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Downtown Vegas

"Alex, you have got to come up to East Freemont!" My friend Liz, a passionate Vegas transplant and trusted advisor on all topics, had been telling me this for years. Yet somehow it never quite made its way onto any of my Nevada itineraries. Four trips in and I've done my fair share of exploring…

The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning: Packing and Practicalities thumbnail

Welcome to my newest series, The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning. This is the final post in a six-part series! Many thanks to Capital One for sponsoring this post. Part Six // Packing, Paperwork and Other Practicalities You're pretty much all set. Destination picked. Flight booked. Itinerary set, accommodation settled, and activities and entertainment planned. All that's left is…

Khao Yai National Park

After years of returning over and over again to Thailand, I'm always awed at how much of this fascinating country I have left to discover. I kicked off this week with three crazy stormy days on my island base of Koh Tao. It was a surprise after last week's beautiful weather in Koh Phangan, and…

Britney Las Vegas

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I have a confession to make. Seeing the Princess of Pop live in Las Vegas? It was a highlight of my twenty-six years on this planet. And I'm not ashamed. The fact that a preteen in the early 2000's was obsessed with Britney Spears doesn't need much of an…

Underwater Wanderlust: Announcing my role as a PADI AmbassaDiver thumbnail

Drum roll – preferably the steel drum number from Under The Sea, if possible – please: Today, I’m proud to be making one of the biggest announcements of my blogging career. An announcement that’s been in the works for six months – or if you look at it another way, six years. I’m a PADI…

The Flamingo

Long time readers know that the Vegas itch hits about once a year -- this past August, just two weeks after returning from Aruba, Sin City called again. Around a year ago, my girl Zoe and our sisters and I were all in New Orleans having a blast, and started dreaming up what our next…

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