Hi! I’m Kathleen!

…and I want to turn you from a mere tourist into a bona fide TRAVELER!

First, a bit of background:

I began living as an expat starting in the 3rd grade.

When we moved back to the States, I promptly took off again to be a foreign exchange student.

Since those early days, I’ve logged over 1.3 million air miles–and who knows how many road miles–visiting all parts of the globe, and I recently set foot on my 7th continent with a visit to Antarctica!

In addition to being a travel junkie, I am also a scientist. I’ve spent over twenty-five years tromping through research sites, hunched over test tubes, and glued to data entry systems. In short, I’ve been a professional information collector.

And if all that weren’t enough…I’m also a preparedness geek. Communications systems on the fritz? I’ve got my ham radio license. Someone fall down a cliff and break a leg? I’m a certified Wilderness First Aid Responder. I’m also a SCUBA Stress & Rescue diver and a Citizens Emergency Response Team member—whether in the water or on dry land, I’m ready to lend a hand in an emergency situation.

And now I want to give back in a broader way. I want to be a data disseminator—a teacher. I want to meld my travel experience with my preparedness knowledge and help women travel safely and intelligently.

Skills. Know-how. Preparedness. And mindset. THESE are the tools we’ll pack in our suitcases as we head out to explore this great, wide world. These are the assets we’ll bring to the table, knowing that whatever life throws at us, we can handle it with skill and panache!

How Can You Participate?

Start by checking out a few of the places where I stash travel know-how and kick-ass safety tips:

Then, if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see covered, drop me a line, and I’ll see what we can do.

In the meantime, look around the site, spread the word, and get ready to level-up your travel IQ!