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.

What To Wear in Kerala: Full Packing List

You’ve scheduled your Kerala getaway and the next question is what to wear in Kerala. With so many different types of landscapes, from the hot concrete of the city [...]

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The 10 best things to do in Trinidad Cuba – Guide to Trinidad, Cuba

If you’ve got as far as searching for the best things to do in Trinidad Cuba, it’s likely that you’ve already noticed that this central Cuban town has something special. Perhaps you’ve seen pictures of terracotta tiles glinting in the sunlight or rooftop terraces where residents string up their [...]

Guide to the Parque Guanayara Waterfalls in Cuba

Have you heard of the Parque Guanayara waterfalls in Cuba? The most common answer is no. Even if you are based in Trinidad or Cienfuegos in central Cuba and ask a local for 'swimming holes near Cienfuegos' or 'waterfalls near Trinidad', the Guanayara waterfalls are unlikely to be the [...]

The best beaches Havana: A guide to Playas del Este

Pull up a map of Havana and you’ll soon see that the city is right next to the sea, but does that mean that a quick Google search for ‘beaches Havana’ will render you lots of easily-accessible sandy beaches? Surprisingly, that's not the case. Havana is not a beach [...]

Getting around Cuba: A complete guide to transport in Cuba in 2022

When it comes to getting around Cuba, you’ll quickly realise that Cuba is primed for a lot of things, such as dining on fresh fish on the beach, drinking rum on a Trinidad terrace, or dunking yourself in jungle waterfalls. Transport in Cuba, on the other hand, is not [...]

Money for Cuba: A complete guide to the Cuban currency in 2022

When you visit Cuba, it’s likely you’re looking to dedicate all your attention to probing around jungle waterfalls, stripped-back beaches, and Havana’s boulevards, rather than sorting out your money for Cuba. However, landing in Cuba without being aware of the intricacies of the Cuban currency is a common pitfall [...]

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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Four Tintern Abbey Walks You Must Try + Their Complete Routes

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The Best Beaches in Gower, Wales’ Wildest Coastline + Underrated Coves

The best beaches in Gower do not disappoint when it comes to pure, unfiltered adventure. As the UK’s first-ever designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a title given only to the most outstanding UK landscapes, the Gower Peninsula in southwest Wales is arguably Wales’ wildest coastline. Out of the [...]

Guide to Topes de Collantes Cuba: The Best Hikes and Where to Stay

If you’re intrigued by the idea of wild swimming holes, waterfalls, and dense jungle, don't waste any time in bookmarking Topes de Collantes Cuba as one of your next destinations. Located between Trinidad and Cienfuegos in central Cuba, Parque Natural Topes de Collantes will take you away from salsa [...]

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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