Hi, I’m Katie of Just Chasing Sunsets
Welcome to my little slice of the internet.
If you’re new here, let me introduce myself with a few fun facts about me, in no particular order…
I’m forever hunting for the perfect matcha latte (and sharing with you my discoveries).
I’m outdoorsy in the sense that I love being outdoors (hiking, swimming in lakes, surfing) and then returning to a cozy bed after a warm shower.
My two black cats, Frankie and Jax, make regular appearances on my Instagram stories.
I travel solo 90% of the time and love it. My first solo trip was to Ireland in 2015.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, moved to Detroit for work and bought a cute little apartment there.
I’m a yoga teacher.
Perhaps most importantly, I have a love affair with Ireland, although I’m not sure Ireland knows.
Oh and I quit my job in 2017 to begin traveling for a year in 2018. I shocked myself by making it 10 months before the budget ran out from my adventures in South America and Europe.
At the end of 2018, I returned home to my cats and California to get a job to refill my bank account, build this blog, and continue to travel.
The Slightly Longer About Me Version
Now those bullet points may make it seem like this journey has been super easy. That quitting my job and traveling solo was no big deal. But it was.
The two-year span between my first solo trip to Ireland and boarding that flight to South America (where I began my year of wandering) was filled with ups and downs. I questioned my decision almost daily. I wondered if I was just experiencing FOMO or thinking that the grass was greener. Deep down, I also knew that not taking this chance would be a major regret of my life.
So I did it. I pushed past the fear and went for it.
And if you’re sitting there reading this thinking “good for her, but I could never do that”, I am here to tell you, you can.
There is nothing unique about my desire to travel. There are tons of women traveling solo out in the world. I have met many people who left their careers or took sabbaticals in order to travel. I have met families traveling with their kids. And I have met couples traveling for months together.
There is nothing “special” about any of us, except for one thing. Instead of wishing we could do it, we took action to make it our reality. We decided to make a change, no matter how many challenges we might face along the way. And you can do the exact same thing.
That’s what I’m here to help you do, whether you want to quit your job or just have the courage to travel by yourself, I’ve got your back.
This blog is dedicated to you out there chasing your own individual sunset.
Throughout it, you’ll, of course, get my top tips for the destinations I’ve had the privilege to get to know through my travels. But you’ll also find strategies and tips to help you become the badass solo female traveler that you know you are deep down.
If you’re unsure of where to start, first grab a matcha latte and then check out my ultimate guide to fearless solo female travel.
If you’re interested in awesome destinations for solo female travel then you need to check out these uncommon locations!
And for travel tips for the destinations I’ve visited, then head over to my destinations page, or simply type one in the search bar 🙂
That should give you a pretty good jump start on your solo travel journey. To dig a bit deeper, drop your email below and I’ll send you the first chapter of my Fearless Female Travel Guide Book. The first chapter is all about overcoming self-limiting beliefs to uncover the badass solo female traveler that lies within. You’ll love it.