Articles By: Amanda P

Amanda is the executive editor of Lost Girls World and co-author of the book The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. She caught the travel bug as a kid when her family did a cross-country trip in a camper van nicknamed “The Blue Moose.” Between trips abroad, she writes for such publications as USA Today, Shape, Travel + Leisure, and Cosmopolitan.

That’s (Not) the Ticket!

That’s (Not) the Ticket!
The morning of our flight to Myanmar dawned very, very early. We were all bleary eyed and exhausted, having stayed up most of the night trying to track down Dad and Nadine’s missing baggage (a quick call to the Bangkok airport revealed that their suitcases were still half a world away). According...
April 27th, 2007 | Asia, Family & Kid Travel, Getting There, Hotels & Resorts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Myanmar, Planning, Thailand | Read More

International Lampoon’s Pressner Family Vacation

International Lampoon’s Pressner Family Vacation
When my father first suggested that he, his new wife Nadine, my sister Jennifer, my cousin Cerise and my Aunt Joy meet up with The Lost Girls in Southeast Asia I was thrilled-and mildly shocked. For almost as long as I can remember, I’d pleaded with Dad to arrange a family vacation somewhere beyond...
April 23rd, 2007 | Air, Asia, Family & Kid Travel, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Myanmar, Planning, Thailand | Read More

21 Reasons We Fell in Love with Bangkok

21 Reasons We Fell in Love with Bangkok
by Amanda Pressner Lost Girls Executive Editor New Yorkers tend to assume (or more aptly, believe with a deep, zealot-like conviction) that there’s no big city on earth that’s as funky, hip and prodigious as the one they call home. And, having spent most of my twenties falling in love with...
April 12th, 2007 | Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Thailand | Read More

Lost in: Hanoi, Vietnam

Lost in: Hanoi, Vietnam
When Holly first visited Saigon, Vietnam in 1999 (during a post-collegiate voyage with Semester at Sea), she didn’t have the funds to take an extra excursion north to the country’s capital and the nearby regions of Sapa and Ha Long Bay. Fellow students who made the journey, however, came...
March 28th, 2007 | Asia, Health & Safety, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Vietnam | Read More

Blame It on “The Beach”

Blame It on “The Beach”
Long before there was a Sex in the City tour highlighting Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite cosmo-sipping spots and a DaVinci Code tour tracing Robert Langdon’s quest for the Holy Grail, backpackers were following the footsteps of their own unlikely hero-Leonardo DeCaprio-who stumbled upon a white...
March 11th, 2007 | Asia, Backpacking & Trekking, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Planning, Thailand | Read More

What the Phuket?! A Glimpse at Thailand’s Sex Tourism Industry

What the Phuket?! A Glimpse at Thailand’s Sex Tourism Industry
Nearly every backpacker we’d spoken with in Thailand vehemently recommended we skip Phuket in favor of one of the islands that hadn’t been choked to death by concrete and commercialism. Unfortunately, having not done enough advanced word-of-mouth research, we’d already advised Beth...
March 7th, 2007 | Hotels & Resorts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Thailand | Read More

How We: Quit our Jobs to Travel

How We: Quit our Jobs to Travel
Office life might be little more than fuzzy memory now, but here’s what we have to say about giving our job–and yours–the old heave-ho. How We: Quit our Jobs to Travel Initially, Jen, Holly and I worried that it would appear a little flakey to take a working hiatus after only five...
March 3rd, 2007 | Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, New York City, Planning, Quitting & Career Management | Read More

Making a Run for the Border

Making a Run for the Border
After experiencing life at a languorous pace for nearly two weeks in Laos, Jen and I procrastinated as long as we could in booking the taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and plane flights we’d need to meet up with our friend Beth several hundred miles south in Phuket. With several tight connections ahead of...
March 2nd, 2007 | Bus, Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

The Turkey Trek

The Turkey Trek
Rather than wax poetic about our incredible two-day “Same Same” hiking adventure near Luang Prubang, Laos, I’ll let these photos speak (mostly) for themselves. For the record, the “Kids with Turkeys” shots are some my favorites from the trip! The Laos Countryside… Laos...
February 23rd, 2007 | Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

Rollin’ on the River

Rollin’ on the River
Our guide Sang warned Jen and me that we’d encounter a few small “rapids” during our kayaking adventure in Laos down the Nam Khan River, and not to worry if we ended up with a mouthful of river water-almost everyone flipped over at some point. Determined to keep our heads (and bodies)...
February 21st, 2007 | Adventure Travel, Asia, Fitness & Workouts, Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Tours & Attractions | Read More