My Story

Neighborhood Nomads is a travel site comprised of stories, images and observations about the strength of our homes, neighborhoods, cities and landscapes. The intent of this site is to encourage us to travel our hometowns as a tourist would by rediscovering beauty in the places we know best and to experience faraway destinations as a local would by taking time to understand what makes them tick. Neighborhood Nomads celebrates the places and spaces, near and far, that make us feel like we belong. It is a testament to the power of physical places in a virtual world.

Over the years, Neighborhood Nomads has taken many forms. It originally began in 2011 as a year-long project to return to each of my many hometowns. It later became a place to feature interviews with people invested in the place they call home. It was often just a space in which to reflect upon our surroundings — to explore the landscape and the outdoors, whether biking through town, taking a weekend road trip, or camping on a nearby beach; to explore the city and observe urban living and the pulse of the world’s hubs; to explore the neighborhood and slow down to savor the core unit of our communities; and to explore the home and consider how the spaces we inhabit provide insight into our identities and families. In its latest iteration in 2017, Neighborhood Nomads focuses on family travel, centered upon little reminders — true to its roots — to slow down, take notice and go light.

About the Author

Kate Barrett Gallery is a journalist, traveler and small business owner living on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Her experience includes work as a news writer at KRON-4 television in San Francisco, a web producer at ABC News in Washington, a reporter on Capitol Hill, and a summer backpacking guide in Canada, France and Spain. Kate received a journalism degree at Northwestern’s Medill School in Evanston, Ill. and a degree in history-sociology from Columbia University in New York City. Kate runs a family-friendly bicycle outing business called Recess Outings, guiding DC locals and visitors on bike rides throughout the city’s neighborhoods and along its waterways. She has lived in 28 houses or apartments in a dozen cities and towns and has always been a neighborhood nomad.