unexpected learning: keats chinese school

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 [...]

unexpected lessons: how i maintain a positive mindset

unexpected lessons: how i maintain a positive mindset

Hey, guys! I want to have a heart to heart with you guys. I feel like after all you've done for me, I owe it to you to share my twenty-year-old, oh-so-wise, knowledge 😉 But in all seriousness, I've overcome years of a negative mindset, and I like to think that I'm currently a pretty [...]

unexpected quotes: 10 quotes to inspire you to travel (also our 2nd birthday!)

unexpected quotes: 10 quotes to inspire you to travel (also our 2nd birthday!)

Unexpected Occurrence is celebrating it's 2nd birthday tomorrow! I don't even know what to say. It's still shocking and humbling and heartwarming that people want to follow my adventures. Every email, comment, and interaction that happens on this blog excites me just as much as it did the first day of blogging, if not more. [...]

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

Naadam is what I like to call the Mongolian Olympics. It's a festival/competition of three events: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Naadam is quite interesting because there's the main one in Ulaanbaatar, but also smaller countryside ones. The two types of Naadams, countryside and UB, are completely different from each other. UB's is supposedly a [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

Welcome back to Wanderlust Watchlist, where I'm showing you THREE destinations on my radar! Summer is in full swing, so I've been feeling beautiful beaches and easy living. It's been a stressful couple of weeks here at Unexpected Occurrence, so these are places I'd love to relax in! Tuscany, Italy This is a region of [...]

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

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 [...]

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

Try chou dou fu You’ll smell it WAY before you see it. Miles worse than durian, chou dou fu (stinky tofu) has a smell reminiscent of rotting garbage. So of course I tried it. Compared to the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. In fact, I even went on to try a bunch of old fermented [...]

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

Solo travel in SEA is always a blast. The other travelers are (generally) super warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, the sights beautiful, and the weather, warm (most of the time)! Although you can't REALLY go wrong traveling in Southeast Asia, here are my TOP 5 destinations for solo travel! Bagan, Myanmar  Bagan is [...]

unexpected kindness: taiyuan, china

unexpected kindness: taiyuan, china

My way out of Kunming took a string of flights and trains. The first leg was Kunming to Taiyuan. My flight arrived at 9 pm, and I wouldn’t leave until 11 pm the next day. So I booked a hostel (use my affiliate link here!) and thought nothing of it. The flight went smoothly, and [...]

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

In the beginning of July, I mentioned that I wanted to explore Mongolia. It's a place travellers often overlook, and it was calling my name! So I made it happen. Phil (from my Chinese school) and I met back up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then flew out West to the Altai Mountains. The Altai are [...]