unexpected tips: 6 must have travel apps!

unexpected tips: 6 must have travel apps!

  Maps.Me I've talked about Maps.Me before, and that's because this app is something that I seriously RELY on. If I didn't have this app, I'd probably still be lost somewhere in the middle of Nepal! This app is an absolutely incredible offline map. You download the region before you go, and then you can [...]

unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

First time solo travelling? I know the feeling! Excitement, anticipation, sometimes nerves? It's all part of the fun. Now that I've travelled my fair share of solo journeys, I can confidently say that there are a few things I wish I knew before heading off. Here they are. 1) You will doubt yourself. Solo travel [...]

unexpected tips: how to dress for temples

unexpected tips: how to dress for temples

Hello friends! Let's talk about temples! No matter where you go in Southeast Asia, you will come across some sort of temple. Often, they're the star of the show (think Bagan, Myanmar & Siem Reap, Cambodia). I often go into temples and see people dressed disrespectfully. Occasionally, temples will be strict about the dress code, [...]

unexpected holidays: the best places to spend christmas

unexpected holidays: the best places to spend christmas

I know, I know, Christmas?! It’s barely October! I’m fully aware that the holiday posts are coming a little early, but I also know that many of you are starting to plan your December trips! I’m a lover of the holiday season. There’s nothing like the cheery music, lights lining the streets, and general “magic” [...]

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 tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

Southeast Asia... There's nowhere in the world like this crazy little region. There are countless things to do here, and hey, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, fellow travel blogger, Isabel, is here to share her top 5 activities Southeast Asia has on offer... and they sound fantastic. Southeast Asia is a sprawling part [...]

unexpected travel must haves: summer edition

unexpected travel must haves: summer edition

Summer is in FULL SWING, which means tank tops, beach holidays, shorts, tropical fruits, and happiness! Besides the typical sunscreen, water bottle, hair tie deal, there are loads of essentials I take when traveling that make summer incredible. What's been on my radar this summer? Here are my summer must haves! Kindle/iPad/Tablet Summer often means [...]

unexpected tips: how to safely explore as a solo female traveler

unexpected tips: how to safely explore as a solo female traveler

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that solo travel is my favourite kind of travel. It’s so wonderful exploring a place completely on your own, then meeting people and creating the best memories with them. Quite often, girls tell me that they’d “never travel alone; it’s just not safe as a [...]

unexpected tips: how to NOT look like a tourist

unexpected tips: how to NOT look like a tourist

We all know the guy... Khaki pants (occasionally zipoffs), white sneakers (not the trendy kind), big old backpack hitting everyone around him, but he doesn't notice, as he's too busy taking photos of everything in sight... The classic tourist. There are definite advantages to NOT looking like a tourist... First off, and probably most importantly, [...]