About Alexa west
Hi! I’m Alexa West, a broke-ass Seattle girl turned female entrepreneur, best-selling author and digital nomad.
In 2011, I boarded a plane with just $200 in my pocket and have traveled to over 20 countries, lived on 4 continents, and now call the tropical island of Bali, home.
The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide is now the #1 selling travel guidebook for women.
MY MOM SAID...
it was a bad idea to board an international flight with just $200 in my pocket and absolutely zero experience traveling solo. But as I lay here in Bali, overlooking my $35 per night private pool villa surrounded by palm trees… I can officially say that Mom, you were so wrong.
In 2011, I had just graduated college and knew I didn’t want a 9-5 job. I had so much more to give than just sitting at a desk for the next 40 years. I wanted to help people. I wanted to eat strange food and speak to people in other languages. I wanted to get away from my hometown.
But growing up, I was told that travel was unattainable. Because I didn’t come from a rich family and I still had student loans to pay, I couldn’t possibly have enough money to make this dream life work for me.
Expensive travel was for rich kids, right?
Not letting an empty bank account
define my dreams, I got creative…
I quickly realized that there were organizations, opportunities, and travel programs that would PAY ME or pay for me to travel the world. And I took advantage of those opportunities.
- I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria.
- I was an English Teacher in South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan.
- I was a bartender on an island in Cambodia.
- I was a house sitter in Costa Rica.
- You get the picture.
I pinched pennies. I ate tuna from a can. And I traded my skills for adventure. This is where I became an expert in budget backpacking. And then, slowly…I began creating my writing portfolio. I studied copywriting. I started sharing my experiences, my travel hacking tips, and my knowledge of Asia with women around the world.
And then I published my first best seller.
Fast-forward 1.5 years, and I’m no longer a budget backpacker.
HERE I AM, TODAY;
a best-selling travel author and female digital nomad traveling the world with my laptop, camera, and makeup bag.
Planes, trains, and buses – I never sacrifice beauty or fashion. My travels are a mix of budget and luxury. I fly Business Class without paying for it. I’m an expert packer & travel hacker.
What I discovered was that you don’t have to be limited to one trip a year. It doesn’t have to be “once in a lifetime”, instead it can be a real part of your life. Oh, and you can travel on a budget, without looking (or feeling) like you’re on a budget.
I know what it’s like to travel on every level. I was completely blind getting on that plane 8 years ago. Poor and clueless, with little experience traveling outside of America. Yet I’ve worked my way up from hostels to staying in five-star resorts.
Now I’ve been in Asia for so long that I have local tips and insights, which you simply don’t get from a 3-week trip. When I say off the beaten path, I mean it, because I’m a local.
But this isn’t all about me, and how great my hair looks. This is about you and how great your hair looks. I feel good when you’ve learned something – when you’ve saved $5 on a bus trip or found a really cool waterfall no one else knows about. That’s my mission.
SO, I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU SOME
PROMISES ABOUT THIS WEBSITE...
✓ If a beach sucks, I’ll tell you.
✓ I’ll never sell or recommend a product or service that I haven’t or wouldn’t use myself.
✓ I’ll teach you how to do everything I’ve just said, for your budget, while getting you out of your comfort zone. Without sacrificing beauty, fashion, food or comfort.
So, go out and live your best life.
Create stories to tell.
Make friends around the world.
xoxo love you bye.