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What’s that you say? Things are looking a bit different around here? A bit newer, a bit shinier, and dare I say, many bits more stylin’?

Meihoukai in Wanderland

Welcome!

This new site has been a long time in the making. It started with a tragic misdirect a full eleven months ago, when I sunk a big chunk of change into a designer that turned out to be a complete nightmare. It was a huge loss of time and money, and made me wonder if I’d ever see my vision for Meihoukai in Wanderland come to life.

Once I managed to pull together some funds again, I went to where I should have started right from the beginning: my wonderful friends Hannah and Lee at .

Hannah has been reading my site for years, and over meetups in places as far flung as London and Lombok we became fast friends. Basically, the girl gets me — I knew she’d be the perfect person to design the new home of Meihoukai in Wanderland. Together, we put our blood, sweat and tears into this site. And I mean that literally. Technological challenges reduced me to tears at least twice, there were plenty of times I didn’t have air conditioning and I think I remember Hannah telling me she got a paper cut at some point.

But the blood sweat and tears were all worth it, no? Every time I see this beautiful new site I am filled with joy, and I can’t thank Hannah and Lee enough for bringing it to life for me! Let’s take a look around, shall we?

Meihoukai in Wanderland Blog DesignOut with the old, in with the beautiful!

What’s New in Wanderland

One of my biggest issues with my old site was its ridiculously poor navigation. With almost a thousand posts in the Wanderland archives, Hannah and I brainstormed big time about how we could help you all find what exactly you’re looking for, and give some of my favorite old posts some new life. A little explanation behind what’s new around here:

Destinations: My new and updated destinations page, modeled (with author Kristin’s blessing) off the genius version on one of my favorite blogs, . Now you’ll be able to browse by entire countries, but also more specifically by states and cities. This will be especially helpful for countries like Thailand, for which I have written over 160 posts!

Obsessions: All my favorite photography gear, luggage, green travel and blogging products in one place — a new travel resources section.

Confessions: One thing I’ve noticed about this travel blog? You guys love when I stray a little bit away from travel! Here’s where you’ll find my reflections on topics like love, life, and caffeine cravings.

Departures: All my planning posts broken down into categories like budgeting, packing, and app and product reviews. There’s also all kinds of travel inspiration round these parts, from travel quotes to travel book reviews to my beloved Earning Abroad series.

Arrivals: Here you’ll find a breakdown of my posts about various travel styles, from festival hopping to wildlife chasing. You’ll also find a section dedicated to my many posts on adventure travel — everything from diving to hiking, from sky high fun (think ziplining, helicoptering, and hot air ballooning) to motorized thrills (think motorcycling, ATV riding, and snowmobiling).

Meihoukai in Wanderland Blog Design

Share the Love

I’m so excited about my new logo and design that I wanted to be able to share a little piece of it with you! Check out my new shop for mugs, totes and stickers. Eventually I’m planning to add limited edition photography prints and postcards, too.

And Tell Me What You Think!

I absolutely can’t wait to hear your feedback. Have a poke around and let us know what you love, and if anything looks a little wonky — we’re still working out the kinks! Now that I have this gorgeous new home for all my travel stories and photos, I’m more fired up than ever to share them with you. As always, thanks for coming along for the ride.

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195 Comments...
  • Diane
    September 8 2014

    The new look is gorgeous, Meihoukai. Love the color scheme, the design. Really fun and suits your content perfectly. Awesome 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thank you so much Diane! I was holding my breath waiting for the comments to roll in and this first one warmed my heart!

  • Rachel
    September 8 2014

    Long time reader, first time commenter, I felt the need to come out of the woodwork to tell you I absolutely LOVE the new layout! I thought your old website was just fine but seeing them side by side in your screenshots really makes me appreciate the wonderful new design.
    My view seems to be a bit glitchy though, the rotating pictures on your homepage are right over on the edge of my screen, not in the middle above your ‘as seen in’ bar as in your screenshot. I’m sure it’s just a teething issue though, can’t wait to explore the new site and keep reading!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      So happy that this one brought you out of the woodwork! 🙂 Yeah, as soon as I saw what Hannah was creating I couldn’t stand looking at my old site anymore. So excited the new one is finally here! Thanks for the heads up about the slider — I’ve let the designers know!

