• 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…

  • unexpected gap years

    “Anya, have you ever thought of taking a gap year?” “What’s that?” “It’s when you take a year in between high school and college to do something meaningful.” “No Mom, I’m going to graduate from high school and go straight to OSU.” ^^^A real conversation I had when I was twelve. When I was sixteen, this “conversation” happened. “Hey Mom guess what I’m taking a gap year didn’t I have such a good idea” My parents knew I was going to take a gap year before I did. When I was younger, I wasn’t considering one at all. Only through moving to Singapore did I realise that I had (and still…