply didn’t have the time. I briefly considered taking a year off to travel the world, before starting my career, but quickly dismissed this plan. The economy had crashed and it just didn’t seem like the right time.
I love writing about travel almost as much as I like travelling itself. I love putting my thoughts into words and I have grown addicted to social media.
When I was a young girl, I dreamt of a job that would allow me to travel the world. I was always a keen writer and a complete bookworm. I also attempted to create a website on multiple occasions.
Still keen to discover new places, my boyfriend and I started travelling around the UK. We made the most of each weekend, either exploring London or countryside’s further afield. England has a lot to offer for the keen traveller and we still haven’t discovered everything there is to see.
At the end of 2014, the architectural project I was working on was put on hold. I found myself without a creative outlet and decided to start a blog. The little experiment paid off! It’s been almost two years since I started blogging, and the journey has been a long one. Over the years I’ve gathered a surprisingly large following; learnt a huge amount about blogging, SEO, marketing and who knows what else; grown in self-confidence and as a writer; made new friends; and – most importantly – travelled as much as I could. It’s been one hell of a journey, but I’m grateful for every single second – even the mishaps, of which there have been hundreds – and I hope that above all else, my blog shows other people in my position that it is so important to believe in yourself.
If there’s something you want to do, whether it’s travel the world, make it in your dream career, or anything else: it all starts with you. If I’d never taken those first scary steps – I wouldn’t be where I am today. Whilst I’m not in the big leagues yet, I can proudly say that I’m now a pretty successful travel blogger – and I hope that this blog shows other people that it’s never too late to achieve your dreams. The only thing holding you back is you.