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prague vegan

Your Guide to the Best (and Worst) of Prague Vegan Food

Traditional Czech food is a real meat-fest, so we’re thrilled that the vegan scene in Prague is growing so fast. Prague vegan restaurants are still a bit hit-or-miss though – we’ve had a lot of bad meals in Prague. Use our guide to avoid the worst and taste the best of Prague vegan food. Also […]

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2 days in venice

What You Need to Know for the Best 2 Days in Venice

2 days in Venice is just the right amount of time to soak up the atmosphere of the city, see the major sights, and escape before Venice overwhelm sets in. With more than 20 million visitors per year, Venice is crowded with day-trippers and tourist traps. Our survival tips will help you avoid the crowds […]

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thailand or vietnam

Thailand or Vietnam: Which is the Best Destination for Your Adventure?

Trying to decide between visiting Thailand or Vietnam? These are two very different countries which both deliver incredible experiences to travellers. Keep reading to discover which of these amazing countries is right for your adventure. You’re gonna love these posts, too: Grab our complete adventure guide to Vietnam → Get help choosing between Vietnam & […]

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hamburg vegan restaurants

Your Guide to 15 of the Best Hamburg Vegan Restaurants

As a country that seems to survive on wurst and schnitzel, Germany can be tough going for vegan travellers. Luckily, there are plenty of Hamburg vegan restaurants and plenty more that offer delicious vegan options. So if you’re hungry in Hamburg, get ready for some amazing food! Also don’t miss these posts: Detailed vegan guides […]

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best mens travel pants

Are These the Best Men’s Travel Pants in the World?

If you’ve been searching for the best men’s travel pants, you may have just found them! Read on to find out why Bluffworks men’s quick dry pants have earned a permanent spot in my luggage. Also don’t miss these posts: Find out How to Pack Light in Just a Carry-On → Discover the best travel […]

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vegan in vietnam

15 Things You Need to Know to Survive as a Vegan in Vietnam

Great news for vegan travellers – it is possible to stay vegan in Vietnam. The bad news is that finding vegan food in Vietnam is not always easy. This guide will help you find delicious food that you can be sure is meat-free and animal-friendly. You’ll definitely want to check these out! Our picks of […]

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vegan shoreditch

Your Guide to the Best Vegan Shoreditch Restaurants

If you’re looking for the best food vegan Shoreditch has to offer, this is your complete guide! We did the hard work of eating our way around Shoreditch — and the rest of East London — just for you! So, if you’re hungry in Shoreditch, get ready for a feast. Don’t forget to grab your […]

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best beach vacations

Your Guide to the Best Beach Vacations for Canadians this Summer

Are you desperate for a perfect beach vacation this summer? Preferably somewhere that’s not too expensive and not too far from Canada? Here are our top 7 beach destinations for Canadian travellers who can’t get enough of sun, sand, and sparkling seas! You’re also gonna love these posts: Fantasize over our picks of the world’s […]

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craft beer saigon

Your Guide to the Best Craft Beer in Saigon

In a few short years, craft beer in Saigon has gone from zero to amazing! We’ve been to the breweries, haunted the tap rooms, and hung out with the brewers, all to help you find the very best Vietnamese beer. You’re also going to love these posts (we hope): Find the best places to stay […]

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bike touring malaysia

Bike Touring Malaysia: Everything you Need to Know for an Amazing Adventure

If you’re thinking of bike touring Malaysia, we say, get ready for an adventure! From remote islands with sandy beaches, to captivating colonial towns, and high mountain passes, Malaysia never gets boring. Read on to find out if cycle touring Malaysia is right for you. Also don’t miss these posts: Get ready with our bike […]

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cambodia adventure

Cambodia Adventure: How to Get the Most from Your Travels in Cambodia

It’s one of our favourite countries for travel, so we are always trying to encourage adventurous people to go to Cambodia! Here’s the complete guide to your Cambodia adventure. Read on to find your perfect Cambodia itinerary, plus where to stay, what to avoid & more. You’re gonna want to read these, too: 13 things […]

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vietnam or cambodia

Vietnam or Cambodia? Which is the Best Destination for Your Adventure?

Trying to decide between visiting Vietnam or Cambodia? I feel ya! It is a TOUGH choice. We’ve been to both several times and have spent almost a year travelling this fantastic region. Keep reading to discover which of these amazing countries is right for your adventure. You’ll definitely want to check out these guides, too: […]

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Moroccan Hammam

What to Expect On Your First Visit to a Moroccan Hammam

Even if you’re not usually a spa person, visiting a Moroccan hammam is an essential part of any Moroccan holiday. To help you avoid a confusing and stressful experience, this post will prepare you for your first hammam visit. Don’t miss our other Morocco posts: Escape to this blissful retreat just outside of Marrakech → […]

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bus to cambodia

How to Get the Bus to Cambodia from Thailand, Vietnam & Laos

If you’re worried about handling border crossings, transport, and scams on your way to Cambodia, don’t be! It’s not nearly as bad as people say it is — especially if you know what you’re doing. Here’s your guide to getting the bus to Cambodia from Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Also don’t miss these posts: Get […]

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morocco retreat

Escape to this Blissful Morocco Retreat in the Ouirgane Valley

This Morocco retreat, about an hour from Marrakech, makes a perfect mindful retreat from the bustling streets of the city. If you want a romantic escape or a weekend spa break, this remote resort set in the spectacular Ouirgane Valley is ideal. You’re gonna love our other posts about Morocco: Restore your star power at […]

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backpacking cambodia

13 Things You Need to Know Before Backpacking Cambodia

If you’re thinking about backpacking Cambodia, the first thing you need to know is that you definitely should! Now that that decision is made, here are 13 essential travel tips to help make the most of your Cambodian backpacking adventure! Face it, you’re gonna want to read these, too: Plan your adventure with our Cambodia […]

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hot air balloon marrakech

How to Make Your Heart Soar? Ride a Hot Air Balloon in Marrakech!

Want to ride a hot air balloon in Marrakech? If you’re looking for a special way to experience the city, this day tour from Marrakech will give you the chance to soar with the birds. We’ll help you decide if hot air ballooning in Marrakech is the right tour for you. Want to know more […]

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vegan food in berlin

13 Best Places to Eat Cheap Vegan Food in Berlin (2018 Update)

Berlin’s vegan scene is amazing; there is vegan food everywhere you look! But it can be hard to find the best cheap vegan food in Berlin. So before you go, check out this vegan guide to Berlin — and don’t forget your printable map! Let’s face it, you’ll probably love these posts, too: Here are […]

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cycling in Morocco

7 Things You’ll Absolutely Love About Cycling in Morocco

For those who want to get away from the busy cities and tourist towns, we highly recommend cycling in Morocco. Read on to find out what you can expect on a Morocco bike tour. You’ll probably want to read these posts, too! Stay in a star-quality riad in Marrakesh → Join us on our most […]

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chennai transport

Chennai Transport – Everything You Need to Know for a Hassle-Free Visit

Getting around Chennai is not easy, unless you know what you’re doing. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about Chennai auto rickshaws and Chennai transport for a hassle-free visit to this fascinating city. Some more really useful posts for you: Our complete guide to shopping in Pondy Bazaar, Chennai → Everything […]

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riad star marrakech

How to Restore Your Sparkle at Riad Star Marrakech

The glittery Riad Star in Marrakech is a great place to restore your inner glow and retreat from the buzz of the Marrakech souk. Use it for a romantic city break or a launching pad for your full-on Morocco adventure! We think you should check out these posts: Discover what it’s like to cycle in […]

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vancouver bike share

A Quick Guide to Vancouver Bike Share and Vancouver Bike Rental

Vancouver bike rental couldn’t be easier. Here are all the details you need to use the Vancouver bike share program, to rent from a bike shop, or to rent a bike to ride the Stanley Park Seawall. Psst, if you’re in Vancouver, you need these posts, too: Grab our guide to 3 gorgeous Vancouver bike […]

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trekking in cambodia

Trekking in Cambodia – Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

We highly recommend jungle trekking in Cambodia! Here’s everything you need to know, including where to go, what to pack, and how to make the most of hiking in Cambodia. If you’re going to Cambodia, don’t miss these: Choose the best elephant sanctuary to visit in Cambodia → Use our Cambodia itineraries to plan your […]

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things to do in Kampot

Your Guide to the Best 11 Things to do in Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot is a quiet riverside town near the south coast of Cambodia – and it’s also one of our favourite places in the world. Here’s your guide to the best adventurous things to do in Kampot, Cambodia. We’ve got lots of other great Cambodia posts: This Kampot resort will make you feel like a chilled-out […]

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kratie dolphins

How to Get a Glimpse of the Rare Kratie Dolphins in Cambodia

For many people, the rare Kratie dolphins are high on the list of must-see things in Cambodia. This post covers the best ways to see the dolphins and what to expect from your visit. Also don’t miss these posts: Before backpacking Cambodia, here’s what you need to know → How to choose the best elephant […]

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elephant sanctuary cambodia

How to Choose the Best Elephant Sanctuary in Cambodia

If you’re planning a trip to an elephant sanctuary, Cambodia can be a tough place to navigate. Which sanctuaries are legit? Which are just in it for the money? Use our guide to decide which is the best elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. Also don’t miss these posts: Find out more about helping elephants while you […]

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mondulkiri cambodia mayura zipline

Mayura Zipline in Mondulkiri Cambodia – All You Need to Know Before You Go

If you’re up for a little eco-adventure in Mondulkiri Cambodia, you’ll find it at Mayura Zipline. Fly through the tree tops and see the famous Bousra Waterfall from above! The goal of my solo trip through Cambodia and Laos was to leap out of my comfort zone and have a few adventures. Mayura Zipline, just […]

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phnom penh tours

Phnom Penh Tours: A Revealing Exploration of Cambodia’s Most Famous Buildings

Architecture fans won’t want to miss the Phnom Penh tours run by the team at Khmer Architecture Tours. This post will show you exactly what you can expect from the 1960s New Khmer Architecture Tour. For me, half the pleasure in visiting a city comes from looking up at buildings that make up its landscape. […]

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cambodia itinerary 2 weeks

Cambodia Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 2 Weeks in Cambodia

These 2-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Cambodia itinerary. This is an amazingly diverse country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip! You’ll want to see these Cambodia posts too: What you need to know for backpacking in Cambodia → Here’s how to […]

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most romantic cities in Europe

11 of the Most Romantic Cities in Europe to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

We love all the continents equally, but when it comes to romance, Europe always wins. Our picks of the most romantic cities in Europe are guaranteed to make your heart pound, whether you’re looking for love or want to treat your sweetie to an intimate city break. We write a lot about the ways that […]

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where to stay in kampot

This is Where to Stay in Kampot for Comfort, Free Bikes, and a Peaceful Pool

If you’re wondering where to stay in Kampot, this modern hotel is right in the city centre. You’ll be a short walk from the best local cafes, bars, and restaurants, or a simple stroll along the river. Many Kampot hotels are a few kilometres outside the city, with gorgeous river views, but it’s a bit […]

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green retreats eco resorts

Indulge in Guilt-Free Luxury at 7 of the World’s Best Green Retreats

These luxury green retreats may not be totally affordable but they are FABULOUS and guilt-free. Even if you travel on the cheap, these 7 eco retreats are all you need to fire up your 2018 travel dreams. Who doesn’t love to look at pictures of exotic retreats around the world? It’s even better when they […]

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vietnam itinerary

Vietnam Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 1–4 Weeks in Vietnam

These one-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Vietnam itinerary. This is an amazing country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip! You’re also going to love these posts: Your complete guide to a Vietnam adventure → How to survive as a vegan in […]

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yoga travel destinations

7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

If you think India is the ultimate yoga travel destination, think again! These 7 places (plus 7 great alternatives) are our picks for the very best yoga adventures in 2018! A couple of years ago, we made our first trip to India. Having heard from all our yogi friends what a mind-blowing spiritual experience it […]

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mindful gifts mindfulness gifts

How to Give Amazing Mindful Gifts Even if You’re Saving for Travel

When you’re saving for travel, holiday season can make a huge dent in the travel budget. Here’s how to get through the season without going broke — while still giving amazing mindful gifts to your friends and family. People are always looking for great gift ideas for travellers. But how should we travellers give back? […]

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resort in kampot

The Resort in Kampot That Will Make You Feel Like (a Chilled-Out) Tarzan

This rustic resort in Kampot, Cambodia, is a perfect place to relax by Kampot river and experience the Cambodian countryside. For adventurers who are looking for a quiet retreat, this jungle hideaway is ideal. As a full-time traveller, I have stayed in all types of accommodation – luxury boutique hotels, colonial style beach resorts, family […]

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best books to read while traveling

17 of the Best Books to Read While Traveling

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly searching for the best books to read while traveling. In a self-serving move to fill my reading list, I asked my fellow travel bloggers to recommend their favourite travel books. Here are the books that changed the way these bloggers travel, that inspired them to do more and […]

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best gili island

How to Choose the Best Gili Island for your Mindful Escape

Which is the best Gili Island? And what will you do when you get there? Where should you stay and where should you eat? We answer all your Gili Islands questions! If you want all the amenities of Ubud — without the terrifying traffic, the annoying scams, and the overwhelming hassle — hop on a […]

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kep resort samanea

Crave Adventure & Luxury? You’ll Love this Outstanding Kep Resort.

This luxury Kep resort a few miles north of Kep, Cambodia, is a perfect place to relax on the beach or unwind by the pool. For people who are looking for a tranquil or romantic retreat, these villas set in a lush botanical garden are ideal. As adventure-loving as I am, there’s a side of […]

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resorts in jaipur

Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts in Jaipur for Mindful Travellers

The vibrant Pink City, Jaipur, India, offers some of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. These are our picks for the best resorts in Jaipur for mindful travellers. Jaipur is a thrilling destination for people who love historical architecture. It is home to the famous Amber Fort and the stunning Water Palace, but there […]

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ho chi minh city boutique hotels

Experience the Real Saigon at this Friendly Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

This cheery boutique hotel in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District, is perfect for people who want to experience the real Saigon away from the touristy District 1. You’re gonna love these posts: Your guide to the best craft beer in Saigon → Discover the joys of a Mekong Delta tour in Ho Chi […]

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best restaurants in gili islands

The Best Gili Islands Restaurants for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Mindful Eaters

The Gili Islands have a great food scene, including western restaurants and Indonesia eateries. The best Gili Islands restaurants offer plenty of choice for vegans, vegetarians and other mindful eaters, too. As with almost any island destination, most Gili Islands restaurants are focussed on offering fresh fish and seafood. If you want to eat a […]

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best sarajevo apartments

The Best Sarajevo Apartments for an Amazing Stay in the City

Forget about hotels for your trip to Sarajevo. The best deals are to be had in the city’s huge selection of apartments. These are our picks of the very best Sarajevo apartments in each budget range. Earlier this year, I took a quick jaunt around the Balkans, visiting Bulgaria, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The […]

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gili islands hotels

15 of the Best Gili Islands Hotels That Will Make Your Trip Amazing

Finding best Gili Islands hotels is not easy — there are so many to choose from! If you’d rather not spend the next 3 hours scouring Booking.com, try one of our picks of the best places to stay on the Gili Islands, from the ultra budget to the uber luxurious. You’ll wanna check out these […]

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mui ne sand dunes

Should You Bother Visiting the Mui Ne Sand Dunes in Vietnam?

Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a place for a spectacular trip into a wonder of nature? Or are they just a cheesy tourist trap? Read on to discover the pros and cons of visiting the sand dunes in Mui Ne. You’ll want to check out these Vietnam posts, too: Don’t miss our complete guide […]

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world elephant day

World Elephant Day: 7 Ways to Help Elephants When You Travel

If it were up to us, every day would be World Elephant Day! To celebrate the world’s most amazing animals, we’re sharing the best ways to help elephants when you travel. As you know, I love all the animals! But when asked to pick a favourite, it’s elephants every time. And I’m not alone. Do […]

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being a nomad

Could You Handle Being a Nomad? We Answer Your Travellife Questions!

