I’m Katie, a journalist and Scottish expat based in New York City, and the blogger behind Stories My Suitcase Could Tell.
I’ve always adored storytelling, and have been writing in one form or another since I was eight years old. On this blog, these stories are about travel, and all it entails: landscapes, food, culture, and the people I meet along the way.
Since visiting Turkey on a family holiday at the age of 12, I’ve travelled to 19 countries across four continents, and lived in three of them. Along the way I’ve studied politics in Philadelphia, been evacuated from Kenya, taught English in China, been proposed to in Japan, climbed a pyramid in Mexico, and reported from a fashion show in New York City.
Whether on the road or at home, I’m always writing. My work has been published in the likes of Roads and Kingdoms, Edible Queens, Buzzfeed, and BBC.com, and Stories My Suitcase Could Tell has been featured in Cosmopolitan, National Geographic Traveller, and Wanderlust Magazine, among others. (You’ll find more journalism clips over on my portfolio, or Contently profile.)
I grew up in Scotland’s beautiful Outer Hebrides, and at the end of 2014 I moved to New York City with my husband (who you’ll see on here from time to time as “Mr. Stories My Suitcase Could Tell!”). From the city that never sleeps, I work as a freelance writer covering everything from food to fashion, and blog about travel, whether near or far.
If you’re looking for me, you’re most likely to find me in my local coffee shop with a latte, a notebook, and a (large) slice of cake!
So what is this blog all about?
Stories My Suitcase Could Tell is an award-winning travel blog that inspires you to explore the world, at home and abroad.
I believe there are all sorts of ways to explore the world. You can explore the world with a one-way ticket to South East Asia, or spend a long weekend in the town next door. You can explore the world through the pages of a book, or the flavours on the table at a new restaurant in your own neighbourhood.
This means that on Stories My Suitcase Could Tell you’ll find stories that inspire on both local and international travel, stories on everything from book reviews and advice on where to eat, to expat confessions and personal travel narratives.
Hopefully through Stories My Suitcase Could Tell you’ll be inspired to see the world too, whether it’s the next town – or another continent!
When I’m not blogging, you’re likely to catch me…
Travelling, of course!
I may not be a full-time traveller, but I whole-heartedly believe in making travel a priority in life – whether it’s dinner in a new neighbourhood, a weekend away, or a far-flung adventure on another continent.
Geeking out over the latest political news.
I’ve got an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and I’m an unabashed news junkie who likes to have the news on as background noise in case I miss anything important.
Getting stuck into a good book.
I’ve been known to read a book in a day, and living in New York is wonderful for a bookworm: I’ve heard amazing writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, and Elizabeth Gilbert give inspiring talks on their work, and I never run out of bookshops to browse in.
Trying to find the best food in NYC…
…with my husband, a self-confessed foodie who claims he will eat anything (some of our favourites so far: Buvette, the Burger Joint, and anything from the Chinese food stalls in Flushing, Queens).