Hi! I’m Alex.
A late-blooming wanderluster in my 30s from the ever-sunny and humid Singapore.
I’m one chap who daydream about visiting captivating landscapes and architectural marvels shown in travel pictorial books for the longest time. But the age old equation that work & career comes before anything else had me subscribed to the thought of ‘travel around the world after retirement’. Being in the rat race and complaining about the lack of time like every Singaporeans, it seems that my travel dream will stay as it is.
Meeting my wife changed that, she loves to travel and has been to many places. I was hooked to travel after our trip to Hong Kong in 2008 – my 1st, her dozens. The well-deserved break after what seems to me like eternity had reignited my travel desire to visit places which I have longed to see. The travel bug bit me hard this time and got me running – Where have I been to?
The travel trips thereafter made me fall in love with photography, landscape and unique architectures in particular. Being at the actual places which I longed to be never fails to evoke emotional moment, which is simply amazing. I may not retain what I read about the history bits of the Death Railway. But I can always remember my exact expression after seeing the railway in person, likewise that I will never forget how I gawked at the Colosseum.
I believe that’s one of the reasons why people travel. A Chinese idioms saying of 行千里路, 胜读万卷书 which means ‘One would benefit more traveling a thousand miles than reading ten thousand books’ sums it up perfectly.
Now that I have started feeding my wanderlust, I have a 50/50 goal in mind, which is to visit 50 countries before I hit the age of 50. Look like a simple task for on-the-road travel bloggers whom I admire and respect, but seemingly a tall order for me as I just cannot see myself leading a nomad’s lifestyle. So instead, I learn to better-plan my Annual Leave in order to prolong my trips especially when Singapore has the least public holidays in the world. So far, I have somehow conform to a travel pattern of 2 long trips (more than a week) and 2 short trips each year.
I hope my humble travel blog can inspires people to take time off from work every now and then to explore the world. May the infectious travel bug catch on and put you on the next travel adventure no matter how big or small. And if you are still complaining about the lack of time (like what I used to do), ditch that thought now, the world’s waiting for you!
Travel safe always!! And I would love to hear from you too!
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Alex @ WanderLex.com
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