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My Best Yoga Retreats Europe Guide

Summer is almost here! It’s time to plan a yoga retreat Europe vacation! I know many of you (including myself) often look towards South-East Asia (Thailand and Sri Lanka are high up on my list) or South America for a yoga retreat, but when the budget is tight and the time is short, there’s no need to go too far afield, as there are amazing options for a retreat in Europe. And while some countries may seem more appropriate than others for the best yoga retreats Europe locations because of their proximity to beautiful beaches or nature, I’ve found that there are fantastic options literally everywhere for daily yoga classes and meditation, especially for a short break.

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Below are the best European countries and best places on my radar for the best yoga retreat Europe options in 2022. I've tried to cover all bases from luxury yoga retreat center to more affordable yoga retreat options. For more spiritual retreats ideas, check those out if you're after either a detox retreat, a retreat for couples, some meditation retreat options, or, why the hell not, an ayahuasca retreat.


First Class Yoga Retreats in Europe: My Recommendations


7 Days yoga holiday europe in Algarve, Portugal

European yoga retreats

Located along the beautiful Algarve Coast of Portugal (a popular destination in and out of itself), this seven-day week-long peaceful yoga retreat with The Jewel of Yoga offers European yoga retreats trips to relax and unwind through yoga sessions, meditation classes, and spa treatments. Daily yoga sessions and pranayama are paired with free time for you to hit the beach, hang by the pool, walk in the national park, take surf lessons, or treat yourself with a relaxing massage. You can also rent a car to visit the surrounding coastal area.

The intimate accommodation is five minutes away from famous surf camps and beautiful trekking areas. Pair that with fresh organic meals, comfortable facilities, and a relaxing environment, and you've got yourself a wonderful hatha yoga holidays Europe you'll remember forever.


Duration: 7 days
Price: From $1,363
Closest Airport: Faro (60 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Good for all yoga practitioners
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Vegan meals on request

Check out retreats in Lagos now!


Back to Nature Mountain Retreat, France

Set in a beautiful location amidst the snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, waterfalls, forests, and lakes of the beautiful French Alps, these retreats combine the rejuvenating activities of yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, hiking, and forest bathing, with personal development work with a certified life and leadership coach. This is an opportunity to press pause on the everyday and immerse yourself in nature. Mountain guides will take you beyond the beaten path to explore the natural wilderness of the magnificent Alps. With plenty of time outdoors you will welcome deep sleep at the retreat base – a stylishly renovated Alpine farmhouse – along with relaxing soaks in the hot tub and time out in the sauna.

The four-night fully inclusive retreats take advantage of the stunning mountain seasons, and a delicious menu made with locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Spaces are limited to 4 to 12 participants per retreat so go ahead and reserve your spot on one of the remaining retreats: Summer Flourishing (23-27 June 2022), Autumn Harvest (12-16 October 2022) or Winter Wonderland (26-30 January 2023).


Duration: 4 days
Price: From €2000
Closest Airport: Geneva (60 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Alikats Mountain Holidays now!


Sun Salute Retreats in Costa Blanca, Spain

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Kilometers upon kilometers of white sand beaches and beautiful cliffs will be the natural beauty backdrop of one of the best yoga holidays in Europe at Sun Salute Retreats in Costa Blanca, Spain. What more can you ask for? A yoga retreat that’s located a mere few footsteps from the beach? You got it all, at Sun Salute Retreats — it's the perfect place. Here, you can combine various activities in small groups, and create your very own schedule away from the bustle of everyday life, and the prices are really fair. A great value!

Discover the Spanish culture, sample the local cuisine, relax on the beach, go scuba diving, go cycling, discover local markets, and of course do plenty of yoga style, including both restorative yoga and yoga nidra at the end of the day! One of the best yoga retreats in Europe, Sun Salute is a really amazing way to combine your European travel with a yoga retreat and do a bit of everything. The Sun Salute crew is an inspiring community that promotes the wellbeing of the spirit and body through natural healing and fitness. Cozy accommodation, vegan-friendly local cuisine. Sold.


Duration: 5 days
Price: From $563
Closest Airport: Murcia-San Javier (30 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!

Check out retreats at Sun Salute now!


Greek Island Mid Summer Retreat with High on Yoga

This is where I'll be heading this Summer with my favorite Berlin yoga teachers. Mateusz and Anita are two absolute rays of sunshine offering some stellar yoga classes and I have never looked back since I started practicing with them in 2017. I also did my recent yoga teacher training in Berlin with Mateusz and so I feel like we've developed a relationship where he truly understands my practice and guides me accordingly. The retreat will be located in the beautiful island of Aegina, in a villa hidden from the main bustle and surrounded by a huge garden, right next to the beach. I think you should join us!


Duration: one week
Price: From €850
Closest Airport: Athens (40 minutes)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at High on Yoga now!


Europe Retreat on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Experience the rugged terrains and pastel-toned villages of the nearby Amalfi Coast as you join this yoga and culinary retreat. Alongside daily yoga and meditation sessions, the retreat includes cooking classes, healthy food, and several excursions to local villages, farmers' markets, and wine cellars. The lovely hosts are passionate yogis who have been traveling around the world in search of alternative ways to improve their lives, live at a slower pace, and practice yoga for over ten years.

Join them for a few days to experience all the health benefits of great yoga and amazing nutritious food, alongside breathtaking views of nature, drenched in extra virgin olive oil!


Duration: it's a 5-day retreat
Price: From $1,200
Closest Airport: Naples (31 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

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Jiva Healing in England

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Looking for Yoga retreats in the UK? The English countryside will always have a special place in my heart. And Wiltshire is a great reminder of a small town vibe and all the wonderful lush green nature I remember so fondly.

With an abundance of verdant landscapes and prehistoric majesties, Wiltshire is a place that tantalizes all senses. At Jiva Healing, you can combine yoga by different teachers and feel inspired by the impressive 17th-century watermill set in a ten-acre property of woodland and meadows. I can’t really think of more relaxing and rejuvenating beautiful settings for a day yoga practice! One of the best yoga retreats Europe has to offer. What’s even cooler is that the mill is run entirely on renewable energy. Be inspired by the healthy cooking and nutrition classes, alongside daily yoga, meditation and hot tub sessions. Your afternoons are free to explore the surrounding area. One of many great retreats in England!


Duration: 3 to 8 days
Price: From $795
Closest Airport: Southampton (51 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out more retreats in the UK!


Suncokret Body and Soul Retreats in Hvar Island, Croatia

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There’s little else that screams yoga retreats Europe holiday other than a yoga retreat on beautiful islands! Recenter yourself and find inner peace with the holistic program at Suncokret Body and Soul Retreats. Set in the cute village of Dol Sveta Ana on Ivar Island, on a backdrop of lush greenery, Suncokret is one of my top yoga retreat Europe 2021 options for the Summer. The program includes daily yoga practice with the wonderful Evening Marie, nature walks on a private island via a short boat trip, organic and nutritious meals, meditation, and a lot of downtime to let you explore and recharge.

Located in the east valley of Dol in Hvar island, Dol Sveta Ana will charm you with fragrant lavender plantations, stone cottages, and farmland. Croatia is always a good idea when it comes to a European yoga retreat!


Duration: 6 to 8 days
Price range: From $877
Closest Airport: Split (48 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out more European retreats in Hvar now!


Fykiada Retreats, Greece

Fykiada boutique retreat organizes exclusive luxury yoga retreats Europe trips on the Greek islands in high-end locations a with world-acclaimed yoga teacher selection. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, each retreat is one of a kind and tailored to the needs of the group. What makes the greek retreats even more special, is the fact that Fykiada Retreats is run by two girls, Anna & Eranthi, who are island experts and take care of every single detail. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish interiors, conscious welcome gifts, and local touches, everything promises that you'll be taken excellent care of.

Activities at Fykiada include sea-kayaking to hidden beaches, hiking to ancient temples, private sailing to sacred islands, food workshops, dinner to local tavernas and live music are always part of the special experience that it's offered.

Fykiada Retreats collaborates with international yoga teachers who provide unforgettable trips, amazing yoga retreats, and high-quality learning experience.


Duration: various
Price: Depends on duration
Closest Airport: Depends on location
Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out retreats at Fykiada now!


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30 Best Eco-Friendly Travel Products

The best eco-friendly travel products are the ones that help you save money, reduce waste and your carbon footprint, and stay connected to your values. I’m all about making travel easier and more sustainable. This roundup of the best eco-friendly travel products will show you a few of my favorite sustainable travel hacks to make your next adventure a breeze!

You’ll find out why I love bamboo toothbrushes, how to quit using plastic while traveling, and other ways to travel sustainably without sacrificing comfort or convenience. I’ve covered it all, from reusable water bottles to solar-powered battery packs. This list of eco-friendly products will help you live greener and travel better.

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The Importance of Sustainable Travel

Sustainable travel is important for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that it’s essential to keep our planet and everything living on it healthy and safe. Tourism is responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.

It’s estimated that a single tourist vacation generates an average of 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. While this may not seem like a big deal by itself, add up all those individuals each year and it’s staggering enough to make an impact. So if you're a frequent traveler, please be aware of your environmental impact.

Waste from tourists alone has become such an issue in some popular destinations that locals petition to reduce or completely eliminate tourism. If each individual does his or her part to keep these areas clean and reduce their own waste, we can keep traveling (sustainably) for years to come.


Eco-Friendly Toiletries


Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush
  • WHY CHOOSE GREENZLA? We’ve put together the perfect pack of 4 charcoal bamboo toothbrushes, charcoal and mint-essence dental floss in its own glass jar plus a bamboo toothbrush case for easy, clean and neat storage and travel. This natural dental kit is gentle enough to be used by all members of the family to improve and maintain oral hygiene.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY & ZERO WASTE – Our eco-friendly toothbrushes are made from sustainably sourced materials that are soft & springy to use, so you won’t damage your gums with harsh brushing. Our charcoal mint dental floss cleans hard-to-reach areas of the mouth to maintain healthy gums. And the bamboo charcoal fiber bristle helps to remove stains from teeth and keep them sparkling and white.
  • A COMPLETE DENTAL HYGIENE KIT – Not just for home use, your new bamboo toothbrush can be safely and hygienically sealed inside the bamboo tube holder, while your charcoal dental floss comes sealed hygienically inside a glass jar, so they’re perfect for travel. Whether you’re heading off on a long trip or just an overnighter, pop your dental brush and dental floss into your toiletries bag, suitcase or backpack and you’re ready to go.
  • NATURAL MATERIAL - We use only responsibly sourced natural materials for our dental care pack. Our bamboo toothbrushes, dental floss and bamboo travel holder are all additive, coloring and BPA Free, and are manufactured in an FDA registered facility, so they’re better for you and better for the planet too.
  • QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST - With Greenzla, you know you’re buying a brand of natural quality that you can trust. We specialize in products that are not only eco-friendly, but work exactly as stated – that’s the Greenzla guarantee to you. Even our packaging is recycled and biodegradable! Absolutely love our products - or we’ll give you your money back.

Bamboo toothbrushes are awesome eco friendly alternatives to plastic brushes. It’s not only an eco-friendly travel product, but also something worth investing in for home daily use. The kit comes with four toothbrushes, a wooden carrying case for travel, and a glass jar of charcoal floss. The handle is super-durable and the soft charcoal bristles provide effective cleaning power. The entire thing is zero waste!


Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste Tablets
  • 3 Month Supply - The future of oral care - No Plastic, No Waste, No SLS, No GMO, No Nonsense - Just 100% Eco Friendly, Natural, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Recyclable, Super Effective, Mega Minty Mouth Toothpaste (exactly the same as traditional toothpaste just tablet form, not plastic tube)
  • Super easy to use! - Pop a tablet in your mouth, chew for 15 seconds and feel the fresh foam fulminate your entire mouth. Brush as normal (dentists recommend 2 minutes), spit and rinse. Repeat twice daily for the best possible results.
  • All the ingredients for the healthiest teeth! - We follow the advice from the overwhelming majority of dentists and have included a healthy 1450ppm Fluoride per tablet. Full ingredients list in the description.
  • Cleanest and freshest mouth feel ever! - Our tablets are infused with natural mint flavour which give you the dentist clean feel after every use. Great for the home and perfect for travelling, you can take your GloBoid toothpaste tablets wherever you go.
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee! At GloBoid our #1 priority is your happiness. If you're not happy, neither are we. We stand by our product 100%, so if you're not satisfied we will do whatever it takes to change this. Whether it be refund, new product or both, we will make it our mission to give you only the best experience - no questions asked.

