Media Kit

We define Wanderlust Marriage as “a love of exploring the world with your partner in life.”

Alex and Bell co-founded Wanderlust Marriage Travel in 2012 while living in Dublin, Ireland. We enjoy helping travelers plan amazing trips based on many years of travel experience. We try to inspire travelers to mix up their adventures, by exploring amazing destinations off the popular tourist trails and traveling off-season when possible. This helps make travel more sustainable for the industry as well as popular destinations that become overwhelmed with tourists in high season.

Alex Kallimanis received a bronze medal in the 31st Annual NATJA Awards Competition (North American Travel Journalists Association) last year. He was also named NATJA’s featured journalist of the month for December 2020. Most recently, he received an honorable mention award in 30th Annual NATJA Awards Competition for Cultural Photography. Among other publications, I contribute to Travel World Magazine.

Our story appeared in the book The Trip that Changed Our Lives, which helped raise over $10,000 for the charities Save the Children and Unbound. Over the years we’ve shared our story in many publications, and have been happy to interview others about their “Wanderlust Marriages”, including 2 time Irish journalist of the year Conor O’Clery. We’re proud that our story and this website has helped inspire thousands of travelers, including others to launch their own travel websites.

Bell is a PhD scientist who previously worked in cancer research at the Food and Drug Administration for 4 years. She currently works in lung patient advocacy for LUNGevity Foundation. We were previously based in Washington, D.C. for 4 years and recently bought a house in the Tampa, Florida area. We’ve also previously resided in Dublin, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Australia and Boston. For inquiries email alex(at)

What the United Kingdom’s second largest newspaper, the Daily Mail, wrote about Alex’s article on Athens, Greece:

What Pennsylvania State Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill Wrote About Our Article on York, Pennsylvania:

Senator Kristin Philips Hill thanks us on Facebook for our article on York County, Pennsylvania

What the historic Hotel Le Bretonerie & Hotel Chopin in Paris, France wrote about our article on their Marais district hotel on their website:

Hotel Chopin in Paris, France thanks Alex Kallimanis for his article on sister Hotel de la Brettonerie in Paris Marais

Wanderlust Marriage Travel

Google Analytics: receives upwards of 14,000 visitors and 35,000 page views per month.

You can see our Google Analytics report for the past month here: Analytics Wanderlust Marriage Audience Overview 20180716-20180816 and the past year here: Analytics Wanderlust Marriage Audience Overview 20170816-20180816

Social Media: 70,000+ followers

Instagram followers: 31,000+ followers with good authentic engagement. 16,500 followers on our Wanderlust Marriage Instagram account and 13,900 followers on Alex’s travelguide_alex account. Our photos have received upwards of 3,000 likes.

Twitter followers: 29,000

Pinterest  20,000 monthly viewers

Facebook likes: 2,184

LinkedIn 3700+ connections for Alex Kallimanis

400+ followers on the TravMedia platform connecting international media and public relations representatives. Their International Media Marketplace conference is the biggest event in the USA for travel journalists, destinations and PR professionals. Alex has attended the past four years.


Our mission is to help travelers experience more of the world while highlighting great destinations and brands. We partner with official tourism boards and quality brands on this quest. Wanderlust Marriage launched in 2012 and since then we’ve covered fantastic lesser known destinations, in addition to many of the world’s most popular places.

Tourism Boards: Visit Europe, Andros (Cyclades, Greece), Tempe Tourism, Frankfurt Tourism, Quebec Tourism, Visit Southeast Montana, Tourism Montreal, Visit Milwaukee, Destination GettysburgHershey & HarrisburgMassachusetts Tourism, Taiwan Tourism, Visit Scotland, Visit Britain, Visit BaltimoreSabah Tourism (Malaysian Borneo), Visit London, Barcelona Tourism, Pioneer Valley, York, PA.

Brands: Emerald Cruises, UnCruise, European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), Disney, Premier Inn (Britain’s largest hotel company), Hotel De La Brettonerie (Paris, France), Esterel Resort (Luxurious Quebec Resort & Spa), Le St. Sulpice (luxury hotel in Montreal), Sutera Harbour Resort (one of Borneo’s finest luxury resorts), Jefferson Hotel (a unique diamond rated property in Richmond, Virginia), Sukau Rainforest Lodge (a multi-award winning Borneo eco resort), Borneo Eco Tours (a multi-award winning Borneo tour company), Capon Springs Resort (West Virginia), Prospect Hill Inn (Virginia), Italian Days Food & Wine Tours, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sourced AdventuresSilverfox Travel and Outdoors, Athens One Day Cruise, Maine Brew Bus, Chew Philly, On Location ToursZipcar (the world’s largest car sharing company), Walks of Italyonly-apartments (one of the world’s biggest holiday apartment rental sites), Paddywagon Tours (Ireland’s largest tour company) & more.

