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 been to 35 countries collectively, and we are planning on adding about 10 more countries in 2017! Our trips have taken us primarily around North America, the Caribbean, and Europe, but we’re venturing out to Southeast Asia in 2017 and could not be more excited. Some of our favorite destinations so far include Iceland, Norway, and Turks & Caicos. We created MVMT Blog in July 2016 after our first and only sister trip to Norway, where we most notably hiked 22 miles in one day and never felt so much pain. We had also never seen such beautiful views as we did that day, so it was all worth it.
We both work or 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 five 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. She is now a second year student at University of Michigan (where Diana went to school as well – Go Blue!) after spending her first year in Boston, and she is now enjoying college life to the fullest while taking advantage of her holidays – especially the long three month summer holiday – to travel the world.
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 22 countries in Europe and 35 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.