  • Diane Cameron
    September 8 2014

    Meihoukai–it’s beautiful and a work of art. Now so many options and ways to learn from you. Many congrats. Love the mugs!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Hope my family likes them too, because that might just be what everyone is getting for Christmas this year… 😉 Thanks for reading Diane!

  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    September 8 2014

    So fabulous! It looks stunning <3
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks so much Miriam! We are so proud!

  • Camille D
    September 8 2014

    WOW !!! It looks A-MA-ZING !!! Great browsing, everything is it’s place, so easy to find. I also love the grey/turquoise/yellow colors, beautiful choice. Beautiful. Congratulations to you and Further Bound.

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Camille! Those colors just speak to me 🙂 Glad you all are feeling them too!

  • Ashley Hufford
    September 8 2014

    This is beautiful!!! Absolutely love the resign!!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Ashley! Hannah is a genius… I couldn’t be happier with it!

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    September 8 2014

    It looks SO SO SO SO good!! wow, I’m in shock! I want to re-do mine so bad so maybe I need to talk to your people… it’s good to know they can handle breakdowns because just fixing an email prob last night I cried 2x. haha. It looks great. I’m going to explore a little more!!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Yes, Hannah definitely talked me off the brink of at least one mental breakdown when I was in Greece 🙂 Designer, counselor, what can’t she do…

  • Silvia
    September 8 2014

    I’m obsessed! So, so impressed with your and Hannah’s amazing work. So many pretty things! And the navigation has already pointed me towards old posts I had never read, woop!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Awesome, that’s what we were hoping for! And yes, I love all the fun little details… my favorite might be the quote box 🙂

  • Alisa
    September 8 2014

    Hey Meihoukai! The site looks amazing – I especially love the bright banners that help with the navigation! And the colors are so you, if that makes sense haha.
    Two things I did notice that could just be tweaked slightly – under “Departures”, Budgeting is spelled Bugeting. And in the Travel Resources section, the spacing is a bit off for the description of Flight Booking and Accommodation (though this could be because I’m using Chrome?). Sorry to nitpick, I do love the new site and I would just want to know little things like that too! Congrats on the redesign!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Ah, thanks for the heads up Alisa! With so many eyes looking at the mock ups it’s kind of hilarious we didn’t notice something like a glaring typo — I guess we just get too used to looking at it!

  • Susan
    September 8 2014

    Ah! It’s gorgeous, Meihoukai! It’s all very “you.” And the navigation is so smart. Looking forward to seeing more posts in this snazzy new design.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      The navigation was a huge challenge — I was just so overwhelmed at how to categorize almost a thousand posts! It’s funny though, now that it’s all organized, I feel this huge sense of calm, as if I just cleaned my room, but times a billion 🙂

  • I think it was well worth the blood, sweat, and tears! I can’t wait to check it on in more depth later! Congratulations! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      It will be here waiting for ya 🙂 I can’t stop browsing, and it’s my own site… ha!

  • justine
    September 8 2014

    The site looks amazing. You should be so proud 🙂 I first found your blog when I was traveling in the Philippines last November. So as someone who used your site as a resource while backpacking through multiple countries I’m super excited about the fact that I’ll be able to search by city. I think that will be SO helpful. Congrats!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m so glad to hear that Justine! I’m hoping it will help people find what they need more easily and maybe even discover more off-the-beaten path cities in countries they were already planning to go to!

  • Dale
    September 8 2014

    Absolutely loving the new design. Seems really fresh, bold (but not in your face) and keeps me on the page (not that it didn’t already! :P).

