• How to Travel on a Budget

    Many of us crave adventure, but are held back by the cost of travel. Whether you’re a student, adult, or somewhere in between, travelling on a budget is not only better for your wallet, but also a guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime trip. I’ve found that the places I’ve been when really watching my money have been my favourite experiences thus far. Travelling on a budget starts with planning. You have a lot to think about in the planning stages, and each of your decisions could save money or cost you. F L I G H T S To find good flight deals, google flights is an excellent option. This allows for you to pick your dates and find…

  • unexpected tips: iPhone travel photography

    One thing not too many people know about me is that I love film photography. Seriously. I took a film photo class freshman year and haven’t looked back. Something about having total control over the exposure, contrast, and lighting in the darkroom calls out to me. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to bring a film camera along on adventures, as the lenses, light meters, and film are just too heavy and bulky to fit into a tiny rucksack. Lack of film photography tools, however, does not stop me from snapping as many photos as I can! The most convenient weapon of choice? An iPhone. The lack of a heavy camera does not mean…

  • unexpected tips: how to prepare for long haul flights (trip prep pt 3) + update

    Hello Hello! Today’s post is going to be a little bit everywhere, as I’ve got the third part of my planning series here as well as a big update, as the next few weeks are quite busy! Here’s what’s in store- As you’re reading this, I’ll be in the air, flying to reunite with Sophia, one of my closest friends. I haven’t seen her in fourteen months (14!!!), and London is our little reunion/getaway before school starts. If everything went as planned, I’ll have woken up bright and early this morning, at around 3:45am and flown through KL to London Heathrow. I haven’t been to London in 7 years, so it’s…

  • A Guide to Trekking in Nepal

    Nepal is my favorite favorite FAVORITE country in the entire world. I’m only 100% happy in this country (something I’m really trying to work on). It’s filled with the kindest people, the best food, and the most stunning views you will ever lay your eyes on. Nepal is a place that I could return to year after year and I’d still never get tired of it. The country is simply magical; it holds an incredibly special place in my heart. Trekking is the main draw to Nepal, and with views like these, it’s not hard to see why!     I’ve completed only three treks in Nepal (Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary, and Everest Base Camp),…

  • unexpected booking: from start to finish (trip prep pt 2)

    Read Trip Prep Part 1 on packing here! How To Plan a Trip I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of practice planning trips. The first trip I planned was actually a trip I never REALLY went on, in 7th grade math class. I partnered up with my friend, Carter, and we were given an $3,000 budget to go anywhere in the world (this budget was imaginary as you can imagine- $3,000 is a LOT of money). We planned a trip from CVG airport (Cincinnati, Ohio) to Sydney, Australia, including airfare, things to do, where to stay, what we’d eat (down to the dish), everything. After that, I was hooked…

  • How to Be a Sustainable Traveler

    Being a Sustainable/Conscientious Traveler As travel continues to bring more and more tourists to developing countries, their tourism industry grows. As wonderful as it is to provide economic stimulation to a country, there are certainly some drawbacks to the flood of new businesses within them. Here’s how I like to be a “conscientious” traveller, someone aware of my footprint left in a country. Bring Filters Water bottles are AWFUL for the environment, and while I understand that you need to drink filtered water, I am NOT an advocate of buying plastic water bottles. Instead, I like to filter my own water. My family has used our SteriPEN for years. It’s an…

  • How To Meet People When Travelling Solo

    Travelling solo is absolutely incredible, but I know it can be scary, especially when it comes to meeting people! I've travelled solo loads and made some incredible friends. Here are my top tips.

  • How To Make Coming Home From Travels Easier

    I wrote this a while back, then decided not to publish it because I had no idea what the point of it was. After being at home and finally readjusting to normal life, I think I’ve figured out what to do with this old post! So, here it is! I wrote this two days after landing in Singapore: I’m back home in The Little Red Dot! Coming home and surprising family was so wonderful; I didn’t realise how much I had missed everyone until I was receiving big hugs from them! As happy as I am to be home and surrounded by so so so much love (#blessed), I’ve also…