Shalee Wanders Adventure Blog

We each hold our own definition of adventure. Here, I dedicated to all the moments stepped out of a comfort zone. Stories, places, and situations that pushed limits, whether physically or mentally. Here's to overcoming barriers. One second of bravery can lead to a lifetime of adventure.

VIDEO: A Trip Around Iceland With Strangers

September 28, 2015

Iceland’s Ring Road: The Adventurers Dream

September 2, 2015

ICELAND’S RING ROAD: THE ADVENTURERS DREAM Iceland is like a nature IMAX film on steroids that is also the supermodel of life’s landscapes. It is simply stunning, almost to a point where I forgot I was actually living. It’s where…

8 Things Backpacking Teaches Us About Life

August 5, 2015

8 THINGS BACKPACKING TEACHES US ABOUT LIFE     1) Rewards don’t come easily We hike miles for hours, days, and weeks to summit high points, discover new places, and reach destinations. We choose not to experience the world from…

Eat Nothing and Climb Everything: Budgeting in America’s Southwest

July 25, 2015

EAT NOTHING AND CLIMB EVERYTHING: BUDGETING IN AMERICA’S SOUTHWEST     Yes, it’s true…America’s southwest is full of tour buses, selfie sticks, crowded parking lots and heat strokes. Why would anyone want to visit such a place? Because it’s really…

Secret caves Michigan

5 Adventures in Every Midwest State

June 24, 2015

5 ADVENTURES IN EVERY MIDWEST STATE   12 states officially claim the Midwest as home. Although we may not have towering mountains or vast oceans, we are spoiled with lush forests, freshwater and unpopulated blissful hikes. So set the remotes…

A Day Guide to Acadia National Park

June 18, 2015

A DAY GUIDE TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK   If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen how much I absolutely loved Acadia National Park (and Maine in general). There are a lot of states I visit and love, yet…

I Climbed a Mountain to Reach a Parking Lot (and Loved it)

June 3, 2015

I CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN TO REACH A PARKING LOT For the past four hours, I’ve been sweating, swearing and falling my way up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. I see the summit and just as I’m about…

My Most Embarrassing Moments: Travel Edition

April 16, 2015

MY MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS: TRAVEL EDITION Ahhh, traveling….an adventure filled with excitement, smiles and accidentally falling in an airplane bathroom. You know, it happens to the best of us. You’ve all seen where I go and what I do but…

5 Weekend Adventures Outside Michigan

April 7, 2015

Michigan is great. We’ve established it. But sometimes it’s needed to get out and go exploring beyond the boundaries. We all know how busy life can be, and the thought of a reality-escaping adventure can seem far from possible. Well,…

A Date in Muskegon: Luging!

March 6, 2015

A DATE IN MUSKEGON: LUGING!     You’ll be seeing me in the next Olympics. (not really…) Buttttttt….my boyfriend Josh and I recently got to experience what it’s like to luge! You know, that sport they race down an icy track…

Secret Winter Getaway-Sandusky

February 26, 2015

SECRET WINTER GETAWAY: SANDUSKY   It’s cold. Really, really cold. Last weekend, I went down to Ohio and explored Sandusky with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and lucky enough, temperatures stayed above 0 for the first time in what felt like forever.…

How Fear Made Me Live

February 18, 2015

HOW FEAR MADE ME LIVE   Fear. It’s the one thing that everyone observes and avoids, though they secretly want to overpower it. It’s been over a year now that I have been writing to you and I feel that…

How to Capture Travel Moments: 11 Tips

February 10, 2015

11 TIPS FOR CAPTURING TRAVEL MOMENTS   Every time someone tells me they think I take amazing photos I just want to hug them. It’s probably one of the best compliments I get just because it’s something I love to…

10,000 Feet and 17 Miles: Grand Canyon

January 27, 2015

10,000 FEET AND 17 MILES: HIKING THE GRAND CANYON   It was Christmas Eve. We made it to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in an impressive time. It was just after 9:00 a.m., but we had already conquered the…

Vortexes and Visions: Bell Rock’s Hidden Story

January 14, 2015

“I believe I exist within a holographic reality program, an intelligently designed futuristic entertainment simulation, for which I directly programmed certain experiences, relationships, lessons and issues before I was born. Looking back over my life – I’ll be 73 in…

Solo Female Travel Hawaii

January 3, 2015

SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL HAWAII   In October, a fellow blogger asked me if I had ever been to Hawaii. My response: “No, and I’m not sure if I ever will. It’s just so expensive to fly to such a small…

The 7 Best Sites for Budget Travelers

November 11, 2014

THE SEVEN BEST SITES FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS   I often get questions from readers (and friends) asking what sites I use to find the best deals for budget travel. I have many favorites and it’s hard to narrow down to…

The Michigan Bucket List

October 21, 2014

THE MICHIGAN BUCKET LIST   Perhaps the most underrated state in the United States. For those that live here, we know how special it is. I’m just going to get straight to the point here with my Michigan Bucket List.…

10 Essential Items for a Road Trip

September 29, 2014

10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR A ROAD TRIP Road-tripping is one of the best feelings. It doesn’t matter where you are going, or how long you plan on staying, the journey to your destination is part of the adventure. When taking…

An Hour of Darkness

September 8, 2014

AN HOUR OF DARKNESS I am lucky enough to see the world. All of us are not that lucky. This time, I don’t mean see the world through travel. I mean really see. I get to see the mountain which…

Solo Travel New Zealand Tips

Why to Travel When You’re Young

August 4, 2014

WHY TO TRAVEL WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG   You know what I hate? When people tell me traveling is for retirement. HA! HA HA! pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. (cue big eye roll) Right after “you can’t travel because you have no money”, this issue…

How to Get a Free Flight to Europe

June 4, 2014

HOW TO GET A FREE FLIGHT TO EUROPE   Americans have two favorite words. The first being bacon, and the close second is the word ‘free’. If you have been dreaming of visiting the castles of Germany or the Alps…

An Amateurs Guide to Hiking the Half Dome

May 20, 2014

AN AMATEURS GUIDE TO HIKING THE HALF DOME   I can’t remember how I first discovered Yosemite National Park, but it was love at first sight. The iconic symbol of the Half Dome stood towering above the surrounding mountains, screaming…

Michigan: 7 Affordable Summer Adventures

April 9, 2014

MICHIGAN: 7 AFFORDABLE SUMMER ADVENTURES Dwindling snow and warm temperatures mean one thing here in the Midwest: SUMMER.     The trees are beginning to blossom, I can take a walk without the possibility of frostbite and I woke up…

The Biggest Myth About Travel

January 31, 2014

THE BIGGEST MYTH ABOUT TRAVEL   So I thought it was only fitting to start off ShaleeWanders.com confronting the biggest piece of crap myth about travel. Guesses anyone? I’ll give you a hint: “How do you afford to travel so…

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