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Announcing Wanderland Waves: Island-Inspired Jewelry thumbnail

It’s a pretty exciting day today at Wanderland HQ, friends — a headquarters that just so happens to sit on a lush, tiny island in the middle of a vast, beautiful ocean. It’s been hard not to shout this one from the thatch-rooftops these past weeks as we’ve worked behind-the-scenes to make this happen: today, I’m…

Reader Survey Results — And The Next One! thumbnail

Remember right around this time last year, when I asked y’all to take a reader survey, in which I learned that it’s very unpopular when a non-southerner says y’all? (Blame Rayna James.) So, my major takeaway from that survey, other than the y’all thing, was that I love you guys a lot — and I’m not…

How to Work With Brands 101 thumbnail

It’s no secret that I’m traveling less than usual this year. But that doesn’t mean I’m planning to sit around in a bathrobe, drink breakfast cocktails while cackling at the morning news and watching the world burn. (Though now that I write it, it is tempting…) Nope, 2017 is going to be my year of learning.  I’ve always…

Ask Me Anything: Answered! & The 2016 Reader Survey thumbnail

This summer, I put out a call for you guys to ask me anything — and ask you did! Today, I’m excited to share my answers… and turn some questions back on you for a bit. I’d be honored if you’d take my reader survey at the end of this post — I hope it will…

Why I Don’t Delete Mean Blog Comments thumbnail

“You’re a dumpster fire of a human, this is the worst blog on the entirety of the internet, and I hope you slip on a banana peel in a very public place with recording devices present.” While this isn’t technically a direct quote of any comment I’ve received in my five years of blogging at Alex…

Blogaversary Five: Goal Setting and Keeping thumbnail

For the last few years, I’ve paused at my travel and blogaversary to both take stock of the goals I set the year before, and make a new round for the year ahead. Since self employment means I don’t quite have a boss to take care of this for me, consider it my annual progress review…

Blogaversary Five: How I Make and Spend Money Blogging thumbnail

“And Alex here is a professional travel blogger!” I cringe hearing the words come out of my travel companion’s mouth, and immediately starting looking for an escape route from the moving vehicle I’m currently riding in. The questions start firing from all directions. So you’re able to support yourself with that? Who pays for that? Yes…

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