unexpected fitness: how I got into the best shape of my life while travelling

unexpected fitness: how I got into the best shape of my life while travelling

The healthiest I’ve ever been has been while traveling. What?! I know, it’s not the usual. Most of my recent life has been on the road, so this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve settled down a bit now, and I’m trying to incorporate my healthy travel habits into my life here. I wrote a [...]

unexpected tips: 6 must have travel apps!

unexpected tips: 6 must have travel apps!

  Maps.Me I've talked about Maps.Me before, and that's because this app is something that I seriously RELY on. If I didn't have this app, I'd probably still be lost somewhere in the middle of Nepal! This app is an absolutely incredible offline map. You download the region before you go, and then you can [...]

unexpected tips: things to keep in mind for last minute travel planning

unexpected tips: things to keep in mind for last minute travel planning

Hi friends! Today's post is a guest post from TripHobo. I definitely am a sucker for last minute travels if I can find some good deals, and these tips are definitely going to come in handy to make my travels smooth as ever! Planning a trip that is last minute? Whether impulsive or necessary, these [...]

unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

unexpected tips: 10 Things I wish I knew before traveling solo

First time solo travelling? I know the feeling! Excitement, anticipation, sometimes nerves? It's all part of the fun. Now that I've travelled my fair share of solo journeys, I can confidently say that there are a few things I wish I knew before heading off. Here they are. 1) You will doubt yourself. Solo travel [...]

unexpected packing: what to wear & pack for a day hike

unexpected packing: what to wear & pack for a day hike

Ever get lost deciding what to wear when going on a day hike? What about what to pack? To bring an extra pair of socks or to not? Don't fret, my friends! This is my tried and true method of getting dressed for a day of hiking, and ***Bonus*** my packing list! What to wear [...]

unexpected tips: how to dress for temples

unexpected tips: how to dress for temples

Hello friends! Let's talk about temples! No matter where you go in Southeast Asia, you will come across some sort of temple. Often, they're the star of the show (think Bagan, Myanmar & Siem Reap, Cambodia). I often go into temples and see people dressed disrespectfully. Occasionally, temples will be strict about the dress code, [...]

unexpected learning: keats chinese school

unexpected learning: keats chinese school

As you all know by now, I spent 8 weeks studying Chinese in Kunming, China. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Kunming is a fantastic home base. It’s pretty easy to get to loads of different destinations. More than three months ago, when I was in the process of looking for [...]

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

Try chou dou fu You’ll smell it WAY before you see it. Miles worse than durian, chou dou fu (stinky tofu) has a smell reminiscent of rotting garbage. So of course I tried it. Compared to the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. In fact, I even went on to try a bunch of old fermented [...]

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

Solo travel in SEA is always a blast. The other travelers are (generally) super warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, the sights beautiful, and the weather, warm (most of the time)! Although you can't REALLY go wrong traveling in Southeast Asia, here are my TOP 5 destinations for solo travel! Bagan, Myanmar  Bagan is [...]

unexpected travel must haves: summer edition

unexpected travel must haves: summer edition

Summer is in FULL SWING, which means tank tops, beach holidays, shorts, tropical fruits, and happiness! Besides the typical sunscreen, water bottle, hair tie deal, there are loads of essentials I take when traveling that make summer incredible. What's been on my radar this summer? Here are my summer must haves! Kindle/iPad/Tablet Summer often means [...]