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Hi, I’m Alek, and I appreciate you taking the time to read my travel blog.

9 to 5 Voyager is designed to help aspiring travelers with limited time and limited budgets get the most out of their voyages. This is especially true for Americans who are new to international travel, although anyone can learn something from this website. I hope that my writings show you that the world isn’t as scary as it seems, and that travel doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. I want to prove that you don’t have to be like this to be able to see the world!

I’ve been traveling as often as possible for the past 3 years, despite working full-time. Along the way, I’ve picked up some stories and travel hacks that will help you make the most of your adventures. You can learn about me on my About Me page.

Where to Start

My site is broken down into various different categories. These are:


This drop-down menu showcases everywhere I’ve been and written about, organized by continent/region and then by country. It allows you to quickly navigate to information on a specific country.

Travel Tips

Travel Tips covers many different types of posts. For example, these can be “listicles” (list articles) like 11 Fun Things to Do in Miami. They can also be country guides like What to Expect When Traveling to Cuba for the First Time, or city guides like Havana on a Budget.


Long-form accounts of my adventures. Typically 1,500-4,500 words in length. These read like journals of my time traveling abroad and within the US. One of my most popular travelogues is Guatemala, Part I: Semana Santa in the Culture Capital Antigua.

Day Trips

These are short trips I’ve taken in a day or even a morning or afternoon. I started writing these during the COVID-19 pandemic to inspire people to take shorter, more localized road trips. A particularly fun one was our drive up to Ruby Falls: The Colorful Heart of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Travel Resources

This page allows you to quickly browse through some websites and mobile apps that could help you plan and enjoy your next voyage.

Travel Book Reviews

I’m an avid reader, and so whenever I read a travel-related book that I think you’ll like, I give it a short review (generally about 600-800 words) and post it here. I review everything from unique travel guides (Atlas Obscura) to nonfiction travel books (Dark Star Safari) to inspirational fiction (The Alchemist).

Guest Posts

This section is all about my contributions to other bloggers’ articles. For example, I recently wrote a guest post about Spring Break in Austin, Texas on Lisa Manderino’s blog Planning Away. The contributions themselves are usually quite short (100-250 words), but the main article can be much, much longer. This can also point you to other bloggers you might like!

Quick Words

These are general announcements and updates.

Sharing is Caring

If you read an article that you enjoyed or found helpful, please be sure to share it! You can find buttons for quick Tweeting, Pinning, and more at the end of every article.

This should be enough to get you started. If you want to know anything else, feel free to contact me over email. I always like to hear from readers. Last but not least, get out there and start exploring!

PS – All photos are mine, unless otherwise attributed. If you would like to feature my photos on your website, you are free to do so but please attribute me as the photographer. Something like Copyright Alek Zayas-Dorchak 2020 or Copyright 9 to 5 Voyager 2020 will be fine!

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