Actually, maybe I should have started here…

Maybe I should have introduced myself before I started rambling about my travel plans.  Hi! How are you?!? Thank you for reading my blog! 😀  My name is Kat. I’m 26 and have a Master’s in Environmental Management.  My dream in life is to combine my two greatest passions – protecting the environment and travel – into one by starting my own ecotourism company.

How did these two passions come about you ask? I’m from West Virginia, a beautiful, wild and untamed part of the Appalachian Mountains that unfortunately is being degraded by mountaintop removal so my awareness of the environment started at a very young age.  I grew up hiking, skiing/boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and just enjoying the gorgeous world right outside my front door.

My travel obsession also started at an early age.  I was blessed with a family that not only loved to travel, but could afford to.  By 18, I had already visited Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada and a large portion of the US including Alaska and Hawaii.  In my Junior year of college, I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Costa Rica for a Tropical Ecology course.  There, I became fascinated with a culture that was so unlike European/American culture that I was used to.  As soon as I got back from that trip, I started planning a trip that was 2 and a half years in the making.  When I finally made it back to Central America in 2009, I spent over 2 months backpacking from Panama to Belize with stops in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.  In 2010, I scored a summer internship at an Environmental Non-Governmental Organization that allowed me to spend 2 months in Honduras and 1 month in Guatemala.

My dream job is to plan and guide environmentally-conscious tours in Central America.  Hopefully this blog will be one more step to making that dream a reality. Cheers!

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