Travel and Wellness Expert

About Me

Hello friends, my name is Kathryn, but you can call me Kat. I am a travel and wellness expert and the creator behind the Coffee & Mascara Travel Blog. I’m a born-and-raised BC gal who resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Having left the corporate world of Marketing behind me, I now work from home (or on the road) as a freelance writer and blogger. My mission is to inspire people to live their best life through travel, adventure and self-care. Thanks for being here!

I am truly blessed to call Vancouver home. I have been travelling since before the age of 2 when my parents first took me to England. You could definitely say I caught the travel bug early! So far I have visited 22 countries on 5 continents, including a stint living and working in Paris, France. Oui, je parle français 😉

Healing Through Travel and Fitness

Growing up, my father was the Vice-Principal of a high school, as well as a contributing writer to the travel section of our local newspaper. From very early on, I was inspired to become a travel writer and see the world.

When my father passed away, I was just 21 years old and wholly unprepared for what came next. The devastation was unimaginable, but through travel and fitness, I found myself again.

I took a semester off of University to backpack around Australia for 3 months. Returning home, I took up boxing and used martial arts as an outlet for my anger. I know first-hand the benefits of dealing with your grief instead of ignoring it. Through therapy, travel, and fitness I became whole again.

Travel and Wellness Expert Kat Anderson at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Travel Writing and Blogging

This website is both my blog, a venue for sharing my affinity for living a healthy, active lifestyle, and encouraging others to do the same, as well as my online portfolio that showcases my published works.

You will notice a common thread in my writing that focuses on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You’ll never read about the latest diet or workout fads because I don’t believe in that stuff. Fitness is a lifestyle and I want to live a fun and fulfilling life, not one with restrictions. And I want the same for you.

As a travel and wellness expert, I have been featured in numerous publications. You can see all of my press mentions where I’ve been quoted or had my photography or Instagram featured. When Condé Nast Traveler included me in a round-up, I actually squealed 😆

Travel and Wellness Expert

My background is largely in marketing within the natural health foods industry. In my former life, I even owned and managed my own vitamin and supplement store! As a Certified Fitness Instructor, I taught a variety of different fitness classes for over 12 years.

I hope that by sharing my travel and wellness tips with you on this blog, I will inspire you to get out and explore the world in a fun and healthy way. Fitness has always played a huge role in my life. My mother will tell you that as a child I didn’t walk anywhere, I did cartwheels 😂

As an expert at the intersection of health, wellness and travel, I want to share with you – and inspire you – to stay fit and healthy while travelling. After all, without your health, you won’t be going very far. Suffice it to say that health is my top value – and priority – in life.

Wellness travel planning coach

Travel and Wellness Coaching Calls

I offer services that include a Wellness Travel Planning Power Hour calls for clients who are looking for guidance on how to travel in a healthier way. I provide a coaching call to assist you with how to navigate the food options while away, as well as how to incorporate fitness into your travels.

Contact me today if you are interested in working together so I can arm you with the tools you need to enjoy your travels while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Oh, and as for the name of my blog, coffee and mascara are two things I CANNOT live without. Anyone who travels as much as I do knows the value of a strong cup of coffee and voluminous mascara. Coffee to help me stay awake, and mascara to help me look like I’m awake ;)

If you want even more travel and wellness tips, tricks and inspiration, I always share the goods on my Instagram. Let’s be friends 🤗

Yours in health,

~ Kat

Travel Writer Memberships

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International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
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International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance