• How to Safely Explore as a Solo Female Traveller

    Quite often, girls tell me that they’d “never travel alone; it’s just not safe as a woman in this world.” And while yes, I agree that being a solo female traveler sometimes comes with some difficulties, it’s totally possible in most places! It all comes down to how you carry yourself.

  • unexpected decisions: why i decided to cancel my dream trek

      I’ve been dreaming of doing the three passes trek since the first time I came to Nepal. After hearing about crossing three high passes, seeing the Gokyo Lakes, and making it to Everest Base Camp, The Three Passes Trek quickly jumped to the top of my list. I’ve returned to Nepal twice since initially making the trip out, and the third time I was in Nepal, I knew I was going to complete it. After spending some time interning in Pokhara and trekking up to Annapurna Base Camp, I set out for the three passes, absolutely determined to get it done! And, well, I didn’t. I decided to abandon the first…

  • 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! …

  • unexpected holi: what i loved and what i hated

    This past Sunday was Holi, the festival of colour! Holi is a Hindu holiday celebrating Spring! It’s better known for being an absolute party, with coloured powder and water being thrown at you. Holi in Lakeside was an absolute blast. We’d been having some pretty bad weather lately, but it was clear for Holi!   I really enjoyed being right in the thick of the action and having powder thrown at me. The water, not so much, as it was cold! There was a stage in Center Lakeside, with live bands playing both Nepali and Western Music. We danced, we drank, and we made friends, all while completely covered in…

  • unexpected women of the world

    I headed into Kathmandu for a day of celebrating women! On February 18th, I was able to attend the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, a day of panels, talks, and workshops all about women. I was lucky enough to hear some of the most influential women of South Asia, from the first Sri Lankan to summit Everest to Nepal’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, speak about their experiences as women of power. Wow. What a day. We discussed women and the idea of power, trafficking, and women’s rights. We also talked about ability and disability, and where that intersects with gender. I nearly cried, I laughed a whole…

  • unexpected peek into a Nepali wedding

    The other week, I was so kindly invited to a Nepali wedding! I was able to get dressed in a beautiful outfit, get a tikka (get tikka??? apply tikka???), and experience a beautiful wedding. The entire celebration was full of laughter, dancing, music, and food. It was colourful and vibrant and absolutely wonderful. Everyone was so kind, and although I don’t speak a stitch of Nepali, I was warmly welcomed into the celebration. I had a tough time understanding what was happening (language barrier problems), so I can’t tell you exactly what was going on, but it was such a lovely cultural experience. It was less of the actual ceremony joining…

  • unexpected reads: The Beach

    I love books. Even before I could read, I’d recite books read to me. I bring books on all of my travels and don’t mind the extra weight they take up. Unfortunately, I don’t get to read for pleasure as much as I’d like to. It’s actually a resolution of mine to read more. What better way to get myself into the reading habit than by starting a blog series on travel books? Every once in a while, I’ll be posting & introducing you to new books that I’ve found a liking to! First book, here we go! The Beach by Alex Garland Where I got it: I picked this up…

  • How to Travel on a Budget

    Many of us crave adventure, but are held back by the cost of travel. Whether you’re a student, adult, or somewhere in between, travelling on a budget is not only better for your wallet, but also a guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime trip. I’ve found that the places I’ve been when really watching my money have been my favourite experiences thus far. Travelling on a budget starts with planning. You have a lot to think about in the planning stages, and each of your decisions could save money or cost you. F L I G H T S To find good flight deals, google flights is an excellent option. This allows for you to pick your dates and find…