• Travel Bloggers Share: How to Explore Your Own Backyard

    After big trips, I often feel some post-travel blues. Coming home and going back into a routine can seem boring, but it’s important to make your daily life just as exciting as your ‘travel life’. It’s easy to forget that our own hometowns often offer some amazing activities and sights – here are 6 travel bloggers telling YOU how to explore your own backyard. Buy a Local Travel Guidebook Our family travels mostly in our own state, usually within two hours of home.  We’ve lived here for 20 years, and we explore almost every weekend. How do we keep it fresh?  To our surprise, we’ve found some of the best…

  • The Best Experiences I’ve Had Abroad

    Looking for some travel inspo?! These are some of my favourite trips, with links to all of the blog posts I have on them, so you can have the same adventures! Some are a little more adventurous than others, but they're all totally do-able! Happy travels!

  • A Review of My Time at Keats Chinese School

    I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I LOVED my time in China, and honestly, most of it came down to the school I studied at. I felt my language skills come together quickly, I saw parts of Kunming I would have never otherwise explored, and I made life long friends. Here's my experience.

  • 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 in handy, as both my trekking partner and I came down with some nasty stomach bugs. When in the mountains, far from any doctors or pharmacies, Cipro is a lifesaver. When on a 18 hour bus ride to Bardia National ParkBardia National Park, I was ‘blessed’ with a UTI. I spent two days camping 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 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 “birth” of my future self. Lately, I’ve been struggling with how to say goodbye to the US. It’s weird leaving my passport country. Maybe because I just consider the States exactly that: my passport country. It once was the only country I knew, but here I am, leaving it, getting ready to live on my own…

  • 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 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 and moving halfway across the country (or even world) as running away. To me, it is throwing myself out of my comfort zone and into a whole bunch of “what if”s and unknowns. Some say I’m avoiding my problems. The only thing that I ever try to avoid by traveling is falling into what I’d consider…

  • 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 America, India, Central Asia, and Iran. I’ll probably be able to check off South America during my college years. I’ll be working and traveling during all school breaks and summers, taking advantage of the US’s relatively close proximity to South America. The main expense will be flights, but after that, travel in South America should…

  • unexpected risk taking

    When people find out that I, a small little girl seemingly oblivious to the horrors that real life entails, love traveling on my own, the most often question I get is, “but is it safe?” My peers are often afraid of the mishaps that will occur while traveling solo. Throw being a teenage girl traveling alone into the mix, and both my friends (and their parents), immediately start helicoptering, convinced I’ll end up dead or in jail or sold off to who knows who in who knows where. Don’t get me wrong, there are definite precautions I must take while traveling alone. For the most part, being a solo female traveler presents more risk to those…