Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stay Healthy While Traveling by Doing This One Thing (and a giveaway!)

Happy Wednesday!  

I am getting back in the grove after being away for 2.5 weeks.  I am in Utah for 2 weeks before I jet back to the East Coast for a wedding in Vermont.  Even a few local trips planned throughout October and hopefully something fun for November.  A lot of traveling this summer, back and forth across the country and different time zones.  When traveling a lot, or when you have a really busy schedule, it is so important to stay healthy and energized.  Vacations are short, no one has time to spend them sick in bed or recovering from jet lag. 

Today's post is all about one simple way to stay healthy while traveling.  It is one thing I am SO bad at that I am constantly trying to get better at (especially while flying!)  
Today's guest post is featuring an awesome Blogger and Author: Lindsey over at Fit Life Pursuits

Stay Healthy While Traveling by Doing This One Thing

If you love to travel and want to make sure you have many many healthy travels (don't we all?), then it is important that you do this one thing....drink more water!

Your Body's Best Medicine

Water is your body's best all-natural medicine. Water is important for the function of cells and tissues in our body, as well as our joints, bones and organs. As we lose water through sweating, breathing, urinating, and digestion, it is important that we replenish our body. Otherwise, we will literally be running dry and our body will not function at its best. 

Being sick on vacation is no fun! Drinking water can help!

How much water your body needs will depend on a few things: what type of climate you are in, how much physical activity you're getting daily, and your overall health and diet. If you are traveling in a hot climate or at a high elevation and are being active, you will need more water. 
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Waiting to drink water when you are thirsty may not be enough. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, thirst can actually be a signal that your body is already dehydrated. 

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) of water a day for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters and approximately 100 oz.) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters and approximately 75 oz.) of total beverages a day.

Additional Tip: While your body adjusts to more water, keep a bathroom nearby! Don’t worry, your body will eventually adjust to the change.

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Katie's Tip: I highly recommend bringing a water bottle every where you go.  Just the bottle is a constant reminder to drink more water.  If you want to get real fancy, take a sharpie and mark times on your bottles, encouraging you to hit that mark before that point in the day.  Drinking a ton of water is also one of the best ways to beat Jet Lag! 

Staying healthy on-the-go doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes it just takes practice. If you are not used to drinking water on a regular basis, you can easily begin to form the habit. Research shows that after only 21 days you can develop a new lasting habit. Adding water as a new daily habit can transform your body and help you create a healthier lifestyle, even while traveling across the world!

If you need help creating healthy habits, be sure to check out my new book, The Food Dare.  The Food Dare is a 30-day guide where you will add healthy new habits (like drinking more water) into your diet, in three phases. In each phase you will practice each new healthy habit so that it can become a lifestyle, not a diet. This dare is not about deprivation or restriction. It is about adding to your life to make your daily choices healthier and more nutritious. You can  get The Food Dare here.

Lindsey is giving away a free digital or paperback copy to one of my readers!  Make sure you scroll down to the end of the post to enter the giveaway to win a copy of this awesome guide! The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Author Bio: Lindsey is a Florida-raised, Oregon-living wife, dog mom, outdoor enthusiast and fitness lover. She has a passion for challenging others to pursue a fit lifestyle so they can always say “yes” to any exciting adventure that comes their way, without having to worry if their body is up for it. She enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, and spending time being active outdoors with her husband and their two dogs. Occasionally you will find her dancing around her house while eating a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. You can connect with Lindsey, get fitness training, get her book, and read more about her outdoor adventures at

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Love Letter to Coastal Connecticut: Avery Point, Groton

Connecticut can be really hard to describe.  

It's between Boston and New York, but is very different than both.  It is New England, but very different than Maine, Vermont, and some of the other New England States.   It doesn't have a huge city like Massachusetts has Boston, but its also not as small as teeny Rhode Island.  

Connecticut has that amazing coastal small New England feel, without the heavy accents of Bostoners, or the lumberjack types of Maine.  Home to prestigious Yale, the victorious Huskies, a ton of lighthouses, beautiful historic small towns, and a few cities.  The summers can be humid, and the winters can be brutal, but those amazing summer days on the shoreline make you forget about the snow you will be shoveling in a few short months. 

I get sick of trying to describe it in words to me friends out here, so I keep choosing to share CT the best way I know how, with pictures.  

Today's Connecticut photos are at one of my favorite spots.  The University of Connecticut, Avery Point campus.  The campus is open to the public and for a few good reasons.  There is a walking path around the campus that is always busy, and the large mansion always hosts a wedding on summer weekends.  You can take a sailing class, or scuba class (yep, for credit).  It is iconic New England, lighthouses, sailboats, old mansions, and golf courses in one beautiful little spot.  