    Might have to order a mug to have my morning coffee in!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      If you do, send a picture! I actually might make that into a contest at some point 🙂

  • Lucy
    September 8 2014

    I love the new design, it’s really nice and clean and all the little details are great – the annual review section is gorgeous, and I also really like your new instagram pic design.

    I’m loving your merch too:)
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I love the Instagram graphic too! I did a lot of squealing with joy when opening Hannah’s emails… there were always fun surprises like that to adore 🙂

  • Petra @ We've Got The Bug
    September 8 2014

    Love the new site Meihoukai! It’s so sleek and modern. The new logo is great too!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks! I’m enamored with the logo. It reminds me of a tattoo! (Don’t worry Dad, I won’t get one.)

  • Mike of Mapless Mike
    September 8 2014

    Absolutely love it! It’s much sleeker and user friendly. I’m glad that you finally got through the hassles of upgrading it.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      The hassles were certainly aplenty! There were times Hannah and I wondered if we were cursed 🙂 But it’s all been worth it in the end!

  • Ameliah
    September 8 2014

    Love it Meihoukai!!! Looks great 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Ameliah! Now you know a little bit of why I was so stressed in Greece 🙂 But I think it was worth it!

      • ameliah
        September 8 2014

        Yes completely understand now – but well worth it! Looks brilliant 🙂 I’ve a habit now when I’m procrastinating at work its usually by reading your blog!! Haha (ps. Does this mean that your greek island photos might get uploaded soon ;))

        • Meihoukai
          September 8 2014

          Fingers crossed they will be! It will be extra fun too since you’ll have waited so long — like a late birthday present 😉

  • Stephanie
    September 8 2014

    I LOVE the new site! It I’d certainly easier to navigate and much nicer to look at. I’m curious as to how much this type of design work would cost.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Stephanie! I think Further Bound has their updated rates on their site 🙂

  • Katie
    September 8 2014

    Holy crap! I am IN LOVE with your new design, you guys did a seriously amazing job… I’m terrified to let go of control over my blog, mostly because of stories like your first designer. This would be well worth it. now off to check our all of your hard work! 😀
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Yeah, believe me, that first incident put the fear in me big time! But I promise you’d be in safe hands with Hannah and Lee, if you ever decide to take the plunge 🙂

  • Karen
    September 8 2014

    You should have asked me to do it 🙂
    Very very fabulous. Gonna have fun browsing!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m so glad you love it! Enjoy poking around 🙂

  • Sky
    September 8 2014

    Meihoukai, this is GORGEOUS. I’ve been anxiously waiting for it to go live this weekend and I gotta say it was so worth the wait. Lovelovelove it!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      You and me both 🙂 Glad to know it paid off! Thanks for your support, Sky!

  • Sofie
    September 8 2014

    Honestly, I could have never imagined it would become THIS amazing! It just looks so fresh and clean and juicy.
    You know what it’s like? A green apple after a long walk.

    Love it, love, love it!
    I’m going to have so much fun rediscovering everything on here.
    Really curious about how you structured everything.

    Yaay, you’ve even gotten me excited about your redesign!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I described it like a new haircut, times a billion 🙂 Thanks so much Sofie! Hope you enjoy re-exploring!

  • Liz H
    September 8 2014

    UNREAL – this is so beautiful! Congratulations, Meihoukai. Must be so nice to have it done, and hopefully you see how much your hard work has paid off. Hannah and Lee really helped to bring out the YOU in AIWL. Can’t wait to explore the site more!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Yes, they really did! I feel so lucky to have worked with a design team that knows me personally and my work so intimately — I think you can see it in every detail 🙂

  • Ashley
    September 8 2014

    I love the new design- it looks amazing!! So easy to navigate!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Ashley! Better navigation was my BIGGEST goal, so I’m so happy to hear that compliment 🙂

