Who is ‘Intrepidista’?

Hi everyone! (well, hi ‘mum’, who am sure is the only one reading this…)

I’m Cat and this is my travel blog / website / poor attempt at communicating with the rest of the world while I travel.

Although originally from Wellington, New Zealand, I am currently galavanting around the world, recklessly spending all the money a smarter person would have used for a deposit on a home. Basically, as so many other millennials seem to be doing right now, I left my job, packed up my life, and said a big ‘F U’ to working a 9-to-5 job (for a while at least). I started this big adventure on 31 August 2015 with my now-ex-boyfriend, but now I am flying solo, but I couldn’t be happier with how things have worked out. Everyday is now an adventure – sometimes good, sometimes bad – but almost always character-building!

Dark angel

The Journey

To date, I have travelled mostly through Asia and Europe. By the end of 2016, I hope to have visited every country in Europe, however elusive they may be (I’m looking at you Belarus…). Eventually, in good time, I would also like to visit every country in the world.

En este momento I am based in Salamanca, Spain, for a couple of months while I attempt to learn Spanish.

Afterwards, my plan is to head east through the Southeastern parts of Europe, through Egypt and the Middle East, then onwards to the Central Asian countries before hitting up the rest of Asia. After Asia, I will hop on a plane to South America and then gradually make my way up to the U.S. where I hope to do an epic road trip. But hey, when do things ever really go as planned?!

Watching the sunset near Breaker Bay

Countries Visited So Far (as of June 2016)

  1. New Zealand!  (1986 – 2012)
  2. Australia (2004-5, 2012 – 2015)
  3. United States
    • Vegas (June 2010)
    • New York, Washington, New Orleans (Jan – Mar 2015)
  4. Singapore (Mar 2011, September 2015)
  5. China (Mar 2011, Sept 2015)
  6. Thailand (Mar, May 2011)
  7. Cambodia (Apr 2011)
  8. Laos (Apr 2011)
  9. Vietnam (May 2011)
  10. Indonesia (Jun 2013)
  11. Mongolia (Sep – Oct 2015)
  12. Russia (Oct 2015)
  13. Latvia (Oct 2015)
  14. Estonia (Oct 2015)
  15. Norway (Nov 2015)
  16. Denmark (Nov 2015)
  17. Sweden (Nov 2015)
  18. Finland (Dec 2015)
  19. Ireland (Dec 2015)
  20. United Kingdom (Dec 2015 – Jan 2016)
  21. France (Jan, Apr 2016)
  22. Belgium (Jan 2016)
  23. Netherlands (Jan 2016)
  24. Luxembourg (Jan 2016)
  25. Germany (Jan – Feb 2016)
  26. Czech Republic (Feb 2016)
  27. Poland (Feb 2016)
  28. Lithuania (Mar 2016)
  29. Ukraine (Mar 2016)
  30. Moldova, incl. the Republic of Transnistria (Mar 2016)
  31. Romania (Mar 2016)
  32. Austria (Mar 2016)
  33. Liechtenstein (Mar 2016)
  34. Switzerland (Mar 2016)
  35. Italy (Mar – Apr 2016)
  36. Vatican (April 2016)
  37. Malta (April 2016)
  38. San Marino (April 2016)
  39. Andorra (May 2016)
  40. Spain (May – ? 2016)
  41. Morocco (Jun 2016)

Cat xoxo



  • Reply
    December 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Found your blog via Instagram (sweet feed btw). Just wanted to let you know that a couple of your links to your own pages seem to be broken, for example the one to your packing list or to your posts about earning money while traveling and about the best travel apps.

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      The Intrepidista
      December 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Svenja! Thanks so much for visiting my page! It’s really nice to know that people are checking it out, particularly as I am only just starting out and still learning how to use this site. Also thank you very much for pointing out the broken page links. In all honesty the pages were up there because I intended to write those articles a long time ago, but have gotten a wee bit behind schedule. My website is a bit empty at the moment, but I hope to get a lot more stuff up over the next couple of months so I hope you do still continue to check in from time to time. Cat 🙂

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    December 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Ah, I know what you mean! I have some articles waiting in line for both of my blogs, too – right now they are basically just rough outlines.
    Of course I will continue to check in regularly, look forward to seeing your site filling in as your trip goes on! 😃

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