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 am on my last few months of my “Great Escape,” an epic 18-month journey across the globe.

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 have since returned to Maine to set down some roots while still exploring the world.

Maine is an amazing place and I can’t wait to explore more of my home state although I still 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!

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.

Mt Will Maine

I have a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Today, I work as a healthcare consultant and a freelance writer. Check out my Work With Me page for more information on my writing services.

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!


  1. I’m so excited to have found your blog!! 🙂 My husband and I are from Maine as well. We grew up in the small town of Naples, about an hour outside of Portland. He’s now in the military and we’re in the process of moving from North Carolina to Okinawa, Japan. Where in Maine are you from? I’m so excited to start reading your blog!

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      Hi Keating. Thanks for the kind words! I grew up in Gorham so not far from Naples. I actually used to work at Shawnee Peak during the winters while I was in high school and college so I know the Lakes Region well. And a huge thank you for your husband’s service! Enjoy Japan! 🙂

  2. Found your blog because I’m researching budgets for a potential Belize trip in Jan… but wow, I think you’re me but way more put together (at least you have a couple years on me, so maybe I can get there, ha)… I’m from Bar Harbor, went on a year-long round-the-world trip with the fiancé last year, now back in BH working as a research assistant and saving up for the future. Your thoughts about juggling finances and personal fulfillment hit a massive chord with me; I’m desperately trying right now to figure out how I can balance making enough money to not only survive but save, plus being able to travel regularly and not be crushed by the 40-hour work week, plus having my job be something that I find worthwhile and enjoy. Being a millennial is hard? You’ve written some great stuff here and it gives me hope that I can figure it all out. Fellow-Mainer high five!

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      Welcome Taylor! Thanks for stopping by. It’s always lovely to connect with other Mainers! Are you at Jax or MDBL? I did the summer program at Jax in 2007. It is one of my favorite summer memories. The savings mindset is tough, especially living in place likes Maine where the cost of living is high compared to a living wage. I have no doubt that you will reach your goals and travel again! 🙂

      1. I’m at Jax! It really is a great place- and when I get antsy about wanting to travel again sooner, I just look out the window and remind myself that I live in a national park! 🙂

  3. Go you Katelyn!!!!! I envision your Mom with a huge smile as she would be SO PROUD of you!!!! You are an amazing young woman!

  4. Awesome blog, and awesome to see a fellow Mainer enjoy travel as much as I do! Found you blog looking at some travel hacking stuff on Nomadic Matt’s forums. Safe travels and keep up the good work!

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      Hey Ben! It’s definitely awesome to “meet” another travel nut from Maine. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are too many of us. I guess we’ll have to change that! 🙂

  5. Love synchronicity. I saw a post about Belize on FB. Went to Google for more info. Clicked on your link only to see you are from Maine. I live in Saco. I love your vision for your life, how much you can do not what you are restricted by. A big congratulations.

    I am 73 and ready to travel. Going to stay connected with your journeys and adventure for inspiration and information.

    Much love and joy, Jayme

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      Thanks, Jayme! I love your attitude to and it’s always nice to hear from other Mainahs! Belize is beautiful and you should definitely go!

  6. Happy new year Katelyn Iam from Africa to be specific from Uganda!!!! I do not know whether you have ever heard of Uganda. Its located in East Africa the only country which hosts the greatest percentage of Mountain Gorillas in the world.
    Its very resourceful to read from your blog iam a person who likes travelling to, i love nature and i spend much time with nature that made me to open up travel company based in Uganda called Ababa Safaris to help solo , group and travel minded people realise their dreams. I have traveled within Africa my next dream destinations is Europe i need to see the world, i like writing but i have no talent on it though i have ideas but if you could help me or we join together i gather the information a bout Africa and you edit and post it will be wonderful.
    We always give special free transportation to bloggers who come to Uganda through as he or she will cater for accommodation, park fees and Gorilla permits .
    Best wishes as you achieve your dream, you can share more on my email.

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      Hi, Peggy! Of course, you can access all my Charleston photos via my Flickr account. Here’s the link to the photo album: Just click on the photo you like and look for the download button (arrow pointing down) in the right-hand corner. If you still can’t get to it work, just let me know and I can find the photo on my external hard drive and email it to you. Cheers!

  7. kATELYN

    How much rain in the azores in November? I may plan a quick trip there during thanksgiving break

  8. Fulfilling a life long goal of visiting Portland in 3 days!! EEEEEE!!! Short story long, when I was 10 my dream was to live in Portland, Maine, drive a Mazda RX-7 and be a cat veterinarian.
    Never made it to vet school or sports car ownership and the closest I came in life was 26 years in Portland, Oregon – not too shabby for a native Virginian. But Monday is my birthday and I figured it was time to make good on that dream so we fly to Boston tomorrow and head up for 3 days in ME. Which brings me to why I am writing. I LOVE TO HIKE!! I’m thinking of doing an alpine start (4 am) up Pleasant Mountain but don’t want to do anything insanely dumb. Would you hike this trail alone this early? Looking at the short trail you have posted just for time sake and to get a jump on the rest of the day. My second question is what is the one thing I don’t want to miss while there? If it’s lobster, where do I go for that?
    Not sure you’ll get this in time but thought I’d just throw it out there. Thank you and happy travels!!
    Andrea Rush

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