Landscape of the cliffs with the ocean, Ireland travel tips

Articles We’ve Written Based on Partnerships with Tourism Boards and Brands

Greek Spa Towns for a Fantastic Thermal Vacation – Visit Europe and European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA)

What to Expect on a Danube River Cruise with Emerald CruisesEmerald Cruises

UnCruise! Alaska Fjords and Glaciers CruiseUnCruise

Bell and Uncruise guests enjoying the hot tub and drinks in front of a glacier

Baden bei Wien: Austria’s Great Spa Town of Europe – Baden Tourism

Andros: An Authentic Cyclades IslandAndros Tourism

The Venetian Fortress and Bridge in Andros Chora, with a clear blue sky

Tempe, Things to Do While Exploring ArizonaTempe Tourism

Tempe Things to Do

Frankfurt, Germany: 2 Day ItineraryFrankfurt Tourism

Frankfurter Dom & New Frankfurt architecture

Gettysburg: Things to Do on a VisitDestination Gettysburg

Things to Do in Gettysburg, Gettysburg Battlefield

Tips on Visiting Disney World Over the HolidaysDisney

Romantic Getaway Ideas for MontrealCelebrating an Anniversary at the Esterel Resort in Quebec and Tips for Visiting Montreal – Quebec Tourism and Visit Montreal 

Great Experiences in Southeast MontanaVisit Southeast Montana 

Fishing pin for pinterest

Great Things to Do in Florence, ItalyWalks of Italy

Close up of Michelangelo's David

Venice, Italy: Tips to Have a Great ExperienceWalks of Italy

Canals with the gondolas parked and a dark moody sky over Venice

Modena Food Tour: An Italian Culinary Mecca – Italian Days Food & Wine Tours

Collage of food tour pin for pinterest

Hershey & Harrisburg Pennsylvania: 2 Day ItineraryVisit Hershey & Harrisburg

Prospect Hill Inn, A Historic Virginia B&BSelect Registry 

Virginia Winery Tour from DC with Sourced AdventuresSourced Adventures

A Review of the Norwegian Getaway – Norwegian Cruise Line

10 Great Things to Do in MilwaukeeVisit Milwaukee

Family Run Hotels You Should Support and Romantic Lakeside Hotels Around the WorldExpedia

A Couples Guide to Having Fun in BaltimoreVisit Baltimore

Taiwanese Night Markets: Sites, Smells and HistoryTaiwan Tourism

Cool Reasons to Visit Western Massachusetts – Massachusetts Office of Tourism and Pioneer Valley Tourism

An Adventurous Borneo Honeymoon in Sabah – Sabah Tourism Board, Borneo Eco Tours, Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Sutera Harbour Resort

Tips on Visiting the Great Wall of China – Wild Great Wall Adventure Tours

Athens One Day Cruise: 3 Greek Island in 12 Hours! – Athens One Day Cruise

A Wonderful Stay in Central London with Premier Inn – Premier Inn (Britain’s largest hotel chain)

Highlights of Northern Ireland Day Tour and Touring Ireland’s Most Breathtaking Scenery in County Kerry – Paddywagon Tours

One of Europe’s Great Castles- Edinburgh Castle and How Not to Climb Arthur’s SeatVisit Scotland

summit of Athur's Seat

International recipe contest submissions for voting! and Tips on Areas to Stay in Krakow – only-apartments

Toot! Toot! The North Borneo Railway Conjures British Colonial Past Sabah Tourism and Sutera Harbour Resort

Hiking the Wicklow Mountains Provides a Compelling View of Dublin – Silverfox Travel and Outdoors

Exploring Craft Beer with Maine Brew BusMaine Brew Bus

Driving the Scenic New Hampshire and Maine Coast and Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Beautiful EstateZipcar

An Authentic Food Tour in Philadelphia – Chew Philly

Touring Famous Movie Sites in BostonOn Location Tours

A Wealth of Attractions to Conveniently Explore in BarcelonaBarcelona Tourism


I have had the pleasure to work with Alex and Bell on two occasions so far. On a professional and a personal level, it has been an absolute pleasure and I’m hoping for other opportunities in the future. 
Maike Mocikat, Marketing and Social Media – Only-apartments

Wanderlust Marriage was a joy to work with. After coming on our tour, Alex & Bell shared their experience with their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook followers through authentic and personal posts. They also included us in a blog, which benefited our SEO and helped other travelers to find our tour. We highly recommend working with WM! 

