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, [...]

unexpected tips: my favourite hiking gear

unexpected tips: my favourite hiking gear

Hello hello friends! I’m sure you’ve picked up on my love for hiking. There’s something about it that’s so simple, instinctive, and beautiful. It’s my go-to activity if I need a clear head or inspiration. If you choose to do longer hikes, gear certainly can make a difference! These are my must haves for hiking [...]

unexpected tips: how to be productive while traveling

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! [...]