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My Travel and Blogaversary!

Today is my anniversary: One year in the life of a full time traveler, and one year in the life of this blog. One June 9th, 2011, I watched the Manhattan skyline disappear into the distance as I flew towards Scotland and the unknown. An hour earlier, hunched over my laptop using airport WiFi, I launched Alex in Wanderland. From sailing in luxury through Santorini to having a motorcycle stolen in Vientiane,... read more

Travel Porn: A Review of Tiger Balm

I used to be a voracious reader. In a way, I still am- however, books and magazines have been replaced by blogs and websites in my current nomadic lifestyle. I want to get back to the good stuff. Unsurprisingly, travel literature has always been my favorite genre. There’s nothing like Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar to make you want transport yourself to a hot sweaty train in Southeast Asia or... read more

6 Weeks of Travel By The Numbers

I’m having some separation anxiety related to wrapping up the coverage of our six-week tour through Cambodia and Vietnam. This was my longest stretch ever of straight-up non-stop travel, and I learned a lot about both myself and the countries I was in. I can’t seem to let go, so here’s one more post to say goodbye. Our trip, by the numbers, with some of my favorite photos to go... read more

Shit I Make My Boyfriend Do

“So, what do you want for your birthday?” Mark innocently asked. I grinned, and he immediately saw the glint in my eye. A look of horror. “Not that! Please not that!” He whimpered. “Just go by yourself!” But it was too late. The idea of getting Khmer portraits done at one of the hundreds of studios in Phnom Penh was planted in my mind months before by an article I read... read more

Just Your Totally Normal Average Tourist Weekend in Phnom Penh

Our time in Cambodia had sadly come to an end. With only a few days left on our visas, we were back in Phnom Penh. Our main reason for coming was picking up some new visas, since you all voted to send us to Vietnam! But you know us, we had a few other interesting things on our agenda… Water Festival We had always planned to be in Phnom Penh on this specific weekend in order to attend Water Festival.... read more

Where to Stay in Sihanoukville

Welcome to the third installment of my Where to Stay in Cambodia series! Previous editions covered the lovely temple town of Siem Reap and the bustling capital of Phnom Penh. Today I’m uncovering some of the hidden jems and popular favorites in the unofficial coastal capital of Sihanoukville. Budget / Counting Pennies Beach Road Beach Road is a basic guesthouse in a great location- right on the... read more

The Great Escape: Month 5 Roundup

Each month I take some time to reflect now just what I’m doing, but how I’m doing. You can read my previous roundups here, here, and here. You know what a Month 5 Roundup means, right? It means I’ve officially reached the half year anniversary of leaving home for this crazy journey around the world. Sometimes it feels like a lifetimes since I wiped away tears, watching the lights of New... read more

Diving in Cambodia Part II

We woke up on day two of our diving trip with Island Divers to the sounds of the ocean and the feel of the breeze blowing up between the floorboards of our over-the-pier dorm. Koh Rong Samlom was stirring to life, and the village hummed with activity. While we were slightly bummed over our lackluster experience with our first dive, we were tentatively excited for what was to come. We really wanted to see... read more

Diving in Cambodia Part I

When you think of diving and South East Asia, what comes to mind? The coral reefs in Malaysia? The jellyfish of Palau? The liveaboards traversing the Similan islands? How about… diving in Cambodia? Most likely not. While neighboring Thailand is one of the world’s dive training meccas and Vietnam has its own scuba niche, Cambodia’s dive scene has remained noticeably underdeveloped. the... read more

Cambodia’s Fading Utopia

As fun as it was, hanging out on the beach and relaxing under the sun, we decided to spend our second day on Koh Rong doing something much more productive: walking through the jungle to the other side of the island, where we could hang out on the beach and relax under the sun. Luckily our friend Suze had done the one hour trek the day before and knew the way, because most maps of the island look a little... read more

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