  • TammyOnTheMove
    September 8 2014

    Looks great Meihoukai. I love the color scheme and how fresh it now looks. The new navigation is really great too. Well done you. It was worth all the sweat and tears.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Tammy! “Fresh” is the perfect adjective. I can’t stop looking! Your kudos are much appreciated 🙂

  • Joella in Beijing
    September 8 2014

    Oh wow I love the new design! Completely my style and aesthetics. You and Hannah did an amazing job- despite that nasty paper cut (I do hope she has recovered!) 😉 love the idea for the bag and mug too.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m sure she’ll pull through 🙂 And thank you! I thought it would be fun to share a little Wanderland love… and its fun to think of people carrying a piece of it around the world with them!

  • This looks amazing, Meihoukai! Love all the little details 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks! There are so many fun ones to drool over! All the icons are my favorite bit, I think.

  • Amy
    September 8 2014

    LOVE IT!!! It’s so you! Definitely way better than the old layout too!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      The old one just had to go 🙂 Couldn’t be happier!

  • Arianna
    September 8 2014

    The new site looks fabulous!!! love the cheerful colors!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thank you so much Arianna! I’m super pleased, love the colors!

  • Amanda
    September 8 2014

    OMG I LOVE IT. So so much. It looks great, and is so very clean. Also am in love with your new Destinations page!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Amanda! I was so thrilled that Kristin gave me the go-ahead to be inspired by hers 🙂 Something had to be done to deal with the mass of content I’ve compiled over the years…

  • Steve
    September 8 2014

    Love the new look Meihoukai. It’s crisp and clean. Good luck with it, not that you need it.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Hey, I’ll take all the luck I can get 🙂 Thanks Steve!

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    September 8 2014

    LOVE love love love it! Looks amazing, and tons of personality coming through. Really like the organization of posts too. I was secretly hoping this whole time you’ve been hinting at the site redesign (since that last jerk) that you had been working with Hannah & Lee 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      After the first disaster there was simply no one else I could trust! And look what beautiful work they did 🙂 They’re amazing!

  • Michelle
    September 8 2014

    Love the new look. As a designer (not of websites) I am very happy when I see anything that has been well thought out and is pretty and functional. This new site is fresh, crisp, clean, easy navigable. I may just start visiting the site for new posts, instead of following from feedly.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m a Feedly fan too! But I certainly wouldn’t mind you coming over to say hi here every once in a while 🙂 Much appreciate your compliments as a fellow designer!

  • Maria from Nerd Nomads
    September 8 2014

    Wow, your new design looks awesome!!! Love it all!! The bright and fresh colours, the organisation, the logo and the sweet pictures of you everywhere!! I feel (even though I unfortunately never have met you yet…) that it reflects more of who you are as a person – happy, smiling and joyful. Great job! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      This comment had me floating, Maria! I’m always striving for more happiness, smiles and joy 🙂 Having this new site helps!

  • Kristina
    September 8 2014

    The new site looks absolutely amazing!! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I’m so obsessed. I look forward to my free time between work when I come here to get inspired and root for you on your journeys. You have an amazing talent for writing! The new site design is going to make it so much easier for me to read through your archives 🙂
    Thank you for being you!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Kristina! I can’t tell you how reading this comment has made my morning. Thank YOU for being YOU… and bringing yourself over here to Wanderland during that free time at work 🙂 Enjoy the archives!

  • Andrea
    September 8 2014

    Gorgeous! So clean and lovely color scheme 🙂 Good work!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Andrea! I can’t take much of the credit. Hannah gets the vast majority — but thank you!

  • Mary B
    September 8 2014

    Lovely design! I agree with others that it really seems to fit your personality (or at least your blog personality) to a T!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I like to think my personality and my blog personality are one and the same 🙂 You guys get the real deal! — and thank you!

