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Do you want to maintain a normal life while still traveling? You know what I mean - own a house, have a dog and maybe even a baby, keep your job while finding time and resources to travel.  Maybe you want to explore your state, or maybe you want to find the time and resources to travel the rest of the world. What you are looking for dear reader, is how to be a Weekend Warrior.  

You are in the right place. 

Katie Wanders follows the awesome adventures of a Weekend Warrior. What you will find is the life of this adventure traveler and outdoor addict who loves good food, better booze and attainable ways to see the world.

Weekend Warrior: a person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate. As much variation and quantity of awesomeness is packed into the weekends as physically possible, warranting the rest of the workweek to recharge for the next weekend.

About Me
I am the Katie behind Katie Wanders.  I am a 33 year wife/mother/daughter/sister/ living on the central coast of Connecticut. Born and bred New Englander, the northeast corner of the USA really pulls at my heartstrings.  After graduating with a B.S. in Marine Science, I stumbled into the Environmental Consulting field and never left. In 2014, I moved to Utah to see what life was like out West - hiking, skiing and biking my way into a new part of the country and new culture.  I also went to get my Master's Degree in Environmental Science which I finished in 2016 at the University of Utah (Go Utes!). I moved back to New England shortly after to be closer to my family, the water, and my favorite local bar The Dogwatch. 

I am now "mom" to a lovely little boy which means family-friendly travel has become more important than ever. I am so excited to share all the victories and setbacks that traveling with a family brings.

Where I Travel 
This blog is a compilation of my favorite places and spaces.  A lot of the blog focuses on my two years out west and my life back east in Connecticut.  It also has a chunk of trips around the U.S.A. and international trips abroad. Drinking at a new local brewery, hiking in the Whites of New Hampshire, Sightseeing in Europe, Scuba Diving in Grand Cayman, Road Trips in Iceland, Swimming with wild dolphins in the Azores - it's all here. 

What I Do
Scroll through this blog for a few minutes and you will see that I am an outdoor addict. I love to hike, mountain bike, ski, horseback ride, scuba dive and run. I've run two marathons, hiked all of New England's highest peaks, and have placed my skis on some phenomenal mountain tops. I also spend a lot of time at home renovating our 1979 colonial and hiking our local trails with my son and two dogs.

How I Do It 
You may be wondering how I have been able to see all these places, all while working or being in school full time. I have an entire post dedicated to this but the quick and dirty is this:  I make the most of all of those seconds outside of my 9-5.  I use my weekdays, I pack my weekends, I use my vacation days (and then some) and I hustle a few side jobs to help pay for my lifestyle.  

This blog is a tool to see all the amazing places I visit (including guides to them), follow the trails I hike, how to manage it all, and what it really looks like to be a Weekend Warrior.  I hope you follow along and find your tools to warrior your weekend as well.


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So you read about Katie,
 but you want to know more about Katie Wanders. 

Katie Wanders has a following from the East Coast, Utah, and fans in between.  Katie Wanders has hundreds of followers and readers on Facebook  Instagram  Pinterest and Youtube,  KW is a great spot to reach out to fellow travel, photography, food, and fitness lovers looking for you!  If you are in these categories and want to be featured, I can be contacted via email. 

For PR and General Inquiries:

Dirt In My Shoes and Naomi in Wonderland

Guest Posts:
Next Stop Adventure: Hiking tips for beginners

Girl On A Hike: Utah's Mighty Five

Interview with Naomi


  1. what an interesting life story! fun fact- I was also the commencement speaker at my college graduation :) looking forward to following your blog!

  2. Nice! I would like to say it was because I am so so smart but it was based on popular vote... aka I made all my friends vote for me. Thanks for reading :)

  3. Just found your blog via Running for Rescue's link on Facebook.
    I'm down in Norwalk CT. Just wanted to say hello!

    1. Hey! thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to follow your blog- its nice to meet some local bloggers- far are few!

  4. Followed you over here from my friends Jessica site. I just ran my second half marathon on November 22 when it was 20 degrees or so at the start. I work as an environmental engineer working on water and air issues for my company here in Virginia. I have never heard of Ragnar but it sounds very interesting. I'll have to read up more on then here on your site. Best wishes on your Masters studies.

    1. Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping by! Congrats on your second half marathon! And that is a cold start! Nice to meet a fellow environmental scientist/runner. Thanks again for stopping by and thank you for the wishes! About to start studying for my environmental law exam and could use the luck! ;)

  5. This is going to sound weird, but unless you moved to Concord, NC someone is using your profile to catfish on okcupid

    1. wow that is certainly not me! Thank you! Looking into this!

  6. Found your blog via Don't Stop Living. I've only been to Utah once before, but I really enjoyed Salt Lake City. Such a beautiful city! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in the American West.

    1. Hi Ray! Thank you so much for stopping by KW! I am glad you enjoyed Salt Lake City! Being a born and bred East Coaster, it was a tough transition for me. But that aside, this city by the mountains is gorgeous. There are so many amazing places right outside my door step. It is an outdoor lovers paradise!


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