Carrie Visintainer is the author of Wild Mama, and the founder of of Free Your Wild, empowering people to unlock and embrace their inner “wild.” Her work has appeared in print or online at OutsideBackpackerThe Huffington Post, 5280, and Thought Catalog, and in several Travelers’ Tales “The Best Women’s Travel Writing” volumes. When not off the grid, Visintainer writes in a tiny shed in her Colorado backyard, where she lives with her husband and two young kids. Visit her and share your insights at