Lets wander over to Avery Point. 

Tree at Avery Point Campus 
New London Ledge Light, at the mouth of the Thames River, Groton CT

New London Ledge is locally famous for the ghost of an early keeper, nicknamed "Ernie," who allegedly haunts the lighthouse. The Coast Guard crew on duty at the lighthouse, not automated until 1987, reported unexplained knockings taking place at night, as well as doors opening and closing repeatedly, the television turning on and off by itself sporadically, and the unexplained removal of sheets from beds.  Source 

New London Ledge Light,
Walking Path at Avery Point 
Walking Path Avery Point 

Fishing Platform

Branford House Mansion, Avery Point 

How many campus' can say they have a mansion on campus?  Avery Point can.  The mansions on campus combine that old New England charm with the waterfront.  The Branford House Mansion was built in the 19th century and modeled after the famous Newport mansions.  Branford House was originally a 31-room mansion that rivaled those found in Newport. It was built at a cost of three million dollars in 1903 when Groton Savings Bank at the time had $312,738.39. Features included panoramic views of Fishers Island and Long Island Sound, its two-story fireplace, a winding staircase of imported Italian marble, and paneled walls carved by Italian and German craftsmen.  Read more about the mansions history and owner here

Branford House Mansion, Avery Point 

Avery Point Light House 

Avery Point Lighthouse was the last to be built in Connecticut. It was finished in 1943, during World War II, but was not activated until May 2, 1944 due to concerns about possible enemy invasions by sea. The tower’s unusual lighting apparatus consisted of eight 200-watt bulbs showing a fixed white light at fifty-five feet above sea level. Later on, the light was changed to flashing green.
In 1969, the land was returned to the State of Connecticut at no cost, and it became part of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point campus. Given the designation of Building #41 by the university, the former lighthouse building has been used as a physics laboratory and an air sampling station. Source

Avery Point Light House 

Avery Point Light House 

Avery Point is one of the smaller campus' of the University of Connecticut.  While it is quite small, it is the perfect place to study Marine Science.  Where else can you find a campus right on the water, with direct access to the water, research vessels, with sailing and scuba classes, and an incredible view. 

Marine Science Building, Avery Point 

FUN FACT:  I spent three years on this gorgeous campus, walked across this lawn to receive my B.S in Marine Science, and gave the commencement speech in front of students, faculty, friends and family.  

Avery Point is an amazing campus for Marine Science.  Amazing building, labs, and right on the water, we have our own docks and research vessels.  Even the "dining hall" is on a deck overlooking the marina. 

Rankin Lab, Avery Point 

Rankin Lab, Avery Point 

The Rankin Laboratory has been designed to be a unique teaching and research seawater laboratory. The 2,400 square foot wet laboratory can supply up to 250 GPM of seawater through a high-flow pressurized distribution system.  Source

Marine Science Building, Avery Point 

Marina, Avery Point, CT

Coastal Connecticut, New England, you have my heart.

Big Travel, Small Budget.- How to travel more, spend less, and see the world. Free until 8/26!

Happy Monday all!  I hope your Monday is off to a better start than mine.  My Monday has been of the crash and burn variety.  Like, registered for a ridiculous class, missed the train, biked to class, stuck in a rain storm, showed up sopping wet in a white tank top, and have to scramble to find a new class.  Monday got me, reallll goood.  

But wait, I have some fun and good news!

One of the blogs I follow, Ryan, from Desk to Dirtbag.  Just came out with his first Kindle Book.  It is titled "Big Travel, Small Budget, How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World".  

Big Travel Small Budget Available Now an

Oh, and did I mention its FREE on your kindle until August 26th? You read that, FREE!  


Traveling more on a smaller budget is exactly what my life motto is lately.  So I am so excited to sink my teeth into Ryans book.  Head over over to Amazon and download your free copy.  Can't wait to share some of his tips with all of you!  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Behind the Scenes of KW

Behind the Scenes of KW

I spend so much time on all of our trips taking pictures, that I am seldom actually IN a picture.  If you are a blogger, or the one ALWAYS behind the camera, you get it. 
So today, I thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes of Katie Wanders.  Thanks Thatcher for snapping all these funny and not so glamorous pictures all the time. 

Katie Skis 

Katie Takes A LOT of pictures 

Katie Bikes

Katie with the Critters 

Katie Drinks 

Katie Runs and Hikes 


Katie makes weird faces


And a lot of the time, I do this