Hello! I’m Katie, a journalist and Scottish expat based in New York City, and the blogger behind Stories My Suitcase Could Tell.
I’m a twenty-something Scottish islander with a life-long love of telling stories. On the blog, these stories are about travel, and all it entails: the landscapes I love, the food I eat, the cultures I encounter, and the people I meet. I also have a special fondness for overlooked destinations (I grew up in one, after all), and frequently share my experiences as an expat Scot in the USA.
For most of my life, I lived in the beautiful Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I left to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews, and got a taste for expat life while on a year abroad, studying at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
After graduation I moved to China, which was quite literally a life-changing experience for me: I started blogging, learned to appreciate food in all its forms, and met the man who would become my husband. (Seriously, you never know where travel will take you!)
Now, I’m living in New York City, where I work as a freelance journalist and blog about travel, whether near or far. You’ll most likely find me in my local coffee shop with a latte, a notebook, and a (large) slice of cake in front of me.
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 everything from book recommendations and advice on where to eat, to expat confessions, reviews of boutique hotels, and travel narratives from Kenyan safaris. Embrace your curiosity, and you never know what might happen.
Since venturing to Turkey on a family holiday at the age of 12, I’ve visited 18 countries across four continents, and lived in three of them. 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 busy writing or 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, 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 been lucky to hear amazing women like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Elizabeth Gilbert give inspiring talks on random weeknights after dinner, 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).