Yo! I’m Alex.

A twenty-something girl from the United States, I ditched my apartment to live out of a backpack. Cultures call to me, maps lie to me, and I’ll go anywhere so long as there are friendly faces and wild places.

I travel through truly off the beaten track countries and destinations, sharing my experiences along the way to encourage understanding, and inspire you to do the same no matter where you’re from.

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Popular posts

Peril in the Pamir: my brush with death in Tajikistan (Part I)

Part I of my most terrifying travel experience to date: that time I almost died in a remote village in Tajikistan’s Pamir mountains.

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5 serious dangers of traveling in Pakistan

5 of the most serious dangers of traveling in Pakistan. Beware, the country is not for those weak of heart… or stomach.

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New life, new chapter: breaking up on the road

The story behind the separation of Lost With Purpose, plus some love and advice about breaking up while traveling.

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The great divide

A wake up call to the great divide between the many faces of a country, and what tourists do and do not see, in Thall, Pakistan.

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What’s it like to travel as a woman in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is undoubtedly a man’s world, but that doesn’t mean that all female travelers should stay away! Here’s what it’s like to travel as a woman in Afghanistan, based on 3 weeks of backpacking there in 2016.

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Where I've been

Places visited