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What’s that you say? Things are looking a bit different around here? A bit newer, a bit shinier, and dare I say, many bits more stylin’?

Alex in Wanderland

Welcome!

This new site has been a long time in the making. It started with a tragic misdirect a full eleven months ago, when I sunk a big chunk of change into a designer that turned out to be a complete nightmare. It was a huge loss of time and money, and made me wonder if I’d ever see my vision for Alex in Wanderland come to life.

Once I managed to pull together some funds again, I went to where I should have started right from the beginning: my wonderful friends Hannah and Lee at Further Bound.

Hannah has been reading my site for years, and over meetups in places as far flung as London and Lombok we became fast friends. Basically, the girl gets me — I knew she’d be the perfect person to design the new home of Alex in Wanderland. Together, we put our blood, sweat and tears into this site. And I mean that literally. Technological challenges reduced me to tears at least twice, there were plenty of times I didn’t have air conditioning and I think I remember Hannah telling me she got a paper cut at some point.

But the blood sweat and tears were all worth it, no? Every time I see this beautiful new site I am filled with joy, and I can’t thank Hannah and Lee enough for bringing it to life for me! Let’s take a look around, shall we?

Alex in Wanderland Blog DesignOut with the old, in with the beautiful!

What’s New in Wanderland

One of my biggest issues with my old site was its ridiculously poor navigation. With almost a thousand posts in the Wanderland archives, Hannah and I brainstormed big time about how we could help you all find what exactly you’re looking for, and give some of my favorite old posts some new life. A little explanation behind what’s new around here:

Destinations: My new and updated destinations page, modeled (with author Kristin’s blessing) off the genius version on one of my favorite blogs, Camels and Chocolate. Now you’ll be able to browse by entire countries, but also more specifically by states and cities. This will be especially helpful for countries like Thailand, for which I have written over 160 posts!

Obsessions: All my favorite photography gear, luggage, green travel and blogging products in one place — plus a new travel resources section.

Confessions: One thing I’ve noticed about this travel blog? You guys love when I stray a little bit away from travel! Here’s where you’ll find my reflections on topics like love, life, and caffeine cravings.

Departures: All my planning posts broken down into categories like budgeting, packing, and app and product reviews. There’s also all kinds of travel inspiration round these parts, from travel quotes to travel book reviews to my beloved Earning Abroad series.

Arrivals: Here you’ll find a breakdown of my posts about various travel styles, from festival hopping to wildlife chasing. You’ll also find a section dedicated to my many posts on adventure travel — everything from diving to hiking, from sky high fun (think ziplining, helicoptering, and hot air ballooning) to motorized thrills (think motorcycling, ATV riding, and snowmobiling).

Alex in Wanderland Blog Design

Share the Love

I’m so excited about my new logo and design that I wanted to be able to share a little piece of it with you! Check out my new shop for Welcome to Wanderland mugs, totes and stickers. Eventually I’m planning to add limited edition photography prints and postcards, too.

And Tell Me What You Think!

I absolutely can’t wait to hear your feedback. Have a poke around and let us know what you love, and if anything looks a little wonky — we’re still working out the kinks! Now that I have this gorgeous new home for all my travel stories and photos, I’m more fired up than ever to share them with you. As always, thanks for coming along for the ride.

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195 Comments...
  • Diane
    September 8 2014

    The new look is gorgeous, Alex. Love the color scheme, the design. Really fun and suits your content perfectly. Awesome 😉
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Thank you so much Diane! I was holding my breath waiting for the comments to roll in and this first one warmed my heart!

  • Rachel
    September 8 2014

    Long time reader, first time commenter, I felt the need to come out of the woodwork to tell you I absolutely LOVE the new layout! I thought your old website was just fine but seeing them side by side in your screenshots really makes me appreciate the wonderful new design.
    My view seems to be a bit glitchy though, the rotating pictures on your homepage are right over on the edge of my screen, not in the middle above your ‘as seen in’ bar as in your screenshot. I’m sure it’s just a teething issue though, can’t wait to explore the new site and keep reading!

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      So happy that this one brought you out of the woodwork! 🙂 Yeah, as soon as I saw what Hannah was creating I couldn’t stand looking at my old site anymore. So excited the new one is finally here! Thanks for the heads up about the slider — I’ve let the designers know!

  • Diane Cameron
    September 8 2014

    Alex–it’s beautiful and a work of art. Now so many options and ways to learn from you. Many congrats. Love the mugs!

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Hope my family likes them too, because that might just be what everyone is getting for Christmas this year… 😉 Thanks for reading Diane!

