Hi, I'm Kitiara

I’m the author of In Bed with the Atlantic and a journalist and travel writer with bylines in The Guardian, Yachting Monthly, RedBull.com, ROVA and SurfGirl amongst others. 

 

I’m also a ghostwriter and travel copywriter over at The Literary Lifeboat. You can find my new book, The Working Writer, about building a writing career there too!

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In 2014 I left the UK on my 32ft yacht, Berwick Maid. Sailing double-handed for three years, I travelled 18,000 miles to Panama and back. In Bed with the Atlantic is my first book, a travel memoir. 

It can be easy to think that travel is some sort of perpetual paradise. 

It’s easy to think that changing your location for one that more resembles a postcard will change who you are and make you a better person. 

In Bed with the Atlantic contains a series of beautiful locations and it contains a change within me. But the things I learnt about myself, about travel and capability were not down to palm-lined beaches. 

Over 18,000 miles I fought myself, the weather and the sea. Somewhere out there though, I realised that you cannot fight the wind and the waves. You need to cross oceans, not try to move them. And I realised that I couldn’t fight myself either. 

So this book isn’t just a parade of pretty places. It’s about learning to work with what you’ve got and almost always finding that it’s more than enough. 

In Bed with the Atlantic

I also write travel stories over on Medium in the Wild Adventure publication. You can head over there, follow the pub or catch my other writing in culture, inspiration and journalism through my Medium author profile

Latest posts from ‘Travel’

Pompeii: Time Travelling in Italy

The fallen city in the shadow of the mighty Vesuvius I’ve been told it’s overrated. It’s ‘too touristy’. It’s not as good as people thought. Good? It’s not a word I’d use to describe this landscape of time travel. Of destruction. Of death. Of incomprehension. No, good...

The Truth About Travel: You Have to Make Up Your Own Mind

There is no universal experience When I was 20, I backpacked across the US from Chicago to Los Angeles over two months. My best friend and I volunteered on tiny organic farms and caught trains and buses across eight states. All of our friends said the same thing....

Homesick for the 50th Parallel North

I arrived in British Columbia in early autumn after having lived in the tropics and subtropics for a year. I’d left the UK the previous year and sailed south. I’d been to countless Caribbean islands, lived in the mangrove jungles of Panama and sailed across an ocean....

January in Sidmouth: a view from the shore

The sky is unmoved today. It's neither tempestuous nor sunny. It's not oppressive but it doesn't quite feel clear either. The clouds seem undecided, on the fence. They break here and there for shafts of sunlight and out on the southern horizon squalls play with...

Islands of History – Exploring Malta in November

'What's next?' 'Popeye Village.' 'What?' 'We're going to Popeye Village,' I repeat. 'There's a village named after Popeye?' 'No, it's literally Popeye Village.' A year ago, I had an urge to go away. After three years abroad, I'd found myself back in England and...

Exploring Brussels: The Heartland of the EU

Brussels is every city. It has the sprawling pedestrianised shopping streets of France, Germany, Austria and Spain, dotted with Zara, H&M and Calzedonia. It has streetside seating housing huddled groups drinking Leffe and laughing together. It has bicycles chained...

Walking in Circles to the Top: an existential journey to the skyline of Copenhagen

The Rundetaarn is an inconspicuous creature. It sits central to Copenhagen and features widely on lists of places to visit. But to look at. Well. You could probably walk right by it. Copenhagen has so many buildings in a similar age category that they begin to fade...

Adventure Travel Writing

I’ve been writing for travel publications for eight years. From SurfGirl and Yachting Monthly to Matador Network, RedBull.com and The Guardian, I love to show how even the simplest of adventures can be life-affirming .  

Whether it’s going for a walk across the fields nearby or embarking upon a multi-year voyage, adventure is everywhere. It’s stepping outside of your comfort zone and really seeing the world around you.

My travel writing is an honest reflection of how I find the places I visit and the emotions they evoke. I love micro-travel writing – focusing on the tiniest of experiences and bringing them to life.