  • Erica
    September 8 2014

    ALEX! Your site looks amazing! That logo is everything. SO, so happy for you!! 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m obsessed! Clearly… since I just had to have it on a tote bag 🙂

  • Kathryn
    September 8 2014

    I will write more about every detail I love of the new design, but I’m on deadline with a project and for now, WOWOWOWOWOWOW!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Good luck on the deadline, and looking forward to the long list of details 🙂

  • Maddy
    September 8 2014

    I love it I love it I love it! I think the color scheme looks much fresher and modern while also maintaining your professional look – and I LOVE how you’ve organized your posts into all the different categories! Worth the wait for sure.

    xo
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Miss Maddy! I am so pleased and so happy to have a new home for all my many travel memories 🙂 Glad you all are loving it as much as we are!

  • Emily
    September 8 2014

    Change is always good and I love what you (and Hannah and Lee) have done! Can’t wait to sniff around and see all the changes!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      There’s a lot to explore! Hope you enjoy you wanderings 🙂

  • Josh
    September 8 2014

    Love the look of the new site. I really like the logo though. It has that feeling of modern travel, but still keeps that classic feel at the same time. Good work done by all.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      We really agonized over the logo (I’m a terrible decision maker — sorry Hannah and Lee!) but wow am I in love with the final results 🙂

  • Renate @ Renate's Travels
    September 8 2014

    I absolutely LOVE the new design! The sweat, blood and tears was worth it 😉 Good work!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Renate! I knew it would be but man, we were tested a few times 🙂

  • Lucy
    September 8 2014

    I didn’t like it at first. I literally have no idea why. I think I’m one of those people who hates change. I looked at it, admired the logo and then mumbled something to myself about how I couldn’t find what I was looking for.

    I came back on a couple of hours later and was totally in love with it. Amazing work! It’s bright, fun and beautiful!

    Yay! xxxxxx
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Ha, I know how you feel Lucy. Change is tough! But I think this is one worth adjusting for 🙂

  • becky hutner
    September 8 2014

    holy WOW. from the color palette to the clean layout to the elegant graphics — special shout out to the maps on the “destinations” page — this redesign is a home run. i didn’t think it was possible to love alex in wanderland any more but by golly, it seems i do!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Love to hear it! Hannah did an awesome job on the maps, and it warms this cartographer lover’s little heart!

  • Oh Meihoukai I love it so much! It reflects you and your wanderland so perfectly. Yes, the sweat and tears (and Hannah’s paper cut) were definitely worth it!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I think my favorite part of these comments is everyone saying “It’s so you!” Because first of all, yes it is, but second of all, it means y’all really do know me quite well 🙂 Lots of love!

  • Dad
    September 8 2014

    It is great…I even ordered stuff from the store which i have not done before

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I can’t wait to see a photo of you sippin’ from your new mug!

  • Laryssa
    September 8 2014

    LOVE IT!!!!!!

    (Only one little wonky thing that I just now noticed scrolling down here to leave a comment– the scroll bar disappears on Chrome for Mac sometimes! I guess I’m a habitual scroll bar user just now realized it?!)

    But anyway! I LOVE the colors and the font choice. Great work!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks girl! And thanks for the heads up — I will let Hannah and Lee know!

  • Kristen Noelle
    September 8 2014

    Oh my freaking goodness it’s just… I can’t… I have no words! Beautiful! I know change can be hard for readers who get used to specific designs, but I’m just enamored with this, you all did a fantastic job and thought of EVERYTHING! I am soooo obsesseddddddd.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m thinking this will be a pretty easy adjustment to make 🙂 I almost didn’t even want to include a screenshot of the old site here, ha… that’s how much I can’t stand looking at it anymore!

  • Sarah
    September 8 2014

    I love it! It immediately reminded me of Camels and Chocolate 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      She’s one of my favorite bloggers (and a good friend), so I’m flattered 🙂

      • Camels & Chocolate
        September 9 2014

        Right back atcha, sister!
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        • Meihoukai
          September 10 2014

          Can’t wait till the day Nashville is finally added to the Wanderland navigation…

  • Insanely beautiful Meihoukai but I would expect nothing less form Hannah and Lee 🙂 xx
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Thanks Toni! And no, neither would I 🙂

  • I LOVE it, it looks amazing! Absolutely love the colour combo – it is so fresh and zingy 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      Zingy! I love it 🙂 Thanks Katie!

