Kita 北
Kita 北
Handcrafted Travel







As travelers, we want to see the whole world, from the inside out. Yet, we find that so often traveling through a place means that we find ourselves standing on the outside. We miss connection. We miss understanding. Too many times we settle for the beaten path, because we don't know how to make our own. 

Kita Collective is a travel magazine dedicated to narratives about place. We tell stories about the people, locations, and cultures that work together to define place. How we tell those stories--whether through photography, film, or words--changes, but the purpose remains the same: to move beyond the staid travel guide and trend-conscious content, in order to share a different kind of journey into the heart of a place. 

Why handcrafted travel?

We not only hand select the stories we believe will help our readers best understand the places we write about, but Kita Collective will soon start selling handcrafted artisan goods by the makers in our stories.  

We want you to see, smell, touch, breathe place. Above all, we want you to live the places you visit. 

This is travel for tomorrow.

The Team

Melissa Leighty, Publisher/Creative Director
Melissa is a Barcelona-based writer and photographer who dreams mostly about food. She covers travel, food, wine, and culture for local magazines and runs a food blog called Ataula.

When she's not obsessing about her next meal, she's usually skipping through a vineyard somewhere in Catalunya. 

Find her @ instagram | website |  blogpinterest

Marybeth Thompson, Senior Editor
Marybeth Thompson is a Barcelona-based writer who moonlights as an underpaid teacher. She is moved by a good story and is onerously attended by empathy.

She loves a good book, a good gin tonic, a stack of firewood, and her dog (which her editor sometimes misspells as god and files under Freudian slip).  

Find her @ instagram | facebook

Andrew Curry, Editor-at-Large
Andrew Curry is a Tokyo-based photographer whose competing passions for coffee--hold the milk and sugar please--and barley tea keep him up at night. 

In his other life, you can find him at Blue Bottle Coffee Japan working hard to keep perfect pour-overs in the hands of many.

Find him @ instagram | website