Hi, I’m Katie

writer // blogger // solo traveller

katie hale - the tea break project, solo female travel blog

tea break:

n. a rest from working, during which tea may or may not be drunk

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Don’t in the least hurry the journey.
Better it last for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way.

<< Constantine P Cavafy >>

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I grew up reading adventure stories under the blanket with a torch.

I was the child knocking on the back of the wardrobe to try to get to Narnia, and obsessively checking the post for my Hogwarts acceptance letter. I thought that Peter Rabbit lived in the field behind our house, and that there were Borrowers behind the skirting board. I believed 100% in the fairies at the bottom of my grandma’s garden.

I may be a bit older now, but I’m still always seeking that next adventure.

I love to write and I love to travel (and I do bucket-loads of both). I try to fit the two together like well-made jigsaw puzzle. In reality, it’s usually a bit more like fitting a square peg into a round hole – but what’s life without a little chaos, a little slap-dash?

I’ve got the bug…

I grew up on the borders of the stunningly beautiful Lake District National Park. It’s England’s top tourist destination, so I guess you could say I was on holiday for my entire childhood – so why would I ever need to leave?

But the travel bug doesn’t work like that, and once bitten, you’re infected for life.

My head’s stuffed full of other places: those I’ve visited and those I want to visit. As well as the Lake District, I’ve lived in Melbourne, Scotland and London, and visited 5 of the world’s 7 continents. From the year-long immersion to the 72-hour break, discovering new people and places is what it’s all about.

…so I write about it.

I write about it on the blog. I like to sit down with a cuppa and share my travel love with anyone and everyone who’ll listen. (That person forcing all her friends / neighbours / colleagues to look at her holiday snaps? That’s me.)

That’s kind of where the tea break project came from. It’s basically just me chatting about travel with a cup of tea (and preferably a scone – with jam and cream).

Getting all stereotypically British on you now, but it’s also about the cultural, social and historial importance of tea. Over the centuries, tea has symbolised so many things to so many people. The transportation of it created historic trade routes that led to cultural exchange, and to social exploitation. Tea for me means taking a brief break from work to bol the kettle. It means sitting down for a catch-up with friends, or getting into a good book. It’s something to bond over. Fact: hugging a warm mug of tea makes you feel more warmly to the person you’re talking to. For me, tea is all about conversation, ideas, and cultural exchange.

In other words, tea is all about travel.

What am I using? 

I’m a great believer in preparation, in travel & in all fields of life. For me, preparation is about doing the right research & having the right equipment. I rarely travel with more than just hand luggage. (Check out one of my packing lists here.)

I tend to use a 40L Ventura backpack from Mountain Warehouse (similar to this one), which will generally fit inside the hand luggage restrictions. 

My photos are generally shot on a Sony Cyber-shot DSC WX500

Want to know more?

Drop me a good old-fashioned email, or check me out on facebook / twitter / bloglovin / tumblr / flickr / instagram.

(Oh – I also write poetry & theatre, too, but that’s mostly on my writer-ly website.)


PS – I sometimes use affiliate links on my site. Just a heads up. A girl’s gotta eat, right? And there’s SO much delicious food in the world…