I recently met with Katie and found out she has a travel blog just like me, used to live in Hawaii, just like I am now, recently lost weight, just like I have, and has Irish ancestry, just like me. Did I literally just find a long lost sister? Don’t get too excited, I’m American meanwhile she’s Australian (in my books that sounds way cooler!). Today she’s been all over the world, meet Katie of The Katie Show Blog where she explains how an ordinary girl like herself can live an extraordinary life.
I’m Katie the creator of The Katie Show Blog, which is a travel blog to share extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people(like me)! I mostly travel solo, but I love all kinds of travel experiences, as well as photography, nature and blogging and I love to share it all with my friends on the Internet.
What made you gain the inspiration to start traveling?
I have always loved to travel and have always had a yearning to see and experience as much as possible. I think it started young with trips that my parents took me on. The love of experiencing new sights, sounds, tastes and smells just never left me.
What made you start a blog?
Originally I started a blog to share fun things to do in Hawaii – the best hikes, beaches and local places to eat. I was around so many people there who complained about living in Hawaii and spent their weekends indoors and I thought ‘maybe they just don’t know where to go and I could help share the things I love’. My blog morphed organically since then and has grown into more of a global travel blog where I share extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people (like me)!
Where have you been so far?
I’ve been around America twice, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland a few times, Estonia, Norway, France, Sri Lanka, Iceland, England, The Maldives, Greece, Morocco, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Finland – I think that’s about it. I’m also a legal resident of three countries at the moment so there’s a lot to keep up with!
A fun experience you’ve had so far while traveling?
There’s always been so many fun experiences that I have had while traveling! The first one that came to mind was on my recent solo trip to Finland for my birthday when I went to a place called Löyly in Helsinki to experience an authentic Finnish sauna and icy cold sea swim! The water was so cold it instantly winded me but it was so much fun to experience the sauna and sea swim with other tourists ticking it off their bucket lists.
What advice do you have for others that are just staring out?
For travel advice, I offer a lot of tips on my blog for specific topics (like saving money for traveling or staying safe as a solo female traveler) but as far as general tips, I think it’s really important to do a little research on the place you are visiting before you go and ask locals for their recommendations on things to do or where to eat when you get there – you get the best tips that way!
Where is the next stop/stops you’re planning to take?
I have a few months of travel booked for a big project I am working on so Malta, Portugal, Paris, Budapest and Greece. I’m also hoping to go home to Australia next year because I have been craving some of my favorite Aussie foods!
What’s been your favorite place to visit so far?
Norway is by far my favorite holiday destination – I would go back there in a heartbeat! I stayed in a little cabin out in the woods for Christmas last year and just had the best time cozying up by the fire and watching the Northern Lights.
How about least favorite place?
I visited a few years ago now but Los Angeles and Miami were super overrated and pretentious in my opinion.
You’ve mentioned you’ve struggled with your weight in the past, what is some advice you have for others who are struggling as well?
I still struggle! I think when you have a food addiction, when food is something you lean on for support, then you can never fully get over it. I believe it’s really important to remember that you don’t need to be a certain weight or size to be beautiful/loved/happy/worthwhile etc. You won’t be beautiful because you get to a certain size – you’re absolutely beautiful now. It’s just a matter of getting you more healthy so you can support those organs pumping away to keep you alive. Every time before you eat be really mindful and honest with yourself. ‘Am I eating because I’m hungry or feeling something else?’, ’Am I treating my body with love or like trash?’, ‘Is this going to take me closer to my goal or further away?’. I hope that having this mindset can help with the emotional side of weight loss for people who struggle with food addictions and that’s exactly why I wrote my book ’Tips From A Former Fat Girl’ to offer tips like this.
Some say it’s easy to gain weight while traveling, what can someone do to avoid that?
Yes, I think it’s definitely easy to gain weight while traveling! I like to walk as much as possible when I am sightseeing to help combat some of the delicious food I am consuming (because you can’t not try the Gelato in Italy or the Fondue in Switzerland right?)
What is a travel mistake you’ve noticed people take and how can they avoid it?
The biggest travel mistake I notice is really just not researching before visiting a new place which usually ends up with the person not understanding cultural differences and having a bad experience while traveling. When I was in Morocco I talked to a few people who were having bad experiences, but they were not at all dressing to the cultural standard there which attracted all the wrong attention. I think it’s really important to read up on a place before you visit, and since you won’t be able to know or remember everything, be open to the experience and learning about the culture while you’re there.
Where is a place do you think everyone should visit?
Where you live. How many times do you hear people talk about how they want to visit so and so but have never explored their own city/town/country? Sometimes we take it for granted and get lured in by the grass being greener (or more fun) on the other side of the world. I think it’s important that we remember to take time to make the most of what’s around us.
What place surprised you the most?
Estonia was a place that surprised me a lot and completely exceeded any expectations I had. I think it’s because I didn’t have many expectations going there – perhaps that’s a way we can enjoy our travels more? Just remaining open to the experience and not expecting too much?
Where can we find you?
I love to connect with other travel lovers! My website it https://www.thekatieshowblog.com and you can find me on social media @katieshowblog.