Who Am I?


Hi there fellow wanderlusters! Welcome to my travel blog based on solo female travel for flashpackers! My name is Katrina Luder, a UK resident who left the cold behind in 2014 to embark on a journey around the world. With no real idea of where I’d end up, I found myself backpacking through Asia and falling in love with the simple charm, fascinating culture and idyllic beaches.

Aqua & Ink was born from a desire to share my sun-chasing escapades and passion for writing and taking beautiful images of where I’ve visited. I am a female solo traveller, although I do enjoy travelling as part of a group or with friends. I would consider myself to be a flashpacker as although I am keen to stay in either hotels, hostels or guesthouses, I always take into account comfort and luxury no matter how small that luxury might be.

If you need me, I’m never too far away from a Porn-Star Martini and a ripe avocado.


How do you afford to travel so much?

Before I went travelling, I worked a lot and saved as much money as I could. Now I combine working travel, savings and the money I make from my blog and social channels to keep me going on the road. I find volunteering and especially workaway to be the best way to sustain yourself in one country for a longer period of time.

What are your favourite destinations?

I absolutely adore Sri Lanka and Myanmar in Asia as they were both such different countries that had unique cultures and absolutely fascinating locals. New Zealand seems to hold a special place in my heart and I would love the opportunity to go back there and travel further!

Where are you desperate to travel to?

Right now South America, Maldives and Fiji are at the top of my list. Although I have an upcoming trip to India in January 2017 which I am extremely excited about…so if you have any tips, then holla!

Who do you travel with?

My blog is based on solo female travel, so a lot of time I am adventuring alone. However, I do enjoy tour groups travel and meet up with friends on the road. All you fellow solo travellers will know that when you’re travelling alone, you’re never truly by yourself!

What camera do you use?

My main camera is a Canon 70D with a 50mm lens and a 18-134mm kit lens. I also have a Go Pro Hero 3+, Sony RX100 and sometimes I use my iPhone 6s plus if I don’t have my camera on me!

If you’re keen to see some of the videos that I make, I’d love for you to check out my YouTube Channel here.

Where have you travelled?

Australasia & Oceania

Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

The Americas

United States of America


Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Turkey


Head to my destinations page here to find all my tips on the places you want to go


If you have any more questions you want answering, please tweet me to get in contact!