Meet your solo, light, carry on bag, midlife travel guide...

Hi, I'm Katherine, The 5 Kilo Traveller.

I was approaching 50 in 2017, when I ventured on a solo trip for four weeks in Croatia and Italy.

This picture is me with all my belongings - just over 5 kilos (11 pounds) in my carry on day bag about to depart Charlotte, North Carolina, bound for Dubrovnik in Croatia, while my family flew back to New Zealand.

I was all set to head off on my very first midlife travel adventure. At this point I was so nervous! 

  • What was I doing leaving my family behind? 
  • Would I survive? 
  • Did I have enough gear? 
  • Had I gone completely mad??!!

BUT... the freedom I experienced travelling with just a carry on bag was unbelievable.

Escaping the normal routines of parenting and nursing life I relished every opportunity that came my way. It is so hard to express the joy I felt.

I met amazing locals and travellers of all ages and stages. I became a surrogate  Mum to the young female travellers. I avidly listened to their stories and their zest for life. I think I inspired them to keep travelling. 

Some interesting facts about me...

  • I travelled with a 15 - 20 kilo pack in my 20's.
  • I've travelled light in Europe, America, China, Australia and New Zealand.
  • I love nature and hiking to see it.
  • I've been a nurse for over 30 years - and nursing makes you appreciate life E V E R Y  D A Y!!!
  • I grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand roaming the Ruahine Ranges of the Manawatu. This is quite possibly where I get my merino wool bias from!

I hope you enjoy my midlife travel journeys with my small carry on bag and I inspire you to have some of your own!

Katherine xo

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