• Asia,  Eats,  Nepal

    unexpected eats: my favourite restaurants in pokhara

    As you guys definitely know by now, I am a MAJOR food lover. Last year, after returning from the Annapurna Circuit to Pokhara, I quickly learned that Pokhara was a little city that treasured food (at least Lakeside does!). I spent a little less than a week there, but dreamt of returning to my favourite places for yummy post-trekking food! Unfortunately, upon my arrival this time ’round, I learned that most of my favourite places had closed…. which meant I had to try new places! I found these restaurants through luck, recommendations, and chance, and they’ve become my favourite places! If you wanna get that Instagram Go to The Juicery Cafe! …

  • Eats,  How To,  Lifestyle,  Tips

    unexpected fitness: how to stay healthy while traveling

    When traveling, we often eat loads of local food; we don’t get that workout in; we let our healthy habits slip, because “we’re on holiday!” Being a part time nomad, living half of my time on the road, I have learned how to minimize the fluctuation in my weight and stay relatively healthy. Here are my tips on how to stay healthy while traveling. *DISCLAIMER* I am by no means a fitness professional. I am definitely not the MOST fit person (I still like to eat Brie and chocolate and fried chicken). I can’t guarantee that what works for ME will work for YOU. Also, if you don’t want to…

  • Lifestyle,  Packing

    unexpected glam: gobdigoun skincare

    I rarely bring makeup on my backpacking trips. Call me lazy, call me a dirty hippie (which I totally am), call me efficient. I just don’t bring it backpacking with me. The girly girl part of me still wants to look her best, of course, so while no makeup is totally a thing, skincare becomes more important to me! I have been introduced to Gobdigoun Skincare and have absolutely fallen in love with their products. The brand is not a travel brand, but I find the skincare great for taking on the road. I am absolutely loving the Placenta Power Gel Mask, as each pack comes with 10 sheets. This means you’re getting…

  • Asia,  Eats,  Myanmar

    unexpected cooking: what to do near inle lake

    Inle Lake is a place that some title “The Most Beautiful Place in Myanmar.” While I did find it beautiful, I found that once you saw the lake, you struggled with figuring out what to do. Here are the top moments of Inle Lake. First off, definitely take your boat trip. Inle is a big vast lake with plenty of life! Beware of the fisherman, who will strike the classic “fishing post,” then ask you to cough up money. Enjoy the scenery, the tourist stops (they’re actually quite fun), and seeing everything the lake has to offer. At nighttime, the puppet show happens! Puppeteering is a lost art, so see it…

  • Asia,  Tips

    unexpected tips: partying smart in southeast asia

    Recently, I’ve been reading a plethora of travel blogs, longing to go back to the craziness that I’ve come to love in Southeast Asia. I’ve found myself reading up on safety lately. Well, maybe not so much safety, but the stories of when people were lacking safety. Stupid stories that I can’t help but binge on, like reality TV. I’ve been lucky whilst traveling and haven’t found myself in any really awful situations, yet I’ve still been able to experience the “crazy” culture of SE Asia. I’m a believer in the idea that you should experience as much as you absolutely can (even the stupid things), but safety shouldn’t be…

  • Lifestyle

    unexpected gap year blues

    Earlier this year, I couldn’t shut up about why taking a gap year was the most incredible choice you could ever make.  I was able to experience some of the most incredible moments of my life during that year; I made some lifelong friends; I was molded into a person I was truly happy to be. There seemed to be no downsides.  That is, until I started college.  I love the independence of college; I love being self-sufficiency and the freedom I have in my schedule, career path, and life.    Those aspects of college mirror what I was used to whilst abroad, but there are definitely some heavy negatives that…

  • Lifestyle,  Miscellaneous

    unexpected self care

    Over the weekend, I sat down in a cozy common room with some friends and watched Eat Pray Love. I didn’t get the chance to finish the movie, but I left that little common room with the most frustrating, wonderful inspiration to travel, to embark on a journey that would help me “find myself” or meet someone who shows me the entire world within themself. I am aware that I spent a whole year doing exactly that, but I feel as if I’ve regressed back into my pre-gap year self with the added stressors of school and reality. I feel as if I didn’t fully figure out my entire self (but then…

  • Eats,  Europe,  UK

    unexpected london: picnics and palaces

    After a night of eating pizza at midnight and drinking prosecco in bed, Sophia and I had a bit of a late start and headed out for lunch! Since before heading to London, I found a little takeaway food chain that I just knew I had to try, so we took the Tube to Moorgate and walked to Protein Haus. We bought our food and walked over to Pottersfield Park and had a little picnic lunch.   I bought a little packed meal of salmon, quinoa, and broccoli, as well as a Mars Protein Bar and a Snickers Protein Bar (because how cool?!). Sophia bought two protein shakes and a vegan salad. We…

  • Austria,  Europe

    unexpected outdoors

    Hello guys! I’m sorry I haven’t been up to blogging lately! I’ve been doing more or less the same thing for the past couple days, and I figured it would be more interesting if I just smushed my weekend into one post. My days have primarily been spent outside getting active and being relatively healthy (in between ice creams and meals). I spent my Friday taking a hike… literally. I had read about some lakes that I thought needed a visit! The total hike was about 15 kilometers, and it was beautiful. The lakes were so peaceful and they were fabulous to walk around as I cleared my head. This lake, Hectsee,…