Are you wondering if you could handle being a nomad? Going nomad is definitely not for everyone. We’ve been living the travellife for 5 years and we answer all your long term travel questions below! If you’re a traveller at heart, you’re gonna love: Discover how to pack light in just a carry-on & more […]

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mindful hotels in ho chi minh city

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City for Every Budget

Figuring out where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City is not an easy task! There are so many great hotels and hostels to from which to choose. If you don’t want to spend the next three hours scouring Booking.com for Ho Chi Minh City Hotels, start with our great suggestions below! We pick our […]

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mui ne hotels

Mui Ne Vietnam Hotels: The Best Places to Stay in Mui Ne for Every Budget

If you’re looking for Mui Ne Vietnam hotels, you probably already know that the big attraction in Mui Ne is the long stretch of soft sandy beach. In the winter months, it’s a hotspot for travellers from all over the world who come to warm their chilly bones. The spectacular Mui Ne sand dunes and […]

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bus in tamil nadu

A Traveler’s Guide to Riding the Bus in Tamil Nadu, India

We might just die on a Tamilnadu bus. According to my Pocket Earth app, we are flying along this crowded country road at 65 kph. The driver is leaning on the horn and eschewing the brake as though Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are on board, frantically attempting to disarm a bomb. Either we’re going […]

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vietnam adventure

Vietnam Adventure: How to Get the Most from Your Mindful Travels in Vietnam

Here’s your complete guide to Vietnam adventure travel. Read on to find your perfect Vietnam itinerary, plus the best food, hotels, what to avoid & more. Make sure you take a look at these posts too: Here’s help deciding behind travel in Vietnam or Cambodia → Plan your trip with our Vietnam itineraries for 1–4 […]

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budget hostel in london

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! Also don’t miss these posts: Here’s your guide to the best vegan food in East London → Get luxury on a budget […]

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best hotels in Phong Nha Vietnam

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

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

How to Visit Pergamon, Ephesus and the Rest of the Best Izmir Attractions

There are so many great Izmir attractions, it’s hard to make time to visit them all. This post will help you decide between the ancient sites of Ephesus and Pergamon and show you what to see nearby. Stephen and I have been to Pompeii in Italy, Jerash in Jordan, and Palmyra in Syria — not […]

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vegetarian restaurants lisbon

Your Guide to the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon

If you’re looking for the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants Lisbon has to offer, you’re in luck. There are so many to choose from — vegetarian and vegan Lisbon is thriving! Here’s your complete guide to our favourite vegetarian and vegan food in Lisbon. You’ll probably want to read these, too: Check out our all-vegan […]

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best hotels Hue, Vietnam

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

Wondering where to stay in Hue, Vietnam? The good news is, there is a huge selection of hotels in Hue. The bad news? It’s so hard to choose! Here are our recommendations of the best hotels in Hue Vietnam for backpackers, flashpackers, mid-range, and luxury travelers. The attractions of Hue are subtler than those of […]

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best hotels in izmir turkey

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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adventurous women

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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hoi an scooter tour

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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hoi an food vietnam

Your Guide to the Absolute Best Hoi An Food

Besides being Vietnam’s most charming town, Hoi An is a foodie’s paradise. If you want to be sure not to miss the absolute best Hoi An food, start with this post. By the time I took a Hoi An street food tour, I had been in Vietnam for almost three months and in Hoi An […]

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best hotels Hoi An

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

Wondering where to stay in Hoi An? The good news is, there are thousands of hotels and hostels in Hoi An. The bad news? It’s so hard to choose! Here are our recommendations of the best hotels in Hoi An Vietnam for backpackers, flashpackers, mid-range, and luxury travelers. Hoi An, Vietnam may just be the […]

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vegan restaurants in hoi an

Your Guide to the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An

This is your complete guide to the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An and includes a printable map that you can take to Vietnam with you. I hope you love the vegan food in Hoi An as much as I did! Also don’t miss these posts: Our vegan guides to Hue restaurants and […]

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best hotels hanoi vietnam

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

Wondering where to stay in Hanoi? The good news is, there are thousands of hotels and hostels Hanoi. The bad news? It’s so hard to choose! Here are our recommendations of the best places to stay in Hanoi for backpackers, flashpackers, mid-range, and luxury travelers. Hanoi is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. It […]

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Hue vegan vietnam

Your Guide to the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hue

Could the vegetarian restaurants in Hue be the best in Vietnam? We think so! If you’re after authentic vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese dishes created for locals (instead of bland tourist food that’s been de-meated), then you’ll love the huge variety of vegetarian restaurants in Hue as much as I did! Also don’t miss these posts: […]

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international travel checklist

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! Before you go any further, grab your free printable copy 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 […]

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family adventure holidays

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 restaurant

Your Guide To The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi

You might not believe it but it can be hard to find decent vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi. Use this post and print our map and guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi to make sure every meal is a winner! Don’t miss these Vietnam posts: Discover the best places to stay in Hanoi for […]

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avoid homesickness when you travel

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

Minimalist Travel Packing: How to Pack Light for Long-Term Travel

If you’re an overpacker by nature, grab these minimalist travel packing tips to make your trip easier, more fun, and above all, more adventurous! You’ll also like these posts: Get ready with our minimalist travel gear guide → Choose the best minimalist backpack or suitcase → Discover the best anti-theft backpack for travel → If […]

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visit Sri Lanka

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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A guide to the best Tamil Nadu hotels and restaurants.

Our Guide to Some of the Best TamilNadu Hotels and Restaurants

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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shopping indian Chennai

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

If you want to take advantage of Chennai’s best shopping, then visit our picks for the best Pondy Bazaar shops and use our tips for cheap shopping in Chennai to get the most from your money! Also don’t miss these posts: Learn how to use the autorickshaws in Chennai → Find out where to eat […]

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traveling in India

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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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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tips to beat jet lag

How to Beat Jet Lag: 8 Jet Lag Solutions That Actually Work

So you’re looking for a quick solution to beat jet lag and get you back on your feet, quickly? As full-time travellers, we totally understand! Here are our sure-fire jet lag solutions that actually work! You have the power to beat jet lag before it beats you. We promise. Jet lag is a nasty, ugly […]

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best travel apps

The 5 Best Travel Apps to Take Absolutely Everywhere

There are approximately 8 bajillion travel apps in the world and at least four thousand of those sound pretty damn cool. But there are only a few that count as the best travel apps – the ones we used almost every day of our two-year bike tour and continue to use on a regular basis […]

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be happy at work

How to Find Happiness at Work Even if You Hate Your Job

Are you reading this at work? Are you bored out of your skull, looking for any distraction? Do you have a plan (or at least a major dream) to get out of the rat race and see the world, but it just requires a little (or a lot) more time in a job you despise? […]

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planning a trip, trip planning

Killer Travel Tips for Planning a Trip from 11 Expert Globetrotters

When we need advice or travel tips, we turn to the experts. No, not the guidebooks or travel TV… travel bloggers! Here are 11 essential travel planning tips from our favourite travel bloggers. This is required reading for anyone planning to travel. Read on to become an expert travel planner! Pssst. Can I let you […]

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travel planning, travel tools

Your Simple Guide to Travel Planning Like an Expert

Do you want a complete roadmap for planning your next trip? *Update: The Travel Planner’s Cheat Sheet is no longer available. Make sure you don’t miss our next great freebie by signing up right here. Lots of wannabe travellers never even make it to the airport. Let’s face it, you might have big dreams, but […]

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Syrian refugees, Syrian conflict, Syrian monuments, travel Syria

Feeling helpless to help the Syrian refugees

Sometimes we take our freedom to travel for granted. It’s so easy to do. When we’re planning a trip, we never have to stop and think, “Will our government let us leave?” We have never been barred from boarding a train or a bus in a foreign country because of our religion or our skin […]

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Here’s Your Complete Pre-Travel Downsizing Guide

I’m not going to lie. If you want to pack up your life and take off around the world, there’s a lot to be done beforehand. It’s hard work to get everything slotted away so you can go away worry free. Downsizing takes planning, dedication and organization. I am a consummate organizer. Lists, timelines, and […]

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save money for travel, travel tips, how to travel

How to Save Money for Travel the Grown-Up Way

If you’re a wannabe traveller or already a traveller, you’ve probably heard all the little tips out there for saving money. Cut down on your Starbucks runs, pack a lunch for work, cut your cable bill… These tips are fine and they can be an essential part of saving money for travel. But, as grown-ups, […]

