Portfolio and Press

Alex in Wanderland is an award-winning travel blog documenting my journey since 2009. Below are my awards and accolades, as well as links to my work in other publications in print and online.

Curious how I turned blogging into a career? Read this post!


This blog is a virtual portfolio of my writing. You can find more examples of my work below.

An Inaugural Idaho Road Trip: Discovering New Adventures | Visit Idaho
Bucket List Travel: The 15 Best US Destinations for 2021 | Forbes
Take a Weekend Jaunt to Long Island’s Suffolk County and the North Fork Wine Region | Capital Region Living
My New Year’s Resolution: Visit All 62 New York Counties in 365 Days | Capital Region Living
What It’s Like to be a Travel Influencer During the Covid-19 Pandemic | Saratoga Living
The Wanderland Files: Holiday Fun in The Finger Lakes | Capital Region Living
Find Your Center with This Wellness Guide to Sun Valley | Visit Idaho
Plan Now, Travel Later: Why My Long-Awaited Trip to Idaho Will Be Worth the Wait | Visit Idaho
Grondahl: Quarantined on a Tiny Tropical Island off Thailand is Shaker Grad’s Fate | Times Union
The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2020 | Forbes
Menands Native Documents Love of Travel as ‘Alex in Wanderland’ | Times Union
What It’s Like To Stay at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge | Scuba Diving
The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019 | Forbes
Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan: A Peculiar Dive Spot with Sunken Hotels, Volcanic Vents and More | Sport Diver Magazine | September/October 2017 Issue
Various Blog Posts | PADI
The Road Back to Burning Man | Travel Nevada
Various Tour Reviews | Viator
Ios Photo Diary | Contiki Tours
Photography Tips from Santorini | Contiki Tours
Fit Travel: 10 Places to Get High Around the World | Men’s Fitness
Fit Travel: Top 10 Adventure Activities in Iceland | Men’s Fitness
Fit Travel: World’s Best Windsurfing Destinations | Men’s Fitness
Various Blog Posts | Eagle Creek


In the past, I have worked as a photographer’s assistant on Grand Cayman, as well as an underwater videographer in the Cayman Islands and in Thailand. You can see examples of my videography in videos such as The Big Island of Hawaii and One Week in Iceland, as well as on my Tripfilms profile.

I’ve also had my photography commissioned for publications online and in print:

Road Tripping on Maui | Westjet Magazine | September 2017 Issue
Photography contributor to Moon Hawaii | 2017 Guidebook Edition
Photography contributor to Moon Maui | 2016 Guidebook Edition
Florida By Water: SUP Yoga | National Geographic | February 2015


Forbes | 6 Female Travel Photographers You Need To Follow On Instagram In 2017
Playboy | 15 Travel Instagram Accounts You Need to be Following
Flipkey | Top 25 Solo Female Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015
Chilli Sauce | Top 100 Travellers to Follow on Social Media
The Expeditioner | Top 50 Travel Blogs (Based on traffic)
Nomadic Samuel | Top 100 Travel Blogs (Based on influence)
Viator | Top 25 Travel Blogs of 2013
Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine | Inspiring Travel Blogs of 2013
Travel Junkette | Top 50 Travel Blogs
Wanderlust and Lipstick | Best Travel Blogs for 20-Somethings


Forbes | The Cheapest Places to Travel in 2019
Sport Diver | May 2017 Issue | PADI AmbassaDiver Alex Baackes Takes You Along for Her Journey Around the World
CNBC | How to Enjoy Burning Man Without Burning Your Cash
Daily Travel Podcast | Audio Interview
Bren on the Road | Solo Female Travel Interview
Globetrotter Girls | Audio Interview
Go Girl Guides | Interview
Nomad Capitalist | Audio Interview
Johnny Jet | Travel Style Feature
A Dangerous Business | The Thursday Traveler
Atlas Sliced | Working Abroad Video Interview
Just One Way Ticket | Top Travel Bloggers Tell How to Do It
Inside the Travel Lab | Interview about Underwater Videography
Lost Girls World | Lost Girl of the Week
Always Twirling | Interview
Tripfilms | Filmmaker Feature
The Strategist | Best Rolling Luggage


Go. See. Write. | Why I Blog
Camels and Chocolate | Life as a Dive Videographer
And Then She Saved | Saving Money on Travel Part I and Part II
Nomadic Matt | The Complete Guide to Diving in Koh Tao
My Beautiful Adventures | How To Take Better Underwater Photos
Why Wait to See The World | Diving Myths: Revealed
Lost Girls World | Design Lover’s Guide to Siem Reap



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