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My Travel and Blogaversary: Year Two

Yesterday marked a very special anniversary for me: Two years of remote self-employment, two years blogging away here at Alex in Wanderland, and two years of living nomadically. It’s been a trip, in every sense of the word. From attempting drysuit diving in the frigid waters of Iceland to becoming a Divemaster in the warm seas of Indonesia, from throwing back $15 cocktails at a private VIP room in... read more

The Great Escape: Month 16 Roundup

Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures filled with anecdotes, private little moments, and thoughts that are found no where else on this blog.As this site is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. You can read my previous roundups here: Month... read more

Discovering Stand Up Paddling in Kauai

Pssst! Don’t forget to enter my Hawaii book giveaway! Hawaii was full of many firsts for me. First time skydiving, first time surfing, first time ATV riding, and so many more. While I loved all of those activities, there was one that stuck out to me as a true life-changer, a new passion that I’m confident will follow me around the globe — Stand Up Paddling, or SUP for short. Hawaii is... read more

Hiking Kauai’s Kalalau Trail

Note to subscribers: I’m still having some Feedburner issues — my apologies! This week’s Photo of the Week post did not get emailed out. Somehow, Hawaii had brought out the hiker in me. I think in Kauai I finally realized why my childhood in Upstate New York never inspired the hobby to take hold: there is simply nowhere in the Northeast United States that looks like the Kalalau... read more

Travel Porn: A Review of Hotel Honolulu

Way back in April I introduced Travel Porn, a new feature in which I review books from my beloved travel literature genre. Since then I dropped the ball and only featured one other book! Well, readers, it’s time to  get back on track. After all, 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 J.... read more

My Bonus Island: Five Days in Kauai

Originally, Maui was supposed to be my final Hawaiian destination, but then I changed my ticket so I could hang out a little longer at the Banana Bungalow. Around the time all my plans were changing, I saw on Facebook that my blogging buddy Angie was in Kauai. Up until this point, our friendship was strictly virtual. But when I saw her uploading stunning Hawaii pictures on Facebook, I sent her a message.... read more

On The Beach and Under the Sea in Lana’i

So far, my adventures in diving in Hawaii had been a pretty wild success. There were the teeming-with-life shipwrecks in Oahu, the awe-inspiring mantas of the Big Island, and now I had the abundant reefs off Maui to explore. I knew my week in Lahaina wouldn’t be complete without getting underwater, so I called my friend Kyle — travel writer, dive instructor, and general Maui expert — and... read more

Taking a Week off in Lahaina

Note to my subscribers: For some reason, Feedburner isn’t playing nice with my blog this week. So you might have missed certain posts like Photo of the Week 83 or Blissful Beach Days in Maui. Hopefully we can all play nice now! In addition to my time at The Banana Bungalow, I was lucky to spend an additional week in Maui hanging out at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Lahaina. I was really excited... read more

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