Escape Artist Katie – Offbeat Travel Blog2023-01-08T10:50:44+00:00

Welcome! If you’ve been searching for a travel blog that focuses on offbeat travel, hands-on adventures and life-defining moments, you’re in the right place.

I’m Katie, a freelance travel journalist and travel blogger by profession and a full-time curious soul. I designed my adventure and offbeat travel blog to help everyone get out of their comfort zones and learn more about the world.

I’m a full-time digital nomad who has spent six years writing about travel, so I decided to put all my knowledge into one place so that you too can create a memorable escape. Ultimately, this is a travel blog for adventures that are mindful, unusual, exciting, and push your limits.

So, take a look around and keep up with my full-time travels on Instagram.

Read the latest from the travel blog:

Complete Cuba Packing List: Essentials and Insiders’ Tips

A comprehensive Cuba packing list is arguably the most important thing you need when you’re preparing to jet off for the country’s chock-a-block cities, Caribbean beaches, and jungle. Unlike many other global destinations, Cuba isn’t the type of place where you can just rock up and pick up any [...]

The Best Restaurants in Da Nang For All Budgets and Diets

Whether you're tracking down crispy Vietnamese pancakes or turmeric-infused mi quang, exploring the best restaurants in Da Nang is nothing short of a culinary adventure. Located 30 kilometres from Hoi An, this central Vietnam city is hot on the heels of the likes of Saigon, Hue, and Hanoi when [...]

Best Food in Kerala District: Traditional food to try across Kerala

What is the first thing you need to know about finding the best food in Kerala district? The cuisine can shift and innovate over the space of a few miles. One moment, you might be feasting on mouthwatering dishes from the Moplah cuisine such as chatti pathiri, layered savoury [...]

22 Essential and offbeat things to do at Munnar hill station: 2022 Guide

Foraging for things to do at Munnar hill station in Kerala's misty Western Ghats? Being surrounded by sloping tea plantations, spindly silver oaks, and dense vegetation, it's no wonder that small-town Munnar is high up on many travellers' Kerala bucket lists. The evergreen tea plantations are certainly striking; in [...]

Dress code in Cuba: What to pack and wear, day and night

What is the dress code in Cuba? Is it the long, floaty dresses and flowery shirts that you see on Instagram and in travel brochures? Should you dress modestly? Does the dress code vary depending upon the towns and cities you visit? What should you wear to the beach [...]

What is ‘offbeat travel’?

Simply put, offbeat travel refers to looking beyond the ordinary tourist activities, destinations, and experiences. It means discarding any pre-conceived ideas you might have about a destination and digging deeper.

This, in my opinion, is fundamental to the travel experience – challenging your assumptions and looking beyond the surface.

Here are my top tips for offbeat travel:

  1. Think experiential. Hands-on experiences where you can appreciate a way of living first-hand will help you muster a more genuine understanding of a culture, destination or activity.
  2. Don’t avoid popular tourist destinations. Look for their less-visited neighbourhoods, talk to locals, and see what made the destination tick before tourists flooded in.
  3. Stay or travel with a local. Whether that means chatting to someone at a bar or staying in a homestay, locals have insider’s knowledge on (to use the corny phrase) ‘undiscovered gems’. Don’t ask ‘Where should I eat?’. Instead, ask ‘Where do you eat?’.
  4. Consider your impact. While having an offbeat mission is great, don’t overstep any boundaries and definitely do not intrude upon anyone’s personal space. Ask permission, act respectfully, and be mindful of how your presence can impact other people.

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Tanah Lot at Sunset: The Best Viewpoints + Crowdless Photos

As spectacular as Tanah Lot at sunset may be, it doesn’t come without its fair share of Bali's tourist crowds. In average lighting, Tanah Lot looks like something out of a film set. The Hindu temple is based on the top of a large boulder that gets completely submerged [...]

How Travel Affirmations Can Transform Your Trip + How to Write Them

Travel affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to boost your confidence before you travel. Travel anxiety - or pre-trip nerves, as some may call it - is incredibly common. After all, travel continuously pushes us out of our comfort zone. That’s a huge part of [...]

My Favourite Travel Booking Resources

I have an entire page dedicated to my favourite and recommended travel resources.

However, the following resources are the bees knees, in my opinion, for booking travel. These are the booking resources that I return to time and time again.

  • Skyscanner: When it comes to booking flights, I always use Skyscanner. Their tool scans the internet for the cheapest flights, presenting you with a line-up of the best flight deals at that exact moment. It also has the option to search for flights with the lowest carbon emissions, which is a win-win in my books.
  • Unless I am staying in a hostel or in a homestay, it’s unlikely you will catch me using any other booking website than The intuitive interface is handy, but the most attractive part about is that it covers a wide range of accommodation, including hotels, resorts, hostels, and more unusual accommodation types such as treehouses and glamping sites. When you continue to book with, the Genius Program provides free discounts and upgrades, which has saved me hundreds of pounds over the years.
  • Hostelworld: As a solo digital nomad, I depend upon meeting other people on the road. Hostels are an excellent place to meet likeminded people and find travel companions. Hostelworld has the largest selection of hostels, and their reviews and rating system makes it easy to tell apart the good eggs from the bad.
  • Homestay: If you want a real feel for the daily life of the locals in your chosen destination, a homestay is an excellent option. Homestay has a large selection of trusted homestays where you can live and dine with locals. Get the real insider’s scoop.

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