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Busses, Planes, and Trains: How to Get Around While Travelling

Deciding how to get around is a huge part of trip planning. Transportation choices can make or break your budget and can also lead to some amazing (and very strange) experiences. Your chosen transport also defines how quickly you will go, so it will impact, and be impacted by, the places you want to see. […]

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money, travel budget, travel money, foreign exchange

The Simple Travel Budget Formula (for Busy People)

People talk an awful lot about money-saving tips, budgets, travel hacks and credit cards to use when planning a long-term trip. Ever notice how no one ever comes right out and tells you exactly how much your darn trip is going to cost? Why is it so hard to come up with an accurate travel […]

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Why Do You Want To Travel? Get Motivated to Get Out There!

In all the hustle and bustle that comes with deciding where you want to go, how you’ll save the money, and how to get there, it’s easy to forget the most important question about travelling: Why do you want to travel? Sure, you can go have a grand old time on the road without ever […]

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How To Find Yourself (and Make the Most out of Being Lost)

When you’re travelling, if you’re having any sort of adventure at all, you will get lost. It’s inevitable. It’s easy to get lost in life, too. Even if you’re a grown-up, one minute you can be wandering along blissfully through your life and suddenly you don’t have any idea how you got where you are. […]

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What to do When You’re Too Busy to Travel (or to Even Think About It)

Life is just like a kitchen junk drawer. We all have one, right? It’s where we cram the microwave operator’s manual, paperclips, hair elastics, home insurance papers, old receipts, a half-eaten granola bar, and the TV remote that’s been missing for months now. And even though it’s already full, somehow we always manage to find […]

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Please Don’t Travel: Why Real Travellers Want You to Stay Home

I’m about to let you in on a secret that every traveller knows (but will never tell you). We want you to stay home. That’s right, even though we share tips on My Five Acres about getting out and living a life less ordinary, in reality, we want you to stay right where you are. […]

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How To Ease Into Adventure Travel

“I don’t think adventure travel is for me. I like reading about other people’s adventures, but at my age/weight/level of health/number of kids it’s just never going to happen. I doubt I’d even like it, and besides, I couldn’t go that long without blow-drying my hair.” Are you slowly nodding your head in agreement right […]

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11 Travel Mistakes We Made and How to Avoid Them

Is there any such thing as a “mistake” when you’re travelling? Or is every bump in the road just another lesson to learn, another opportunity for adventure? If there are mistakes, we have made most of them. These are the top 11 mistakes we made on our 2-year cycle trip – with tips on how […]

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Do You Qualify for The Good Guy Discount?

We all know them. There are those people, almost always guys, who seem to attract free stuff or great deals all the time. Stephen’s best friend routinely gets offered stuff: they’ll give him a bonus burrito at the burrito shop, upgrade his seat on the plane, or let him on the flight without paying for […]

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Everything I Know About Travel I Learned From A Room With A View

Have you ever felt out of control of your own travels, pulled from town to town and sight to sight by some unseen force, meeting only other tourists, seeing only what you’re “supposed” to see? You’re not the only one; I’ve been there and it is brutal. It would seem easy to blame our modern […]

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Your 5 Best Excuses Not To Travel, Busted

Back in bygone ages, when I was not yet 30, I remember having a conversation with a musician friend. His band was pretty successful, enough so that his job title was Rock Star. Somehow, we ended up discussing my goals. (This was odd since Rock Stars usually only talk about themselves.) “What do you want […]

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Croatia Travel Photos

11 Travel Destinations I Can’t Wait To See Again

There’s one thing that almost everyone asks me about my recent travels. What was your favourite country? Obviously, I can never choose just one, so here are 11 travel destinations I can’t wait to see again. Croatia With an abundance of walled cities overlooking the stirring Adriatic coastline, the romance of Croatia continually calls to […]

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How To Set Goals That Stretch

You’ve heard of setting stretch goals, right? A stretch goal, usually used in the world of corporate goal-setting, is a goal that’s so big, it’s nearly impossible – if you reeeeally stretch, you might just get there. Stretch goals are supposed to be this great carrot, urging you on to ever more and more productivity. […]