  • Olivia
    September 8 2014

    Wow, this looks so great! Very fresh. Love the colours and how clean the whole thing is. You should all be feeling pretty great right about now!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 8 2014

      I’m walking on air! Thanks Olivia 🙂

  • Emily from Let's Roam Wild
    September 9 2014

    ADORE the new site. Hannah and Lee did such great work, but it’s clear this was truly your vision. Love love love!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      That’s the great thing about working with a designer that knows you so well — a shared vision! Absolutely thrilled with the end result!

  • Jade
    September 9 2014

    Absolutely beautiful and so much fun to look around! Congratulations Meihoukai 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thanks Jade! I’m hoping lots of people now get happily lost in Wanderland 🙂

  • aftri
    September 9 2014

    This is awesome! I really love the clean design and everything is easily organized. Good job for Hannah and Lee! Good luck for your next journey 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thank you so much Afrti! So happy to have such a beautiful new home for all my posts!

  • Sally
    September 9 2014

    Wow Meihoukai! It’s such a beautiful design and I can’t wait to explore what you’ve done. It inspires me to continue working with my own site and writing and you and your team have done an amazing job 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      That’s a fabulous compliment Sally, and I know how you feel! I’m always inspired by the great creatives around me… hopefully this gorgeous new site will keep me aiming for better writing, better photography and overall greater content.

  • Greg | Travel Blue Book
    September 9 2014

    Wow! The site looks great! Congratulations on the new digs!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thanks! Consider this my housewarming party 🙂

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    September 9 2014

    The new site looks lovely, Meihoukai! Definitely seems more “you” than the old one did, especially the lighter, brighter color scheme. I’m so glad Hannah & Lee were able to turn your past designer woes around and deliver something that you can truly be proud of and delighted by.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Yeah, let’s just pretend that old site never happened… 😉 I hated it for a long time and was always impressed so many people stuck around despite the dreary surroundings! Now I have no excuse, ha.

  • meghan premuda
    September 9 2014

    so freaking beautiful!!!! well done, all of you!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thank you Meghan! You summed up my thoughts pretty well 🙂

  • Carla Turun
    September 9 2014

    LOVE IT !!!! Love the layout and the new colours…. 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thank you Carla! We so appreciate all the lovely compliments!

  • Kiersten
    September 9 2014

    Fabulous! Love everything about it!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 9 2014

      Thanks girl! Feels like my site just got back from a day at the spa!

  • Amanda
    September 9 2014

    I LOVE IT! 😀

  • Kelly
    September 9 2014

    Wow, the new design looks amazing Meihoukai!!! Hannah and Lee did an excellent job! Love the mugs too! x
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    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      My mom just gave me the idea to do a “mug shot” gallery of photos of Wanderlanders sipping out of them 🙂 I love it!

  • Rekha Devarapalli
    September 9 2014

    Hey Meihoukai,

    Love your new site, the colors, the design and the organized look of it 🙂 Am so happy for you!! And glad that you finally found designers who could express you in your blog design so well!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      They truly brought the vision I didn’t even know I had to life! I can never thank them enough for it!

  • Lavi
    September 9 2014

    So in love with the new site! Can’t wait to start perusing around, it’s fantastic! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      Thanks Lavi! Have fun poking around!

  • Erika
    September 9 2014

    I love it! I love the colors, the design, the font, the organization. The feeling! Love love love!
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  • Pavan
    September 9 2014

    Meihoukai, The revamped site looks stunning. The color schemes, the interface, the look and feel; its classic! One great example of a rebranding exercise done wonderfully well! Fantastico!:-)

    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      Thanks Pavan, that is such a lovely compliment to wake up to! We are so thrilled with the results, and the reaction!

