Hello and thank you for visiting ‘Travel With Kat’
I hope you will stay a while, enjoy my photographs and read about some of my adventures. My name is Kathryn Burrington and I was born and still live in West Sussex on the south coast of England. Travel With Kat is my personal blog, where I share my passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines.
Having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, I now work freelance as a travel photographer, blogger and tour guide (hosting guided walks in the South Downs in West Sussex). You can find out more about Sussex on the blog I run with a friend, Sussex Bloggers.
Work with me
From photography assignments to press trips, social media consultancy to image enhancement, please contact me with your enquiry or to ask for a quote at email@example.com.
After working with Kathryn on several travel campaigns, I’d highly recommend her to other agencies, brands and travel destinations. Her articles are always well written and informative, her photography is beautiful and she’s always happy to promote content across her social channels. Collaborating with her is an absolute pleasure!
Destination Canada has worked with “TravelwithKat” on 3 Canada based Influencer projects over the past 3 years. She has always been an enthusiastic traveller and has worked professionally and efficiently on the projects to deliver great quality content. We’d always be happy to consider working with her again in the future.
Growing up with dyslexia
After struggling to learn to read and write in school, consistently scoring a big round zero in every spelling test I ever took, I surprised everyone (including myself) when I graduated with a Joint Honours Degree in Zoology and Psychology from Bristol University (where I also studied Botany). I later went back to college as a mature student to study graphic design and photography (two very handy skills for a blogger to have). This led me to work in the travel industry. Somewhere along the line, my spelling improved but if you spot a mistake, please do let me know.
I have loved photography ever since I was given my first camera at the age of ten and enjoy photographing a wide range of subjects including wildlife, architecture and food. I have visited many interesting places on photographic assignments including France, Italy, Cape Verde, Senegal and The Gambia. My travel photography has appeared in many national and international publications including Lonely Planet, The Independent on Sunday, Hello, Marie Claire and iO Donna and in holiday brochures and websites for The Gambia Experience, Goa Experience, Cape Verde Experience, Corsican Places and Sardinian Places amongst others.
You can see some of my work as a travel photographer here.
Many of my images are available to purchase through the stock image library, Alamy.
My travel blogging journey
I started Travel With Kat in September 2011, sharing my passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines. What began as a hobby soon became an addiction. My blogging journey has since taken me around the world, introducing me to wonderful new experiences and I have met many fascinating and inspiring people along the way.
One unexpected reward from blogging is when someone lets you know that they followed your advice and found it useful… “You were so right about the 4 euro pasta joint and Il Gelato near Spanish Steps in Rome. Loved them both, thanks for the tip!” Lori Brown on Twitter.
In addition to this blog, I am also the founder and editor of the luxury travel blog, Boutique Travel Blog. I have also recently started a third blog, Sussex Bloggers, with my great friend and fellow travel blogger Suzanne Jones, about the counties of East and West Sussex on the south coast of England. I designed all three blogs using WordPress and the theme ‘Divi’ by Elegant Themes (this is an affiliate link by the way).
Sustainable tourism, animal and human rights
I am passionate about animal and human rights and sustainable tourism. I am an active supporter of PLAN International, ActionAid, Amnesty International, Fairtrade Foundation and the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). Having spent a week with the WCA learning about their work, I qualified as a responsible whale watching guide and became a WCA partner in August 2018. Read my Responsible Tourism and Sustainability Policy.
In 2008, I was honoured to win the AITO Responsible Tourism Award for my work with health and education projects in The Gambia. This award is normally given to companies and I am the only individual to have received this award to date.
In 2017, I was delighted to be a finalist in the British Annual Canada Travel Awards for my article, The wildlife of Clayoquot Sound, and one of six bloggers who together were the runners-up in the Caribbean Tourism Organization Travel Media Awards 2017, Best Social Media Campaign #MyStKitts.
In November 2017, I won the British Guild of Travel Writers Award for Excellence in Blogging, an accolade that I will always treasure. I was also a finalist in 2018.