unexpected quotes: 10 quotes to inspire you to travel (also our 2nd birthday!)

unexpected quotes: 10 quotes to inspire you to travel (also our 2nd birthday!)

Unexpected Occurrence is celebrating it's 2nd birthday tomorrow! I don't even know what to say. It's still shocking and humbling and heartwarming that people want to follow my adventures. Every email, comment, and interaction that happens on this blog excites me just as much as it did the first day of blogging, if not more. [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (2)

Welcome back to Wanderlust Watchlist, where I'm showing you THREE destinations on my radar! Summer is in full swing, so I've been feeling beautiful beaches and easy living. It's been a stressful couple of weeks here at Unexpected Occurrence, so these are places I'd love to relax in! Tuscany, Italy This is a region of [...]

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (1)

unexpected wanderlust watchlist (1)

Hello, friends! Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to travel... even if we've got a BAD case of the travel bug, occasionally, we just don't know where to go! And so I introduce... Wanderlust Watchlist! This is going to be a new little blog series where each month, I highlight THREE destinations on my [...]

unexpected loves: things only travelers love

unexpected loves: things only travelers love

Earlier last week, I was talking to a friend, and when I said I loved Singapore's immigration line, but kinda hated that I didn't get an entry stamp, I was met with a very strange look. But come on, travelers like passport stamps!!! It got me thinking about all of the quirky things travelers love, [...]

unexpected immersion: my first week in china

unexpected immersion: my first week in china

Hello friends! I'm currently studying Chinese in the Yunnan Province of China. Yunnan is home to a wide array of landscapes and ethnic tribes. It's also the gateway into the Himalayas. Of course the mountain girl picked this province. I was surprised at how little culture shock I felt upon arriving here. That being said, China is [...]

unexpected wanderlust: eating & drinking my way around the world

unexpected wanderlust: eating & drinking my way around the world

I was recently looking through old photos and found that I take a ~helluva~ lot of the same kind of photo: holding a drink (or occasionally food), with the background in view. So obviously, I compiled them! Unexpected Wanderlust: Eating & Drinking My Way Around the World Chatachuk Market, Bangkok, Thailand Dovan, Annapurna Region, Nepal [...]

unexpected notes: a open letter to first time solo travelers

unexpected notes: a open letter to first time solo travelers

Dear First Time Solo Traveler, You’ve booked your ticket or you’re on the road: either way, you’re doing this. You’re embarking on a journey full of uncertainty and unknowns, but what you don’t know is that you will be learning so much about yourself and the world around you. You’ll come across situations that will [...]

10 signs you’ve backpacked in southeast asia

10 signs you’ve backpacked in southeast asia

1. You own elephant pants or fisherman pants 2. You have this picture (or a very similar one) did you even go to Asia if you didn't get to see some elephants? 3. You know food poisoning is not an "if," but a "when" and you know that it's NOT going to be a fun [...]

unexpected birthdays: 17 favourite travel memories

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, [...]

unexpected expat wife: 10 things you’ll hear during a get together

unexpected expat wife: 10 things you’ll hear during a get together

Before leaving for Nepal, I played Singapore expat wife for a week and IT WAS WONDERFUL. These ladies are so so lovely, always welcoming and in for a good time! I went to quite a few functions hosted by the American Women's Association and enjoyed every single one of them, from a three course lunch [...]