  • Jello
    September 9 2014

    I’ve always thought that your content compensated your uhm, shall I say, less creative site? Haha no offense meant, really. Anyway, this new site of yours is just a bonus giveaway of how awesome a blogger you are. Congrats on this wonderful new wanderland :))

    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      Ha, no offense taken — I get it! I felt the same way. The breakup was inevitable 🙂

  • Gally
    September 9 2014

    After all the raving comments, I’m not going to bring anything new to the table, however, as a fervent silent reader, I do feel the need to tell you that it is a great design, very fresh, modern and probably, as many said, very you (although we don’t know each other irl!). The navigation and categories are indeed great and user-friendly. I can’t wait to read more of your adventures now (and I might even abandon Feedly for a while). Long live Meihoukai in Wanderland, and if you ever stop in NZ, let me know, we’ll go scuba diving together! (I’m sure we WILL all know about it when the time comes!)

    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      I would love that Gally! New Zealand is definitely in my future… someday 🙂 Glad you’re loving the new site as much as I do!

      • Gally
        September 10 2014

        Just one question: I browsed through old posts and in the date tag on the top left you only have the day and month but not the year, is this as designed?
        We can then determine the year with the comment section, however, I felt a bit lost not knowing when this was exactly written whereas I’ve been reading for quite a while. So I’m thinking it might be even more difficult for new readers.

        • Meihoukai
          September 11 2014

          I just chatted to Hannah about this this morning 🙂 We are going to update it — thanks for the tip!

          • Gally
            September 11 2014

            Glad to hear it, happy to help!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    September 9 2014

    It goes without saying but I love, love, LOVE it! Absolutely perfect, gorgeous and full of personality—just like its creator! Congrats, girl!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      I can’t thank you enough for your advice and opinions along the way — you’re my blogging idol, chica!

  • Wow! It’s beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers redesign their sites recently, but this is by far the most amazing design I have ever come across! Love it! Well done!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2014

      I’m honored, Oksana 🙂 Hannah is a genius!

  • As previously stated through Twitter, I absolutely love this new design. Wonderfully laid out. The Destinations page is a fantastic idea! It’s given me some ideas, too! Funny how you visit a new, or redesigned, blog and think, “Hey, that’s so cool and obvious! Why didn’t I think about that before!”. But that’s the wonderful thing about the blogging community – the sharing of ideas!

    Bottom line, suffice to say, the new design is very cool!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Thanks Stephen! I’m madly in love with it — and I think it’s a love affair for the ages 🙂

  • Rhonda
    September 10 2014

    Love the new look.. Hannah is fantastic. I am new to your site, having just noticed her link to it on her page, and I can’t wait to dive in and check it out! Cheers on a fantastic looking site.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Hopefully with the new navigation it will be nice and simple for you to do so, Rhonda 🙂 Thanks for stopping by — and yes, Hannah is a gem!

  • Sara @ The Let's Go Ladies
    September 10 2014

    Totally digging the new look! Love the colours and graphics, all of the extras are really well thought out! Awesome 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Thanks Sara! So much love got poured into this site 🙂

  • Carrie
    September 10 2014

    Meihoukai! I love, love, LOVE the new site! Fabulous! Fantastic!! I’m obsession over every page, piece, detail… Well done, Meihoukai, Hannah, Lee and Further Bound! 😀
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one obsessin’ 🙂

  • Helen
    September 10 2014

    Absolutely stunning! Well done Meihoukai, Hannah and Lee! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Thanks so much Helen! We really appreciate it.

  • Tam Gamble
    September 11 2014

    Fantastic new design – so fresh and bright it draws you in and makes you want to click on to see what else has changed. Makes me realise that I need to look at my site! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Thanks Tam! If you decide it’s time for a redesign, can’t recommend Hannah and Lee more highly 🙂

  • Bren
    September 11 2014

    Meihoukai, I’m impressed. The site looks sexy as hell. I’m jealous!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2014

      Thanks Bren! Give Hannah and Lee a call if that jealousy starts really itching 🙂 They are miracle workers!

