HATTIE

Hello furends friends!

So you want to know a little bit about me? I grew up in Gloucestershire and moved away to study at the University of Lincoln in 2011. It wasn’t somewhere I’d ever thought about going, but I had already met and fallen in love with Seb by this point so I followed him there the year after he left. Sounds soppy, doesn’t it? I like to think I wear the trousers in our relationship though! We’ve been together since I was 16 and I’m proud to say we have a relationship that really works- we want the same things from life (travel, cats, more travel…) and understand each other very well.

I started a Psychology degree but changed to Social Work after a year, and then spent three more gruelling years training until I qualified as a Social Worker in 2015. At this point I moved back to Gloucestershire, where I thought I’d stay living for the rest of my life, but of course The Wanderlust kicked in good and proper and not even 10 months later I accepted a teaching position in Ningbo, China.

I’m not one to do things by halves, and in summer 2015 I graduated, moved across the Country, started a new job and got married all within 5 weeks! Once I put my mind to something then I will do it- Seb even paid homage to my stubbornness in his speech at our wedding (but we know he’s even more stubborn than I am!).

I’ve always had creative hobbies; I started playing musical instruments at 7, I love to crochet even though I never finish a project, and I adore writing and making cat puns. A lot of my childhood was spent writing stories, but I’ve lost them all now sadly. At school when I was 13 I created a character called ‘Gaget Sheep’ (deliberate spelling mistake!) and wrote poems about her in every maths lesson- my school friends can probably remember that! Over the years my Mum has started to find a few of the old poems lying around- maybe I should resurrect her on my travels?

My secondary school was a bit posh because it was a grammar school, and every year there would be lots of amazing trips around the world. My Mum told me I could go on one big trip in the 5 years I was there, and this was a tricky card to play- what if I chose somewhere and then regretted it?! I eventually decided to go to Russia (probably due to a childhood love of the Anastasia movie) and went on a History trip to Moscow and St Petersburg in 2007. It was the most beautiful and magical place I’d ever been, and I think my love for interesting places started then. To date, my best trips include Kenya in 2013, Sri Lanka in 2014 and Thailand- I’ve been there 3 times so far and it’s my favourite Country. Now of course, I’ve packed up and left the UK, and my adventures with Seb could take us anywhere in the world- I’m hoping they do!

As the website clearly suggests, I adore cats. I saw an advert in a newspaper when I was younger for a Ragdoll kitten and fell in love with their beautiful faces. I vowed that when I was able I’d have a Ragdoll cat of my own, and in 2012 Seb and I welcomed Frankie into our home. From there we met and became friends with breeders of Ragdoll cats and British Shorthairs, and my love for the latter was so much that Seb and I decided to begin breeding them. I enjoyed this very much, but I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t good at dealing with the emotion of it, and I really admire breeders that have been around for a very long time. Around the time that we began to talk about travelling we decided to stop breeding, and eventually made the very difficult decision to re-home our beautiful cats so that we could start our new lifestyle. Thankfully, they have all gone to people we know and trust and we get regular updates about how they’re doing, so I know we have made the right decision. I also now get to cuddle lots of beautiful kitties around the world, and a big part of the blog is dedicated to showcasing them and our other animalistic adventures around the globe. If you’d like to submit an entry for Cat of the Week, please take a look at our Contact Us page for more information.

I’m definitely a planner, and I spend an embarrassingly large amount of my spare time planning trips that I’m not going to take! I have reams and reams of files on my computer with made up trips on them, and I’m beginning to utilise them through creating EBooks full of budgeting and itinerary advice. I’d love you fur-ever if you’d take a look! If you’re interested in having Cats and Backpacks help you plan your own trip, you can visit our Travel Consultancy page for lots more information about this.

I warmly welcome you to this blog, and I hope you’ll visit again in the near future! If you have any questions you can always contact me through the site, or you can message us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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