Welcome! I’m Katie and An Unfamiliar Sky is my personal travel blog. I prefer the window seat and my favourite place to travel in the world is Africa.
I believe every day is an opportunity for an adventure, whether it be wild and far flung, or just taking a simple detour and discovering something new. I write because I love it, and because I hope I might inspire others to discover the opportunities for adventure in their own lives.
I travel extensively for work, but I also spend every spare penny I earn on exploring the world stylishly, affordably and with an open heart and mind. I like to keep as active as possible, and while I may live in the city, deep down I crave wilderness, vistas and fresh air.
An Unfamiliar Sky was shortlisted in the travel category in the 2013 Cosmo Blog Awards. All content is independent, impartial and honest, and is created out of love and never for money.
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What do you do?
By day I work as a technology journalist for CNET and I was recently shortlisted in the category of UK’s best writer in the Words by Women Awards. My work has also appeared on WIRED, Ars Technica and Reuters. I’ve appeared on BBC Radio, CNN and recently chaired a panel on stage at Pioneers Festival in Vienna.
I’ve spent most of my career in online journalism, which has involved lots of writing, podcasting, running massive social media accounts and fiddling about a bit with Photoshop.
By night I eat and drink my way around London and plot adventures tiny and big. In my spare time I love to cook, run, read and ski.
How did you get here?
I took the second star on the right after university and headed straight on till my dream writing job… said no writer ever. I was a boomerang kid and jumped between home and back again for a few years doing some awesome things like working for Reuters in Kenya for a couple of months, travelling around Indonesia, working for Newsround and living in Brussels for six months while I completed a traineeship in the European Parliament.
While it all feels like a huge adventure in retrospect, I learned an awful lot about perseverance, being brave even when I didn’t feel like it and taking calculated risks over those few years. I’m pretty sure it made me a more reflective and conscientious traveller too.
What is your editorial policy?
I fund the majority of my travels myself, but occasionally I’m invited to review travel-related things (accommodation, lounges, restaurants, airlines or sometimes entire regions) by travel companies. If this is the case I will put a disclaimer at the bottom of an article to let you know if I got something for free for the purposes of review.
I’m a journalist by trade and take the responsibilities that come with this seriously. You can be sure that anything I write will be my honest opinion and isn’t being paid for or otherwise influenced by any third party. This blog does not make any money and is an independent entity.
It’s also independent from my work in technology journalism, which is governed by its own editorial policy that I adhere to rigorously.