Guidelines for domestic travel as it relates to camping and parks:

“Going camping at a time when much of the United States is experiencing community spread of COVID-19 can pose a risk to you if you come in close contact with others or share public facilities (like restrooms or picnic areas) at campsites or along the trails. Exposure may be especially unsafe if you are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19 and are planning to be in remote areas, without easy access to medical care. Also be aware that many local, state, and national public parks have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19.” -CDC

Please read all of CDC’s park and rec guidelines for travel here.

Hi, I’m Kaitlin.

This blog started off as a place for me to share my photos as I travelled all over the World solo; I had BIG plans to go everywhere… I went pretty far- I’ve been to 22 countries!
What I didn’t know at the time was how much I would change while I was exploring the World. Sure, I knew it happened; but I was not looking for, or expecting, an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ type of trip. To be honest, I don’t think that is what happened to me (I might need to read or rewatch the movie).

Instead, this journey opened my mind far beyond any other experience.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain

Life Within My Lens shares my perspectives and insights gained from traveling. It focuses specifically on my commitment to a more sustainable life- a love for Mama Natch! Traveling solo made me more aware of my surroundings, it also made me more aware of myself. It showed me that, traveler or not, my decisions still change the lives of people all over the World. I’m really just beginning to change my ways; it’s a lifestlye. If you’re looking for how to do the same and don’t know where to start- click here to get started. Or click here to find out how travel ignited my inner- hippie. For more posts on sustainability click on the tab at the top of the page.

This will continue to be a blog about travel…
as well as how to be a better human.
It’s a place to encompass a true sense of humanKIND.

My biggest hobby has always been photography, I’ve been training my ‘eye’ since I was 10. The way I see something can be completly different than someone else who is standing right beside me. I try to capture the feeling a place gives me by changing my angles and perspectives. Travel helps train my mind in a similar sense. I gain new perspectives from other cultures, experiences, situations, places… It’s opened my mind and my heart.

To be free, you must conquer your fears.

Travel is my greatest teacher
it shares new perspectives
it opens up my eyes and exposes me to a World beyond what I know.

Me overwhelmed with planning
in the planning stage

If you are more interested in embarking on your own solo travel adventure, click here for a boost of encouragement. This might just be a few solo weekends away from society- in nature, disconnnected; OR it could mean quitting your job and buying a 1 way ticket to somewhere on the opposite side of the globe. You can dip your feet in, or dive RIGHT in. I did a little of both… I dipped my feet in until I was ready to dive! To read more about what lead up to me making that leap click here.
Even with my feet wet, I never could have anticipated what it would be like to take the full plunge. I am a huge planner; I like to have ‘security’ in my decisions, and this didn’t provide security. Plans or not, you’ll never be able to fully predict the outcome of any choice you make. Of course, planning a flexible itenerary and having a plan in time of emergency is necessary- it’s necessary in EVERYDAY life, not just travel.

Let my perspectives be a new lens for you.

For instance, did you know a hippie could also support the military? Click here to debunk that fallacy. Have you ever thought (hear me out) that maybe… in the pure sense of war and government we COULD achieve World Peace? I’ll try to tackle my idea on that at a later time- it’s a little more contradictory and vulnerable.

You can also join in on the conversation-
share your own perspectives or learn from other travelers all over the World. Join the secret community! Whether you are just starting to travel or you just settled down from traveling this is a place we can continue those conversations and learn from other perspectives. Click here to sign-up.