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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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Win These Awesome Pants for Travel from Bluffworks

Update: The contest is now closed. But you can get 10% off your Bluffworks travel pants when you enter PROM5A on your online order!! It’s hard to find good pants for travel. Especially for guys. (And yes, after 10 years living in London I still laugh to myself even when I call them pants… Call […]

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A guide to the best Tamil Nadu hotels and restaurants.

Tamil Nadu Hotels and Restaurants: Where to Sleep and Eat in South India

Finding the best Tamil Nadu hotels can be a tricky prospect for those of us who are used to going online, looking at a few pictures, reading some reviews, and then clicking “Book Now”. The problem starts with the online booking engines. None of them have a comprehensive selection of hotels in a given area […]

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A Traveler’s Guide to Shopping in Chennai’s Pondy Bazaar and T Nagar

Taking stock of the contents of my carry-on before leaving for India left me with only one conclusion… I’d have to go shopping in Chennai. You see, we never planned to go to India on this trip. It’s was kind of a surprise, like when you go out for dinner and decide at the last […]

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A Traveler’s Guide To Using The Autorickshaws in Chennai

Pop! Bang! Thwap thwap thwap. Our once-spirited ride, a bright yellow autorickshaw that had been racing through the streets of Chennai, India slowly limped to a stop, only two-thirds of the way to our destination. The driver gamely tried to carry on, but it was no use, he’d gotten a puncture crossing a bridge over […]

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9 Ways Traveling In India Will Surprise You

We have written before about the challenges travelers face when it comes to getting advice from friends, relatives, and complete strangers before heading out on any adventure. Traveling in India is no exception. Because I am a yoga student and teacher, many of our friends and acquaintances have travelled in India. So we have had […]

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13 Ways European Culture Can Improve Your Life

There’s a reason Europe is such an attractive travel destination: the rainbow of European culture is easily accessible to outsiders – one trip can expose you to dozens of ways of life. For the last four months, Stephen and I have been able to spend most nights in other people’s homes, trying out their lives. […]

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Day Trip To Turin Italy – The Capital of the Alps

Though it’s not a huge city (like Rome) or the European capital of fashion (like Milan) Turin, Italy is a charming destination that has much more to offer than its (in)famous shroud. Sure, Turin is most famous for a ratty piece of off-white fabric but when you visit, obviously you’re going to skip the famous […]

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10 Reasons to Love Berlin (and One Thing I Hate)

“I love Berlin!!” It’s the standard reply people give when they hear we’re headed here. Yet, despite having spent more time Berlin than any other European city (except London, where we lived for 9 years), Stephen and I aren’t so sure… There have been times when we’ve disliked Berlin immensely, even a few days when […]

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Should You Go On A Yoga Retreat?

Should you go on a yoga retreat? Yes, I know, it’s a modern question, only for those of us privileged enough to have the time and freedom to contemplate it. Here’s my attempt to help you find an answer. The first step is to ask yourself… When’s the last time you sat around doing nothing? […]

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