• 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, that non-travelers just don’t get. Here are 10 of them! 1. New Passport Stamps Because lets be honest, we love flipping through our passports and seeing our pages marked with all of the places we’ve been. 2. Common Hostel Stays “You stayed at Mad Monkey Sydney?! So did I!” 3. Finding someone who’s also been to…

  • 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! I’ve got six tips that will help you be the most efficient, productive self! Take care of yourself It’s so important to get enough sleep, to eat your fruits and veggies, to get some exercise, and to drink enough water! While that can be tough while traveling, try your best to take care of yourself, whether…

  • 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 make you cry or scream or want to come home, but don’t. The toughest situations are often the ones that you grow the most from. My experiences traveling solo have been the best travels I’ve encountered so far. They’ve been full of happiness and movie magic and all sorts of clichés. They’re the journeys in…

  • 10 reasons to travel 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 on your own and create your own journey. 3. You will be great at stretching your money in the future. Traveling when you’re young often goes hand in hand with traveling on a budget. And trust me, you’ll get reaaallyyyy good at finding cheap (but livable) accommodation, making a day’s worth of groceries last a week, and…

  • 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, CA 2. Chasing Waterfalls in Obed, Tennessee 3. Bouldering in France 4. Hiking through Cinque Terre, Italy 5. Shopping in San Giminano, Italy 6. Being Embarassing Muggles at Platform 9 3/4 in London 7. Walking Along Old City Walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia with some pretty cool visors and sunglasses 8. Finding Starfish in the Bahamas…

  • 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 my tips on how to stay healthy while traveling. *DISCLAIMER* I am by no means a fitness professional. I am definitely not the MOST fit person (I still like to eat Brie and chocolate and fried chicken). I can’t guarantee that what works for ME will work for YOU. Also, if you don’t want to…

  • unexpected glam: gobdigoun skincare

    I rarely bring makeup on my backpacking trips. Call me lazy, call me a dirty hippie (which I totally am), call me efficient. I just don’t bring it backpacking with me. The girly girl part of me still wants to look her best, of course, so while no makeup is totally a thing, skincare becomes more important to me! I have been introduced to Gobdigoun Skincare and have absolutely fallen in love with their products. The brand is not a travel brand, but I find the skincare great for taking on the road. I am absolutely loving the Placenta Power Gel Mask, as each pack comes with 10 sheets. This means you’re getting…

  • unexpected resolutions

    As 2017 creeps up on us, I, along with many others, have created a list of resolutions. Yeah, there are plenty of typical “eat healthier” and “be a kinder person” resolutions, but I thought maybe creating a list of 2017 TRAVEL related resolutions would also be pretty neat. I only have a couple resolutions on this list, but I feel that they’re very important for me to remember. Be truly PRESENT when traveling. I often find myself traveling and still getting incredibly involved in the countries outside of where I am. While I do feel that countries are incredibly interconnected, I feel like I should start trying to put full…

  • unexpected trips home

    Greetings from the Little Red Dot! After 45 hours of travel (leaving Mount Holyoke), I have made it home! The way out here was a tough one. Blame it on long holiday queues, two delays, failed entertainment systems, and full out sprints from one terminal in the airport to the farthest terminal from there. I am sleep deprived, I am achy, and I am dehydrated, but I am home. Finally. And I even made it for Christmas Eve (which I was very concerned about during EVERY SINGLE CONNECTION due to delays)! Hectic travel really makes me appreciate the little things, like pretty sunrises from plane windows and punctuality. As jet…

  • unexpected misses

    Hey guys! As you read this, I’ll be on the flight from Doha to Singapore! New exciting things coming soooooon! I’m leaving because I feel that I need to explore more than just the US. Besides a three year stint in Singapore and travels, the US is all I’ve ever known. I know that there’s more for me outside of the States. There’s so much more to experience and fall in love with! I could have stayed at university in the states, as it’s only 4 or 5 years. I could have done a lot of things, but I chose this moment to pack up all of my things and move. Why? I don’t…