• I grew up with having a Christmas tree at home
  • Its officially 10 days before Christmas and I have yet
  • Who knew the skills I learned rollerblading with my brothers
  • Overwhelmed with all the messages I received asking if I
  • Back in Paris and staying at the ultra chic and
  • Finally back in Strasbourg and so excited to be experiencing
  • Finally back in Paris my fave city! And not even
  • The only photo I have in London despite flying in
  • I have lived all over California 12 zipcodes to be
  • Visiting Cabo da Roca was not just a stop for

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Hello! My name is Sarah, an expat who lived a life of a professional nomad for five years. I am now based in beautiful California and work overtime to travel. I love taking photos and this is my visual wanderlust diary.

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When in Wien

Wien, Austria I had dreamt of coming to Vienna for a while now and questioned myself why haven’t visited yet. It had been a tradition of mine to always travel on the month of September so I can celebrate my birthday in different parts of the world and so when I was thinking where IContinue reading

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Viennese Elegance and Luxury Stay at Park Hyatt Vienna

Vienna, Austria When I think of Vienna, I think of gorgeous architecture, classical music, and interesting history. Couldn’t come up of any better way to immerse ourselves in Viennese elegance than staying in the iconic Park Hyatt Vienna. Housed in a 100-year old beautifully-restored building which used serve as bank headquarters, this hotel exudes modern luxuryContinue reading

Dubrovnik; Croatia; King's Landing; Mount Srd; Game of Thrones; Cable Car; GOT; Orange rooftops; Terracotta Roofs; Adriatic Coast; Balkans; Lokrum Island


Dubrovnik, Croatia I’ve been dreaming of going to Dubrovnik ever since I’ve learned that it was THE filming location for King’s Landing from Game of Thrones. As we were driving into the small town, seeing the walls of Dubrovnik was definitely a pinch-me moment. So many stores, if not most of them, sell GOT merchandise.Continue reading

12 photos that will make you visit Montenegro; Kotor; Montenegro; St John's Fortress; Ladder of Kotor; montenegro view; rotor view; kotor hike; montenegro hike; day trip dubrovnik

Beautiful Boka Katorska Bay

Kotor, Montenegro When I first saw a picture of the view of Kotor Bay in Montenegro, I knew I wanted to go there. The clear blue waters and stunning mountain backdrop highlights the beautiful rooftops of this town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, Boka KatorskaContinue reading

Vik Plane Iceland

Of Trolls, Planes and Horses

Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland The first time I saw a photo of this plane, I just know I have to get there. It wasn’t easy. 2-mile walk from the parking lot with very strong winds blowing up to 60 mph, with sand feeling like pellets on our faces. There was nowhere to hide from theContinue reading



Reykjavík, Ísland The Northernmost Capital of the World. Before budget airlines started to use this city as their hub, Reykjavík may have been unknown to most people. Pronouncing it is one thing, spelling it is the another (well, in all of Iceland too probably). But this quaint little city feels more like a small townContinue reading

Gullfoss Golden Circle Iceland

Golden Circle

Árnessýsla, Iceland   If you’ve read travel books or blog posts about Iceland, you’ll probably have heard of the Golden Circle. It is the most popular route and is included in almost all of the itineraries you can find (unless you only have less than a day) when you visit this country.     FollowContinue reading


Tokyo Express

Tokyo, Japan If you caught my previous post, you already knew that I booked a short Tokyo trip on a whim. My friends know me as a master trip planner, researching and organizing an itinerary even for months before the trip. But because of my busy schedule, I picked a few places where I wantedContinue reading

Tokyo Santa

Tokyo Christmas Lights

Tokyo, Japan I can’t believe I haven’t shared photos from my Tokyo trip exactly 2 years ago. I was working full time and attending grad school (and wished there were more than 24 hours in a day just so I can sleep longer than 3 hours), and had 2 weeks off from school and work.Continue reading

Great Wall of China

Autumn in Beijing

Beijing, China My first time in China was in the year 2010 when I had the chance to visit two main cities in mainland China plus Hong Kong for one whole week. It was a whirlwind trip but it was a good introduction to the country. If you will come upon my post on myContinue reading



