Hi! I’m Alex.
A late-blooming flashpacker from the ever-sunny and humid Singapore.
I am one who will always daydream about visiting captivating landscapes and architectural marvels shown in travel pictorial books. But the age-old equation that career comes before anything else had me subscribed to the thought of ‘travel around the world after retirement’. Being in the rat race and found myself complaining about the lack of time like every Singaporeans. It would seem that my dream will stay as it is.
Meeting my wife changes that and our Hong Kong trip back in 2008 (my first, her dozen) got me wanting to travel more. The subsequent trips to Europe left me falling in love with the continent over again. Those well-deserved breaks after what seems like an eternity reignited my travel desire to visit places I have longed to see. The travel bug bit me hard this time and got me running – Where have I been to?
Travelling got me into photography with landscapes and unique architectures in particular. Being at the actual sites has never failed to evoke an 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 is one of the main reasons why people travel. A Chinese idiom saying of 行千里路, 胜读万卷书 which means ‘One would benefit more from travelling 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 plan my Annual Leave in order to prolong my trips especially when Singapore has the least public holidays in the world…boo… Currently, I have somehow conformed to a travel pattern of 2 long trips (more than a week) and 2 short trips annually.
I hope my humble travel blog can inspire people to take time off from work every now and then to explore the world. May the infectious travel bug catches on and put you on the next trip no matter how long or short. And if you are still complaining about the lack of time (like what I used to do), ditch that thought now and go travel!
Alex @ WanderLex.com
Singapore Travel Blog
Travel safe always!! And I would love to hear from you too!
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