As much as I love Maine, I also love taking off for adventures to far off places. I often travel solo so I can wander off to explore the unbeaten path and dive into the local culture. I just started my Great Escape in January 2016! I’ve been working hard (aka I’m a workaholic) for the past three years to save enough money to turn my dream into a reality. I’m currently working and traveling around Australia for the next year. It’s a childhood dream come true!
Every time I leave for a new adventure, I always consider not returning home. There is so much to see and do on this planet! I just hope that I have enough time to enjoy all that I can. Everyone always asks if I’ll return to the good ole’ U.S. of A. after my adventures Down Under, and I do plan to return to Maine in Spring 2017 for some time. Maine is an amazing place and I can’t wait to explore more of my home state although I love traveling abroad. I’m traveling to experience new cultures, foods, histories, and to find epic off-the-beaten-path adventures. Who knows where the world will take me!I’m a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to my life priorities. Maybe because I want everything at once? As much as I love stashing away money for traveling the world, I love saving money in my emergency fund and paying off my student loans just as equally. You’ll see a lot about personal finance and freelancing on this blog as I navigate my way through my finances as I grow my emergency fund and attempt to pay off $20,000 of student loan debt in 3 years all while traveling the world full-time. Whew… that was a mouth full!
Along with my stories and photos, you’ll probably see my two trusty sidekicks: Wally the Wandering Lobster and Reagan. Wally the Wandering Lobster is my stuffed lobster that joins me on most of my travels. He serves as a small piece of Maine and reminds me of where I was born and raised. He also loves getting his photo taken in random places along the way. Make sure you follow my Instagram account to see more photos of Wally the Wandering Lobster.
My main sidekick is Reagan, my Australian Shepherd mix dog that I rescued from a high kill shelter down in the Carolinas. Just like her momma she loves the outdoors and is my primary hiking buddy as I explore the woods of northern New England. You can often see us having swimming races in the lake during the summer months.
I have a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. Before leaving my career in Maine, I worked in the healthcare technology industry on healthcare reform for a nonprofit. Outside of my 9-5 job, I worked as a personal trainer, triathlon coach, and spin instructor at Big Sky Multisport Coaching & Personal Training.
Today, I work mainly as a freelance writer and social media manager. Check out my Work With Me page for more information on my writing services. My dream career is to work in international education, so I encourage others, especially fellow Americans, to travel the world. Travel has changed my life and I know it can change yours as well. ~Katelyn
Want to know more about me? Check out my 20 Random Facts About Me post!