Born as a Mountaineer, raised as a traveler, an instant photographer and forever a wanderer.
Following the dream to live and visit cities outside my hometown led me to the dormant side of my itchy sole. With no particular destination, her spontaneity brings in wonderful and exciting experiences that went beyond her expectation.
After getting her Bachelor’s degree of Information Technology, Kat has worked as a freelance Web/Graphic Designer, SEO Specialist, and VA. Her job allowed her to move from one place to another while sleeping in a friend’s couch asking for free lodging and possibly a free tour.
Now, she is deciding which she will take to the next level: Career or Travel?
Last 2014, I was in a Quarter-Life Crisis and torn about pursuing a career or my passion in traveling. I was thinking “maybe I should try working in a corporate because I haven’t done that and maybe things would work.” But then I might enjoy the life of working and might get hooked couldn’t get out of the rat race. So, I decided my other “what if!”. So, I planned my ultimate escape.
In January 2015, I packed my bags and left for my Southeast Asian trip. From the initial plan of 2 weeks, then two months then I just let things flow and felt like living on the road and not just traveling. I visited and traveled across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. From those trips I learned to be flexible and started volunteering in hostels, guest houses and resorts in exchange of free food and accommodation while working freelance in the IT field: web development, designing, consultancy, writing and social media management.
I was moving from few weeks to few months from those months until a job offer came up. Now, I am working and living here in Male, Maldives (as of this writing) in a retail company where I manage E-Commerce store. On the side, I teach yoga, take on web development side projects. How I handle multi tasking still amazes me.
Looking back, my two “what if’s” were realized after a year of going through ups and downs and the road of uncertainty. I realized long term backpacking is not for me. Hands down to those who make it for years and still living the life on the road! At this stage, I am still “under development” stage of life — figuring things on my own in this part of the world.
For collaborations, email me at degracia[dot]kathleen[@]gmail.com