  • Annalise
    September 11 2014

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and the new design is beautiful!! I LOVE it.

    On another note: I’m a big fan of your blog! It’s always visually inspiring and your writing is so engaging. It helped me a lot when I was backpacking for 7 months last year and provides me with endless inspiration for future trips. Thank you!

    • Meihoukai
      September 13 2014

      Thank you so much Annalise, for reading and for your kind words 🙂 This comment made my morning!

  • Ian
    September 13 2014

    Simply stunning, Meihoukai – it was worth the wait!

  • Sheherazade
    September 13 2014

    It looks amazing!

    I’m curious though, why couldn’t you do it yourself, as a graphic designer?

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2014

      Good question! There are a lot of reasons. First of all, I don’t think I’m quite as talented as Miss Hannah is 🙂 Second, I don’t have coding experience and so it’s hard for me to know what’s realistic within the confines of that. And third, as an extremely busy freelancer working with my own clients all the time, my own projects always fall to the bottom of the pile. I really enjoyed the collaboration process and think it’s the best investment I’ve ever made!

  • Laura Lynch
    September 14 2014

    Just wanted to add my kudos on the redesign. I think often about embarking on a redesign and how to make navigation on my blog more useful for readers. I think you’ve nailed it. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for and I find myself clicking around more. I especially like the Where I’ve Been map.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2014

      Thanks Laura, that is awesome to hear. Exactly what we were looking for! 🙂

  • Sheena
    September 15 2014

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and your redesign is so clever and so fresh!

    And that destinations page is the best!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2014

      Thank you so much Sheena! Hope the new destination page has people clicking around much more 🙂

  • Kristin Addis
    September 15 2014

    Lovely new site design! It’s so easy to look at and I’m a big fan of mint green 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2014

      Thanks girl! I can’t stop staring 🙂

  • Abi
    September 15 2014

    I’m a big fan of blue/teal. Love it!
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  • Diana Edelman
    September 16 2014

    Gorgeous, just like you!! So well done!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 17 2014

      Cheers to new redesigns… it’s just that kind of month, eh! 😉 Love yours so much too!

  • I’m in love with the new look of your site! Congrats on going live with the redesign! Please know that your readers appreciate all your hard work 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 18 2014

      Thank you so much Meihoukai! Your kind words and support are much appreciated 🙂

  • Olivia
    September 17 2014

    WHY AM I CRYING? Make it less beautiful so I stop!!

    Proud of you sissy!

    • Meihoukai
      September 18 2014

      I love your comments… I always know they are going to make me laugh 🙂 Love you!

  • Abby
    September 18 2014

    Looking good!!!! Love the merchandise – and the sections… Confessions: juicy!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 19 2014

      Haha. You know I love a good public gossip sesh!

  • Laura
    September 20 2014

    Love the logo and the flag banners! It’s a great new look!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 21 2014

      Thank you so much Laura! Feels so fresh and clean!

  • Jasmine
    September 28 2014

    So awesome to hear about the thought process behind the design. It really fits with your brand. It is gorgeous design along with amazing travels!

    • Meihoukai
      September 29 2014

      Thank you so much Jasmine! So happy to have a beautiful new home for all my travel stories x

  • Jen
    October 9 2014

    Beautiful! I love it, Meihoukai. It is so clean and simple. Can’t wait to use all your categorized resources.

    • Meihoukai
      October 10 2014

      Thank you Jen! I appreciate that a lot! There’s lots to explore 🙂

  • Miles of Happiness
    December 20 2014

    I love the look of your blog!!

    • Meihoukai
      December 22 2014

      Thank you! I’m still totally in love with the redesign, all these months later!