- Author of 39 travel guidebooks
- Holds a Fellowship from the Royal Geographical Society
- Travel Editor for ‘The Sunday Times’ newspaper (Scottish edition)
- Former Travel Editor for four UK national newspapers.
- Written on worldwide travel for over thirty five years
- Travelled to over 135 countries on all continents
- Winner of ‘Best Destination Feature on France‘ in 2015 from the French Tourist Board
Following a Masters degree in English at Edinburgh University, and coming ‘Top Student of the Year’ in a subsequent ‘Communication Studies’ diploma, Katie identified a market in travel writing and set off round Europe with a backpack for 18 months, travelling to 26 countries in Europe and North Africa.
Three months after returning she had a contract from Penguin Books and was writing her first book, the award-winning best-seller ‘Europe by Train’.
Within a year, it was in the Top Ten Best Selling non-fiction books in the UK, and was translated into five languages. She continued to research and write guidebooks for the next 25 years, going on to publish a further 38 titles.
She also worked as Travel Editor for HarperCollins Publishers .
As a resident ‘travel expert’ BBC radio and national TV Presenting on travel programmes followed , seeing Katie working on travel classics such as ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ and devising, writing scripts for, and lead-presenting ITV in Scotland’s BAFTA-nominated travel series ‘Scottish Passport’.
In the 1990’s Katie undertook Marketing Consultancy work for bodies such as British Airways, the British Tourism Authority, Visit Scotland and the European Union DGXXIII Dept of Tourism. This ranged in content from market identification and analysis for new products, to environmental tourism assessments, writing and designing brochures and tourism literature, and advising on P.R. and promotional campaigns.
As a Travel Editor for the Daily Express Newspaper Group (Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Sunday Star, OK! Magazine), she was responsible for writing, editing, commissioning and running the travel pages over various titles in the group. Previous to that, she worked as the London-based Travel Editor for the UK’s best-selling newspaper – The Sun – and before that, as a writer for The Daily Telegraph.
Her freelance travel writing has been regularly published in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman , The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail and numerous other newspapers and consumer magazines, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire, Elle and Ideal Home.