#TOTD: fromshorestoskylines

Katie Lutz

Hey Friends!

Happy Sunday! I hope you guys had a great weekend so far. For me it was another busy one. Appointments, reviews and working hard on my new articles. From tomorrow on the website will be relaunched and exciting stuff are coming up….Later today I will post a special post about this !
But for now, first another #TOTD. I chose this travellady because she has an inspiring IG account and also has her own blog where she posts cool stuff! Next to being a cool traveler her articles are written from a biologist perspective which creates very interesting content that is entertaining and informative at the same time! Definitely worth checking out!Short message from the #TOTD: Hi! I’m Katie, 31, from the United States. I run the travel blog From Shores to Skylines (http://www.fromshorestoskylines.com), where I write about all of my adventures traveling the globe, with a focus on responsible tourism. I’m a biologist by day, and a travel blogger by night.

1. Where did you go for your first travel experience/holiday?
I’ve been traveling all over my home country for as long as I can remember, but my first international experience was in Mexico in 2001. While I stayed in Cancun, which is incredibly touristy and not very “international”, one night I ventured downtown.
It was there I saw a small glimpse of Mexican culture, and it really opened my eyes to another world. I know it’s odd that someone got hooked on travel and culture in Cancun of all places… but that’s the story of my travel infection.

2.  Which 5 items do you always bring on your travels?
I am a huge fan of packing as light as possible when traveling – it’s incredibly liberating. My 5 must have essentials (besides the obvious passport and iPhone):
1. A sarong – it doubles as a towel, beach blanket, cover up and a sweater for those cold buses
2. Liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s peppermint) – I use this as a toothpaste, laundry detergent and shower gel.
3. A notebook. As a part-time traveler, I don’t get enough time to travel, so I leave the laptop at home. I use the notebook to jot down my ideas and thoughts. I find it therapeutic to write with pen and paper every now and then.
4. A pair of comfortable, lightweight, breathable shoes – no matter how ugly they are (I’m looking at you, Tevas!).
5.A good book to read on the flights, trains, beaches, etc. I always find a used book store to trade it in for a new book wherever I’m at.
Everything else you can pick up along the way!

  1.  Where are you now and where will you go for your next trip?Schermafbeelding 2014-09-21 om 16.22.38
    Right now I’m in the US, getting ready for my next adventure – back to Mexico, where it all began! We’re getting out of Cancun as quickly as I can this time, and taking a road-trip across the Yucatan Peninsula through islands, Mayan ruins, fabulous beaches and cenotes (a natural sinkhole). I can’t wait to eat my weight in ceviche and guacamole!

4.  What is your dream destination and why?
I’d really love to make my way to Egypt one day. Not only does it have the pyramids, which are pretty much on everyone’s bucket list, but it has the Nile River, beautiful desert landscapes, and the Red Sea as well. As an avid scuba diver, the Red Sea is one of the top spots for diving.

5.  What is your favorite travel picture that you took and why/what is the story behind it? From Shores to SkylinesPhotography is one of my favorite passions, so this is a really tough question for me! I’ve chosen a picture of one of a family of elephants I met last year during my stay at Boon Lott’s Elephant sanctuary (BLES) in Thailand. Wasana, Pang Dow and Lotus, are affectionately called the Gossip Girls, and are inseparable. I wanted to share this particular photo because she has so much happiness in her face, and BLES embodies what I’m all about – responsible tourism at it’s best!

6. If you could take 3 celeb travel buddies on your next trip, who would they be and why?
I would love to travel with Emma Stone, I think our personalities are pretty similar (the ability to handle and dish out sarcasm, particularly), and we would have a blast! To be completely honest, I don’t follow a lot of pop culture, so I’m gonna go old school on a few. I would love to have had the opportunity to travel with Charles Darwin, especially during his work on the Galapagos Islands. I know, I’m a total nerd, but I’m a biologist and the man basically discovered evolution.
I’d also love to travel with John Muir, who started the NationalParks System in the US. He was a revolutionary and an activist, and I’m so thankful for the work he did, particularly in California, on trails I’ve actually hiked.

7.  Are you a backpacker or a flash packer? And what was the best backpack/flashback accommodation where you have ever stayed?

If I had to pick between those two, I’d pick flashpacker. I’ve outgrown backpacking in the traditional sense, and no longer stay at dorm-style hostels. Although, I do only travel with one backpack – does that count?
I prefer to stay in affordable accommodations that are typically small and family run, with a little luxury thrown in there every now and then. I love a really good mix of city, beaches, nature and culture when I travel. imgresOne of my favorites was a homestay in Bangkok.
It was in a quieter, residential area a few blocks from the Chao Praya River.
I got a real taste of what living in Bangkok
is really like and I fell head over heels for the city.

For more information about Katie check out her website: click or her IG account: click!

Wow, loved her #TOTD so much. It is so interesting to see how different people are and how everyone has their own fave destinations, travel memories and tips and tricks. I love to learn from you guys and I am happy that I have a platform that makes it possible to share YOUR stories !

Love you,


One thought on “#TOTD: fromshorestoskylines

  1. Thanks so much for having me!! Great interviews from everyone – I love checking out what others have had to say as well 🙂

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