Blog by Alexandra Baackes. I'm a New York native with a passion for aquatic adventures. On the move since 2011, documenting every highlight and heartbreak along the way. This is a travel and diving blog about working, diving, and traveling around the world!
The only thing that makes leaving Oahu bearable? Landing in Maui thirty minutes later. Ian and I had an incredible time on Oahu exploring chic Honolulu and luxurious Ko Olina. Yet it was important to me to show Ian a side of Hawaii that goes beyond the big cities and the resort towns. We wanted to […]
Jumping out of chronological order to skip ahead and tell you about my February adventures! We’ll be back to Hawaii soon <3 Over my last three trips, I’ve fallen pretty crazy in love with the surreal skyline, efficient energy, futuristic architecture and extreme organization that are hallmarks of Singapore’s downtown core. But I’ve also started to […]
Jumping out of chronological order to skip ahead and tell you about my February adventures! We’ll be back to Hawaii soon <3 When Ian and I were planning our trip to Telunas Resort in Indonesia, we were thrilled that this was a trip where getting there was going to be half the fun. Why? Because it […]
Jumping out of chronological order to skip ahead and tell you about my February adventures! We’ll be back to Hawaii soon <3 After our incredible introduction to the Riau Islands province of Indonesia at Telunas Beach Resort, we packed up and took a five minute boat ride to a whole new level of barefoot luxury. Years […]
Welcome to Earning Abroad! In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring and ambitious friends I’ve met on the road — friends who have found viable work away from their home countries. Today’s Earning Abroad interviewee will be no stranger to Alex in Wanderland regulars. Amy is my friend, my collaborator, and a fellow entrepreneur […]
Jumping out of chronological order to skip ahead and tell you about my February adventures! We’ll be back to Hawaii soon <3 I know that to some people, our entire lives kind of look like one long, never-ending vacation. But in reality, Ian and I get frazzled and overworked and disconnected from what’s important like everyone […]
When you dream of Oahu, whether you’ve been here before or not, you probably close your eyes and picture the waves of North Shore. A lei-covered luau. Maybe a sunset on Waikiki Beach. The pineapple whip at the Dole Plantation. Perhaps the calm beaches of Kailua. One area you might not think to explore? Oahu’s equal […]
Waikiki seems to be one of those places that some travelers love, and some travelers love to hate. I’d been to Waikiki before, and had seen many of it’s major sites — Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, The Aquarium, a sunset booze cruise and beyond — but I’d never actually stayed there or taken the time to […]
Ian and I tend to fancy ourselves a pair of fairly with-it twenty-somethings — though I admit I’m concerned that saying so is the blogging equivalent of wearing non-ironic mom jeans. When we travel, we like to book boutique hotels, chic apartments, or design hostels; go out to eat at trendy local cafés and restaurants; and […]
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. — Paul Theroux As a full-time travel blogger, I’m frequently asked about my favorite destinations around the world. My answers, depending on my current whims and the energy I have to delve into such a query, range from a carefully calibrated, heartfelt list of […]
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