• Unexpected Wanderlust: 4 Trips to Take with Your Best Friend(s)!

    Whether your weeks off just happen to coincide or if you're looking to show your appreciation, a holiday is a great way to get away and spend some time with someone important to you. When thinking about the lovely ladies in my life, I think about all of the amazing trips we should go on (or have been on). Here's a roundup of 4 top trips to take with your best friend(s)!

  • 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, that non-travelers just don’t get. Here are 10 of them! 1. New Passport Stamps Because lets be honest, we love flipping through our passports and seeing our pages marked with all of the places we’ve been. 2. Common Hostel Stays “You stayed at Mad Monkey Sydney?! So did I!” 3. Finding someone who’s also been to…

  • 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 a place like no other. I feel like it often gets a bad name, but it’s really lovely! Love it or hate it, it’s definitely a place to find an adventure in. Just one week in, and I’ve already figured some things out. Shopping in China is an experience. I’ve been to both Carrefour and…

  • 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 Pokhara, Nepal Bryant Park, New York Swayambunath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal Adirondacks, New York Amherst, MA, USA Bryant Park, New York City, USA La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain M&M World, NYC, USA Nyuang Shwe, Myanmar Dhampus, Annapurna Region, Nepal NYC, USA Chomrong, Annapurna Region, Nepal Somewhere in the Andaman Sea, Krabi, Thailand Singapore, Singapore Phuket, Thailand Newport,…

  • 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 make you cry or scream or want to come home, but don’t. The toughest situations are often the ones that you grow the most from. My experiences traveling solo have been the best travels I’ve encountered so far. They’ve been full of happiness and movie magic and all sorts of clichés. They’re the journeys in…