A little about Katie Aune…
I am a Minnesota native, 15-year Chicago resident and recent Washington, D.C. transplant who started dreaming of traveling and seeing the world at a young age. But aside from a church mission trip to Mexico when I was 14, I didn’t leave the country for the first time until I took a 23 day tour to Europe after finishing law school in 2001. I spent the next ten years making the most of my vacation time by taking short trips to Australia, Egypt, Peru, Norway and all over western Europe.
A self-professed “recovering attorney,” I left a job in educational fundraising and event planning in August 2011 to travel and volunteer in all 15 countries of the former Soviet Union. I returned home in September 2012 after a 13-month career break that included running a marathon in Estonia, teaching English in Russia and Tajikistan, volunteering with the national tourism board of Armenia, living with local families in Azerbaijan, and trying my best to speak Russian on a daily basis. In addition to being obsessed with travel, I am a sports fanatic and running enthusiast who has been gluten-free since 2010 due to Celiac Disease. I have finished seven marathons and have a goal of finishing a marathon on each continent.
After returning to the United States at the end of 2012, I spent three years working at a law school in Chicago as the director of alumni engagement, while writing about travel in my free time. I wrote regularly about Chicago, Russia and the Baltic States for Viator, as well as the occasional post for sites like G Adventures, BootsnAll, Meet, Plan, Go and Brazen Careerist. In January 2016, I moved to Washington, D.C. to start a new job as a planned giving officer at the National Geographic Society, a job that perfectly combines my background as a tax attorney, my experience in fundraising and my passions for travel, geography, education and wildlife.
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