Posts Tagged ‘Shalee Wanders’

A Solo Hike Up New Zealand’s Gertrude Saddle

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact A SOLO HIKE UP NEW ZEALAND’S GERTRUDE SADDLE   Around dawn, I peeked my head out from the thin blanket I had spread across myself in the backseat of my compact rental car. The night had lingered in the mid-40s, but my many layers kept me…

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Four Romantic Getaways in Michigan for Every Kind of Couple

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact FOUR ROMANTIC GETAWAYS IN MICHIGAN FOR EVERY KIND OF COUPLE From sipping wine on the shores of Lake Michigan to candlelit dinners overlooking the Detroit skyline, there is an abundance of romantic getaway options right here in Michigan. You can forget about jetting off to Paris,…

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Come With Me to PERU!

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact You Can Come With Me to PERU!   I’ve been keeping something under tight wraps the last couple months. Ever since returning from Colombia, many of you have reached out wondering if they can join the next trip. I heard you loud and clear, and IT’S…

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The Ultimate Guide to Free Camping

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FREE CAMPING 1. Free campsites Yes, there are actual camping areas designed specifically for free camping. Don’t expect anything fancy, as 9/10 times the campsite will include nothing but a fire area, but you usually find them in beautiful, off-the-beaten-path locations. If…

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The Midwest’s Most Picture-Perfect Town: Traverse City

A Weekend in Traverse City

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE MIDWEST’S MOST PICTURE-PERFECT TOWN: TRAVERSE CITY   The first thing I noticed when I was deboarding the plane was the smell. A mid-October scent of thick fall flannels and pumpkin patches. It smelled like home. I was eager for fall color. Let me rephrase. I…

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Four Incredible North Carolina Mountain Secrets

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact FOUR INCREDIBLE NORTH CAROLINA SECRETS     I’ve found myself falling more in love with North Carolina every time I explore it.  As a travel blogger, I’ll be the first to admit that it grows harder and harder to be struck with ‘awe’. After exploring everywhere…

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Living in a Van

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact WHY YOU NEED TO GO LIVE IN A VAN FOR SIX MONTHS     I miss it. I miss it every day. I miss pulling over whenever it felt right. I miss having no deadlines or time constraints. We were never held back, because there was…

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How to Support Ethical Animal Tourism

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact HOW TO SUPPORT ETHICAL ANIMAL TOURISM   Oh, animals. They’re fluffy and cute, sometimes massively terrifying, and other times mildly so. We’re instinctively drawn to interact and be in their presence. I mean, who doesn’t want to cuddle an adorable Koala or help bathe a baby…

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It Took Me Three Days to Fall in Love With THIS Country

New Zealand Solo Travel

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact IT TOOK ME THREE DAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS COUNTRY     I think New Zealand is the world’s “most wanted” travel destination. Have you ever had someone tell you they DIDN’T want to visit the land of Narnia/Lord Of The Rings? I don’t…

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Stories Behind My Ten Favorite Travel Photos

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact STORIES BEHIND MY TEN FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they’re worth much more. Travel or not, we each have photos we cherish that capture a particular moment of happiness. Or perhaps a not-so-happy moment but a story that shaped the…

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel The World for a Year?

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR A YEAR   The $$$$ of travel is a question I get more often than not. And of course, everyone who asks that questions knows the answer: it varies. But yet, it’s still asked, and that’s…

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How to Travel With Your Significant Other and Not Kill Each Other

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact HOW TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND NOT KILL EACH OTHER     I’ve stood on a lot of cliffs with my boyfriend, Josh. Together, we’ve traveled to twenty-some countries and over thirty states. To be honest, I’m surprised he hasn’t thrown me off a…

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8 Tips for Making Road Tripping Easier

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact 8 TIPS FOR MAKING ROAD TRIPPING EASIER     Whether taking a short weekend trip to Northern Michigan or a trip across the United States, there are a few things I’ve learned about making life on the road easier, more enjoyable, and more convenient (especially when…

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The Cabins of Serenity Springs: Ultra Romantic Getaway

