Welcome to my blog! My name’s Cat McGloin and I’m a travel blogger, freelance writer, content manager and an obsessive travel planner. If you want to know more about me or how I first got into travel writing, then head over to the ‘About me’ page.
This blog is about sharing my travel stories, the places I’d recommend (and those I wouldn’t) the lessons I’ve learnt (and re-learnt) and the truth about what it’s like to juggle travel, a career and relationships. Even though work means I don’t get to leave the country for months on end (as I did when I packed up for 18 months in my early 20s) I try to get away somewhere new at least once a month – be it to New York, or just down to the Lake District for a long weekend. I blog mainly about the food, architecture, landscapes, people and cultures I encounter on each trip.
‘Travel’ doesn’t mean counting the distance
When it comes to travel I’m a great believer that you don’t have to go to the other side of the world to experience something new. It shouldn’t be about racking up the air miles, but about really getting to know a place, and this can be done just as easily in Bristol as it can on some exotic beach in Bora Bora. Appreciating subtle differences in culture and landscape means you get much more out of the every day – I could spend an entire day wondering the aisles of a supermarket in new town – and it makes travel so much more rewarding. From eating new food, to walking a different route to work in the morning, it’s about seeing the familiar through new eyes and the unfamiliar with open ones. You’ll always be surprised by what you find right on your doorstep!
Go slow and bin the bucket-list
Admittedly this one never comes easy. I usually get to a destination and want to see and do everything at once. FOMO is pretty much a daily occurrence over here. But since my adventures began in earnest back in 2012, I’ve learnt that slow travel really is the best way to see the world. Take the time to sit in a café people watching, get ‘off the beaten path’ (even though I hate this phrase) or try learning a new skill somewhere, like how to cook Vietnamese pho bo. By not rushing through a place with a checklist of tourist attractions to look up, you’ll see other, perhaps more meaningful sights that not everyone is privileged enough to witness. These are what most of my blog posts focus on, although I also think that there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little tourist tack from time to time – who doesn’t love the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower?
Travel should be about adventure. I love being active and keeping fit when I’m away, from mountain climbing to scuba diving, and I’m always keen to try something that might test me physically. But there’s plenty about travelling that stretches you emotionally as well; being new in a hostel, arguments with travel buddies, missing home. I’ve found myself in all of these situations, but I’ve learnt that the sense of accomplishment on the other side is worth the struggle to get through it. I talk quite openly about my experiences and the lessons learnt in my blog posts. Keep watching, as I should have even more material with this year’s adventures starting to line up.
So, now you know a little bit about this blog and the way I see travel. Hopefully this encourages you to read on and find inspiration in my stories, and if not, then perhaps you can enjoy seeing this small corner through my eyes.