unexpected tips: how to set goals & achieve them

unexpected tips: how to set goals & achieve them

Let's talk about goals. Goals are important to have. They're natural motivators, and they truly do help you be the best version of you that you can be! Some people are stressed out by goals, and yes! I get it. Goals can be scary, especially when they're big goals. Here are my top tips on [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (1)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (1)

Hello, friends! Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to travel... even if we've got a BAD case of the travel bug, occasionally, we just don't know where to go! And so I introduce... Wanderlust Watchlist! This is going to be a new little blog series where each month, I highlight THREE destinations on my [...]

unexpected reflections: taking a step back

unexpected reflections: taking a step back

Writing this blog was never supposed to be a job. It was honestly just a way for relatives and friends to keep up with my gap year. As Unexpected Occurrence has grown, I've become so attached to this blog, and to YOU GUYS. I never would have expected my life to become so public; I [...]

unexpected birthdays: 20 things I want to do in my 20s

unexpected birthdays: 20 things I want to do in my 20s

Hello hello, my friends! Today, I’m turning 20… I know, I know, 20’s still a baby! But I’m feeling quite weird about this new decade. I feel like travel in your twenties is a different ballgame… it’s a time to discover yourself; it’s a time to make new foreign friends; it’s a time to have [...]

unexpected loves: things only travelers love

unexpected loves: things only travelers love

Earlier last week, I was talking to a friend, and when I said I loved Singapore's immigration line, but kinda hated that I didn't get an entry stamp, I was met with a very strange look. But come on, travelers like passport stamps!!! It got me thinking about all of the quirky things travelers love, [...]

unexpected tips: how to be productive while traveling

unexpected tips: how to be productive while traveling

Whether you have to catch up on work from home, run some errands, or see 20 sights in just 3 days, we all know that while on holiday, we still have to be somewhat productive. Holidays, long-term travel, and life on the road can really hinder your ability to be productive, but don’t worry, friends! [...]

unexpected notes: a open letter to first time solo travelers

unexpected notes: a open letter to first time solo travelers

Dear First Time Solo Traveler, You’ve booked your ticket or you’re on the road: either way, you’re doing this. You’re embarking on a journey full of uncertainty and unknowns, but what you don’t know is that you will be learning so much about yourself and the world around you. You’ll come across situations that will [...]

unexpected tips: 10 reasons to travel while you’re young

unexpected tips: 10 reasons to travel while you’re young

1. You will learn to be open-minded. Being exposed to different cultures, religions, and, well.. everything, will give you a much broader perspective of the world. 2. You will learn to be independent. You will learn how to take care of yourself, because even when traveling with others, you'll have to learn to get around [...]

unexpected birthdays: 17 favourite travel memories

unexpected birthdays: 17 favourite travel memories

Today is my younger sister (Montserrat/Squish/the taller sibling)'s seventeenth birthday! I am immensely lucky to have been traveling with her since the age of three. I can't think of a better travel companion. 17 of my favourite travel memories with Montserrat, with only the cringiest of photos.   1. Climbing & Camping in Joshua Tree, [...]

unexpected fitness: how to stay healthy while traveling

unexpected fitness: how to stay healthy while traveling

When traveling, we often eat loads of local food; we don't get that workout in; we let our healthy habits slip, because "we're on holiday!" Being a part time nomad, living half of my time on the road, I have learned how to minimize the fluctuation in my weight and stay relatively healthy. Here are [...]