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.
I started feeding my wanderlust with a simple 50/50 goal – to visit 50 countries before I hit the age of 50. With lots of luck and blessing, I have since surpassed the 50 countries’ count with plenty of room to spare on the age portion, LOL. The country count stands at 63 in Mid-2019 and I am truly grateful. I will stop minding the country count from now on and let my wanderlust brings me wherever. But I am still prolonging my Annual Leave with careful planning since Singapore has the least public holidays…boo! I have also 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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