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An Expert’s Guide to Quitting Your Job

If you’re going to embark on long-term travel, or any life-changing dream-chasing scenario, there will come a time when you may need to quit your job. It might not something to brag about, but I have quit more jobs than most people hold in a lifetime. I am an expert quitter. I have also quit […]

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Gelato Sign

The Secret To Making The Right Decision Every Time

The decision to trade life as you know it for an open-ended trip around the world is a biggie. Actually, let’s upgrade that to a huge-y. It looms in front of you like a razor-wire-topped wall, the only thing standing between you and the rest of your life. If you choose adventure, there are a […]

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It's not about the choices you make; it's what you do after the choice is made that makes a difference.

Jane Mountain

Nomadasaurus: 5 Misconceptions About Long-Term Travel

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If you’ve never been on a long trip, you probably assume these five things are true. Find out why you’re wrong by reading my new post on Nomadasaurus.

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What If You Don’t Know What You Want?

Last week, I wrote about The 3 Steps To Turn “I Want” Into “I Will”. That’s all very well if you have a particular goal in mind, but what if you don’t know what the heck you want? What if, when you close your eyes to dream about the future, you just see a big […]

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Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

Václav Havel

The 3 Steps To Turn “I Want” Into “I Will”

You have a huge, awesome dream. It’s been lurking in the back of your mind for months, years, maybe even decades. Wait, let me guess. Does it involve quitting your job and heading out into the world for a long-term travel break? Even if it doesn’t involve travel – even if you want to write […]

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2.5 Minutes of Inspiration

This video by Holstee falls right at the intersection of biking and living, and I love it. (Though I would change “Stop watching TV” to “Stop checking Facebook”.  ♥

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Kick-Start Your Escape

So you followed our bicycle trip faithfully. Maybe not every day, but enough to remember the triumphs and the drastic failures. Maybe you even lived vicariously through us, while sitting in your humdrum cube at your humdrum job, imagining how great it would be to have a little more beating-drum and a little less ho-hum […]

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Live Simply

One of the trends that Stephen and I have been noticing on our return to the civilized world – the world where most people have actual beds to sleep in and showering is a daily activity – is how complicated everybody’s lives are. On our trip, life was blissfully simple. The biggest daily tragedies were […]

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Be Bold

The other day, I was agonizing over a huge decision. It came out of the blue – I didn’t expect to have to think about this issue at all right now – but here it is, on my doorstep, waiting to be decided. I had had a meeting with a recruiter, who had contacted me […]

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Need Something? Just Ask

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/stephen-ewashkiw/dont-be-afraid-to-ask_b_3600728.html

Stephen’s latest Huffington Post blog is live. It’s all about getting what you want and need while travelling (but could totally apply to everyday life as well). Please read it and share it!!

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HuffPo: How To Get Along With Your Travel Partner

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My new blog post for The Huffington Post is about How To Get Along With Your Travel Partner. A daily challenge for both of us, I assure you!

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Boats on Lago Trasimeno

Croatia or Italy? A Traveller’s Guide to Choosing the Best Destination

Are you wondering whether to visit Croatia or Italy? We’ve spent plenty of time in both… read on as we help you make your decision between Italy or Croatia! It’s probably a terrible idea to compare countries. Our Italian friends will protest, our Croatian friends will groan. Even so, we decided it would be fun […]

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Mean Dog

I’m So Not Afraid of That

The world is divided into two types of people. First, there are the type of people who, when you tell them you’re going on an open-ended bike trip around the world, say: That’s amazing! I wish I could do that! Today’s post is not about those people. It’s about the second type. This type, when […]

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When Is a River Not a River?

Maybe people in cities with real rivers feel sorry for us Angelenos. But I think this glorified culvert is a perfectly pleasant place to spend the day.  ♥

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Travel Books

Can You See The World Without Destroying It?

Next year, a chapter in my life is drawing to a close. Partly out of necessity and partly by choice, I’ll be leaving the City of Angels. I’d be super bitter about this (I love LA) except… I’m going to spend next year travelling. I love travelling. The constant change, the unpredictability, the battle to […]

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