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.

Lost in: Luang Prabang

Lost in: Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang’s idyllic reputation has long preceded it, disseminated through Southeast Asia by blissed-out backpackers who’d rave about the stunning natural setting, genteel people and, ironically, the relative lack of other backpackers. Unlike Vietnam and Thailand, where the package tour...
February 18th, 2007 | Asia, Backpacking & Trekking, Food & Wine, Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Shopping & Style, Spa & Beauty | Read More

Why Pay More? Because You’re a Westerner

Why Pay More? Because You’re a Westerner
Once the first seven months on the road passed and our bank balances started growing dangerously anemic, our resident secretary/treasurer Jen B started creating lists, charts and even excel spreadsheets (hey, we’re all computer nerds) to figure out exactly why we were exceeding our $30 per day...
February 3rd, 2007 | Asia, Backpacking & Trekking, Finances & Savings, Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

The Women Behind the Wat

The Women Behind the Wat
After Jen and I melted into rosemary and lemongrass-scented puddles at the forest temple (called Wat Sok Pa Luang), I decided that I had to meet the pleasure-loving mind behind the herbal-infused steam baths and tropical group massage sessions. I was actually somewhat surprised to learn from Noy, the...
January 29th, 2007 | Asia, Laos, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Spa & Beauty, Spiritual Travel | Read More

The Beach Girls

The Beach Girls
Until now, we’d spent weeks struggling to keep pace with frenetic, chaotic, religion-centric, sanitarily challenged, confusing, stimulating and draining India. But here in Goa, we finally had a chance to dig our heels in the copper-colored sand, lean back in a plastic chair and finally relax. Sure,...
January 7th, 2007 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Surfing the Backwater

Surfing the Backwater
Unless there are hot men, scuba tanks or free alcohol samples involved, my fellow LG’s and I typically stay away from organized, made-for-backpacker tours. But after hearing rave reviews from other seasoned travelers, Jen and I decided to make an exception and book a houseboat “cruise”...
January 2nd, 2007 | Cruise, India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

Gotta Goa

Gotta Goa
After spending nearly a week purging our bodies, minds and auras of all sorts of impurities at the Sivinanda Ashram in Southern India (who knew onions, sugar, alcohol, garlic and salt were so evil, anyway?) Jen and I decided that it was high time to roll away our yoga mats and start the inevitable and...
December 29th, 2006 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Parties, Festivals & Events | Read More

On the Rails

On the Rails
While it’s theoretically possible to snag a cheap fare from Delhi to Chennai on one of India’s new low cost carriers, getting from A to B in the subcontinent (especially on a backpacker budget) usually means traveling by train. And when cities and attractions are as spread out as they are...
December 28th, 2006 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Train | Read More

How We: Booked Our Flights

How We: Booked Our Flights
by Amanda Pressner LG Executive Editor Back in New York, when the girls and I were strategizing the cheapest ways to convey ourselves and three very heavy packs around the planet, we ruled out the infamous RTW or round the world ticket. Not only do Americans have to shell out hundreds or even thousands...
December 17th, 2006 | Air, Finances & Savings, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Travel Products & Services | Read More

Love for Sale

Love for Sale
As someone who managed to learn depressively little about international geography during my formative years, I barely knew that Kenya had a coastline, let alone a gleaming ribbon of icing white sand and its own rhinestone speckled stretch of Indian Ocean. We hadn’t planned to follow up our recent...
December 5th, 2006 | Health & Safety, Hotels & Resorts, Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

The Snack Pack

The Snack Pack
If you really know The Lost Girls, you know that our favorite activity isn’t trekking up Andean mountains, tracking wild African animals, clubbing our way through the capital cities or even sleeping until we’re roused from dreamland by endless construction/farting backpackers/manic hotel...
December 2nd, 2006 | Food & Wine, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Travel Products & Services | Read More