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About

Vanessa Morgan
Hello there! I'm Vanessa Morgan, founder and creative mind of Traveling Cats.

For over fifteen years, I've been snapping pictures of every cat I meet during my travels around the world. In December 2013, I realized I had more travel pictures of cats than 'normal' ones, and I figured it could be neat to put them all on a blog. Two weeks later, Traveling Cats was born.

It's an interesting project on many levels. The pictures are not just about the cats, but they also give a good impression of the cities and countries in which those pictures were taken. Also, whereas in some parts of the world cats look like little divas, in others they are unkempt, poor creatures.

My passion for this site helped it to grow quickly and a year and a half later, I was able to quit my teaching job to pursue Traveling Cats full time. Traveling Cats has since grown to become the biggest collection of travel pictures of cats and the first online destination for travelers searching for cat-related activities.

Do you only publish your own cat pictures?

While most of the pictures are my own, I also publish submissions from readers. Go to Submit a Cat Photo to send your own pictures.

What type of camera do you use?

I use an Olympus E-PL 7, which is extremely lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It has the added advantage that you can use it in combination with lenses and flashes from other brands. I couldn't live without it anymore.

Do you do something else in life apart from taking cat pictures? 

I'm obsessed with horror movies and I'm at my happiest at horror film festivals. I started my career as a movie critic and I have even written books on the genre. I've also tried my hand on fiction books (Drowned SorrowThe Strangers Outside), a cat memoir (Avalon), and screenplays (A Good Man, Next to Her, GPS With Benefits). Three of my works have been turned into films.

When I'm not writing or taking cat pictures, you can find me reading, urbexing, drinking tea, digging through flea markets, going to restaurants, or indulging in my unhealthy addiction to my cat.

Do you have a cat yourself?

My feline soul mate, Avalon, passed away in July 2013. No matter how many cats I meet during my travels around the world, Avalon will always be the most precious. I recently published a book about him: Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story. He also had a part in the movies Strangers and Next to Her, and he appears in my vampire story A Good Man.

In December 2014 I adopted Romero at the local cat shelter. I wasn't ready for a new cat, but I thought there were so many homeless pets that it would be selfish not to adopt one if I had the space for it. Romero has now conquered a place in my heart.

Where do you live?

I currently live in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Belgium. I also lived in LondonOudergem, Zaventem, and Genval.

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19 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea! Looking forward to seeing some more great cat photos on your blog.

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  2. Hello Vanessa!

    My name's Tammy and I'm the Marketing Coordinator at TheUncommonDog.com. I found your blog through Blog Paws and thought you might be interested in seeing a fun and engaging infographic we've created that focuses on dog safety during the hot summer months: http://www.theuncommondog.com/Images/infographics/dog-days-summer.jpg

    If you like the infographic and want to share it with your readers please feel free to do so. The only thing we ask in return is that you link back to TheUncommonDog.com in someway from your post.

    Also, definitely let me know if you do decide to post it because we'd be happy to spread the word about your blog by linking to your post from our Facebook page.

    Big Tail Wag!
    Tammy Sexton
    Marketing Coordinator
    tammy@theuncommondog.com
    www.theuncommondog.com

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  3. Hi Vanessa,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love all the cat pictures on your blog and look forward to visiting quite frequently. Meow and Namaste! ~ Pippy the Feline Yogini

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  4. Hi!
    Thanks for visit my blog "Caixa de Gatos". You have so many pictures of cute kittens! I will follow your posts here! Oh, sorry about my poor english!]
    Kisses!

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  5. Hi!
    Thanks for visit my blog "Caixa de Gatos". You have so many pictures of cute kittens! I will follow your posts here! Oh, sorry about my poor english!]
    Kisses!

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  6. Hi Vanessa!

    It's me again, Tammy the Marketing Coordinator at The Uncommon Dog. We just finished another informative info-graphic that I thought you might be interested in. It's titled "How Dogs Became Our Best Friends!".

    If you love dogs, like we do, then you'll love this story. Recent scientific breakthroughs have increased our understanding about how dogs have come to play such an integral part of our daily lives. This fun and engaging info-graphic tells that story in a way that we hope makes it accessible and interesting to everyone.

    If you would like to share this info-graphic with your readers, please feel free to do so. You can find the info-graphic here: http://www.theuncommondog.com/how-dogs-became-our-best-friends.aspx Again, all we ask in return is that you link back to TheUncommonDog.com, in some way, from your post.

    Also, definitely let me know if you do decide to post it because we'd be happy to spread the word again about the blog post by linking to it from our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.

    If you'd like your e-mail removed from our mailing list, please let us know.

    Big Tail Wag!
    Tammy Sexton
    Marketing Coordinator

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  7. Pretty cool idea! My mom was a flight attendant for eleven years and she lived in Germany for ten years, so she saw lots of animals in her travels but never thought about doing something like this. Love it!

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  8. What a fantastic idea for a blog! I don't travel as much as you do, but at least I can look at international cats vicariously through you. I'm looking forward to seeing your posts during the A to Z Challenge! Cheers, marci (Fuzzy Undertones at marcilicious.com)

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  9. Unique and interesting blog! Also intrigued by the drawing here. Self portrait? I would love to be able to do something like that. (I also like cats) :)

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  10. Are you serious! There is such a thing as a traveling-cats blog?!! I love cats, and have snapped quite a few on my travels, too! This blog is getting bookmarked.
    Donna On Palawan @ Quintessential San Diego From A to Z

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  11. Thanks for posting my cat and giveaway on your blog, Vanessa!

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  12. Saw you on Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Pawsome idea for a blog! Cats are such good subjects to photograph, and you do it well. It would be a nice feature to have a "category" listing of all your posts by countries, but maybe it would be too big...but your archived posts might get more views. Following you on my Wordpress reader! Paw Paw for now =^,,^=

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  13. Hi, just came across your blog while looking through Vicki's Grow your blog list of entries, and of course loving cats too I had to have a peep!. I will send you a couple of photos of my cats if you would like to publish. I live in Perth, Australia.

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  14. Hello, Vanessa!! Thank you for your visit to my blog! I thought I would pop over and officially 'meet' you!!! I LOVE your cats!!! What a novel idea! Looking forward to being blogging sisters! I am now your newest follower!

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  15. Vanessa you're tipping your toes in many waters -- love this site! but I don't think my hedgehog would hahaha

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  16. Vanessa,

    You have done a fantastic job here. This is one of my favorite cat blogs around!

    Thanks,

    Lucy

    http://purrfectcatdiet.com/

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  17. Vanessa, thanks for linking up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays. I selected your post as my favorite for the week. The post went live at 6 p.m. ;)

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  18. Wow! I've been looking for a blog about travelling cats for a while now and yours is really exceptional :) Cheers!

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