About Me


Alexandra Baackes

I’ve escaped New York. After a lovely childhood upstate and four years studying and working in the city, I called it quits on normal and bought a one way ticket out of the country. I’ve since celebrated my one-year¬†and two-year travelversaries¬†and with no end date in sight, I still feel like I’m on the greatest trip of my life. It has no end date, no solid itinerary, and no real backup plan. Just adventure, adrenaline, and a lifetime of globe-trotting daydreams to fulfill.

Along the way I indulge my passions for photography, design, scuba diving, and squealing over small animals.

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Why Wanderland?

I’ve spent most of my life fighting an incurable case of wanderlust. Now that I’ve found a way, at least for now, to make my life centered around travel, I truly am Alex in Wanderland. Not to mention, I was a pretty big fan of a certain book and movie character who had a penchant for chasing crazy characters down rabbit holes…

Alex in Wanderland

Some Background…

I started blogging to document my two month trip to Southeast Asia the summer of 2009. I cried the night before I left, terrified of eating diner alone, getting lost in Bangkok, and having my camera stolen. There I fell head-over-flip-flops in love with the adrenaline of travel, realized there were people out there truly living this nomadic lifestyle that I thought only existed in my head, and discovered that the aimless yearning and restlessness I had been feeling for years was suddenly quieted and peaceful. I had loved every one of my previous trips abroad, but this one was different. I accepted I’m never happier than when I’m on the road, and that’s when I pushed back my return, realized I was in love with not just travel but also my scuba diving instructor.

Alexandra Baackes

The next three years were a blur of art supplies, plane tickets, and a whirlwind romance as I finished up my fine arts degree and eventually left New York to travel full time. Mark and I eventually went our separate ways, but after so long as Co-Travel Buddies, you’ll see his name pop up in plenty of archives. For the past year or so I’ve been taking on the world as a solo traveler, and loving all the freedom and challenges this chapter of my journey is throwing at me.

Won’t you join me?