These toothpaste tablets contain activated charcoal, fluoride, and 180 pieces all conveniently packaged in a zero-waste container. Not to mention, they taste good, are vegan/cruelty-free, and environmentally safe. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality, as these tablets do just as good a job as your tube toothpaste at home. Enjoy fresh breath, a clean mouth, whitening, and strong teeth while doing your part to eliminate plastic waste.


Bar Shampoo & Conditioner

Bar Shampoo & Conditioners
  • ✔️HIGHEST QUALITY AND NATURAL CARE! Being 100% organic and eco-friendly these shampoo bars are made of high quality all natural ingredients! Cold pressed to achieve the best quality these cute solid bars will naturally treat and restore your hair to its original shiny state without stripping it while the added conditioner effect will make your hair soft and light as a petal! You will notice a difference in the way your wet hair feels after washing!
  • ✔️100% ECO-FRIEDNLY AND TRAVEL-FRIENDLY! These shampoo bars do not contain any chemicals or preservatives that can damage your hair while our packaging is 100% biodegradable and recycling! Their compact size and lightweight making these shampoo bars perfect choice for travel camping airplane or on the road helping you take a good care of your hair while being 100% waste free!
  • ✔️PACK OF 4 FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY! This pack of shampoo bars comes with 4 unique essences – Lavender, Honey, Seaweed and Chamomile! Designed for all ages, our organic approach of plant-based butters and essential oils such as shea butter cocoa butter cocoa oil olive oil etc…makes these compact hair soaps a smart and safe choice for your kids as well! Each pack will last a person between 4 to 6 months! That’s approximately 2-3 bottles worth of shampoo!
  • ✔️ZERO WASTE IS OUR MISSION! Green Earth is our goal! Everything from our products to our packaging is sourced with big care and consideration! We understand that millions shampoo and conditioner bottles are being thrown away each year in the U.S. Our focus and determination are fighting the plastic waste and being part of the solution to stop it for rocketing That is why our products are always 100% plastic and metal free, made of organic ingredients and zero-waste packaging!
  • ✔️100% SATISFACTION OR MONEY BACK! Our Shampoo bars are 100 Organic and our packaging is 100% recyclable! We love using them and we know you will love them too! If for any reason or no reason at all you decide to return them we will refund you 100%!

The latest craze in travel toiletries has to be the shampoo bars and conditioner bars that are now available. Many brands are producing these, as not only are they more environmentally friendly and zero waste, but they also help with that pesky problem of liquid toiletries in carry-on luggage.


Biodegradable Soap

Biodegradable Soap
  • Safe for All Skin Types: This gentle, non-irritating, cruelty free bar soap is balanced for all skin types and can be used on your face, body, and hands.
  • Moisturizing Soap: Coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and a specialized blend of essential oils create natural foaming without stripping natural oils from your skin.
  • Powerful Clean: Made with healthy ingredients to clean and scrub your skin of dirt, and excess oil, leaving behind only the light fresh scent of Lemongrass.
  • Eco Friendly Packaging: Packaged in paper-based packaging free of wasteful plastic.
  • Clean Commitment: Everything we do comes back to one idea: redefine clean. From ingredients to packaging to performance, we obsess over every detail. Together, we can contribute to a healthy planet.

While some people think that biodegradable soap is only necessary when camping, it’s definitely environmentally beneficial to use it during your regular showers and baths as well. The chemicals in normal soap are almost impossible to break down naturally, leading to pollution of water sources. Whether you’re camping or hiking, live in a house with a septic or sewer system, biodegradable soap is ideal for keeping yourself and our water clean.


Zero Waste Deodorant

Zero Waste Deodorant
  • 4+ MONTHS SUPPLY LASTS MUCH LONGER THAN OTHER BRANDS of natural deodorant; this 2 pack includes a total 3.7 ounces, one full size stick for your bathroom and one travel size for on the go
  • MINI DEODORANT IS PERFECT FOR TRAVEL and fits in your handbag, gym bag or backpack; enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of applying fresh scent to your armpits at any time
  • PLASTIC FREE VEGAN DEODORANT WITH 100% COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING in eco-friendly, zero waste biodegradable cardboard push up tubes
  • GENTLE MAGNESIUM & BAKING SODA FORMULA; natural moisture absorbing and odor neutralizing ingredients that work even on sensitive skin for effective protection from smelly underarms
  • NO STINK & NO NASTIES – FEEL CONFIDENT with aluminum free deodorant with no parabens, phthalates, triclosan, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, soy or talc

Whether you’re used to using bar deodorant or the spray kind, both produce a lot of waste. This Natural Deodorant stick set comes with a full and a travel size, and comes in 100% compostable packaging. Plus, it’s aluminum-free!


Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Reef-Safe Sunscreen
  • REVOLUTIONARY SUN CREAM :: Moisturizing reef safe sunscreen SPF 50, waterproof for up to 80 minutes whether in the sand, sun, sea or surf. Strong broad spectrum mineral based sun protection from UVA / UVB rays to help protect you from sun burn and DNA damage. PA+++
  • CORAL REEF SAFETY :: Reef Repair sun cream is a (non nano) Zinc Oxide based reef safe sunscreen that is 100% Oxybenzone free, Octinoxate free & completely chemical free. Safe for marine and aquatic life including our delicate coral reefs, guaranteed to protect!
  • INGREDIENT SAFETY :: Reef Repair sunscreens are 100% Paraben free, Silicone free & Titanium Dioxide free, providing proven sun & skin safety for you and your family. Our A+ grade Zinc Oxide mineral sunblock gives you the strongest UV protection available. Daily application is now fun and easy.
  • ULTRA CLEAR :: Non Sticky, non oily water based & biodegradable mineral sunscreen. Applies transparently with almost no rubbing and spreads evenly on your skin. No white cast or ghosting effect like other natural physical sunblocks. Does not leave sticky or greasy feeling on your skin and will not cause excessive sweating.
  • OTHER BENEFITS :: Our 100% natural reef safe sunscreen is a revolutionary layer of sun protection and moisturisation for new, sensitive or damaged skin. All natural, organic and reef safe formula with bonus ingredients like red raspberry seed and coconut oil for extra sun care protection.

If you’re planning on doing some snorkeling or diving on your trip, be sure your sunscreen is safe for our reefs and marine life. Regular sunscreen contains chemicals and small particles that are known to damage or bleach coral reefs. Mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which do not cause coral bleaching. This sunscreen is reef-safe, all-natural, water-resistant, SPF 50, and biodegradable.


Menstrual Cup

Menstrual Cup
  • 100% happiness guarantee! If your first Pixie Cup isn’t the right size we will send you a new Pixie style/size at no extra cost or offer a full refund. This takes the stress out of finding your perfect fit. With 6 different sizes and 2 styles, we have a Pixie Cup that will fit your physique and reproductive story.
  • Period Freedom. Pixie is a reusable silicone cup that collects your monthly discharge or menstrual flow. Inserted similar to a tampon, Pixie Cup sits in the vaginal canal comfortably with no odor, leaks or risk of TSS. Easy removal and leak-free periods means no period blood stains!
  • Pixie Cup vs Slim Cup. The design of our Pixie stem allows for easy removal and is perfect for a higher cervix. We recommend the Pixie Slim for those with a lower cervix or tilted uterus. All of our cups are on the softer side, which doesn’t block urine flow, this allows your bladder to relieve itself fully.
  • Works for Every Woman. You can wear Pixie Feminine Cups for 12 consecutive hours before you clean or reinsert. Whether you're an active teenager who enjoys sports or a busy mom, you can enjoy every part of life while you run, swim, or dance. We have a menstrual cup for you while in motion or in your sleep.
  • Buy One, Give One. Every time you purchase a Pixie Cup, a cup is donated to a woman in need. Here at Pixie, our goal is for every woman to have access to period products and you can help us! With help from people like you, we’ve donated 100,000+ Pixie Cups so far!

Something I have been using since my teens that gets rid of so much waste and necessary single-use plastic applicators. Definitely a must have!


Refillable Toiletry Bottles

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Refillable Toiletry Bottles
  • 【 Travel Bottles Set】Amphism colorful travel bottle set come with 4pcs 3oz silicone cosmetic container. These travel containers suit for pura d'or toiletries ,shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions,hand sanitizer gel, hand soap and other thicker liquids.
  • 【100% Leak Proof Travel Bottles】Take it with you and go travel! These squeezable travel containers are soft and flexible, each travel bottle comes with 3-layer sealing cap and non-drip valve, offers protection to your luggage and cloths.
  • 【Refillable & Safety silicone】Our refillable travel tubes are made of food grade silicone ,designed for safety and convenience. Food-safe travel toiletry containers, pliable but durable silicone, usable for salad dressing, ketchup ,mustard etc.
  • 【Easy to fill and clean】Easy to refill due to the large opening mouth of the travel containers set when unscrewing the cap and easy to squeeze out. You can easily clean these toiletry containers by soaking in warm soapy water .
  • 【Used Widely】Perfect for business or personal travel, activity, outdoors, and more. Also could be a perfect gift for your girlfriend, wife, and family.

Not ready to make the transition to bar toiletries? The next best thing you can do is invest in some refillable bottles, in lieu of purchasing a bunch of travel-sized items to bring on your trip. These silicone bottles, while not perfect, are much better than their plastic counterparts. Silicone is more durable and less harmful to the environment than plastic. It is better at resisting heat and cold than plastic, and it lasts longer. If burned, silicone turns to harmless silica, carbon dioxide, and water (unlike plastic which releases toxins).


Reusable Razor

Reusable Razor
  • PERFECT SHAVE*: Achieve a closer, smoother, more professional shave without the hassle of irritation or ingrown hairs with the Bambaw double edge safety razor.
  • DURABLE*: Bambaw double edged safety razors are pretty much guaranteed to last a lifetime. Made from high quality materials, a 100% bamboo handle and stainless-steel parts, your Bambaw razor is incredibly strong and durable.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY*: Conventional plastic razors are practically impossible to recycle and end up in our landfills and oceans. With Bambaw safety razors all you need to do is replace and recycle the blade, which helps create a cleaner planet.
  • COST EFFECTIVE*: Once you have the razor, all you need to buy are the blades. You simply can’t get any better value for money in the long run.
  • USER MANUAL*: In-depth digital user manual included. Tips on how to assemble, how to get the perfect shave on all areas of your body for men and women, after shave treatment, increasing the life of the blades, responsible recycling and 2 x bonus homemade shaving recipes.

One impactful habit to adopt is doing away with disposable razors! First of all, they really don’t do a good job, particularly with dense or coarse hair. As a woman with thick coarse blood, they never did it for me anyway. These safety razors are for men or women, made of metal and bamboo, are super-durable, and all you have to do is purchase razor refills.


At-Home IPL

At-Home IPL
  • 【Sapphire Advanced Cooling 】Compare with other glass tube laser hair removal, our laser system used at Sapphire Advanced can intercept the dual wavebands of the pulsed light for hair removal and skincare purposes, filter out ineffectual wavebands, target the skin chromophores, reduced damage to skin from ineffectual wavebands. And same time, the device used cooling system, to achieve truly painless hair removal.
  • 【Permanent Hair Removal】The laser hair removal device emits a light that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
  • 【9 Levels & 2 Modes】1-9 Adjustable energy level suitable for most skin and hair.The higher the energy level the better the hair removal effect, please start from low to high. This Hair removal device has 2 modes, just long press the flash button to adjust the mode that suits your hair removal area.Auto mode is suitable for large area hair removal, it saves more time.
  • 【3 Functions & LCD Tunch Screen】The laser hair removal Upgraded 3 functions: (SR), (SR) and (AC) . With this professional device, you can achieve the effect of beauty salon at home. Smart LCD screen just need touch the screen to adjust the mode and level you need;that clearly display the remaining times, modes and levels.
  • 【Economical Whole Body Treatment At Home】 Compared to the large costs of salon on hair removal, this laser hair removal can get the same result with less costs.And is more safety and gentle for skin.Upgraded 999900 flashes enough for 9-11 individuals' whole body hair removal. It’s life time purchase.

When I tell you this is the best purchase I’ve made in the past five years (at least), I’m not exaggerating. After I started using this at-home IPL, I went from having to shave daily to once every two weeks. And almost as cool as that fact alone, it’s zero-waste. I go through far less razor cartridges using this bad boy.

