Hailing from upstate New York, it took Alexandra Baackes until her 20s before she first strapped on a set of fins and experienced the sensation of breathing underwater. Seven years later, she’s still obsessed. With a background in communication design and a passion for storytelling, Baackes launched Alex in Wanderland, an online diary in which she shares her adventures above and below the surface. “My mission is to make my love of diving contagious, and inspire my readers to find their own passion for both enjoying and protecting the ocean,” she says. Today, Alex in Wanderland is a successful travel blog with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers, and regular partnerships with some of the world’s top travel brands – and its author’s wanderlust still knows no bounds.
- Created what is noted as one of the world’s top travel blogs
- Awarded the Women Divers Hall of Fame 2013 Advanced Dive Training Grant
- Became a PADI Divemaster