Elyse, Founder of Chew Philly Tours

Media Coverage

Alex Kallimanis has written articles for mainstream publications such as Ireland’s largest newspaper, the Irish Independent, along with other outlets and magazines. His work has been shared or featured by major official tourism boards like Tasmania, Copenhagen, Milwaukee and Washington, DC. We’ve also participated in many interviews on couples travel on popular blogs, podcasts like TBEX’s Travel Matters Podcast and websites.

Alex has attended International Media Marketplace (IMM) in New York City three times – 2018, 2019, 2020. It is an industry-leading event connecting travel media with tourism board and public relations representatives from around the world.

Alex conducted a lengthy one-on-one interview with two time Irish Journalist of the Year Conor O’Clery about life on the road for 20 years as a foreign correspondent and his own Wanderlust Marriage for this website.

Our story was included in the new book, The Trip That Changed my Life, now available for sale on Amazon. Over $10,000 US from the proceeds have been donated to two wonderful charities, Unbound and Save the Children.

We were recently included in Tour Radar’s Valentine’s Day story, titled Couple’s Who Travel Together Stay Together. Traveler’s Universe interviewed us for How Traveling Couples Survive on the Road. And as we met in a hostel nearly 14 years ago, Hostel Geeks featured our story We Met in a Hostel in Bruges. The popular couple’s blog 1000 fights, who was voted by USA Today as one of the nation’s best couples blogs, featured us in an interview discussing travel and living abroad.

We’ve written for the People’s History Museum in Manchester, England. One of Dublin’s most popular websites for food, featured an article on one of our favorite restaurants in Dublin. And we were the featured travel couple of the month on Notes of Nomads. We’ve also contributed a guest post on Dutch tulip fields to Chronicle of a Travel Addict.

Alex and Bell are standing on a pathed section of the Great Wall of China with mountains and the wall trailing along them in the background

More About Us and Wanderlust Marriage:

Alex Kallimanis earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He was president of the honors history society during his senior year (Phi Alpha Theta). He also worked on an MBA at UCF. Today he works as a writer, social media influencer and travel consultant. You can contact him regarding travel writing assignments, speaking engagements and assistance with personally tailoring a great vacation.

Bell earned a PhD in statistics from the University of Amsterdam. She then did her post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, where she received a prestigious Marie Curie grant from the European Union. She works as a scientist by day, and edits many of the photos featured on Wanderlust Marriage.

We’ve both attended the largest travel trade show in the United States with press passes several times, including the 2015 New York Times Travel Show , 2016 NY Times Travel Show, and 2018 NY Times Travel Show, which has provided us the opportunity to network and learn from some of the biggest names in the industry.

We’ve attended the world’s largest travel trade show, World Travel Market (WTM) several times, including recent virtual editions in 2021 and 2020. I attended World Travel Market 2013 and World Travel Market 2014 in London in person. We’ve also attended the world’s largest conference for Travel Bloggers many times – TBEX Europe 2022 in Marbella, Spain, TBEX Europe 2020 in Catania, Italy (when Italy became the first western nation to lock down and attendees had to evacuate during the coronavirus pandemic), TBEX North America in Billings, Montana, TBEX North America in the Finger Lakes (2018), TBEX Europe 2013 in Dublin, Ireland and TBEX Europe 2014 in Athens, Greece.

After over six years living in Europe between Amsterdam and Dublin, we relocated back to the United States in 2014. We know the east coast of the USA extremely well having lived in Tampa, Orlando, Boston and Washington, DC. In 2016, we celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary in Montreal, partnering with Quebec Tourism and Tourism Montreal to promote an anniversary trip in Quebec.

We originally met in Bruges, Belgium in 2002. Alex grew up in Florida and Bell is from Melbourne, Australia. Together we’ve grown from being budget backpackers in our 20’s to professionals who appreciate luxury travel in our 40’s. During trips, we’re most passionate about culture, beautiful scenery, delicious food & drinks and history. We enjoy sharing inspiring photos, stories and tips with readers and followers. We’ve lived and worked together in four countries and traveled to 60+ different nations total.

For all inquiries email [email protected]


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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