It’s expensive, but so unbelievably worth it. In addition to its environmental benefits, just imagine having a beach vacation and not having to shave your bikini line every day!


Biodegradable Dental Floss

Biodegradable Dental Floss
  • ✔️ AFTER THE SUCCESS OF OUR TOOTHBRUSH KIT NOW YOU CAN BUY JUST THE FLOSS. WE SELL IN CRAFT FAIRS AND ARTISAN MARKETS NOW ON AMAZON - Feel guilt free buying this 100% Biodegradable VEGAN Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss with Refillable Glass Container + Free Refill - Natural Candelilla Wax and Peppermint Essential Oil. Floss length is 33yds x2 from a Family Owned Company who really helps the environment.
  • ✔️ VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE unlike silk floss - Our ECO FLOSS is 100% Biodegradable, made from Bamboo Charcoal Fiber so it breaks down in approximately 60-90 days. Packaging is all recyclable or biodegradable.
  • ✔️ AMAZING DEAL 2-PACK OF THE BEST FLOSS (EVER) - Help the environment while using a high quality product. Our ECO FLOSS is extremely easy to use, comfortable and soothing to your gums.
  • ✔️ OUR COMMITMENT TO MOTHER EARTH - We donate 10% of our profits to ocean and environmental conservation, so your purchase TAKES ACTION. Our packaging is also 100% recyclable and plastic-free. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we will make it right or process a refund.
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For biodegradable, natural, organic, eco-friendly, zero waste dental floss, look no further! This charcoal floss comes in a glass jar which you can reuse for pretty much anything, and paper packaging. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free!


Biodegradable Cotton Swabs

Biodegradable Cotton Swabs
  • ALL-NATURAL TRUSTED BRAND : Every Q Tip is 100% Organic and every cotton bud is uniquely made with ultra-soft, hand-spun All-Natural cotton. We take the environmental friendliness of our Bamboogaloo toothbrushes very seriously so each of them are made from vegan materials sourced from nature!
  • ORGANIC BAMBOO : Every Cotton swab is made from natural fast growing and sustainable Bamboo. We guarantee premium, quality, smooth and splitter-free because each of our bamboo sticks is heat treated, which assists with water resistance.
  • 100% BIODEGRADABLE: Our Bamboogaloo cotton swabs are 100% Biodegradable & Eco-Friendly. Every product is guaranteed to be Hygienic, Safe and made of Natural materials. It comes in 100% Plant Cellulose wrapping. There is zero plastic in any of this wrapping.
  • TRIED & TESTED, THEN APPROVED : Our cotton buds are 100% Natural - all of the packaging and Cotton swabs are BPA-Free & Plastic-Free. Every part of this product and its packaging is also absolutely Compostable & Sustainably Sourced.
  • KEEP DANCING GUARANTEE : We stand behind every All-Natural & Organic Bamboogaloo product! Our service has been tried & tested for years, and we always make sure each customer is happy with your Bamboogaloo product. We are sure our Guarantee will Keep You Dancing!

These zero waste, biodegradable, organic, vegan cotton swabs are perfect for travel or home. The pack comes with 1,000 and uses sustainably sourced materials.


Reusable Makeup Wipes

Reusable Makeup Wipes
  • 2 in 1: Erase & Exfoliate - Use the short fiber side to erase makeup in gentle circular motions then flip to the long fiber side (side with tag) to exfoliate the skin. Continue in gentle circular motions for flawless skin
  • Bye Bye Makeup Wipes Forever! The Original MakeUp Eraser is a premium, patented, polyester cloth made up of millions of tiny hair-like fibers that work together to create a "suction" for all dirt, makeup, & oil in your pores
  • Our Mission: MakeUp Eraser is dedicated to creating the most sustainable makeup removal product in the world by using only the most accessible resource available: WATER. We truly believe we can eliminate the 3rd most wasteful product in the world: WIPES
  • Game-changing Benefits: 1 MakeUp Eraser is equal to 3600 makeup wipes! No added chemicals. Free of alcohol, oils, astringents, parabens, fragrances, & sulfates. Reusable, machine washable, & lasts 3-5 years. Great for sensitive skin & dermatologist approved
  • Wipes Create Waste, We Don’t: Together, let's stop creating unnecessary waste & save Mother Earth one less makeup wipe at a time

My mom got this for me for Christmas a few years ago, and initially, I wasn’t too impressed. After using it, however, it’s a must-have when traveling (or staying home, for that matter). All you do is wet the cloth (no soap needed!) and it removes any waterproof eye makeup, foundation, red lipstick, or other makeup that can be difficult to remove. And of course, zero waste! It’s also hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Win!


Deet-Free Bugspray

Deet-Free Bugspray
  • EFFECTIVELY REPELS - NO NATZ is proven to work very well against gnats, no-see-ums, sand gnats, mosquitos, and biting flies. Developed in 2002 on the Wilmington River and marshes of Savannah, Georgia; also tested on Turkey Creek in Dublin, Georgia where the mosquitos are as big as small birds; NONATZ knows gnats!
  • Hand-Crafted Safe Formula - NO NATZ is a hand-crafted formula made with the finest essential oils including: rosemary oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil, citronella oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Not only is NO NATZ DEET-Free, it is hypoallergenic and safe on synthetics. With our non-greasy formula and pleasant fragrance, you won’t even know you’re wearing it.
  • Best Seller - NO NATZ has become the best-selling personal bug spray available across the United States. Why? Because it really works, and it smells good. Just shake, spray and start enjoying the outdoors again.
  • Perfectly Portable - Don’t you hate not having bug spray when you need it? With NO NATZ that problem is solved. We offer this very effective formula in a variety of sizes with the smallest being a 2oz pump spray bottle that will fit nicely into your pocket, purse or backpack. Annoying gnats are now a thing of the past.
  • About The NONATZ Company – The NONATZ Company is not a big corporation with hundreds of employees, it’s a small family operation with unique ideas. We are a Veteran owned business and can proudly say our products are made in America. We stand behind all our products. If for any reason you are not satisfied, please immediately contact us and we will things right.

This natural insect repellant works for up to six hours against mosquitos and up to four hours against ticks (including deer ticks). It’s made of natural ingredients such as lemon and eucalyptus oil, is free from parabens and phthalates, and smells surprisingly good.


Clothes, Laundry, & Stuff To Wear


Eco-Friendly Detergent

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Eco-Friendly Detergent
  • ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING POWER: Concentrated powdered laundry soap works on all your laundry, from high-tech fabrics to delicates, washing away smells, stains, and left-behind residue from previous detergents.
  • HYPOALLERGENIC: Washing soda and powerful, natural ingredients work together to deep clean, rinse from fabrics completely, and leave nothing on your clothes. The fragrance-free formula is ideal for those with sensitive skin and will not cover stains or odors with artificial brighteners or perfumes. Our powder laundry detergent is safe for hand washing.
  • CLOTH DIAPER FRIENDLY: This detergent is safe to use on baby fabrics, effectively deep cleaning cloth diapers and other baby clothes between wears perfect along with your other baby essentials .
  • LESS IS MORE: Each bag contains just four ingredients and one tablespoon per dose. No suds, just a deep clean that leaves fabric fresh and soft and your washing machine cleaner by removing old laundry detergents left deep in your machine.
  • EPA SAFER CHOICE CERTIFIED: Charlie’s Soap laundry soap and our other sustainable products are certified safer for the environment and is septic safe. The eco-friendly formula helps remove fats, oils, greases, and odors from sewer lines, saving your town money and water making it the perfect laundry solution.

If you’re planning on doing laundry during your travels, this is one of the best eco-friendly travel products to bring. These zero-plastic detergent sheets are perfect for taking with you on the road since there’s no liquid involved! No plastic to worry about, either! Instead, these sheets are a natural, septic-safe, biodegradable, vegan way to clean clothes while traveling. One sheet is good for two loads of laundry, and the pack comes with 16 sheets. It’s hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin, as well!


Eco-Friendly Sandals

Eco-Friendly Sandals
  • Thong flip-flop featuring jersey-lined upper with logo patch and contoured yoga-mat footbed

Ever since I found these sandals sometime back in 2016, they’re all I wear during the summer. I do wear different styles of Sanuks, such as the Yoga Sling, but the brand, in general, is by far the most comfortable I’ve ever tried. I have wide feet, so finding comfortable shoes is always an issue. The sole is made of rubber, they are vegan and cruelty-free.


Washing Bag

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Washing Bag
  • FAST & CONVENIENT: The patented washboard-in-a-bag design gives a machine quality wash in just minutes and you can wash anywhere – perfect for hotels, hostels, camping, backpacking, dorm rooms, RVs and scout trips.
  • SO SMALL AND LIGHT: Weighing just 5.3 oz. and folding to pocket-size, this world’s smallest washing machine takes up no space and lets you travel clean, light and free.
  • EASY TO USE: Space, water and time-saving, and electricity free. With the simple six-step instructions displayed on the outside of the bag, anyone can wash clothes quickly, hygienically, and effectively and reduce their impact on the environment
  • VERSATILE & MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Ideal for small to medium loads including T-shirts, underwear, socks, bras, delicates, dishcloths and more. Between washes use it as a dry bag to keep gear dry or as a dirty laundry bag.
  • JOIN 300,000+ SCRUBBA WASH BAG USERS WORLDWIDE: Grab yours and travel cleaner, lighter and with more freedom. Plus have the peace of mind that it’s backed by our 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. If something goes wrong, we will make it right.

Taking this ultra-portable machine on the road is a breeze. Scrubba Washing Bag allows you to travel lighter, saves time, money, and water. It’s a convenient pocket-sized travel companion. In many ways, it is more hygienic than hand washing and twice as effective.

Travelers, backpackers, hikers, backpackers and holiday-makers all over the world have experienced first-hand the quality wash provided by the Scrubba internal washboard.


Eco-Friendly Travel Towel

Eco-Friendly Travel Towel
  • ECO FRIENDLY: 100% Organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified so you can be sure this peshtemal towel is good for both yourself and the environment. Made by local artisans in Turkey. LARGE size at 37 x 69 Inches.
  • ALL IN ONE TOWEL: For use as your beach, bathroom, hammam, pool, gym, spa, travelling or camping towel. You can even wear it as a blanket, shawl, sarong, scarf or pareo. Lightweight, folds small + SAND DOESN'T STICK!
  • QUICK DRY & ABSORBENT: High quality luxury hammam towel made with a quick drying and highly absorbent weave. Soft & comforting fabric made into eye catching designs.
  • SUPPORT MARINE CONSERVATION - 10% of profits will be donated to Sea Shepherd to help protect our oceans and their wildlife.
  • RISK FREE PURCHASE: If for some reason you don’t love our towels then let us know within 30 days of receiving your item and we will give you your money back - no questions asked.

This Turkish multi-use towel is a great thing for travel. Despite its large size, it folds up to be quite compact. It is eco-friendly and made from natural materials, vegan and cruelty-free. It’s made of 100% organic cotton and is Oeko-Tex certified. Its quick-dry and absorbent qualities make it perfect for use while traveling. And, to top it all off, a percentage of sales is donated to Surfers Against Sewage and Sea Shepherd nonprofits.


Luggage, Backpacks, & Packing Accessories


Cruelty-Free Hiking Backpack

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Cruelty-Free Hiking Backpack
  • Large, lockable U-zip duffel-style access to main compartment - 40L total volume
  • Meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines (Size Small/Medium: 21.3H X 13.8W X 9D inches)
  • Lockable zipper access to padded laptop & tablet sleeve (fits up to most 15" laptops)
  • Stowaway backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection
  • Two front mesh waterbottle pocket

The 40L Osprey Fairview is the perfect eco-friendly option for a hiking trip. Osprey is widely renowned for their quality backpacks, and the Fairview is no different. Padded, adjustable shoulder straps and a hip belt make this one of the most comfortable options out there, as well – plus its ventilated padded back panel to keep you cool. For smaller trips, there is a detachable day pack, too! Made of entirely cruelty-free materials. Check out my post on the best travel backpacks for more ideas!


Eco-Friendly Luggage

Eco-Friendly Luggage
  • Has a Weight of 3.92 kg and a Capacity of 72.9 liters
  • Zipper Closure, 1 main compartment, 2 front zipper pockets and interior pockets
  • Multi-directional 4-wheel Saguaro system, Ergonomic handle with release button
  • Medium Black Recycled plastic bottles Luggage Bag
  • Product Dimensions: 29in (H) x 19in (L) x 11in (W)

One of the best eco-friendly travel products you could invest in is eco-friendly luggage, of course! With its reputation for sustainable products and durability coupled with the fact that this line is made entirely out of recycled water bottles, you can’t go wrong with the Samsonite Eco Lite Spinner. Part of eco-friendly luggage is luggage that withstands extensive travel without needing to continually replace your suitcase! Samsonite is one of the top luggage brands for a reason, with global lifetime warranty and authorized Samsonite repair centers.