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE CABINS OF SERENITY SPRINGS: ULTRA ROMANTIC GETAWAY   What happens when you get the chance to go to an ultra-romantic, picture-perfect, cabin/glamping resort in Indiana but your boyfriend is 1500 miles away? You invite your best friend, buy multiple bottles of wine, and prepare to…

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A Proper Guide to Road Tripping the United States

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact A PROPER GUIDE TO ROAD TRIPPING THE UNITED STATES   The vast, wild, and untouched landscapes of the United States draw millions of adventurers to head out on a road trip every year. From the Rocky Mountains of the west, rugged coasts of Maine, and bayous…

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The Most Insane (And Scenic) Hikes in the United States

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE MOST INSANE (AND SCENIC) HIKES IN THE UNITED STATES   From hiking on the ledge of thousand-foot cliffs, slippery granite slopes, and white deserts, here are seven of the most insane and scenic hikes in the United States.   Half Dome The first major hike…

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Four Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Scandinavia

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact FOUR REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT SCANDINAVIA   Scandinavia might have words like menneskerettighetsorganisasjonene, and the winters might be brutal, but if you’re looking for awe-inspiring landscapes, friendly people, and saunas with beer, it’s a region not to be missed. Consisting of Finland (which I did not…

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One Year of Travel: A Photographic Journey

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY It’s officially been a year since I declined a full-time job after graduation to embark on a life-altering adventure. I could write a book (actually, I am writing a book…eek!) about everything that has happened in the last year…

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The Epic Five: Utah’s Insane National Parks

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE EPIC FIVE: UTAH’S INSANE NATIONAL PARKS Sunrise in Arches National Park   Within the borders of Utah sits five incredible and awe-inspiring national parks. How many can you name? The stunning and magical landscape which makes up this beautiful state often includes picturesque scenes commonly…

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Seven Things That Suck About Long Term Travel

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact SEVEN THINGS THAT SUCK ABOUT LONG TERM TRAVEL   I dreamt for years about traveling long term. Waking up every day in a completely new environment, without the slightest clue to where I was going next or how I was going to get there. In many…

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An Inside Look at the Van Life: Q&A

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact AN INSIDE LOOK AT VANLIFE: Q&A   Living in a van isn’t the most usual lifestyle. And with an unusual life comes many questions. Few people will ever understand what living in a van for months on end entails. The good, the bad, the beautiful, and…

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Bucket List: The Glass Beach of Northern California

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact BUCKET LIST: THE GLASS BEACH OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA There are few places that stand out in such a way it almost seems fictional. For example, a beach made entirely of sea glass. In the quaint (and extremely adorable) Northern California town of Fort Bragg sits a…

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The Best Places to Visit in the United States: 2017

adventure travel blog: Shalee Wanders

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN THE UNITED STATES   I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but somehow I’ve ticked off 42 states on the United States map. You know what that means, right? I’ve got 6 1/2 years to hit the last eight to complete…

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A Road Trip up the Pacific Coast Highway

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact A ROAD TRIP UP THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY   Oh, California, I have such a love-hate relationship with you. A magical coastline, (mostly) beautiful weather, mountains, redwoods, orcas, and oceans. There aren’t many places in the world where Christmas Day includes spotting whales off the coast,…

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Making Travel Photos Insta-Worthy

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact MAKING TRAVEL PHOTOS INSTA-WORTHY   I take travel photos. I’ve never put on make-up for a photo. Usually, I’m hiking, sweating, probably unshowered and may or may not have shaved my armpits in the last three days. I have a decent camera, but about 50% of…

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I Got Robbed in San Antonio

HomeAboutDestinations North America International MichiganGet Outside Adventure Hiking CampingMedia/PRGalleryShopContact WE GOT ROBBED IN SAN ANTONIO Operation #vanlife is proving difficult. Much more difficult than living out of a backpack for three months in Europe. Who would have thought? Here’s a recap of the first three weeks on the road: Day one: Discover our daytime lights continuously flash,…

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