I Send Love Letters from Airports

January 3, 2016, I sent an email to 66 friends from CGD. In it, I wrote about falling in love with the Eiffel tower, spinning around in circles, and the entwined history of luggage and travel. July 1, 2017, another email from CDG. This time to 322 people. I wrote about an early morning walk […]

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Item: One Passport

I keep my passport in a case that says “without this I’m nothing”. I love this case, because I love the friend who gave it to me, and because that is exactly how I feel about my passport. I’m sure in German there’s a word for the adventurer’s fear of being separated from their passport. I […]

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2 Months of Photo Blogging

Since January first, I’ve been posting a picture a day on photo.cate.blog. Now I’ve been doing it for long enough to consider it a proper project, I asked one of my colleagues for a suggestion for a better theme, and she suggested this one – Cubic. I really like it. An incomplete list of what […]

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2016 in Travel

According to Air Canada, I racked up 89,121 miles this year. I don’t know how accurate this is, because it includes bonus miles and excludes a number of flights – including a flight I had rebooked from Seoul after a delay (somehow no-one has a record and I never got the the points – grr), and round […]

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The 12 Coolest Things I Saw in 2016

Ages ago, I set myself a goal that I go somewhere new every year. If you know anything about me, this might seem ridiculously low – but we all start somewhere. I didn’t leave Europe until I was 22. This year was a good year for adventures, though! Mainly my travel writing goes in Where […]

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Podcast: Should We?

should we give advice

I recorded an episode of my favourite podcast?with my friend Diana in August when I was in San Francisco. We talked about some things including. Raccoons vs Brogrammers. Blogging. The discouragement of blogging. The unpredictability of reward when blogging. Where the Hell is Cate – how it started, what I get out of it. Technically […]

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7 Months of Leaving

At the start of the year, I had the idea to kill postcards and instead send a digital postcard from everywhere I left in 2016. The year is half over, and so it seems like a good time to reflect on this project. It has bought me so much joy – I’ve struggled to find […]

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That Remote Work Think Piece Has Some Glaring Omissions (A Rant)

When I started thinking about what would be next for me after my year of funemployment, remote work weighted pretty highly on my list. People who know me might think that it’s because of my geographical indecision, and yes, that was a consideration, but the biggest factor for me was not actually that. I didn’t want to […]

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My Current Policy on Speaker Travel Costs

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I'm nothing"

About a year ago I wrote about how I get myself uninvited from unflattering speaking invitations (TL;DR I use them as negotiation practise). And last August I wrote about the different options that speakers have when it comes to travel costs – including not going. I was pretty public about not speaking if there was no […]

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Presenting Lessons from Walking Tours

shop sign advertising antique guns, swords... and gold jewelry

Last November I was in New Orleans with a friend, and we went on a couple of the many (many!) walking tours offered. These are essentially 2-hour long presentations, but the stage is the street and the slides are the city itself. Whilst I often find the presentation style a bit overdone (especially in a […]

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