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Sleep in a Prison Cell at This Budget Hostel in London

Looking for a budget hostel in London? At Clink78 you get comfy beds, friendly staff and lots of great common areas to make you feel at home. Read on for our full review! Unless you’re from Tokyo, the prices in London are bound to make your eyes water, especially when it comes to finding a […]

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Can you Really Find Luxury on a Budget in London?

Is there such thing as luxury on a budget in London, one of the world’s most expensive cities? I was doubtful, but citizenM London Shoreditch surpassed my expectations, delivering all the comforts of a high-end hotel for a fraction of the price. Book a room at citizenM London Shoreditch for a little luxury on a […]

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The Best Hotels in Phong Nha for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Phong Nha, Vietnam

Best Hotels in Phong Nha Phong Nha is still a bit of an undiscovered destination in Vietnam. It’s already a backpacker haven, but the flashpackers and the tour busses haven’t really invaded yet. Home to one of the world’s largest cave systems, you could spend weeks exploring underground in Phong Nha! There are also boat […]

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Transylvania Cycling Tour: Exploring the Villages of Biertan, Romania

Interested in a Transylvania cycling tour? Go! It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the region. Here’s what you can expect… As we cycle down a dirt road through a small ramshackle village in Transylvania, a little boy runs out to greet us. He raises his hand for a high-five and we all comply […]

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Ephesus or Pergamon: Which is the Best Ancient Site in Turkey?

So you only have time to visit one great ancient site in Turkey? Which should it be? Ephesus or Pergamon? Stephen and I have been to Pompeii in Italy, Jerash in Jordan, and Palmyra in Syria — not to mention Rome and Athens. But when in Turkey, you can’t NOT visit Ephesus or Pergamon. That […]

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Your Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal

When we got to Lisbon, I had no idea that we were arriving in one of Europe’s best cities for vegetarians and vegans. I soon discovered that there were so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon that our 10 days in the city would not be enough to try them all! Related: Don’t miss […]

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The Best Hotels in Hue for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hue, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hue / Best Hotels in Hue, Vietnam The attractions of Hue are subtler than those of nearby charming Hoi An or bustling Hanoi, but visiting Hue is a traveller’s best opportunity to understand how typical Vietnamese people live. It is also a fantastic destination for vegans and vegetarians who want to […]

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The Best Hotels in Izmir for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Izmir, Turkey

If you’re looking for the best hotels in Izmir, Turkey, a laid-back city on the country’s Western shore, here are our favourites. Whether you’re on a tight budget, have a little more to spend, or want to splash out on all the little luxuries, we’ve found the best apartments, hostels, and hotels in Izmir for […]

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11 Adventurous Women Who Will Inspire You to Live Your Adventure, Too

I want to introduce you to someone — 11 someones, in fact. These are 11 adventurous women whose stories are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, to get your passions riled up, and to prove that anything is possible if you want it badly enough. I spent last week at the World Tourism Forum […]

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Countryside and Culture: What to Expect from a Hoi An Scooter Tour

There’s no question that the best way to get around Hoi An is on two wheels. I spent many happy days cycling around the ancient streets of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Merrily ringing my bell, I derived a little too much pleasure at the sight of unwary tourists diving out of my way. But […]

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11 of the Most Romantic Cities in the World

We write a lot about the ways that travel is chaotic, uncomfortable and challenging. We’ll let you in on a secret… Travel can be amazingly romantic. Wandering cobbled streets, inhaling divine incense or the scent of exotic spices, gazing out on spectacular views, or snuggling beside a toasty fire… So even if you’re spending this […]

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vegetarian food in hoi an

The Myths and Legends of Vegetarian Food in Hoi An, Vietnam

By the time I went on a tour of vegetarian food in Hoi An, I had been in Vietnam for almost three months and in Hoi An for a week. Even though I thought I had tried everything vegetarian that Hoi An had to offer, Kam from *Hoi An Food Tour introduced me to lots […]