Eco-Friendly Packing Cubes

Eco-Friendly Packing Cubes
  • Our 100% ORGANIC COTTON Travel Packing Cubes will help you stay organised on any weekend getaway, business trip or overseas travel. Separate your clothes and travel items in perfectly packed cubes, keeping your belongings organised, easily accessible and freshly folded or rolled. Make your packing experience something that you enjoy and something that you are proud of.
  • A more ECO FRIENDLY and SUSTAINABLE alternative to common nylon/polyester materials. Organic Cotton is a naturally biodegradable, recyclable and renewable fiber
  • Minimalist design with a focus on durability. Made to stand the test of time. Sturdy zipper and carry handle on each cube.
  • When not travelling, these cubes can be used on a daily basis separating items in our Weekend Carry All Bag or used to organise and store your belongings in your wardrobe.
  • Weight: 740grams Dimensions: Large - 45cm x 29.5cm x 10cm. Medium - 35cm x 26cm x 9.5cm. Small - 26cm x 20.7cm x 10.3cm Intimates - 27cm x 14.5cm x 10cm

Have you started using packing cubes yet? No? What are you waiting for!? I love using packing cubes because I can organize my clothes by outfit, by article of clothing (undies, shirts, etc.), or by portion of the trip (if part of the trip is hiking and part is sight-seeing, for example). They keep your belongings organized and easily accessible. These packing cubes by Northern Olive are made from organic cotton, an eco-friendly and more sustainable alternative to nylon or polyester cubes.


Recreation & Electronics


Kindle

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Kindle
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath. Your Kindle has been tested to withstand accidental immersion in water.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Anyone who knows me knows I am (was) so proud of my epic book collection. I could go to a bookstore and literally spend hours sitting in the aisles and browsing, afterward spending hundreds of dollars. I love knowledge and love to read non-fiction. It makes me feel more confident in voicing my (strong) opinions, knowing what the fuck I’m talking about, haha.

However, in January 2014 I sold them all, except for a few favorites I left at my mom's to keep for me when I took off for Asia. Now I stick with a Kindle, which isn’t as satisfying as turning a page, but far more travel- and eco-friendly. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best option for me. It’s thin, light, waterproof, and has different storage options. Plus, I don’t need to mention how much paper it saves.


Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat

Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat
  • EXCELLENT GRIP: Jade Yoga mats provide superior traction. We use a natural rubber that has a stronger grip and more cushion than any of the synthetic rubbers on the market. Our mats are simply created to provide a secure grip to help hold your pose.
  • FOLDABLE: The Voyager mat is great for yogis on the go, and for those who like closer contact with the ground. At only 1/16” thick and 1.5 lbs, it easily folds to the size of a yoga block to fit into your tote bag, carry on, or backpack!
  • SUSTAINABLE: Making environmentally sustainable products is our number 1 priority. We are committed to giving back to the Earth with every product sold. As Jade Yoga mats come from trees, we decided to give back by planting a tree for every mat sold.
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Jade Yoga mats are made with high-quality materials to ensure outstanding performance and long-lasting products. For regular mat maintenance and routine cleaning, just wipe your mat down with a damp cloth on a weekly basis!
  • UNITED STATES-BASED PRODUCTION: All of our mats are made in the United States! "American-made" to us means quality and assurance, giving us much more control over the materials used in our products and the production process from start to finish.

There are a ton of eco-friendly yoga mats out there that I absolutely love, but for travel, I prefer the Jade Voyager. Actually, Jade has two different travel yoga mats – the Voyager and the original Travel Mat. The Voyager is slightly thinner and weighs a little less, which I prioritize when traveling. For any other traveling yogis out there, this is one of the best sustainable travel products to have.

Both are made of natural rubber, which comes from trees. To offset this, for every mat sold, Jade Yoga plants a tree! That’s right, since 2006, they’ve planted over 1,000,000 trees!


Solar Lantern

Solar Lantern
  • Bright solar powered lantern with 75 lumens of LED light. Multiple brightness settings make it a perfect indoor or outdoor light.
  • Lightweight, inflatable, collapsible, waterproof (IP67), shatterproof, and dustproof. Completely safe for children.
  • Great for camping, hiking, fishing, emergency preparedness, patio parties/picnics, fun in the pool, and more. Makes a perfect gift.
  • Long Battery Life - Up to 24 hours of light when battery is fully charged. No additional batteries needed!
  • Two Ways To Recharge (Solar & USB) - Recharges in approximately 10 hours of direct outdoor sunlight or by micro USB input (cord included) in 1-2 hours.

This solar-powered lantern is a great product to have on-hand for hiking, camping, or at home for emergency preparedness. In the event that sunlight is low, it’s also chargeable by USB (cord is included). It’s also inflatable and waterproof, so don’t worry about it getting wet!


Solar Charger

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Solar Charger
  • 25000mAh High Capacity: Built-in 25000mAh Li-polymer battery, it can charge your phones 8-10 times or tablets 3-4 times for an average of 9 days of usage per charge.
  • 4 Solar Panels: With 4 foldable high-effeciency solar panels, up to 1A input current under the sunlight, which is 4 - 6 times faster than the other solar chargers. You can also use micro USB cable to charge it.
  • Dual USB 2.1A Output: Dual 2.1A USB ports allow you to charge 2 devices simultaneously with 2.1A high speed charging. Auto-detect your devices' current to pair the optimal output.
  • Built for Outdoors: Rugged construction is dust, shock and waterproof; Built in LED flashlight with SOS mode, perfect for outdoor emergency.
  • What You Get: 25000mAh Portable Solar Charger, a micro USB cable, User Manual.

This is a great solar charger to have handy. There are four solar panels, making it much more efficient than most others on the market, who seem to use solar charging as a backup and not a primary energy source. There is also a micro-USB to use for charging in the event that sunshine is lacking. The design is rugged, durable, and waterproof, making it perfect for camping or other adventure activities.


Eco-Friendly Food & Beverage Accessories


Collapsible Cups

Collapsible Cups
  • ➤ [Product Information]- Please recognize your collapsible cups are sold by Infree official store, to Ensure high quality product and premium after-sale service. Our 2 pack travel cups come with 2 straws. The size of cups before folding is 2.16*6.29.3.18(In) and after folding is 2.16*2.16*3.18(In).
  • ➤ [Tips]- First, please make sure the lid and hole are totally sealed after the cup is full of drinks. Second, don't put the cup in your backpack when the cup is full of drinks, because vigorous shaking may lead to loosening of the plug.
  • ➤ [Safe Material & New Upgrade Version]- Infree collapsible travel cup added a anti-scald ring for safety. Besides, we increase one more collapsible layer to enlarge the capacity. Our collapsible travel cup made of food grades silicone, plastic lid. It is easy to clean, non-toxic, odorless, non-staining, durable, flexible & reusable, safer and larger than similar products in the market.
  • ➤ [Awesome Design]- Our portable travel folding silicone cup comes with D shape hiking hook. It is easy to be hung on the bag of a connective hand rope and portable hook. space saving and only 2.16 inches when collapsed, fits well in your pocket, purse, backpack, suitcase and takes up no space, ideal for outdoor hiking, camping, travel, and sport events. Also perfect using in office as coffee cup.
  • ➤ [Recyclable and Easy to Clean] - Our cups are safe, durable and easy to carry. It is very suitable for outing and camping. The cups can be washed by a dishwasher and the plastic cup sleeve on the cup is removable.

The Crenics set comes with two collapsible food-grade Silicone cups, each holding up to 19oz (550ml). They are lidded and even have a mini-carabiner to attach to your bag. Perfect if you’re traveling as a couple or want an extra to keep at home. As a bonus, it can be used as an eco-friendly, portable water dish for your pet! If you’re someone who really likes to drink from a straw, don’t forget to also purchase some reusable, eco-friendly reusable straw instead of plastic straws. I find it so much nicer to sip on a metal straw anyway.


Organic Shopping Bags

Organic Shopping Bags
  • LARGE CAPACITY: These large bags measure 18”W x 14.25”H.
  • 100% ORGANIC COTTON: Made from eco friendly, biodegradable organic cotton
  • MULTI USE: These bags are perfect for groceries, the beach, shopping, the pool, travel and much more.
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Hand sewn with the highest quality organic cotton, these bags are made to last.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE: Wash on cold gentle cycle, hang to dry.

These organic cotton reusable shopping bags are perfect for travel or home use. I’m from the Canada, where you generally only have a ‘paper or plastic’ option – of course the paper bags break easily, are not reusable, and I don’t even need to go into the harmful effects of the plastics.

Now, living in Europe, you are not given grocery bags automatically, you have to pay for them. This is great for dissuading people from using plastic bags, but also a pain in the ass if they don’t offer cloth bags as well. These organic reusable shopping bags are great not only for groceries, but shopping of any kind. They’re durable, washable, and fold up nicely in your luggage.


Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo Cutlery
  • BAMBOO VS. Bioplastic: If you're looking for eco friendly cutlery, make sure it's made with bamboo! Genuine bamboo cutlery is truly sustainable because it is a GRASS which can be harvested in 3 years.
  • SUSTAINABLE, RENEWABLE, ORGANIC: Our bamboo disposable utensils are the better ECO FRIENDLY alternative to plastic. Bamboo is the fastest growing and most renewable sustainable plant in the world.
  • STRONG STURDY PREMIUM CRAFTSMANSHIP: Bamboo’s incredible high tensile fiber makes it the SUPERIOR material for polished tableware. Strong, smooth, reusable & recyclable.
  • MODERN, STYLISH FOR ANY OCCASION: Your guests will love this bamboo cutlery set. Perfect for parties, picnics, BBQ, camping, rustic weddings, travel or daily use. An inspiring conversation starter!
  • 300 PC Spoons

Ideal for camping, hiking, or to keep a set of cutlery on-hand while traveling, bamboo is the way to go. Bamboo is technically a grass which is super-fast growing. It’s biodegradable, compostable, organic, and durable. If you’re looking for sustainable materials, bamboo is the perfect plant and a great component of the best eco-friendly travel products.


Reusable Coffee Cup

Reusable Coffee Mug
  • Collapsible cup: It’s literally never been easier (or more fun) to BYO reusable cup! This compact cup collapses down to just 2 inches. Whether you’re enjoying coffee or smoothies, the 12 oz Stojo is perfectly portable for your commute, camping trips, and travels. When you’re done, simply remove the heat sleeve, open the tab, and collapse it down. Leak-proof, fits standard cupholders, and get a load of that Ink Black color!
  • Handles both hot & cold: Whether it’s hot tea or iced lattes, Stojo’s food-grade premium silicone and temperature-resistant sleeve can handle it all.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe: Yup, you’re welcome. To clean your Stojo, place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Or, wash by hand. The Stojo Cup (and all Stojo products) are designed to come apart and back together again for a super deep clean. The separable parts are: heat sleeve, lid, collar, tab, and cup. (Note: our 12 oz cup does not come with a reusable straw.)
  • Safe & sound: Made from platinum food grade silicone and #5 recyclable plastic which means no BPAs, BPSs, phthalates, leads, or glues.
  • Sustainability shouldn’t mean sacrifice: In 2012, three Brooklyn dads had a caffeine-fueled idea: a collapsible, leak-proof coffee cup that makes it easy for people to say no to disposable culture (and look really, really good). Today, Stojo makes a host of ultra-portable accessories—from bottles, to bowls, to straws. They’re the ultimate planet-friendly products that make sustainable living easy.

This is another eco-friendly travel product that is great for both travel and local coffee shops use and that you'll use for a long time. In the USA especially, many to-go, disposable coffee cups are made of Styrofoam – no bueno! Use this instead for your daily coffee fix. It’s collapsible so you can easily pack it in a carry-on.


Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable Water Bottle
  • REUSABLE AND REFILLABLE borosilicate glass drinking bottle; saves plastic waste and is free of BPA, PVC, Lead, and Cadmium for safe and pure water
  • STRONG AND LIGHTWEIGHT, durable glass won’t crack under extreme temperatures; glass and silicone are diswasher safe, natural eco-friendly product
  • COLOUR SILICONE SLEEVE adds style and provides protection from slips and falls; choose from a variety of colors
  • LEAK-PROOF BAMBOO LID with stainless steel insert, food-grade silicone o-ring; perfect mouth size for spill-free drinking
  • 90-DAY LID GUARANTEE so if your lid breaks, we will replace it immediately; always wash bamboo lid by hand

If you already know you are drinking from a safe water source, you don’t need water purification, just a reusable bottle. This one ticks all the boxes – it’s made of glass, silicone, and has a bamboo lid – all eco-friendly materials! It’s simple, straightforward, and affordable. BPA, PVC, Lead, and Cadmium-free, making it one of the safest options out there. Not to mention, it comes in a number of cute colors.


Water Purification System

Water Purification System
  • COMPACT: 16 oz. purifier bottle makes safe, clean drinking water from virtually any freshwater source
  • FAST AND EASY-TO-USEIdeal for international travelers, hikers, and emergency prep kits
  • REMOVES WATERBORNE PATHOGENS (e.g. Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Rotavirus); Bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and Protozoan Cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium)
  • AWARD WINNING [OnePress] design Just Fill from any sketchy freshwater source, then Press on a low surface (e.g. ground), then Drink safe water, anywhere
  • FILTERS particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic); zero aftertaste, eliminates bad odors, improves clarity and flavor

Here is a reusable water bottle that also acts as a water purifying system. It’s very straightforward and easy to use – plus, it kept me safe drinking river water in Ecuador! One filtration cartridge from Grayl saves the equivalent of 300 plastic bottles! Alternatively, the Steripen is a very popular option. Really, it depends on your needs and preferences. If you know you’ll be drinking from questionable sources, this is one of the most important eco-friendly travel products you could invest in.


Final Thoughts

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of sustainable travel and how it can help with environmental conservation. There are many ways to be environmentally conscious while on vacation, from packing your clothes in eco-friendly reusable bags to carrying less plastic water bottles by using refillable metal or plastic containers. I hope these tips help make your next trip a little more eco-friendly and sustainable! What is one of your favorite eco-friendly travel products that you use during your travels? Share them with us in the comments below so we can include them in our post as well!


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Your yoga Retreats Koh Phangan Guide

It’s a shame that Koh Phangan has a rap to certain only for the Full Moon Party. People from all over the world flock to the Gulf of Thailand to this pristine island to pretty much ruin it, ruin the peace, ruin the environment, and disrespect the locals. If you think I’m exaggerating, watch Trouble in paradise on Youtube. I first came to Koh Phangan a few years ago not knowing what to expect, having only heard of the Full Moon Party via Alex Garland. I ended up falling hard for what would become “my special place”. I’ve since returned numerous times, mostly for two things: the vegan food and the yoga retreats Koh Phangan.

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What does Koh Phangan evoke to you? Party or nature? Do you know that over 50% of the island is a national park? If you’ve landed on this page, I assume you’re part of the “other siders”, the peace seekers who come to Koh Phangan for the alternative community, the wellness, and the yoga. And yes – the Koh Phangan yoga retreat scene is amazing and provides a sanctuary for yogis seeking a break from the “real” world. Or perhaps this is, in fact, the real world — I certainly believe so.

When it comes to doing yoga Koh Phangan has a few too many options and it can be overwhelming. So I wanted to give you the best places Koh Phangan yoga today to help you pick your perfect Koh Phangan retreat. All yoga levels welcome, everywhere, always.

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Yoga Retreats Koh Phangan: Where to go


Pure Flow Koh Phangan Yoga

If you want to be reaaaaal secluded, in a place where you can only get to by boat and there are no cars, Pure Flow Yoga Retreats Koh Phangan is the best way to go. Traveling with purpose might be hard to achieve in today’s travel industry but The Pure Flow Yoga Koh Phangan retreat definitely offers this. The yoga studio is located in the most secluded place on earth. Pure Flow allows you to have seven or 14 days of an intimate and life-changing experience with yoga. The accommodation is surrounded by lush greeneries, decorated with simple Thai style, and jungle fauna. It also offers all the expected activities of a remote island — snorkeling, diving, hiking, kayaking, etc. While enjoying these outdoor activities and feeling completely disconnected from the rest of the world, you still get to connect with the locals and experience a real, raw and genuine Koh Phangan Retreat.

Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (21km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Pure Flow now!

Wonderland Healing Center Detox Retreats

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If you're looking for a detox center and jungle’s more your gig, this is a fab option. Wonderland Healing Center offers 4 days-long Koh Phangan retreats that’ll provide you with a wonderful plant-based experience and encourage a deeper connection, both to yourself on the yoga mat and to nature. Along with yoga, meditation, fasting and detoxing, there’s also pilates, reiki, and sound healing. Wonderland Healing Center houses a private swimming pool, herbal steam room, ocean view, and massage and spa treatments areas based on your individual needs. The spacious accommodation comes with beautiful garden and mountain views. A fantastic Koh Phangan Yoga option.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Price: €79
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (22km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Orion Healing Center

orion healing center

It's easy feeling relaxed at Orion Healing Center. With their 29 days intensive healthy living yoga retreat centre right by beautiful Sri Thanu Beach, you can really let loose and be centered. This Koh Phangan retreat offers rustic comfortable accommodation with a 5-minute walk to the beach. It is also set with a tropical natural backdrop abundant with butterflies and exotic flowers. During the course of the retreat, each guest can enjoy organic farming, cooking classes, daily yoga classes, fasting, cleansing, etc. Classes at Orion Yoga Koh Phangan suit all levels and their detox yoga sessions is specially tailored to those who are fasting and cleansing. Add to that Thai herb steam room, two yoga shalas, and an abundance of high-quality healthy vegetarian food and fresh tropical fruit and fresh juices at the Orion Café and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a retreat of a lifetime. A balanced life can be achieved through a balanced meal of healthy raw fruits, fresh salads, and delicious vegetables, I’m a strong believer in this.

Duration: 29 days, 28 nights
Price: €2,308
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Shakti Yoga

Koh Phangan retreat

Shakti Yoga Koh Phangan dubs itself a sacred space for self-healing, emotional detox, and heart connection. We all need a little emotional detox, amirite? Their eight-day retreat is taught in a safe environment that is ripe for inner transformation and the cultivation of self-awareness. This Koh Phangan retreat center has a range of activities that will help you empower yourself, take control of your emotions, find your true potential, and really cultivate the art of letting go (read: not giving a shit). With their emotional detox programs, you have a chance to be one with yourself through morning walks, meditation, and daily yoga (all levels). Shakti Yoga gives allows guests to pick their own time for self-transformation by offering flexible schedules. It also has its own swimming pool for chill-out sessions and vegetarian/vegan food.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: €778
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (25km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Greek, Russian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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One Yoga

One Yoga Koh Phangan

One Yoga Koh Phangan offers short retreats as well as longer teacher training courses. Their vision is to offer the perfect place for the gift of yoga in a retreat-style setting without the normal distractions of everyday life. With Koh Phangan as the backdrop, that’s mission accomplished for sure. Come practice daily yoga, pranayama, deep meditation, spinal breathing, and listen to the daily talk on the process of the purification of the subtle body and stages of meditation and the cultivation of samadhi. All yoga classes and meditation sessions are optional so each person can take the retreat at whatever pace suits them. Vegetarian and vegan food is offered.

Duration: 28 days, 27 nights
Price: €871
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (24km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Finnish, French, Spanish
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Samma Karuna

Samma Karuna Koh Phangan Yoga

Samma Karuma welcomes you beach-side in their large and beautiful yoga halls. What can sound more heavenly than taking a dip in the sea right after your daily yoga class? Possibly doing this as part of one of their many self-discovery and self-realization Koh Phangan retreats, available in six to 29 days. Samma Karuma also offers teacher training (one with a volunteering (thus reduced-cost) opportunity), ayurvedic cleanses, expressive techniques based on conscious movement and live music, cathartic techniques, Pranayama, initiation to Tantra yoga, non-dogmatic lectures on self-actualization, Qi Gong, hatha yoga, compassionate sharing and mindfulness practice. Various types of bungalows with private bathrooms are available. All vegan restaurant.

Duration: various
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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The Yoga Retreat

I’ve known The Yoga Retreat for their Ashtanga program, but they also offer Vinyasa, TTC, and detox programs. It’s a wonderfully secluded place, far away from everything (you might like to rent a scooter, which I always do when I’m in Koh Phangan anyway). Their retreats range from six to 30 days and include chanting, meditation, the yoga of your choice, a steam room, a wonderful, amazing, mouth-watering buffet, a/c private rooms with mosquito net, multilingual staff, and outdoor showers. Their accommodation offers encouragement towards the simplicity of living in the midst of natural surroundings: open your heart and your window to the tropical weather and enjoy the sound of nature. For those who wish to delve deep into the tradition of yoga, the lovely folks at the Yoga Retreat really know their shit about yoga practice, and their Ashtanga. This is of course for all levels, but more advanced yoga will 100% not be let down. Located nearby the lovely Haad Tien Bay.

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Adventures in Depression and Microdosing

I feel there’s no avoiding exposing myself through and through on this one, so let’s cut to the chase. My mental health took a nosedive about seven years ago when I got dumped out of a relationship I had taken for granted as a forever thing. I picked myself right back up after the breakup, bought a bicycle, cycled halfway around the world, felt invincible and all grown-up for the hardship, and made a big deal of it all.

Berlin arrival, de rigueur dating-party-drug thing. I did have fun for a few months and have absolutely no regret.

But it all came crashing down on me like a high-pressure dam that’d been suppressing floods for too long. I don’t mean this lightly — it crushed me at max velocity. Pinned me down to the floor in a lost corner of West Berlin where I thought I had landed in a parallel universe I never wanted to know existed. An interstellar crap land of sort.

So there I was, trapped, lost, rolled up in a ball on the 70s carpet in a onesie too big for me because I was too broke to use the heating. Chain-smoking cigarettes as my newfound coping mechanism while advocating a healthy lifestyle. Chain-dating people to try and forget all that I had lost. Taking myself on Eurotrips to feel alive, yet wishing to be hit by a car at the next intersection.

I don’t know how long this undiagnosed situation of mine lasted but it became my default. Months, years maybe? It’s all just a blur. It took me over and became me. A broken person, and one too broke to afford the German health care system. I’ll leave here a few images of my then flat situation to set the stage for you.

I’ve been a strong advocate of full transparency throughout the now eight years that I’ve been writing here and on social media. So many bloggers and content creators are depicting unrealistic images that lead to so much distortion and malaise. I didn’t want to be one of them.

But also I didn’t want to let depression become a defining trait by letting it take so much space in my life that it becomes a topic, you know? I wanted to suppress it and walk the line I had tended for myself for so long. A line I most obviously could not walk in the fog of my depression. This became the deciding factor into how far down the rabbit hole I would go each time a depressive episode hit. The greater the distance between the standard I was setting for myself and the dumpster fire that was my mental state, the bigger the dissonance. I think this will continue to reverberate and bite me in the ass, like forever.

So I guess I clung to some sort of public image of myself, not as a way to deceive anyone, but rather as a means to survival. Except I created a spicy double-edge sword to bleed myself against every time hell broke loose.


Those last three years, I’ve had my life back on track, mostly. I have a full-time job, my own apartment, wonderfully supportive friends, health insurance, the means to pay for therapy, and the will to live a long healthy life.

And, perspective. And a great therapist, alleluia.

The reverberation still circles back around every so often, like a drill, to make sure I still know how to fall on my feet after a good spin. I don’t always.

A few things have helped, and one of them has been microdosing psychedelics. I think there is a time and place for this, and I wanted to give you the full 360 first because I don’t know if it would have served me as well had I not done the work first. Maybe? I’m glad I did the work first in any case.

For me “the work” has been first and foremost learning to sit in the center of the fire and let it burn and lick at my legs until it almost fully consumes me. I needed to feel my pain, and not mask it by cycling thousands of kilometers or doing so much yoga that I completely disembody from my own human experience. I needed to hit — and get comfortable sitting at — rock bottom. This was mostly unconscious work, but I always just wound up there no matter what.

I’ve previously written about my ayahuasca experience which you can read about. In the lead-up to it, I had been microdosing psilocybin (mushroom) with interesting, if faint results. I followed this protocol almost to the T and of course, experienced good results because I was taking care of myself, exercising more, decluttering my life, doing therapy, etc. I can’t decide how much of it to credit to the microdosing, but overall it has been a very positive experience and a very gentle introduction to psychedelics. I still found myself in a few depressive episodes through it, so this isn’t a cure-all or magic thing, ironically in this specific case.