Lisboa, República Portuguesa To the west of central Lisbon lies Belém, a historical district which shouldn’t be missed when visiting the city. It is said that this is where Portuguese explorers first embarked on their journey. It is also where two historical buildings also declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, still stands even after theContinue reading

Pena Palace


Sintra, República Portuguesa Approximately 28 kms (that’s only 18 miles!) from Lisbon lies a beautiful town that looked like it came out of a fairy tale. Aside from the 9th Century Castle of Moors and National Palace which served as a residence of the Royal Family, the most well-known stop is the Pena Palace. AtopContinue reading



Lisboa, República Portuguesa Lisbon is one of the most charming cities I’ve been to, but if there’s a part of Lisbon which I consider my favorite, it will be the Alfama neighborhood. Despite climbing up and down hundreds of steps, there’s something about Alfama that just captivated me and got me to return twice inContinue reading


Bom Dia Lisboa

Lisboa, República Portuguesa The first destination on my end-of-summer 2017 travel itinerary is the city I never knew I would fall in love with. Getting to Lisbon is like finding a gem, and I thank all the other travelers who wrote about this city. True, it reminds me of San Francisco, where I used toContinue reading



Petra, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan When I first heard of the New Seven Wonders of the World, I was surprised to learn about Petra. I have no doubt why it should be on the list, I was doubting myself as to why I am not familiar with it. If you asked me a year ago,Continue reading

Jordan, Dead Sea

Kingdom of Jordan

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan   We arrived in Jordan after a long 14-hour layover in Dubai. It must’ve been only a few hours when we needed to get up and get ready for our first long day in the Kingdom. Jordan may be popular now because of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders ofContinue reading

Iceland Canyon


Fjaðrárgljúfur, Iceland   Exactly. I know what you’re thinking. Fjadra what? Up to now, I don’t know how to say it. But after seeing pics, and watching Justin Bieber’s video (I’m not even a fan), it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to visit this beautiful canyon. I have hiked one of the deepest canyons inContinue reading


Land of Ice

Jökulsárlón, Iceland Our second day in Iceland was full of ice… literally! We started out with a glacier hike and a visit to an ice cave, then headed to the infamous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and to the other side of the bridge where you can find Diamond Beach aka Ice Beach.   Follow Sky Envy: Bloglovin’Continue reading


Chasing Icelandic Waterfalls

South Iceland When I heard of $300 flights from Los Angeles to Iceland, it was a no-brainer to book flights as soon as possible. It didn’t need much time to find who’s willing to go with me. Iceland was the first country in Europe I had stepped on after a very long time. Sadly, myContinue reading

St. Paul's London

London Blooms

London, United Kingdom   I can’t help but be excited to share these beautiful photos of London with you. It was the Easter weekend on my last day in this gorgeous city, I saw these lovely blooms at St. James’s Park. Later that day, I hopped on the underground to see St. Paul’s Cathedral andContinue reading

Luxembourg Garden Chairs

On a cloudy day in Paris

Paris, France It was the afternoon after I started the next level class I was bumped into. The day started with heavy dark clouds, as it was for four days since I arrived in Paris. I was determined to go to Jardin des Luxembourg that I have heard so much about. I took so manyContinue reading



Carmel, CA I love that I can come to a Central California beach on a weekend and see it not crowded. Don’t get me wrong, SoCal is still my home, but the Central Cali Coast just makes me feel like they’re giving me a warm hug everytime I visit.   Follow Sky Envy: Bloglovin’ / FacebookContinue reading


Le Dimanche

Paris, France It was drizzling on the first day after my Paris arrival, and the daylight savings time has just started unbeknownst to me. The smell of spring was just around the corner and the shoulder season has left the City free of crowds. It was the beginning of my new adventure, as I getContinue reading

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur, California When I had the chance to move to Monterey area, one of the things that I first thought of was that I finally will be able to go to Big Sur. I have driven up and down California for more than a few times, choosing the faster route due to time restraints.Continue reading

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