I’m an American freelance travel journalist, copywriter, photographer, innovator, restaurant reviewer, nonprofit worker, occasional videographer, television consultant, and outdoor adventurer. Currently residing and working as a photographer in Hawaii (Big Island), I’m NYC based and enjoy working as a freelance writer and innovator as well. My favorite experiences are always those that aren’t listed in guidebooks, so I refuse to take them when I travel. That’s right–I’m anti-Lonely Planet. I also don’t go to a country to cross it off a list, or to brag about all the sites I saw and museums I visited. For me, travel is about going slowly and experiencing a place for what it is–whether that’s living with “regular” townspeople, planting crops with farmers, or living without electricity to understand the daily struggles of everyday people–and really getting to know a country outside of its famous cities and tourist places. In fact, I’d say I live to experience what most Westerners might find too boring, or too weird, or not “fun.”
I enjoy adventure travel (nearly always solo), local and international exploration, sarcasm, outdoor recreation, travel photography, storytelling, and a whole lot more! From hiking and cliff jumping to scuba diving and rice farming, I love trying out new activities and sharing experiences with others around the world. I love to discuss discoveries with all, so if you have a place to recommend, want to ask me about where I’ve been, or just want to say hello, then please contact me at Kathryn@AntiTouristTraveler.com or @AntiTourist. And try not to get offended by reading my sarcastic musings written on these pages. Try.
You can also view my photography portfolio at www.KathrynCooperPhotography.com. Many of the featured photos are from my most memorable journeys abroad.
Below are a few photos of me (contrary to popular belief, I am a real person, not a zombie) and a few of my favorite photos from abroad. Thanks so much for reading. Now go have an adventure!