Placebo or not, psilocybin positively affected my life, but at some point, I felt I had stalled in how it was serving me and wanted to try other things, not out of wanting to heal myself from anything, but as a way to explore untapped parts of my psyche. Now, this may come as a surprise to you, but LSD can be obtained legally in many parts of Europe. I buy mine here. And this for me has been far more transformative than psilocybin. Potentially because of all the preparation and work that have culminated in me being here now telling you about this, but also potentially because of the huge power of this drug. I mean, there is a reason why LSD has been researched in psychiatry for years to treat anxiety, depression, psychosomatic diseases, and addiction. I’m not here to tell you of the science, but rather of my own experience — and do please take it as anecdotal and do your own research. But what I’ve experienced is immense mental clarity, prolonged equanimity, intense wellbeing, drive, creativity, and pure joy in the present time and everything that led me to be here and now.

Microdosing has been the companion to the very tail end of a 3 to 4-year-long depression, at a time where I think I can speak for many when I say collective mental health hasn’t been at its peak. When all else fails around us and there’s little hope for humanity, at least I have found some solace in knowing that I can stand on my own two feet with poise and lightness when doomsday finally arrives for us all.


For the longest time, I was alienating myself by thinking that my pain was more intense, vivid, or different from that of others. It wasn’t. We’re all here living an equally vivid and painful existence, and I hope this can help you find a way to be more empathetic towards yourself.

Sending you love,
Amélie


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The Best Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Workers

One of the hardest things about life as a remote worker is navigating the various digital nomad visa options for different countries. Each destination has its own rules and regulations regarding the amount of time you can stay and the work you’re allowed to do while traveling. This has resulted in many nomads jumping regularly between countries for a visa run and in order to live and work around the world.

digital nomad visa for remote workers

But with the rise of remote work, especially since the recent global pandemic, some countries have started to introduce special digital nomad visas or remote worker visas to entice working nomads to stick around for longer stays. Below are some popular destinations for the best freelancer visas available now. For more on the digital lifestyle, do check out my insurance for digital nomads article.


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Europe


Portugal Digital Nomad Visa

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Portugal is one of the most popular European countries for digital nomads. This is partly due to its exciting cities, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine, and partly due to the ease of obtaining a remote worker visa from your home country.

Portugal’s independent workers and entrepreneurs visa gets you one year in the country, with the option to renew for up to five years. And after five years, you can apply for permanent residency.

To qualify for the visa application, you need to show proof of owning a business entity (or a contract for providing services), as well as proof of sufficient income or a term of responsibility signed by a Portuguese citizen or resident as part of your application form.

Visa Cost: €83 for the visa plus a €72 resident permit fee.
Visa Length: 1 year. Can be renewed for up to 5 years.
Income Requirements: ​​€600 per month.


Estonia Digital Nomad Visa

Estonia was the first of EU countries to create a dedicated digital nomad visa. Launched in 2020, the freelance visas allow digital nomads and remote workers to live in Estonia for up to a year.

You can apply for the digital nomad visa for Estonia if you run your own business, work as a freelancer, or have a contract with a company registered outside of the country. The main condition is that you can prove a monthly income of over €3,504 for the six months prior to your application.

Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced countries in Europe. They also offer a first-of-its-kind e-Residency that allows entrepreneurs from all over the world to start and run an EU-based company online.

Visa Cost: €80 for short stay or €100 for long stay.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​€3,504 per month.


Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

Croatia doesn’t technically offer a nomad visa, but they do have a Temporary Residence Visa available to digital nomads and their family members.

The permit allows you to live in Croatia for up to a year. To be granted the permit, you need to show that you can afford your stay with proof of a €2,252+ monthly income. And if you plan to be in the country for the full 12 months, you need to show you have at least €27,000 available.

Croatia has long been a popular destination for digital nomads. The exciting coastal city of Zadar is even home to an organized digital nomad village called ‘The Valley’.

Visa Cost: €55-120.
Visa Length: 1 year. Can reapply after 6 months away.
Income Requirements: €2,252 per month.


Malta Digital Nomad Visa

Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit allows non-EU digital nomads to work remotely within the small island nation for up to one year.

With year-round sunshine, a large expat community, and close proximity to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Malta makes the ideal base for digital nomads.

To apply for the remote work visa you must meet a gross monthly income threshold of €2,700, have health insurance, hold a valid property rental or purchase agreement, and pass a background check.

Visa Cost: €300 administrative fee.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​€2,700 per month.


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The Czech Republic is an amazing and affordable and central place in the European Union to settle as a freelance worker in Europe. The Czech digital nomad visa is a long-term business visa for freelance workers that allows you to live and work in the Czech Republic for six months up to a year.

The main requirement to be eligible for a Czech freelance visa is to be a freelancer. You'll need to obtain a trade license, a local address, and a background check. It's a little trickier than some other nomad visa options, so many people choose to hire legal help to fill the paperwork. Up to you. You'll also need to attend an immigration interview.

Visa Cost: $227 USD if applying from the United States
Visa Length: six month to 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​Bank statement showing at least 124,500 CZK (or about $5,700 USD)


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in the Middle East


Dubai Digital Nomad Visa

Not only is Dubai one of the safest cities in the world, but it’s also one of the best places to live for expats and digital nomads. Its advanced infrastructure, countless co-working spaces, and beautiful beaches make the Middle-Eastern city a working nomad's dream.

The Dubai remote work visa requires you to be a business owner or employed and able to work remotely, and have proof of earning US$5,000 for three months prior to your application. The remote working program gets you one year in Dubai.

Visa Cost: US$287 for the visa, but jumps to US$600 with valid insurance and Emirates ID fees.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: US ​$5,000 per month.


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in the Americas


Mexico Digital Nomad Visa

Mexico already has a 6-month long tourist visa, which makes it a popular destination with long-term travelers. That along with its diverse landscapes, sunny climate, and low cost of living. But now the country also offers a new temporary resident visa, which gets you up to one year, with the option to renew for an additional three years.

The Mexican nomad visa is uniquely targeted toward Canadians, however, remote workers of any nationality are welcome to apply. You need to show proof of a monthly income over US$2,130 over the last six months or a bank account balance of over US$35,500.

Visa Cost: US$30.
Visa Length: 1 year, with the option to renew up to 4 years.
Income Requirements: US$2,130 per month, or US$35,500 bank balance.


Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa

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Beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and volcanoes are some of the amazing natural landscapes you get to enjoy as a digital nomad living in Costa Rica.

The tropical Central American country offers a new visa called Rentista, or Person Of Independent Means Visa, which allows self-employed people and entrepreneurs to stay for up to 2 years. Unfortunately, you cannot work remotely for another company on this visa.

To get the digital nomad visa you need to show a monthly income of US$2,500 or deposit US$60,000 into a bank in Costa Rica to be made available over the 2 years. The visa can be renewed once two years are up. And after three years, you may be eligible for permanent residence.

Visa Cost: US$250.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$2,500 per month, or deposit of $60,000 in a bank in Costa Rica.


Panama Digital Nomad Visa

One of the most developed nations in Central America, Panama’s high-speed internet and low cost of living make it another great choice for digital nomads.

Panama introduced its Short Stay Visa for Remote Workers in May 2021. The digital nomad visa lets you live in Panama for up to nine months while working for a foreign company or as an independent freelancer. You then have the option to renew for another nine months.

To be accepted, you must prove an annual income of $36,000, as well as sign an affidavit stating that you will not accept any job offers within Panama.

Visa Cost: US$250 application fee, plus a US$50 visa card issuance fee.
Visa Length: 9 months, with the option to renew up to 18 months.
Income Requirements: US$36,000 a year.


Cayman Islands Digital Nomad Visa

Known for its high-end beach resorts and world-class scuba diving, The Cayman Islands is a dream destination for remote workers looking for luxury in the Caribbean sun.

The Cayman Islands have their own visa for digital nomads called the Global Citizen Certificate (GCC) which allows you to stay in the islands for up to 2 years.

The visa is targeted toward high-level executives and consultants, with much steeper income requirements and visa fees than most other countries. You’ll need proof of an annual salary of at least US$100,000, as well as a fee of US$1,469.

Visa Cost: US$1,469.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$100,000 a year.


Antigua & Barbuda Digital Nomad Visa

Another option for living in the Caribbean as a digital nomad is the stunning island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antigua Nomad Digital Residence allows remote workers to live on the Caribbean island of Antigua for up to 2 years. That’s more than enough time to enjoy many of the island’s 365 beautiful beaches.

The visa fee is steep at $1,500, but the annual income requirement is half that of the Cayman Islands, at just US$50,000 a year.

Visa Cost: US$1,500.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$50,000 a year.


Brazil Digital Nomad Visa

Brazil is the first country in South America to offer a dedicated digital nomad visa. Launched in January 2022, the visa allows foreign nationals who are employed outside Brazil or who run their own company to live in the country for a year.

With a minimum income requirement of just US$1,500 a month, or US$18,000 a year, Brazil’s brand new digital nomad visa has one of the lowest income requirements of all digital nomad visa countries.

Visa Cost: Unknown.
Visa Length: 1 year, with the option to renew.
Income Requirements: US$1,500 per month, or a bank balance of US$18,000.


Angamardana 101

What is Angamardana?

I've been on a mission recently to break out of my yoga practice plateau. You know — where suddenly you hit a wall in your practice, or worse yet, things you could do a month ago suddenly become impossible. This is not my first time at the yoga plateau-rodeo, and in my efforts to keep my sanity intact and find a way out of this rut, I came across angamardana — and my curiosity was peaked.

Angamardana is a yoga adjacent fitness system that not only claims to give your hatha yoga practice a boost but also promises a host of benefits affecting the muscles and skeletal structures, as well as the nervous system and improved mental health. My initial research promised me this 'powerful system' would help me reach my peak physical potential… sounds good, but maybe a bit too good? So what is this angamardana thing all about, and is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Oh, and while you're here — and if you are also in that yoga plateau rut here are my other tried and tested ways to break out of it:

Angamardana 101

Angamardana is a fitness system pioneered by Sadhguru (born Jagadish Vasudev), a self-proclaimed spiritual guru from India, a New York Times bestselling author, and speaker who has given talks everywhere from the World Economic Forum to Google.

Sadhguru is the founder of the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-led, non-profit, spiritual organisation, most known for its yoga program led from its ashram in Tamil Nadu. Angamardana is an element of the Isha yoga system.

Their yoga program has spawned several Isha certified yoga teachers who adhere to its Hatha yoga system, spiritual ethos, and teach Isha angamardana.


Angamardana 101

What does Angamardana Involve?

Angamardana is a set of 31 dynamic floor exercises that address different aspects and parts of the body to work on the whole human mechanism. These exercises are practiced in a specific sequence and involve different poses combined with movements and breathing patterns.

Angamardana has been developed to promote greater physical strength and flexibility of the muscle. As well as working on the muscular system, it, like many forms of exercise, can positively impact the nervous system and blood circulation system and influence the basic energy system (chakras).

Angamardana requires no yoga props or fitness equipment, although a mat might be useful, so long as you have a 6ft x 6ft space, you are good to go. It emphasizes using your own body weight, which is an excellent (and affordable) way to improve your fitness.

Angamardana is essentially a form of preparation for yoga, but it makes some pretty big claims well beyond warming up the body and skeletal structure. The intention of Angamardana is to reach the peak state of ultimate health. Through this focus on the physical other elements of the human being are influenced, including mental health and general wellbeing. Some pretty mighty claims, to say the least.

How Old is Angamardana?

There are claims that Anagamardana is an ancient practice founded by Agastya, a revered Ancient Hindu sage who appears in some of the most important yoga and Hindu texts, including the Rig Vega, Ramayana and Mahabharata.

So, is this true? No. Agastya is, however, the patron saint of Kalari, the oldest form of martial arts in India. There are definitely parallels between the warmup sequences for Kalari and the Angamardana exercises; however, these warmup sequences are likely a modern invention.

To be clear, Angamardana is NOT an ancient spiritual practice. It is an exercise sequence invented by Sadhguru (or adapted from the Kalari routines he would be familiar with), probably sometime within the last 30 years.

What does Angamardana mean?

When I looked up the meaning of Angarmadana, all I could find was the explanation by the Isha foundation claiming it means 'gaining complete mastery of the limbs, organs and other parts of the body'.

