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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, keep your job while finding time and resources to travel.   Maybe you want to explore your corner of the earth, or maybe you want to find a way to travel the rest of the world.  What you are looking for is how to be a Weekend Warrior.  

 You are in the right place. 

Welcome to Katie Wanders - the adventures of a Weekend Warrior.  Adventure travel, outdoor addict, good food, better booze and affordable dresses.  You will find all that here and more. 



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.




While Instagram is full of stories of beautiful and hopelessly in love couples who quit their job and travel the world (and kudos to them) - that just doesn't fit the lifestyle I wanted.   It's also a small snapshot of exactly what someone wants you to see and a very small glimpse into someone's reality.  I wanted to use my Master's Degree, own my own home, have pets and maintain a relationship all while still traveling.  I also wanted to do this while being as down to earth and as transparent as possible.  Traveling and balancing a "normal life" doesn't have to be all or nothing, turns out, there is a middle. 

I am here to show you how to find your middle. How you can make the most of your weekends, vacations, holidays, and even weeknights to see everything from the local treasures in your town to some of the worlds most famous monuments (I'm talking to you Eiffel Tower).  


About Me
I am the Katie behind Katie Wanders.  I am a 31 year old female 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. 


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 3 years 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 and run.  This blog focuses on outdoor recreation and adventure travel.  Don't worry, I go inside to eat or visit a local brewery from time to time and you will find those reviews on here too. 


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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10 comments :

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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  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.

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    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! ;)

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  5. This is going to sound weird, but unless you moved to Concord, NC someone is using your profile to catfish on okcupid https://www.okcupid.com/profile/miss_kellsers?cf=profile

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

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  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.

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    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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