This past week found me hopping between the two cities I call home in New York state — Albany and New York City. Both call me back in different ways and for different reasons. One thing I know for sure? It is great to have almost three weeks in which I’ve been able to bounce between them! New York City was wonderful but bordered on overwhelming, with a friend date (and sometimes two) every single day of the week. I played at Fort Tilden beach with my Equilibrio crew, I headed to the hospital to meet a dear friend’s new baby, I had dinner dates in Manhattan with two of my closest friends from high school, I had dinner dates in Brooklyn with a whole crew from college, I had drinks with an old friend from Koh Tao, I brunched with a new friend from a travel conference, and I itinerary-planned with my bestie for our upcoming jaunt to the Grand Canyon. Phew! Somewhere in between all that, I managed to squeeze in a full work week of blog projects. It was amazing to see everyone, yet yesterday, it also felt pretty great to arrive back in Albany and catch up with some quality time with no one but my favorite dog.
This upcoming weekend I’ll be dusting off my passport to head to not one but two new (well, new to me anyway!) Caribbean islands, Bonaire and Aruba. I haven’t been on a proper dive trip in ages and I couldn’t be more excited to blow bubbles with two of my favorite fellow bloggers Kristin and Angie. But there’s a lot of work to do before departure, and so this week I’ll be in lockdown while I prepare for takeoff. Fingers crossed for a productive week!
Playing on Fort Tilden Beach
Yoga on the sand
Fire twirling by sunset
Back in Albany again
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And now for something new!
Looking for new travel sites to ad to your reading roster? Searching for the perfect gift for the wanderluster in your life? Each month from here forward, I’ll be sharing an inspiring selection of travel blogs, travel projects and travel shops. Not only are these fellow entrepreneurs following their passions and creating beautiful content, they’re also supporting Alex in Wanderland by advertising in my sidebar this month — please support them back by checking out their sites and cheering them along.
Introducing Alex in Wanderland’s featured bloggers for July and August!
This American couple packed up and moved across the pond to London, where they now spend their free time exploring in Britain and beyond. But that doesn’t mean Drive on The Left is limited to Europe – one peek at their destination page will show you they’ve been driving down all kinds of roads.
Why I Love This Blog: Their site is absolutely stunning – hands down one of the best designed travel blogs on the internet. And I’m not just saying that because we had the same designer!
Silvia is a duel citizen of the United States and Norway – and her international adventures don’t end there. She’s lived in seven countries and visited over seventy, and chronicles it all on her unabashedly girly travel blog, Heart My Backpack.
Why I Love This Blog: Those seventy countries include some that had me raising my eyebrows at first – she’s even backpacked through Iran! I love that Silvia makes me consider destinations I never thought I would have. From Oman to Uzbekistan, this fellow blondie has covered some serious ground.
Michelle and Angel are the duo behind Anywhere At Home, a travel blog focused on outdoor adventure. And it just so happens they took off on a major long-term trip through the US, Mexico, and beyond this weekend – head over to their site and wish them luck!
Why I Love This Blog: I adore Angel and Michelle’s focus on getting back to nature, from biking to camping and beyond. They write practical posts about adventure, from biking packing lists to a description of the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification.
Leah originally hails from the state of Washington, but since calling quits on conventional, she’s called everywhere from Thailand to Colombia home. The Mochilera Diaries, where she shares her journey, is heartfelt, curious, and addictively clickable.
Why I Love This Blog: Because Leah is a real life friend I met in a taxi cab in Arequipa, and every time I read one of her posts I’m reminded that she’s one of the smartest, funniest and most perceptive people I’ve met on my travels. I’ve featured her before!
Brooklyn-based illustrator and letterer Lauren Hom has created some incredibly fun and quirky projects, though none made me smile as big as 26 Letters 26,000 Miles. Lauren hopes to fund a year long journey by selling her sharply travel designed posters to fellow wander addicts. When you click over to her shop, I think you’ll agree she’s well on her way.
Why I Love This Shop: Because I get sent enough “fund my trip just because” campaigns to truly respect someone who is using their skills to make something beautiful and earn along the way.
Interested in becoming a featured blogger or shop? Read more here. Limited spots still remaining for September and October.