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    September 8 2014

    So fabulous! It looks stunning <3
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Thanks so much Miriam! We are so proud!

  • Camille D
    September 8 2014

    WOW !!! It looks A-MA-ZING !!! Great browsing, everything is it’s place, so easy to find. I also love the grey/turquoise/yellow colors, beautiful choice. Beautiful. Congratulations to you and Further Bound.

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Camille! Those colors just speak to me 🙂 Glad you all are feeling them too!

  • Ashley Hufford
    September 8 2014

    This is beautiful!!! Absolutely love the resign!!!

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Ashley! Hannah is a genius… I couldn’t be happier with it!

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    September 8 2014

    It looks SO SO SO SO good!! wow, I’m in shock! I want to re-do mine so bad so maybe I need to talk to your people… it’s good to know they can handle breakdowns because just fixing an email prob last night I cried 2x. haha. It looks great. I’m going to explore a little more!!
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Yes, Hannah definitely talked me off the brink of at least one mental breakdown when I was in Greece 🙂 Designer, counselor, what can’t she do…

  • Silvia
    September 8 2014

    I’m obsessed! So, so impressed with your and Hannah’s amazing work. So many pretty things! And the navigation has already pointed me towards old posts I had never read, woop!
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Awesome, that’s what we were hoping for! And yes, I love all the fun little details… my favorite might be the quote box 🙂

  • Alisa
    September 8 2014

    Hey Alex! The site looks amazing – I especially love the bright banners that help with the navigation! And the colors are so you, if that makes sense haha.
    Two things I did notice that could just be tweaked slightly – under “Departures”, Budgeting is spelled Bugeting. And in the Travel Resources section, the spacing is a bit off for the description of Flight Booking and Accommodation (though this could be because I’m using Chrome?). Sorry to nitpick, I do love the new site and I would just want to know little things like that too! Congrats on the redesign!

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Ah, thanks for the heads up Alisa! With so many eyes looking at the mock ups it’s kind of hilarious we didn’t notice something like a glaring typo — I guess we just get too used to looking at it!

  • Susan
    September 8 2014

    Ah! It’s gorgeous, Alex! It’s all very “you.” And the navigation is so smart. Looking forward to seeing more posts in this snazzy new design.
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      The navigation was a huge challenge — I was just so overwhelmed at how to categorize almost a thousand posts! It’s funny though, now that it’s all organized, I feel this huge sense of calm, as if I just cleaned my room, but times a billion 🙂

  • I think it was well worth the blood, sweat, and tears! I can’t wait to check it on in more depth later! Congratulations! 🙂
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      It will be here waiting for ya 🙂 I can’t stop browsing, and it’s my own site… ha!

  • justine
    September 8 2014

    The site looks amazing. You should be so proud 🙂 I first found your blog when I was traveling in the Philippines last November. So as someone who used your site as a resource while backpacking through multiple countries I’m super excited about the fact that I’ll be able to search by city. I think that will be SO helpful. Congrats!!!
    justine recently posted..Boracay on a Budget – Backpacking on $40 a Day

    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      I’m so glad to hear that Justine! I’m hoping it will help people find what they need more easily and maybe even discover more off-the-beaten path cities in countries they were already planning to go to!

  • Dale
    September 8 2014

    Absolutely loving the new design. Seems really fresh, bold (but not in your face) and keeps me on the page (not that it didn’t already! :P).

    Might have to order a mug to have my morning coffee in!
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      If you do, send a picture! I actually might make that into a contest at some point 🙂

  • Lucy
    September 8 2014

    I love the new design, it’s really nice and clean and all the little details are great – the annual review section is gorgeous, and I also really like your new instagram pic design.

    I’m loving your merch too:)
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      I love the Instagram graphic too! I did a lot of squealing with joy when opening Hannah’s emails… there were always fun surprises like that to adore 🙂

  • Petra @ We've Got The Bug
    September 8 2014

    Love the new site Alex! It’s so sleek and modern. The new logo is great too!
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      Thanks! I’m enamored with the logo. It reminds me of a tattoo! (Don’t worry Dad, I won’t get one.)

  • Mike of Mapless Mike
    September 8 2014

    Absolutely love it! It’s much sleeker and user friendly. I’m glad that you finally got through the hassles of upgrading it.
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    • Alex
      September 8 2014

      The hassles were certainly aplenty! There were times Hannah and I wondered if we were cursed 🙂 But it’s all been worth it in the end!

  • Ameliah
    September 8 2014

    Love it Alex!!! Looks great 🙂