Hmmmm. My initial instinct was that it might be a Sanskrit word (like many yoga asana names, such as Gomukhasana and Bhujangasana) that has come to mean that in time — Sanskrit is a gloriously flexible language. But, nope, that instinct was wrong.

After trawling the internet, looking up India's many, many regional languages and using phonetic transliteration charts (your girl does her research), Angamardana is actually a Kannada word! Kannada is the dominant language of Karnataka state — and Sadhguru is from Mysore, a city in Karnataka).

So what DOES Angamardana mean? As far as I can tell, it simply means... massage (there is actually a book that details the specifics of Angamardana massage, written in Kannada in the 1970s). Make of that what you will.

Is Angamardana yoga?

The short answer — no. The long answer — yoga and angamardana are definitely interrelated (in the Isha system), but ultimately no.

Angamardana is considered a precursor to hatha yoga. Unlike yoga, which is a pathway to liberation and the complete integrated union of our entire beings, potentially with the universe or a higher power. Angamardana claims to be a powerful system solely concerned with the physical: the nervous system, muscles and connective tissues, skeletal structures, circulatory system, and basic energy system.

In fact, although Angamardana is affiliated with the Isha yoga system, the exercise doesn't require you to have an existing yoga practice. Presumably, if all you are interested in is the physical, you can practice only Angamardana.


Angamardana Benefits

These are the benefits angamardana claims:

  • Builds strength and flexibility across the muscular, soft tissue, and skeletal system
  • Improves spinal mobility
  • Improves overall physical fitness
  • Increases overall energy, leading to greater wellbeing
  • Prepares the body for hatha yoga

I think these are all plausible and potentially realistic. Most of those you will get from pretty much any exercise regime or fitness system. 

However, it also claims:

  • To 'prepare the human mechanism for a higher possibility' (let me know if you know what that means)
  • That it is one of the 'most powerful ways to gain fitness' (right, seems a bit niche for that, but okay)
  • That it has 'universal appeal' (I'm yet to come across anything ever that is actually applicable to every single person ever)
  • That it leads to 'ultimate health' (oh boy). 

So can the angamardana benefits extend to that level? Well, I'm not sure anyone can make those claims in good faith.

I definitely think that angamardana can improve fitness and be helpful for a yoga practice, but I don't believe it is the ultimate method that will work for everyone.


Angamardana Red Flags

On a general note, the Isha and angamardana system, like many yoga lineages, claims to do a lot. But claiming to be a power system providing complete mastery of the physical aspects of the body that has universal appeal… sent my red flag alarm bells into overdrive.

When you give angamardana a google, you will find that pretty much all the hits are associated with Isha Yoga. This means it's hard to get an impartial perspective on it. Also, you can't practice it except under the guidance of an Isha trained teacher.

Sadhguru's close affiliation with President Modi, the leader of the currently elected right-wing Hindu nationalist party (the BJP), is deeply troubling. Although Sadhguru is choosy about how he interprets the BJP political agenda, undoubtedly, he shares some of their appalling ideology.

Where do I practice Angamardana?

Unfortunately, angamardana keeps itself pretty under wraps — you won't find instructional videos or tutorials online (although you may find little snippets of the practice). However, there are quite a few Isha affiliated teachers around, so if you are keen to practice, you can look them up.

Of course, you can always make your way to the Isha Ashram in Tamil Nadu for the Isha yoga training. But, be warned, that training will cost you upwards of $9,000 USD (slightly less if you are an Indian citizen living in India)!!

For some infinitely more affordable teacher trainings in India, check out my recommendations.

I think angamardana can benefit the body, especially yoga practitioners. Given that angamardana is intended to improve strength and mobility, specifically in line with a yoga practice, I think it's a great choice if you are looking to break out of a plateau in your yoga practice. However, I find it unfortunate that it falls so firmly under the Isha/Sadhguru umbrella, as that is not really my vibe.


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Find the best eco friendly yoga mat

Let’s face it – with constant warnings of impending doom regarding the ongoing climate situation, we can all afford to be a little more eco-conscious. How does your yoga mat measure up? Are you in the market for an eco friendly yoga mat? And what exactly makes a yoga mat sustainable and what are some alternative sustainable materials? Regardless, these are the market’s top environmentally friendly yoga mats to accompany you in your yoga practice.

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I initially thought about writing this post with the intent to focus on environmentally friendly travel yoga mats. However, when I was compiling my list, I realized that my all-time favorite eco-friendly yoga mat is not exactly travel-friendly, but I couldn’t omit it from the list. I’ll specify which of these are travel-friendly as well.

what makes a yoga mat environmentally friendly vs. toxic?

There are a number of qualities to consider when shopping for your next eco-friendly yoga mat. How it is sourced, what it’s made of, ethics and sustainability, whether or not it’s biodegradable – all of these are important factors to contemplate.

Look for mats that don’t contain synthetic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) – this is a plastic that’s responsible for that ‘new yoga mat’ smell. PVC also emits toxic chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that we inhale when our faces get up-close and personal with our mats. These not only have an impact on your health, but also have an environmental impact as they don't decompose.

Cork yoga mats and natural rubber yoga mats are both great options for natural materials to look for in environmentally friendly yoga mats and non-toxic yoga mats.

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best best eco-friendly yoga mats


best for travel


liforme travel

I couldn’t choose between my two favorite travel mats, so I didn’t! I love the Liforme Travel Mat for extra stickiness if I know I’ll be practicing in a humid climate or taking heated classes. It’s on the pricier side, so it’s probably best for frequent travelers or people who just want to have a more lightweight mat regularly available to them.

But let me tell you, this eco-friendly yoga mat was an absolute lifesaver when I was practicing yoga in Koh Phangan!


Jade Travel

The Jade Travel Mat is more portable given its greater flexibility and is made solely from natural tree rubber. While I prefer the Liforme Travel Mat for hot classes, I prefer the Jade Travel Mat for just about any other type of class.

Not to mention, Jade is a great brand for environmentally friendly yogis – they plant a tree for each mat sold to offset the amount of rubber they use in manufacturing their products. Rubber is an awesome eco-friendly option for mats!


Best for daily use


tiggar yoga

The Tiggar Yoga Mat is a solid choice for someone who has a daily practice and for yoga teachers. I noticed very little wear-and-tear on the Tiggar mat while maintaining a regular practice. Like the Jade mats, Tiggar mats are made from 100% biodegradable rubber, which comes from trees. Jade has a leg up on Tiggar, however, since they actively work to plant trees in local communities.

Still, the Tiggar Yoga Mat is a solid choice if you’re in the market for an eco-friendly yoga mat that doesn’t break the bank.


jade harmony

The Jade Harmony is one of my favorite eco friendly yoga mats. It’s slightly thicker than the Jade Travel Mat, providing a little extra cushion for arm balances and inversions than its travel counterpart. I also find the rubber texture of the mat quite comfortable for Yin and Restorative yoga, anything that requires longer holds of the poses.

I love old, worn Jade mats, since they have a natural floppiness to them that comes over time. They’ve got plenty of traction for room-temperature classes, but I personally prefer something stickier for a heated practice.


best for inversions & arm balances


manduka eko

I love the thickness (5mm) of the Manduka Eko Yoga Mat for inversions and arm balances. Something about knowing I’ve got a little padding underneath me helps with the anxieties and uncertainties that can accompany more advanced, complicated poses. Despite its thickness, it provides perfect stability when you’re upside-down or balancing on your hands.

This mat also has pretty good grip for room-temperature classes. For heated, super-sweaty classes, consider investing in a Manduka Yogi Toes towel to keep your footing.

The main downfall with Manduka mats is that they don’t recommend using homemade or natural cleaning solutions on the mat (which is what I prefer to use). They suggest using your Manduka mat only with their cleaning spray, which is kind of a pain to keep ordering. The spray is also eco-friendly.


best for yin & restorative


jade fusion

This is another environmentally friendly yoga mat that has a really nice, comfortable thickness. It’s thicker than the Manduka Eko (above) at 7.95mm. This gives it slightly less stability, yet makes it ideal for soul-warming, close-to-the-ground classes such as yin and restorative.

Add an organic cotton blanket for more comfort and support, and you’re good to go!



best for heated yoga


liforme

I really don’t think other mats can come close to the grip that the Liforme Mat provides during a hot yoga class. I’m definitely a sweater when I practice, regardless of the room temperature, so you can imagine how soaked I get in a heated class! This is the stickiest mat I’ve found thus far (and trust me, I’ve tried plenty of them!).

The fact that it’s an environmentally friendly yoga mat just makes it that much more special.
If you’re taking exclusively heated classes, this bad boy is definitely worth an investment.


sorry to disappoint…


It was disheartening to learn that my OG yoga mat, the Lululemon original mat doesn’t make the mark when it comes to environmentally friendly and sustainable yoga mats. Nor does the Kind Mat, which was my favorite for practicing inversions and arm balances.

But, in my case, adjusting to more eco-friendly options and cork mats was the right decision.


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Yoga Retreat Bali 2022: Finding the Best Retreats

The beautiful island of Bali has become known in the health-minded sphere to be an incredible location for all things spirituality, wellness, decadent spa treatments, veganism, palm tree house galore, and of course yoga. And when it comes to taking a yoga retreat Bali is truly like nowhere else — there is no better place. For years now, people have been flocking to the island at all stages of their yoga journey to take a break from their daily life and experience all the incredible energy and rejuvenation retreats the island has to offer to practice yoga or do a yoga teacher training.

If you think you're not advanced enough or not good enough (I hear that often), here's one of many yoga quotes I truly love: "A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms." There are yoga retreats in Bali for everyone's individual needs, and I hope this post inspires you to take your first step towards fitness retreat packages that include daily yoga sessions, an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful beaches, palm trees and other lush vegetation, and healthy food (some raw foods too) in the most beautiful setting.

With countless Bali yoga retreats and fitness retreats ranging from month-long to a day retreat, the island of the Gods and its ancient wisdom is a true epicenter for yoga, health and wellness retreats. I feel like Soulshine Bali, Azadi Retreat, and the Yoga Barn are already world-famous, but with so many other top picks Bali retreats to choose from, I narrowed my best picks down the best yoga retreats Bali has to offer (read this for some Bali itinerary idea) to help guide you in your decision and find the best yoga retreat Bali to suit your own goals for your daily practice in paradise.


***The best time to visit Bali is from April to September which is the dry season.


Here is some more Bali content from me:
* Eight Reasons Why Ubud is Still Awesome
* 15 Vegan Restaurants to Try in Ubud for a unique experience
* My visit to Nusa Lembongan


Yoga Retreat Bali: my 2022 picks


Bagus Jati, Ubud, Indonesia

Located right in the middle of the island, Bagus Jati wellness resort is a great place hidden deep in the serene jungles and rice paddies of Ubud, the heart of the island's spiritual and wellbeing center. The luxury Balinese villas within the Bagus Jati Health and wellness yoga resort are the ideal place for you to make use of the traditional Balinese healing services such as reiki, holistic counseling, vegan and spiritual nutrition, as well as of course different options for daily yoga classes and meditation practices. The retreat also offers unique day trips and local experiences where you can immerse yourself in the culture with outings to the nearby waterfalls and treks, Balinese dance lessons, and herbal remedy making. It's no surprise the Bagus Jati Health and Wellbeing retreat in Ubud is recognized as the best retreat in Bali, and all over the world, perfect for anyone looking for yoga vacations in beautiful villas.

Duration: 3 days, 2 night
Price from: $494
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (45km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $27 per person
Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Japanese
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out the retreats at Bagus Jati


7 Days Unlimited Yoga Holiday in Canggu, Bali

yoga retreat bali

For the perfect retreat and an energizing 7 days of yoga, Canggu's wellness programs and holistic approach offer everything an ocean and yogi lover needs. This 7-day yoga retreat Canggu is hosted at the peaceful Serenity Eco-Guesthouse in the heart of Canggu and only a few minutes away from the beach, the lovely town of Desa Seni, and the local community. This yoga retreat offers its guests up to 10 yoga classes a day with styles including Hatha, vinyasa, acro, ashtanga, and more. You’ll also have access to their meditation classes room for perfect meditation sessions and a complimentary daily breakfast during your stay. Accommodation options include a mixed dorm, private single or double rooms suitable for an array of budgets. Offering an incredible location, ample time to explore the surroundings, and unlimited yoga makes this Bali yoga and meditation retreat one of the best of the best!

