HEY! I’M KATIE.

Me standing at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

I’m a freelance writer, outdoors-obsessed traveler, full-time daydreamer and enthusiastic eater of all things pie. For now, I’m living on the edge of Patagonia in Puerto Varas, Chile, splitting my time between freelancing and teaching English.

And my blog name? Well, my spirit animal’s a hummingbird. Unless I’m reading a book, sitting still isn’t really my thing — and neither is staying in one place!

I grew up moving around the United States every couple of years and landed in North Carolina for college. That’s where my love for travel became a full-fledged obsession. After a semester studying sustainable development in Costa Rica and three trips to India to work with a public health and women’s empowerment-oriented nonprofit, I graduated with one main goal: to live and work abroad.

And so I have! I spent a year in Thailand teaching English in a small town and another year working hospitality around Australia. In between my stints working abroad and traveling, I’ve made my adopted home base in a tiny North Carolina town, where I usually spend my summers…and flee in the winter. Cold weather: also not my thing.

Which brings me to Chile, where it seems like my years of successful sun-chasing might be reaching their end — at least for a little while! I originally planned to move to a warmer city down here, but my partner’s job brought me just a liiiittle further south. For now, I’m actually pretty psyched to trade out my usual sun and salt for lakes and volcanoes. Hey, maybe I’ll even finally learn to ski!

ABOUT HUMMINGBIRD AWAY

Living in Thailand

Living abroad in Australia

Living abroad in Chile

I started Hummingbird Away when I first moved to Melbourne to document my year in Australia. Now, I’m building up more resources about working and living abroad, from teaching English in Thailand and traveling in Australia on a working holiday visa to my more recent move to Chile.

And of course, you’ll find lots of stories and guides from all of my travels in between!

Brand new to the blog? Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Before You Go: Ten Tips for Moving to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa
What to See in Three Days on the Great Ocean Road
Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways: A DIY Street Art Walking Tour
The Backpacker’s Guide to Australia’s Gibb River Road
China Vibes: Five Ways to Soak Up Penang’s Chinese Heritage

But hey, enough about me! I’d love to get to know you. Feel free to shoot me an email at hummingbirdawayblog@gmail.com — or you can come on over and say hey on Facebook, leave me a comment on Insta or catch me on Twitter.

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