• unexpected tips: the best places for first time travelers

    I get it- traveling overseas is a big jump, and it can be scary. Trust me, I’ve been there. I have to say however, making that jump will be the best decision of your life, despite the airfare being the worst for your wallet! International travel brings out a new side of you and your outlook on the world around us; you’ll wonder why you didn’t start international travel earlier! Here are my favorite international destinations for first timers! Thailand This country is a wonderful destination, full of utter beauty, friendly locals, and adventurous souls! The food is delicious, and while you still have to be careful with what you eat,…

  • unexpected serendipity

    Hmm, 12 days at home? Where could I fly to instead? Nepal? Ooh, Everest Base Camp trek… Sounds good. Leaves in 6 days? Doable. Book. One year ago, I would never have done anything so completely on a whim. I’ve spent the last twelve months in Vietnam, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Nepal, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia, not to mention other destinations, and honestly? I hadn’t planned going to half of them. This past year, I’ve let serendipity completely be my guide, and now, after playing around with the art of planned unplanning, I challenge all of you to give it a try. Good things happen when you occasionally throw your plans to the wind.…

  • unexpected rant: why traveling sucks

    Why Traveling Kinda Sucks There’s nothing like returning home from a trip. You return to the comfort of your bed, the laughter of family and friends, the same old routine you used to have. Frankly, coming home from traveling is returning back to your old life. As you’ve traveled around, you have changed into a different person. You learn that your life back at home is easy and wonderful. Living abroad, in a collection of hostels, hotels, and homestays, has made you appreciate your “real” life, the life with hot showers and actual beds, walls that actually conceal noise. You don’t need to filter your water before drinking it. You…