Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will stay a while, enjoy my photographs and read about some of my adventures.
Who writes the blog Travel With Kat?
My name is Kathryn Burrington and I was born and still live in West Sussex on the south coast of England. 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. I currently work part-time as a Content and Social Media Executive for Serenity Holidays Ltd as well as working freelance and blogging here at Travel With Kat. Somewhere along the line, my spelling improved.
I do still make mistakes but I now use a professional proofreader, Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org who I can highly recommend.
If you would like to contact me, please visit my contact page, don’t email Sara!
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 photographs have been published in numerous magazines, national newspapers and holiday brochures and have been exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society, Bath.
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.