Moving On: Off to New Adventures

by Alex Schnee
( January 7th, 2016 )

Moving On Adventures

I started writing for Wanderlust and Lipstick almost two years ago. Since then, I have been on some incredible journeys and have had the opportunity to work with some amazingly passionate, strong women at this site. But, as expected, things are always changing. As Beth posted on her blog, there are some changes coming to Wanderlust and Lipstick.

I’ll still be travel blogging and I have already taken the time to set up my own platform over at:

The Wayfaring Voyager

(Wayfaring because I love hiking, Voyager because I love ships). Feel free to visit and check out some of my posts there. Also, everything I will have posted on WaL can still be seen over there too.

I have been so fortunate be a part of a great community and to have a wonderful start blogging. I’ve learned a lot over the past two years or so. I want to thank Beth, Kristin, and the entire team.

As all wanderers know, we are always moving and always going to new spots. I consider this move as a part of my own discovery. Here’s to new adventures!

Always keep wandering,

Signature Alex Schnee

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Women in Business Around the World: A Changing Climate

by Alex Schnee
( January 3rd, 2016 )

Women Business World

One thing I’ve noticed on my travels, especially on my recent journey to Chacala, Mexico, was how women played such a huge part in many of the local businesses. In a world where the role of women in society is drastically changing (especially in countries like Mexico where commerce is becoming more essential to the overall economy), it been interesting to see how these changes have manifested in isolated areas like Chacala.

According to this article for Forbes, the political climate is changing in Mexico as the country elected its first ever female Secretary of Education and Secretary of Social Development, Josefina Vazquez Mota. These changes are huge for a country that in the past has been known for misogynistic behavior and for treating women as lesser citizens.

While I was in Chacala, however, I noticed a certain respect for women. My boyfriend and I stopped by a pizza place in the center of the village and ordered a pie each (because I don’t like pizza at all). I was shocked to see that the person in charge was a woman. Though her sons apparently ran the books, she was the one working and working directly with us—something I had never seen before on my journeys to other Latin-influenced countries. Most of the time (like in Italy and Spain), women were in the background, silently contributing to their family businesses.

Chacala Bay Mexico

I love seeing women around the world succeed and feel like they have autonomy over their lives. It’s always a fine line because many of these attitudes are also cultural—so to expect huge strides relating to women’s rights shouldn’t really be expected. It’s actually the minor changes that often mean the most. We went to several small restaurants in Chacala were the women were the face of their business. This not only contributes to the local economy, but it also changes mindsets.

We’ve been fortunate to live in a society where it’s possible to run our own businesses as a women and to dream big, but much of the world has not had that opportunity. It was inspiring to see that ideas might be changing in order to benefit everyone. Even the fact that my friend Karla could run a successful vacation rental business was a sign that slowly and surely the world is changing.

Women are now free to travel alone, free to vote, free to communicate with others. It was encouraging to see that things are continuing to change. The sky is the limit, wanderers! And we live in an intriguing time.

What attitudes have you noticed toward women in business on your travels?

Keep wandering,

Signature Alex Schnee





Image courtesy of Jason Costanza.


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Traveling with Your Significant Other: How Not to Kill Each Other

by Alex Schnee
( December 27th, 2015 )

Great Wall Travel

I’ve recently been traveling quite a lot with my boyfriend. We both share a love of going new places and heading to unexpected locales. We crave authentic experiences and love telling stories (that’s what happens when you’re both writers). However, traveling with your significant other is far different from traveling on your own. Here are a few tips if you are planning on heading out on the road with your SO and what you should be prepared for.

There will be frustrating times.

It’s inevitable that you will run into some moments where you end up missing your flight/bus/boat or you face a minor blunder that will affect your trip. It’s easy to blow up at the person you are traveling with, but remember that travel is sometimes just like that. We all make mistakes while we do it, and it’s often something that is easily fixable. There will be times that you might get angry with the person you’re traveling with, but the best thing to do is to keep a positive attitude and try not to blame it on him or her.

Italy Travel Gelato

Have some time alone.

My boyfriend came to visit me in Italy for two weeks when I was living there. As exciting as it was to have him there, I made sure to continue to go to my Italian lessons on my own or to take a walk every now and then. It doesn’t matter how much you love the person you are with—after a while, you are going to get sick of him or her and it’s healthy to want a bit of space. Let him or her explore a bit while you rest or take a moment to leave him or her alone while you go out. These little moments away from each other can help a lot.

Winter Snow Montana

Document your experiences.

I am terrible at making sure that I take enough pictures of my journeys, but Daniel is great at reminding me to take a picture or two of us. He’s right—we’re going to want these memories later or at least to know that they are there (even if I never want to see them again, he might). I believe you should have the experience of traveling alone and with someone you care about. There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t think about keeping a romantic interest around unless you’ve traveled with them, and I heartily agree.

Prague Travel Bar

Have any tips for traveling with a significant other? Taken any memorable trips with someone you care about?

Keep wandering,

Signature Alex Schnee





Image courtesy of Johnathan Nightingale.

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