Kitiara Pascoe

I’m an author and travel writer based in Devon. You can find my feature writing in print and online or read about my travels in my book, In Bed with the Atlantic.

 

I also work as a ghostwriter and travel copywriter over at The Literary Lifeboat

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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

Latest posts from ‘Travel’

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 to...

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...

The Sound Between the Darkness and the Light: Copenhagen’s Cisterns

Søndermarken is in autumn. In fact, it seems to be both summer and autumn here. Not even a transition, just both. Many of the trees are still a vibrant green while others have long lost their leaves, which lie in golden piles across the paths. Copenhagen's green...

Turning 30 – A Decade of Adventure Travel

“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s life. There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.” ― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel 20 I'm standing on the top of a...

A Traveller’s Guide to Dawn

It doesn't matter where you are, dawn is the same. I know dawn. We go way back. Early dawn My first associations with dawn is that nausea you get when you have to wake up Too Early and drag yourself out of bed. I specifically remember this feeling as a child, when my...

The Azores – A Subtropical Paradise in Europe

I first heard of the Azores around 2010. Yup, that's true, I'd never heard of them before. I read about them in an edition of the Lonely Planet magazine and the spread was filled with photographs of glistening azure volcanic lakes and forested mountains. I had to look...

Adventure Travel Writing

I’ve been writing for travel publications for eight years. From SurfGirl and Yachting Monthly to Matador Network 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

Islands of History – Exploring Malta in November

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

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 to...

Dartmoor Walking – A view through the ancient forest

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...

Latest posts about ‘United Kingdom’

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,...

The Wilds of Scotland – Sailing with Seals

In the current edition of Yachting Monthly (March 2017) you can find my article about sailing a Hanse 385 around the Summer Isles and down to Skye. When my editor got in touch with me, asking me if I wanted to get myself up to Scotland to sail in October I thought two...

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

 

Radio Interview

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

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