Stephanie Karasek

Empowerment Mentor
Inspiring an empowered and adventurous, purpose driven life.
Hi, I’m Stephanie  and I’m passionate about helping women like you to live an empowered life fueled by purpose and hope. One that you are excited about and not just surviving, but Thriving! Thanks for joining me here and let’s do this crazy, wonderful “life” thing together.

My Story

My name is Stephanie Karasek and I founded The Way to Wander six years ago out of my passion for travel and the desire to inspire others to find their own adventure.  The Way to Wander and Thrive has evolved from a travel blog to encompass what it means to live life fully with purpose and to Thrive.

I am originally from the Midwest but a true Florida Girl at heart.  I am a single mom of three amazing children, two grown boys and a daughter whom I adopted from Russia as a toddler. My time spent in Russia and the wonderful people I met along the way, inspired my love of travel and wanderlust.

In addition to my 25 year Speech-Language Pathology career, I have built a business educating, empowering and equipping women to protect themselves and children from assault. My goal is to provide practical tips and training as I guide you toward embracing your own personal safety.

I am passionate about helping women live an empowered life fueled by purpose and hope. One that you are excited about and not just surviving, but Thriving! So keep reading and let’s do this crazy, wonderful “life” thing together.

Inspiring You…

A Free Spirit

I’m a freelance writer and photographer living in SW Florida. I have a love of travel and photography. Living in Florida, my backyard is a travel destination with crystal clear water, beautiful beaches, quaint towns, and amazing wildlife. Wander with me…

Your Guide to Transformation

It’s time to take your life to the next level and start thriving instead of just surviving. My goal is to help women just like you understand and overcome your fears and leave your comfort zone so that you can live boldly, fearlessly and experience a more joy filled and satisfied life.

Damsel Mentor

I believe that woman should not be afraid to travel.  Whether your wandering takes you to a coffee shop in a nearby city, or across the ocean, feeling confident that you can protect yourself is empowering.  I love the fashionable pepper sprays, stun guns and concealed carry handbags available by Damsel In Defense.  There are also personal alarms, door alarms, and many other products to keep you safe when traveling.

Travel & Thrive!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Why should you travel in the coming year?  The thrill of a new adventure.  The opportunity to discover something new.  A chance to bond with your spouse or children.  Time alone to relax and reflect.

It is possible to do more than just survive!  It’s time to move out of the depths of survival mode and step into an abundant life filled with purpose and joy. Living in survival mode prevents us from discovering a life of meaning and purpose. One of adventure and growth. It steals our joy and makes us feel stuck. It’s time to make the choice to not just survive, but Thrive!

My latest blog posts

It’s Time For A Road Trip

It’s Time For A Road Trip

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip!  This summer especially, as we deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic and being cautious about flying, there has never been a better time to hit the open road.  Whether it is a weekend getaway close to home, or a trip cross...

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Exploring Florida’s Capital

Exploring Florida’s Capital

Tallahassee is best known as Florida’s capital city and is home to the Capital complex which houses the current capital building as well as the restored Historic Capital Museum. But Tallahassee is so much more. Roughly translated as “old fields” or “old town” from the...

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How to Use A Tactical Pen

How to Use A Tactical Pen

Tactical pens were once only seen in James Bond movies. But not anymore. They are a great self-defense tool because they can be hidden in plain sight. Although Tactical pens do not appear to be a weapon, if used properly, they can save your life. Like all personal...

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Inspired to Thrive!

My passion is to help women embrace their own personal power, overcome their fears and live their best life.

Travel Adventures

Traveling is a beautiful way to expand your horizons, explore new places and create new memories .

Own Your Personal Safety

My goal, as a Damsel Mentor, is to equip, empower, and educate women to protect themselves and their families.

Valuable Resources

In our many travels and explorations we’ve discovered these Affiliate Links and Products we’d like to recommend.

Wander into an Adventurous and Exciting Journey!

The Way to Wander and Thrive has developed over the years from a combination of the things I love in life. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. I am very passionate about personal safety and empowering women to overcome their fears and live boldly. I have a wanderlust for travel and enjoy not only exploring new places but sharing my journeys with others. Get ready to be inspired!


“Stephanie was awesome in helping plan a girls trip to Asheville NC! She recommended a quaint Air B&B with hosts who were fantastic. With her guidance we rented a car and drove through the beautiful hills and went to the Biltmore house. We also signed up for a food and drink tour which took us to several local restaurants in Asheville. Over all it was one of the best trips I’ve taken and would definitely love to go back!  Thanks Stephanie!”
Lisa, Cape Coral

“Stephanie’s Warrior Workshop taught my co-workers and I practical tips and strategies to protect ourselves from being assaulted. As a realtor who is often alone in homes during open houses and showings, I need to know how to protect myself.  Stephanie’s class was hands-on, empowering and lots of fun!”
Cheryl, Punta Gorda

Don't Wait Any Longer. Start Thriving Today!

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