My name is Katelyn, and I hail from this lovely little state called Maine. Often when I’m out exploring the world, no one has heard of Maine, which makes me cry inside. I feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in a state where people love to vacation. There is a reason we call Maine “Vacationland” or by the newer motto… “The way life should be.”
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, but as of now, my Great Escape has no expiration date. 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 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!
My goal is to help educate millennials about money and travel. When I graduated high school and entered college, I had no clue about what student loan debt really means. When I graduated college, I had no idea that the $44,000 student loan debt weight would crush me. I quickly learned how to continue to live as a “poor college student” in my 20s. Now that I am older and wiser I hope to help my peers maneuver through the muddy waters of life post-college in the 2000’s where the average college student graduates with about $30,000 of debt! I also want you to know that you should travel! Travel more and often.
Along my journeys and stories, 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 public health, so I can travel the world and play a small role in changing the healthcare delivery system in developing countries, hence why I hope to return to grad school to earn my Ph.D. someday.
Want to know more about me? Check out my 20 Random Facts About Me post!