This story about Catalina, How she started her journey as traveler. Read her story on her own words:
Ciao, I’m Catalina!
Ciao! Let me introduce myself. My name is Catalina, and I’m the 20-something travel addict and blogger behind Miss Adventures Abroad.
I’m originally from a small town in the Midwest, but I have always had a love for exploring this great big world. In fact, before my 18th birthday, I had already visited 6/7 continents. (Years later, and I’m still waiting on Antarctica…but I’ll get there!)
As of today, I’ve wandered through 28 countries and counting, and have lived and worked in Europe on and off for the past several years.
Miss Adventures Abroad
I originally created Miss Adventures Abroad back in 2015 after I first moved to Europe as a way to share my adventures living in Italy with family and friends back home. Today, the blog has grown into so much more.
Miss Adventures Abroad is a resource for fellow travel addicts, study abroad students, English teachers and Auxiliares de Conversación in Spain, and those looking to live and work abroad. As I literally work my way around the world, I hope to inspire others to travel and make bold moves. I love sharing my travel tips and experiences in Italy, Spain, Europe, and beyond with all of you.
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So, how did this crazy adventure begin?
My first (and easiest) move was to sunny southern California, where I attended the University of California, Irvine and majored in Art History and Theater. (You’ll have to forgive me for the nerdy art references you’ll find sprinkled throughout my posts!)
While I didn’t end up becoming an antiquities expert or the next Julia Roberts, I did enroll in an Italian class. An Italian class that would change my life. (If only someone would have told me that when I was struggling to get to campus by 9 AM five days a week.)
In an attempt to finish out my language requirement the easy way, I somehow convinced my parents to let me spend a month studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Spending a summer in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance is pretty much every art history (and wine) lover’s dream.
After a month “studying” in Florence, a few things were abundantly clear. I was head over heels in love with Florence, I wasn’t ready to leave Europe, and a summer abroad simply wasn’t going to cut it for me.
Unfortunately, I had a few details to take care of back in the states. Like graduating.
As I completed my final year of school, all of my friends started getting “serious” jobs, and I began to panic. I wasn’t quite ready to settle into a 9-5 job, and Europe was still calling my name.
As luck would have it, I applied for and landed my dream job working as a student travel guide in Florence, Italy. And I firmly believe that choosing to live and work abroad after graduating is the best decision I’ve ever made.
Moving to Italy
And so, with just $2,000, I packed up my bags and moved back to Florence. As a student travel guide, I spent my days handing out flyers and selling trips, my nights promoting our tour company at events, and my weekends on overnight bus rides leading study abroad students throughout Italy and Europe.
It was simultaneously the most fun and exhausting job I have ever had. I literally got paid to travel to over 10 countries and 20 cities, which is pretty sweet if you ask me.
However, over time, following the same itineraries became less exciting, and I began to crave creating some adventures on my own.
I spent 30 days working for a stand-up paddleboard company in Greece, worked my way through Barcelona, Madrid, and much of Andalusia, rented a smart car and soaked in hot springs off the coast of Portugal, slept under the stars of the Moroccan Sahara, and so much more.
It truly was the adventure of a lifetime.
But like all good things, it had to come to an end. My visa (and money) had run out and it was time to return to the United States.
I spend the next few months living at home with my family, lamenting Chicago winters, ironically working at an Italian restaurant, and scheming up new ways to move to Europe.
Which brings me to my latest adventure…
Teaching English In Spain
After just a few months of living at home, I applied was accepted to teach English in Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversación.
Before I knew it, I was headed back to Spain, visa in hand, ready to set up shop in Sevilla, the city I currently call home.
Today, I spend my days teaching 6-12-year-olds English in a town outside of Sevilla, and my weekends traveling and blogging.
Thanks For Reading!
My crazy lifestyle of living abroad certainly isn’t for everyone, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I may not live a conventional life, or have conventional jobs, but living in Europe, seeing the world, and sharing all of my experiences here has enriched my life so much.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own life of adventure (and Miss Adventures), whatever that may mean for you.
May adventures await you,