Welcome to my blog, The Road Less Traveled. My name is Katie and I grew up right outside of Washington, DC in Vienna, Virginia. I had the privilege of attending Virginia Tech for my undergrad degree in Horticultural and master's degree in Career and Technical Education. After graduating I moved to Richmond, Virginia where I started working in student affairs at Randolph-Macon College in Residence Life and Housing. After three years I decided it was time for a change and the job search began. In August 2010 I was offered a position at the Univeristy of Edinburgh in Residence Life and Housing. Within a month I had accepted the job offer, received my work visa, packed all of my belongings, and moved to Scotland! Moving away from my friends, family, and comfort zone was a very hard decision to make, but knowing this was an opportunity of a lifetime I couldn't pass it up. I started this blog to track my adventures of living and traveling abroad, and encourage people to take the road less traveled.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." ~Robert Frost
I have always had the passion to travel, and it began at an early age due to my amazing parents Mary Margaret and Terry. When I was little, my parent's bought an RV and my family took to the road for family vacations. Envision my brother David and me riding down route 66 looking out of the window of our RV. We took trips discovering America and some of my favorites include driving cross country to the Grand Canyon, up north to Niagara Falls, and as far south as the most Southern most point in the USA, Key West. I have been able to see most of the United States and am so thankful that my parents took the time to educate my brother and me on what life if like outside of Virginia. In 7th grade my mom took me on a tour of Eastern Europe where we visited 5 countries in 2 weeks. At that point I was hooked on traveling abroad. I have now been able to visit more than 25 countries, 5 continents, and 43 states. I spent a summer backpacking Europe in 2006 while working on my master's degree in Vienna, Austria. When my program was finished, I hoped that someday I would get the opportunity to live abroad. And now here I am, living and working in the UK! I hope you enjoy reading my blog and travels. Feel free to post comments and thanks for visiting.