Wanderlust Wendy


Tet Holiday on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island, Bai Ong Lang, Vietnam

After our year-long whirlwind travel, we were looking for a vacation. Not travel, but a vacation, where we don’t feel pressured to check out all the sites, and hanging out all day by the beach is perfectly acceptable. Five days on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam checked the boxes.  The Night Before Tet Holiday We flew out the night before Tet Holiday began from Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat airport. Big … Read more

Cruise Vacation Review: 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruise

In my household, I’m not the only globetrotter in the family. My sister leads an equally unique life. She had met her husband while working on the Royal Caribbean cruise line. My brother-in-law still works on board as a navigation officer. They had a new baby, and we accompanied our six-month-old nephew on his first cruise adventure!  I’m not typically a cruise vacation type of person. Still, after 8 months … Read more

Chile’s Atacama Desert: Road Trip Across the Driest Place on Earth

At the end of our whirlwind Workaway adventure, we treated ourselves to an epic trip up North in the Atacama Desert. We had decided against Patagonia since we didn’t have sufficient time to do proper hiking and had already spent ample time on the Argentina side.  As fate would have it, the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, was flooded two weeks before our scheduled arrival. I was following … Read more

City Guide: Wander in the Artsy Hills of Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

A Workaway experience that turned awry unexpectedly took us to Valparaiso for three weeks, where we worked on a different Workaway project. This hilly seaside town surprised and delighted me in the best way. Our three-week stay here allowed us so much time to expand beyond the usual tourist bubble, and see this unique city for all that it has to offer.  When reading up on Valparaiso before arriving, I … Read more

City Guide: Discover Cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

We traveled in and out of Santiago numerous times during our month-long stay in Chile. I loved the artsy cosmopolitan vibe that the city exudes. If you get a chance to visit Santiago, here are my recommendations!  Accommodation In total, we were in Santiago 3 different times, and we stayed in three different AirBnBs that were all near Lastarria/Bellas Artes neighborhood. The rates were really affordable, with ample choices. We … Read more

Explore Montevideo and Coastal Uruguay

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Journey from Buenos Aires to Montevideo via Colonia Express After three whirlwind weeks in Amazing Argentina, we headed to Uruguay. Xav’s brother has lived near Montevideo for over a decade and visiting his family for Christmas shaped our winter plans in South America.  I had booked tickets only a few days in advance via Direct Ferries. The most economical option was a ferry to Colonia with a direct bus transfer … Read more

Argentina 3-Week Itinerary Summary

El Chalten Mount Fitz Roy

Argentina is an incredible country, and we packed in as much to see as possible during our time here. I was never much drawn to wildlife sightings. Experiences like safari or whale watching were never of interest. Argentina changed all of that for me. My world has been opened, and our encounters with wildlife have granted me a newfound appreciation for nature. Perhaps everyone would care a lot more about … Read more

Argentina Patagonia Part III: 5-Day Road Trip from Trelew to Puerto Madryn

Day 1: Rental Pick-up & Overnight in Trelew From El Calafate, where we sighted the impressive glacier and the infamous Patagonia mountain range, we headed East to Trelew, where we begin another road trip to see penguins and other beautiful wildlife.  Learn Manual Shift Driving Before Arrival We picked up our rental car at Trelew airport. An Asian-American couple ahead of us was returning its vehicle. “I thought you said … Read more

Argentina Patagonia Part II: 4-Days Around El Calafate

El Chalten Mount Fitz Roy

Day 1: Traveling from Ushuaia to El Calafate  For part II of our Argentina Patagonia adventure, we took a short 70-minute flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the flight was delayed until we arrived at the airport. The short journey, unfortunately, took us 6-hours door-to-door. I’ve heard flight delays can be common since the weather in Ushuaia can sometimes be unpredictable. In El Calafate, we had booked … Read more

Argentina Patagonia Part I: 4-Days in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel Boat Tour in Ushuaia, Patagonia Argentina

Day 1: Travel from Salta to Ushuaia We concluded our whirlwind road trip in Northern Argentina and headed South to explore Patagonia. The first stop was to Ushuaia, a city located at the furthest southern point of the world, and thus claims its “End of the World” title. Argentina is approximately 3,600km (2,300 miles) in length. Traveling from North to very Southern tip took us nearly 12 hours door-to-door. From … Read more