First of all, welcome to My Blonde Travels! It’s a no-brainer that me creating a blog has been long overdue. I always knew that when I did create one – it had to be perfect. After months of working on it, I can finally announce that my baby is up and running.
Before I get into why I created My Blonde Travels and the kind of content you can expect, I thought it was only fitting I introduce myself first.
Many of you may know me from my travel and lifestyle Instagram account – @k.atarina. If not, no biggie – just make sure to give me a follow on there too. As you can tell by my Instagram handle, my name is Katarina Salatic. I am a twenty-three year old retail and marketing graduate based in Toronto, Ontario. Although, I get to call Toronto home now, my upbringing was quite different than the norm.
I was born in a small city called Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. Although, I automatically became a Canadian citizen by birth, I am also of Eastern-European descent. My Serbian parents moved to Canada during the Balkan wars of the 90’s to provide a better future for us.
I moved to Bathurst, New Brunswick at the age of two and stayed there until my first year of kindergarten. After my first five years of living in Canada, my parents and I then moved to El Mochito, Honduras. I spent most of my childhood years in Honduras, where I went to school and learned Spanish. At the age of nine, my parents separated and I moved to Belgrade, Serbia with my mum. I absolutely loved living in Belgrade, all my family was there and I got to brush up on my Serbian. I also made a ton of friends, that I am close with to this day.
By age fourteen, I moved to Mexico. At the time, my dad was working in the state of Zacatecas. I decided to take the plunge and join him in Mexico and we relocated to a city called Torreón, Coahuila. I only lived in Mexico for one year. My dad lived there for longer, so I had the chance to visit every school break prior to my move. After a year in Mexico, I made my final move to Toronto, Ontario with my mum. This is where I completed my last two years of high school, along with my undergraduate degree.
As you can tell by the constant moving, it comes to no surprise I caught the travel bug quite early. Knowing so many people all around the world, I was constantly travelling to visit my family and friends. The past eight years I’ve lived in Toronto, I had the privilege to complete my undergraduate degree in Retail Management with a minor in Marketing at Ryerson University. Which has also in return helped me find work and make an income that allowed me to travel in my spare time.
I became very diligent with my finances (rent is the absolute worst!) once my mum went back to Serbia and I got a roommate who also happens to be one of my best friends from university. Being able to work and save up, I invested in the one thing that fuelled my soul – travel. I can proudly say that I’ve now been to forty countries at just the age of twenty-three and would love to share all sorts of tips and tricks to inspire you guys to do the same.
Besides travelling, in my spare time I like to play around with photography and learn about digital marketing. I recently upped my photography game by investing in a Sony A7 iii and my lovely boyfriend, Oscar, has been an absolute gem helping out whenever he can. We both have loved learning the features of a full-frame camera and putting our knowledge to the test. I also have always been digitally driven since a young age, dominating platforms such as Piczo, Freewebs, and Tumblr (whew! the nostalgia hit hard). With that being said, it is no surprise that I have started leveraging these skills to my Instagram account, constantly learning new tactics on how to grow and build a genuine audience.
My Blonde Travels and What to Expect
So here we are. Why My Blonde Travels? If it isn’t obvious enough, me being blonde and a traveler sparked the name behind the blog (very original, I know). Any who, I created My Blonde Travels as a means to share my life online, both at home and abroad. I want this to be a place people use for inspiration for their next trip, as well as share social media tips and tricks that have worked for me, along with budgeting and everything in between. I am always open to suggestions as to what you guys would like to see on here, so feel free to leave a comment! With that being said, I hope you got to learn a bit more about the face behind the blog. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.
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