It’s easy to draw vast conclusions based on what we’ve read or heard about a place. And it’s easy to draw conclusions about our own abilities without ever having tried something.

Through my writing, I aim to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and interact with the natural world in a way that perhaps readers don’t realise they can. I write often about being in the Great Outdoors. Because it really, truly is great. 

You can read some of my articles on my cuttings page

Homesick for the 50th Parallel North

Homesick for the 50th Parallel North

I arrived in British Columbia in early autumn after having lived in the tropics and subtropics for a year. I’d left the UK the previous year and sailed south. I’d been to countless Caribbean islands, lived in the mangrove jungles of Panama and sailed across an ocean....

Sailing in a Lightning Storm: a little close to the edge

Sailing in a Lightning Storm: a little close to the edge

    Lightning at sea makes you pray to the gods   We’re only two days out from the Bahamas on a month long ocean crossing to Europe, when the lightning starts. It’s midnight and the wind has been howling for hours. Now, it’s ceased almost entirely. It’s...

The Best Route Up Pen y Fan

The Best Route Up Pen y Fan

Without much time for flexibility, I decided that the Easter Bank Holiday weekend was the ideal time to climb Pen y Fan for the first time in about seven years. The night before I drove up to Wales, I read news reports that there were two miles of cars parked along...

January in Sidmouth: a view from the shore

January in Sidmouth: a view from the shore

The sky is unmoved today. It's neither tempestuous nor sunny. It's not oppressive but it doesn't quite feel clear either. The clouds seem undecided, on the fence. They break here and there for shafts of sunlight and out on the southern horizon squalls play with...

Latest posts about ‘United Kingdom’

The Best Route Up Pen y Fan

Without much time for flexibility, I decided that the Easter Bank Holiday weekend was the ideal time to climb Pen y Fan for the first time in about seven years. The night before I drove up to Wales, I read news reports that there were two miles of cars parked along...

January in Sidmouth: a view from the shore

The sky is unmoved today. It's neither tempestuous nor sunny. It's not oppressive but it doesn't quite feel clear either. The clouds seem undecided, on the fence. They break here and there for shafts of sunlight and out on the southern horizon squalls play with...

Dartmoor Walking – A view through the ancient forest

Research clearly points to time in a natural landscape being good for your mental health. But do we really need research to know that? I get an itch sometimes. No, not sometimes. Often. Perhaps it's a factor of my upbringing, one that was spent weekly roaming in the...

A Sojourn in Teignmouth – a seafront town defined by its solitude

I've come to Teignmouth to write, to think, to sleep in silence. A year ago I made landfall in nearby Dartmouth after three years away. I remember it as though it was yesterday. The glide of my boat as she stole up the river through silted water. The peace of...

Cycling the Exe Estuary Trail – an impromptu peddle

Let me tell you, being single after many years really blows your weekends wide open. It's quite astounding actually. Suddenly there's no one to suggest things, no one to go on an impromptu cinema trip with and no one to lie around in bed with in the morning making...

A Storm in England; how weather gives us back our nature

Last weekend I was staying at a friend's at Land's End, a peninsular that stares down the Atlantic and gets the full force of the Atlantic winter storms. I woke up in the night as the 40 knot winds kicked and punched at the windows, cracking the curtain to see the...

Earth, Mud and Mountain Bikes – A Trip to Afan Forest

Mist peels its way up the valley and I'm glad. There's something very comforting about being incased in cloud. In mist. In a trillion trillion suspended drops of water. Clear days can be so....clear. Sometimes you don't want clarity, you don't want the big picture,...

Sailing with Dolphins

Dolphins turn up when you need them most. They turn up at dawn and sunset. They turn up in huge waves and escort you across the scary seas. They are the most joyful of travelling companions. 

Destinations

North America

Canada
Bahamas
West Indies

South and Central America

Panama
Colombia
Peru

Other

Indonesia
Mid-Ocean

 

Podcast Interviews

Listen below to my interview on Boat Radio about my voyage up until the Azores.

Listen below to my interview on the awesome Escape Pods Shooting the Breeze podcast!

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