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The Best Hotels in Hoi An for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hoi An / Best Hotels in Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An Vietnam may just be the most charming city in South East Asia. The narrow streets and buildings of the ancient city provide endless diversions for the traveller who likes to walk and wander while the restaurants and bars are varied […]

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Hoi An Vegan Restaurants: Your Guide to Vegan Food in Hoi An, Vietnam

I just finished writing a post about how Hue is the best city in Vietnam for vegans. But now that I’m writing this I realise that Hoi An vegan restaurants might be even better! The ancient town of Hoi An somehow manages to be charming and touristy at the same time. The pedestrianised streets are […]

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The Best Hotels in Hanoi for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hanoi / Best Hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. It can take hours to filter through all the reviews, understand the various neighbourhoods, and figure out where you’ll get the best hotel bang for your buck. Here’s your shortcut to finding the best hotels […]

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Hue Vegan and Vegetarian Food: The Best City in Vietnam for Vegans

Could Hue vegan and vegetarian food be the best in Vietnam? The Hue vegan scene might even be the best in Southeast Asia. If you’re after authentic dishes created for locals to eat (instead of food made vegetarian for picky tourists), I think the answer is yes. The selection of Hue vegan restaurants is amazing! […]

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Best Places to Spend Christmas: 11 Places We’d Love to Be this Holiday Season

When you’re travelling, it’s tempting to think the grass is greener (and the snow is whiter) on the other side of the border. I usually work hard to appreciate the place I’m in and ignore the constant call of other bright, shiny destinations. At Christmastime, despite my best efforts, nostalgia takes over and I yearn […]

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Your Pre-Flight International Travel Checklist

If you’re about to book a flight, this international travel checklist should be an essential part of your trip! Click to download a printable version of the international travel checklist → Around the time you see this post, I will be landing at Heathrow Airport in London after travelling for more than 24 hours, hopping […]

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Inventive Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers on a Tight Budget

People are always looking for great gift ideas for travelers. But how should we travelers give back? How do travelers handle gift-giving when we’re away during the holidays? How do we manage our gift budget when we’re trying to save money for travel? And how can we politely explain to friends and family that all […]

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Family Adventure Holiday Ideas in the USA and Beyond

This post was made in collaboration with Trek America Think there’s no such thing as a family adventure holiday? You’re not alone. Stephen and I are always meeting people who tell us they’d love to have more adventure in their lives, but they can’t—because they have kids. Having kids is no excuse to miss out […]

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Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

You would think that in a city where fresh tofu, noodles, and every green herb under the sun abounds, finding Hanoi vegetarian food would be a snap. But when I first got to Hanoi, I was frustrated and disappointed at almost every meal. It was just so hard to find good, inexpensive vegetarian food in […]

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How to Avoid Homesickness (& Feel at Home Anywhere in the World)

Learn how to avoid homesickness, no matter how far you travel. What does an incurable traveler like me know about homesickness? A lot, actually. Just like you, I love that feeling of sliding into a familiar and comfy bed at night. I love knowing exactly where everything is in the kitchen without having to think […]

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How To Pack Light in Just a Carry-On

Learn how to pack light (and smart) for any trip, long or short. If I had my way, I would never pack light; I would totally take way too many clothes with me when I travel. But, in that fantasy world, I wouldn’t have to look after my luggage, pack or unpack it, or worry […]

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cycling in vancouver

3 Unbelievably Gorgeous Vancouver Bike Routes

By far the best way to experience Vancouver is by bike. Here are three of our favourite Vancouver bike routes, rated for distance, difficulty, and exposure to traffic. If you want to skip the preamble… Jump straight to the Vancouver bike routes Vancouver Bike Route 1: Stanley Park Seawall Vancouver Bike Route 2: False Creek […]

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19 Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka This Year

Should you visit Sri Lanka? Until Stephen was invited to teach at a yoga retreat there, I had never even considered a visit to Sri Lanka. To tell the truth, I could barely have found Sri Lanka on a map; the little island nation just wasn’t on my radar. I had absolutely no idea what […]

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