2 years of experience
Washington, DC
United States of America (USA)

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Travel has been my biggest motivator in seeking a full life with new landscapes and more importantly, people and their stories. Before moving to the DC area, I worked with youth programs on cruise ships and educational summer camps for teenagers. I learned how to work long hours every day of the week, the importance of providing excellent customer service, and communicating with people of all ages and backgrounds. In the spring I show school groups all around the sites of the Washington, DC area. Late spring through fall I lead adult tours mainly in the national parks and Alaska but I’m always open to learning more! 

I also run a travel agency focusing on adventure travel and offer coaching for aspiring long-term travelers. I believe travel is a great tool for education and personal transformation. 

Tours Offered & Destination Knowledge

Adventure/Hiking ToursBus ToursCultural/Specialty ToursExperience HostFood & Drink ToursGeneral Walking ToursLarge Group ToursLocal GuideMulti-Day Tour Director/LeaderPerformance Group ToursPrivate ToursStudent Tour Director

I have lived in the Washington, DC area since 2015 and always have more to see and learn.

Tour Director Experience:

  • Colorado Rockies
  • South Dakota
  • National Parks tours in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming
  • Alaska by land and sea
  • Washington, DC 

Destination Training:

  • Alaska by bus, train, and cruise (Holland America Line 2022 & 2023)
  • Southwest National Parks (TripSchool 2023)
  • New Orleans (TripSchool 2023)

I have traveled to many port cities including Alaska, Caribbean islands, Mediterranean ports, eastern Canada, and Norway while working on cruise ships.

In addition to DC I have lived in New York state, North Carolina, South Carolina and frequently travel the east coast between Florida and Maine. 

I have traveled independently in New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Southeast Asia, Italy, India, Ireland, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and more. 

Fun Fact!
I once spent a few weeks around Western Australia sleeping in a camping hammock.
Hobbies & Interests
I have played soccer for about 20 years and have always been drawn to salt water. I snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, and enjoy seeing all types of underwater wildlife. I also attempt to grow fruit and vegetables in raised garden beds at home.


"Thank you for such a wonderful time!!  You are a great tour host and we thoroughly enjoyed being with you and the rest of the group seeing such wonderful sites.  I hope we have you for our director on future tours!" - Couple on a South Dakota Tour

"Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!  I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  You and (driver) make a great team." - Couple on a National Parks Tour

“Katie worked extremely hard and worked late into the night providing excellent service for all our needs!! I’ve been on many bus tours in my life and I have to say Katie was one of the best!!” – Review from a National Parks Tour

“She was very good at making the whole group feel a part of the tour. Katie walked with 30 people for our first welcome briefing to Maggiano’s where we had dinner. She was like a mother hen watching over us. She created a website for us to give us restaurant ideas & group dinner menus. She had such a bubbly personality. I just can’t say enough good things about Katie.” – Review from a Colorado Rockies Tour

“Katie was excellent at organizing and communicating everything. She was very friendly and helped out whenever needed. We would enjoy taking another tour with her.” – Review from a South Dakota Tour

"Katie was new to us and we love her! She related well to our students and parents, knowledgeable, and helped navigate us around DC. We would LOVE to have her again next year!" - Lead Teacher on a DC Student Tour 

"I was talking with my kids the other day and they talked about how much they enjoyed their trip. Just wanted to let you know you made a difference in our lives and we appreciate you!" - Parent on a DC Student Tour



Gateway Airport(s)



Washington, D.C.


TripSchool Certified Tour Director 2022, TripSchool Southwest National Parks 2023



Additional Education

  • Master's Degree in Environmental Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology
  • Advanced PADI Scuba Diver

General Availability

I am available for multi-day tours and step-on guide work in DC as shown on my calendar:

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