DIANA & HOPE
Creators of MVMT Blog
Hi there, and welcome to our blog! We are two sisters with very different backgrounds and personalities but a common love for travel. We’ve visited over 60 countries so far, and our trips have taken us primarily around North America, Europe, and Asia but we’re itching to check out South America and Australia as soon as possible. Some of our favorite destinations so far include Iceland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Rwanda, and Myanmar, but really there are too many to count!
We created MVMT Blog in July 2016 after our first sister trip to Norway, where we hiked Trolltunga, one of the most beautiful day hikes in the world. Despite our best efforts, we ended up getting lost on the hike and added an extra 7 miles to our hike, bringing our day’s total to 22 miles. We have never felt so much pain but also had never seen such beautiful views as we did that day, so it was all worth it, but we were still determined to share our tips with others so they don’t have to go through the same thing we went through. And that’s how MVMT Blog was born!
We both work and study full time in the United States, so we’ve developed some tricks for making the most of our vacation days. If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to travel full time, congrats on living the dream! But if you are like the majority of people out there and work a 9-5 job, or are still in school, follow along and we hope to convince you that it doesn’t take giving up your job or education to travel the world!
Our affinity for travel started at a young age. Part of that was out of necessity. Our parents immigrated to the United States from China when Diana was four years old (and Hope was not yet born). After finishing his master’s degree in one of the southernmost states in the U.S., Mississippi, our ambitious and hard-working dad quickly rose through the ranks in several companies, leading our family to relocate often for his job. By the time Diana graduated high school, she had attended eight different schools and lived in seven zip codes. She found her identity as the “new kid” in school and loved meeting people and making new friends from all around the country. For the last seven years, Diana has lived in Chicago, which is the longest she’s ever lived in one place in her entire life. She practices as an attorney there, which is hard for some of her friends to believe since she is always seen traveling the world!
Hope’s story is slightly different. While she was born in Pennsylvania, she was barely one year old when our family relocated to the great state of Michigan. There, she made her first friends who continued to be by her side for the next 11 years. It wasn’t until Hope was in grade 8 that our family relocated to Toronto, where Hope stayed until she left for university in 2015. Although she had a rough time transitioning to a new life, she ultimately grew to love Toronto and now identifies as a Torontonian through and through. In the 7 years between grade 8 and Sophomore year in college, she found herself as the new girl in 7 different schools. She is now a fourth year student at University of Michigan (where Diana went to school as well – Go Blue!), and she is enjoying college life to the fullest while taking advantage of her holidays – especially the long four-month summer holiday – to travel the world. After spending her last two summers in Germany and loving it, she decided to try something more local this summer with an internship in New York City.
Given our somewhat nomadic upbringings, it is easy to see why we are most comfortable in foreign places. However, it wasn’t until the last few years that the two of us started traveling a lot more extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad and really developed a passion for travel. Our first trip to Europe was in April 2014 for Diana and May 2015 for Hope. Since then, we have collectively traveled to over 30 countries in Europe and over 60 worldwide, all while working as a full-time attorney and attending university full time. Follow along on our journey, and we’ll show you how to make the most of your vacation days to travel the world. Thanks for reading.
Diana & Hope