• How To,  Tips

    How to Travel With Your Friends (& Not Hate Them)

    I've been on trips that have been an absolute disaster because things were unclear between me and a friend... and I've lost friendships as a result. I've also been on trips that have been a million times more amazing because of my friends! Friends can really make or break a trip. Here are my top tips on how to travel with your friends (& not hate them).

  • Tips

    unexpected tips: 6 must have travel apps!

      Maps.Me I’ve talked about Maps.Me before, and that’s because this app is something that I seriously RELY on. If I didn’t have this app, I’d probably still be lost somewhere in the middle of Nepal! This app is an absolutely incredible offline map. You download the region before you go, and then you can get directions anywhere within that! It’s also great because it has small trails marked down- it even had parts of the trek I did in Mongolia! WhatsApp WhatsApp, while not a very exciting app, is fabulous for sending messages across all kinds of phones over wifi/data. It’s great to have if you don’t have a…

  • Solo Travel,  Tips

    unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

    First time solo travelling? I know the feeling! Excitement, anticipation, sometimes nerves? It’s all part of the fun. Now that I’ve travelled my fair share of solo journeys, I can confidently say that there are a few things I wish I knew before heading off. Here they are. 1) You will doubt yourself. Solo travel will more often than not put you in an unfamiliar position. You might doubt your abilities to handle a situation or your decisions. I certainly doubted myself, and sometimes, it was a little scary to take the jump and do something, but getting through those moments of doubt were met with so much reward.   2) You…

  • How To,  Tips

    unexpected tips: how to dress for temples

    Hello friends! Let’s talk about temples! No matter where you go in Southeast Asia, you will come across some sort of temple. Often, they’re the star of the show (think Bagan, Myanmar & Siem Reap, Cambodia). I often go into temples and see people dressed disrespectfully. Occasionally, temples will be strict about the dress code, but on the other hand, sometimes religions are non-confrontational, and people won’t say anything, despite feeling uncomfortable or offended. And as travelers, we certainly don’t want to offend, right?! As a general rule of thumb, wear things below the knee. This goes for both men and women! It’s also a good idea to stay away…

  • Tips

    unexpected holidays: the best places to spend christmas

    I know, I know, Christmas?! It’s barely October! I’m fully aware that the holiday posts are coming a little early, but I also know that many of you are starting to plan your December trips! I’m a lover of the holiday season. There’s nothing like the cheery music, lights lining the streets, and general “magic” that comes out in December. Today I’m sharing the FIVE best places to spend Christmas this year. Nuremberg, Germany This place is rightfully included in my list because of the Christmas markets. These things are massive, adorable, and incredibly festive. The entire town gets dressed up in lights and ribbons. It’s cold, it’s beautiful, and…

  • Miscellaneous,  Tips

    unexpected tips: the 10 kinds of people you’ll meet in hostels

    Hostels. Whether you love them or hate them, if you stay in them, you’re bound to meet these ten types. The Partier One of the more common kinds of hostel guests, this is the guy (or gal) that only talks about wild nights and pregaming. They come home at 4 or 5 am every night (or not at all!), and tend to sleep into the late hours of the afternoon. Can either be really friendly or a little gross (just last night a girl puked all over the floor. Love hostels.). The Long Term Traveller “This is month 14… I’m not sure how long I’ll be on the road. Probably forever.” This…

  • Miscellaneous,  Tips

    unexpected tips: the 10 kinds of people you'll meet in hostels

    Hostels. Whether you love them or hate them, if you stay in them, you’re bound to meet these ten types. The Partier One of the more common kinds of hostel guests, this is the guy (or gal) that only talks about wild nights and pregaming. They come home at 4 or 5 am every night (or not at all!), and tend to sleep into the late hours of the afternoon. Can either be really friendly or a little gross (just last night a girl puked all over the floor. Love hostels.). The Long Term Traveller “This is month 14… I’m not sure how long I’ll be on the road. Probably forever.” This…

  • Asia,  China,  Miscellaneous,  Tips

    unexpected learning: keats chinese school

    As you all know by now, I spent 8 weeks studying Chinese in Kunming, China. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Kunming is a fantastic home base. It’s pretty easy to get to loads of different destinations. More than three months ago, when I was in the process of looking for a language school, I was frankly overwhelmed. I decided to go for Keats Language School, as it had boarding, meals, private lessons, and a gym membership included (gym!!!). My experience at Keats has been nothing short of amazing. The one thing that really sets Keats apart from other schools is the staff. The teachers are…

  • Asia,  Planning,  Tips

    unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

    Southeast Asia… There’s nowhere in the world like this crazy little region. There are countless things to do here, and hey, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, fellow travel blogger, Isabel, is here to share her top 5 activities Southeast Asia has on offer… and they sound fantastic. Southeast Asia is a sprawling part of the continent frequented by travellers year-round. It’s understandable – who wouldn’t want to experience the tropical climate and the rich cultures of the countries within it? Here are just five of the things you have to experience when on your Southeast Asian journey. Hike to the summit of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu It’s said you…