unexpected wanderlust watchlist (5)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (5)

Hello hello friends! Here I am to bring you yet another wanderlust watchlist, where I highlight three different destinations that I am absolutely dreaming of! The past month has been filled with so much work, I'm definitely dreaming of relaxing places. Venice, Italy While a pretty classic "bucket list" kinda destination, Venice has been on [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (3)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (3)

Miss the first two posts in this series? Here's Wanderlust Watchlist One and Two. It's that time again! Welcome to September's Wanderlust Watchlist, where I'm showing you three destinations that are on my radar! There are so many beautiful places in the world, and I'm dying to share where I've been lusting after. Koh Rong, [...]

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

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 [...]

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 first aid: the one thing i will always carry with me

unexpected first aid: the one thing i will always carry with me

First aid! Something so important for travelers to carry! I personally stock a small pharmacy with me on the road, and it's been used a countless amount of times. If there's ONE thing I'll ALWAYS pack, it's Cipro. I took this to Nepal with me when trekking a month in the Annapurna Region. It came [...]

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 rebirth

unexpected rebirth

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. I saw that quote and I swear I've never resonated with twenty words as much as I do with these. I like those two sentences. I'm leaving the US this week (woah), fully embracing the [...]

unexpected tips: iPhone travel photography

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 [...]

unexpected running away

unexpected running away

  Recently, I've been told that my constant need to get out and explore a new place is running away. Those words didn't necessarily offend me, but I felt that I needed to clear up why this need exists; why I need to "run away." I simply do not see packing up everything I own [...]

unexpected rants: lust & insanity

unexpected rants: lust & insanity

Travel has literally made me go insane. Because of travel, I am a completely changed person. I couldn't help but fall in love with the constant uncertainty and spontaneity that travel brings to daily life, and I'm just longing to go back to nomadic days. The wanderlust is so real. I'm currently lusting over South [...]