Duration: 7 days, 6 night
Price from: $71
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (10km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $18 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, French, Indonesian and Malay
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Serenity Eco-Guesthouse now!


7 Days Yoga Wellness Holiday at Shanti Toya Ashram, Bali

health retreat bali

When looking for one of the best yoga retreats in Bali, the island offers the perfect backdrop with its serene rice fields and jungle views sprinkled with traditional Javanese huts. That’s the exact landscape you’ll witness upon entering Shanti Toya Ashram. This 7-day yoga wellness retreat offers guests an incredible retreat package of yoga and authentic Balinese cultural experiences (The Balinese people are a delight). The three yoga styles offered at this retreat are Hatha, vinyasa, and yin yoga. Each day during this yoga treat is a little different, but every day incorporates a morning yoga practice and a Balinese cultural activity such as Balinese cooking classes or dancing classes. A perfect way to begin or end your South East Asia trip and find your inner peace!

Duration: 7 days, 6 night
Price from: $178
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (22km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, and all organic food too

Check out retreats at Shanti Toya Ashram now!


8 Days Wellness Yoga Retreat in Ubud, Bali

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Spend a rejuvenating eight days in a supportive environment in Ubud at one of the Firefly Bali yoga resorts. A perfect yoga experience for all levels and those looking to grow in their spirituality. Everything you’re looking for in a health retreat, Bali provides. That’s no exception at the Firefly Resort with every day of this wellness retreat involving daily yin, Hatha, or Vinyasa yoga classes. Guests are served daily organic and vegetarian meals by the friendly resort staff with unlimited herbal water. When guests aren’t doing their daily yoga practice, they’re encouraged to enjoy the surrounding rice fields by bicycle or partake in a Balinese experience such as cooking or offering-making classes. This yoga retreat in Ubud also includes cacao and fire ceremonies and one Balinese massage is included in the cost of the retreat. If daily massages are your thing, you can always book more in your free time. You're in good hands!

Duration: 8 days, 7 night
Price from: n/a
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (30km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for an additional fee
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Firefly Resort now!


4 Days Luxury Detox Yoga Holiday

Yoga seminyak

For detoxifying wellness and weight loss yoga programs with a touch of luxury, Seminyak, located in the heart of Bali, offers one of the best yoga retreats in Bali: a 4-day yoga retreat that focuses on lowering stress, clearing your skin, and boosting your energy levels. For four days, you will partake in a daily schedule that includes a cleanse of fresh-pressed juices and organic, raw meals. Each day you will participate in a power yoga class and cal also book extra private sessions if needed. The yoga retreat center also includes a one-time colonic treatment by a certified colonic therapist and a one-time 60-minute spa experience (or any other of their unlimited spa treatments). All guests will have a consultation with a certified nutritionist before partaking in the juice cleanse and colonic treatment. Accommodation during the four nights includes private rooms with a superior garden view. This is the ultimate wellness retreat experience and the perfect place for those looking for a life-changing detox.

Duration: 4 days, 3 night
Price from: $491
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (31km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $31 per person
Skill Level: Beginner
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, daily vegetarian meals are included

Check out retreats at Blue Karma Resort now!


Pelan Pelan Yoga Vacation

pelan pelan bali

Pelan Pelan offers many yoga holidays (many of them for couples!) in their idyllic setting with a beautiful outdoor pool and beautiful gardens in Canggu. Pelan Pelan Bali will give you the opportunity to experience the Balinese culture (don't miss attending a live music gig!) and its delicious food. You can also book some surf lessons. Pelan Pelan offers hatha yoga classes that will fit all levels. One of the most comprehensive retreat centers with delicious daily meals — the best place for your yoga vacation! An unforgettable experience.

Duration: 8 to 22 days
Price from: $1573
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) - 1 hour
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: All
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Pelan Pelan now!


For more yoga retreat inspiration, here are more popular destinations:

* Best India yoga retreats
* Yoga retreat in Europe
* Yoga retreat Thailand
* Yoga retreat Costa Rica
* Womens-only retreats
* Silent and meditation spiritual retreats


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Find Your Perfect Riad in Marrakech

Not too long ago, I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in a blissful riad in Marrakech. My entire stay in the Red City was incredible, but it is the magnificent riad I am still dreaming about.

Riad Kheirredine

With a touch of the winter blues kicking in, I have been spending rather a lot of time googling riads in Marrakech planning my next fantasy trip. I have stayed in some pretty boogie places in my time, from zero waste hotels in Cambodia to Thai island wellness retreats, from traditional Venetian Palazzos to urban chic boutiques in Istanbul, but Moroccan riads are waaaaaaaay up there. The interiors and gardens are always exquisite, the hospitality is next level, plunge pools and hammams are standard, and — as a serious bonus — for the level of accommodation you get, they are often surprisingly affordable.


So, What Actually is a Riad?

If you are planning a trip to my favorite North African country (fine, the only North African country I've visited), then a stay in one of the riads of Morocco is a must.

A riad (derived from the Arabic word ryad meaning garden) is a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard or garden, traditionally with a fountain and full of plants. In Marrakech, a riad was often originally the family home of wealthy citizens, but nowadays, many have been converted into gorgeous boutique hotels and guesthouses. Given the red city's illustrious history as a trading hotspot, Marrakesch riads are also known for being some of the most palatial, architecturally stunning, and gorgeously decorated in the whole of Morocco.

Where to Stay in Marrakech

Riad Kheirredine

Marrakech undoubtedly has some of the best riads of Morocco, and nearly all of these are located in the medina. The medina is the city's historical center, and within its walls, you will find all the city's main sights and have the best souks on your doorstep. With its rambling maze-like streets and incredible energy, staying in the medina is not only convenient but gives you a real taste of this bustling, hectic, culturally extraordinary city.


The Best Marrakech Riads

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After some serious research, I have picked a selection of the best Marrakech riads on offer. They all include at least one meal (breakfast or brunch) per day, and many of them can happily accommodate vegan diets. They also all have air conditioning, which is a must during the year's hottest months, from June through October.

Riad Kheirredine

inside the riad

I can personally vouch for this award-winning boutique hotel as one of Marrakech's best riads. Fine, maybe I'm biased because I had the most glorious birthday stay here, but you try and beat this gorgeous plant-filled oasis with mind-blowing suites and rooftop views of the Atlas Mountains. And that's not to mention the absolutely incredible staff who will take care of your every need (including handing you a mobile phone with their number pre-programmed so they can rescue you if you get lost in the medina), or the amazing in-house restaurant. Many of the riads I have listed are vegan friendly, but Kheirredine was not only amazingly accommodating for me, but the food was unbelievably delicious. Riad Kheirredine is located, like many of the red city's top riads, in the Marrakech medina.


Riad Chorfa

riad chorfa

This gorgeous riad in the Marrakech medina gives you the perfect mix of culture, vibrancy, and relaxation. Each room is uniquely decorated with bold colors, traditional tiles, and gorgeous textiles. Riad Chorfa is a great option if you are traveling solo or with a family, as they have everything from single rooms to doubles and family rooms — you can even take all your friends and rent out the entire riad! It is the perfect place to seek respite after a busy day exploring Marrakech (and to recoup from the hustle and bustle of the medina). Recharge by lounging on one of the day beds surrounding the pool in the central courtyard or find a shady nook and admire the views from the rooftop.


Riad Al Loune

riad al loune

This is one of the best value riads in the Marrakech medina, as pretty much everything your heart could desire is included in the price. This riad not only has gorgeous, traditional rooms but there is a wellness space where you can book in for massages, a hammam, a central courtyard with a plunge pool, and bonuses such as wifi and airport shuttle included in the price. It also has a highly recommended in-house restaurant, so if you don't feel like venturing out in the evenings you will be well taken care of.


Dar Zemora

dar zemora

Dar Zemora is the exception to the rule: an amazing riad not in Marrakech medina. If you are looking for an alternative location for a riad in Marrakech, then you can't go wrong with one of the most exclusive regions of the city, the Palmeraie — named for its extensive palm groves. Dar Zemora is perfect if you want something a little more laid back, a tad more spacious, and a whole lot of luxe. Dar Zemora has just seven rooms (some with a private pool and terrace), set in gorgeously manicured grounds with a kitchen garden whose produce is used by the in-house restaurant. There is even a croquet lawn if that's your thing! You will enjoy a top-notch spa and hammam and a large pool heated with solar panels (making it perfect for a stay in the cooler months).


Palais Des Princesses & Spa

riad palais des princesses et spa

A great, affordable spa riad in the Marrakech medina. The spa and wellness center with an indoor swimming pool, hammam, a hot tub, and a massage area alone makes this one of the best riads in Marrakech. But with a gorgeous flower-filled courtyard and plenty of space on the roof terrace to relax, as well as very comfy beds, you will leave this riad feeling thoroughly rested and renewed.


Demeures d'Orient Riad & Spa

demeures d'orient riad et spa

If money is no issue, then Demeures d'Orient Riad and Spa is an excellent choice. Known as one of the top-end luxury riads in Marrakech, expect spacious rooms (including suites with some seriously boogie bathrooms), impeccable service, and high-quality amenities. And of course — as the name implies — excellent spa facilities, including a hammam, and plenty of massage options available. There is also a large central swimming pool, which is free for guests, but if you are staying elsewhere in the medina and desperate for a dip (and curious about how the other half lives), you can pay for access.


Riad Aguaviva

riad aguaviva

Located in the quieter northern part of the medina, this small-scale boutique riad is a great choice if sustainable travel is important to you. Their food is locally sourced, they focus on more sustainable energy choices, and they have eliminated a majority of single-use plastic. With lots of comfy nooks and crannies to relax in, a plunge pool and a lovely light-filled courtyard, you won't be disappointed with this riad.


La Maison Arabe Hotel, Spa & Cooking Workshops

la maison arabe hotel marrakech

This heritage riad first opened up its doors in 1946 and has remained a stalwart on Marrakech's luxury hotel scene ever since. It has a range of lovely rooms and suites (some with the sort of private bathroom that are designed to make you feel like you have died and gone to heaven) and lots of great modern comforts like LCD televisions in the rooms and a fitness suite. Oh, and don't get me started on the grounds with two swimming pools, the hammam and spa, and complimentary afternoon tea with every booking. Good food is taken seriously here, and if you want a piece of the action, you can even sign up for a cooking class!


Riad L'Hotel Marrakech

riad l'hotel marrakech

Recently, when I feel stressed, I look up images of Riad L'Hotel Marrakech, and all my troubles melt away. This multi-award-winning riad owned by Jasper Conran is, in a word, breathtaking. Thoughtfully designed (I expect no less with Conran at the helm) to channel a modern interpretation of 1930s elegance, the five suites, shared spaces, and expansive plant-filled courtyard with a swimming pool promise you the most relaxing stay in understated luxury surrounds.


Riad Dar-K

riad dar-k

If you are after the uber instagrammable stay, then Riad Dar-K is for you. Minimalist neutrals, natural textures, and earthy tones meet traditional Berber touches with a whole lot of plants. This super chic yet easygoing aesthetic has been designed, I suspect, for the social media-loving among us. But it's definitely not style-over-substance! The rooms are spacious and full of thoughtful touches, the lovely shaded patio with a plunge pool is the perfect place to hide from the midday heat, and the dreamy roof terrace with shaded squishy sectionals and floor cushions makes the perfect nap spot. If you have any dietary requirements, this is also the ideal place; their seasonally aligned menus can be made vegan, gluten-free, and allergen friendly.


Dar Assiya

dar assiya

Located in the heart of the red city, this traditionally decorated riad melds culture with luxury. Featuring a beautiful central courtyard with a swimming pool, which the five double rooms and larger suites open onto, a stunning roof terrace with sunbeds and a canopied shaded seating area, and lots of corners throughout the riad with seating areas to relax in. This riad takes comfort seriously and is perfect for unwinding after a busy day exploring.


So hopefully, you have found a Marrakech riad to tickle your fancy! There really is something for everyone, whether you are just looking for something affordable with the basics like air conditioning, something scenic with room or rooftop views of the Atlas mountains, or the full spa experience complete with pools, hammam, and hot tub — I got you covered. Oh, and if you are looking for something with a wellness edge, check out my guide to Morocco's best yoga retreats.


300 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at High on Yoga

My Yoga Teacher Training in Berlin at High on Yoga

I’d been wanting to do a second yoga teacher training since moving to Berlin to fully immerse myself into what had been my lifesaver since my arrival. I couldn’t quite figure out the best way to go about it or which school to pick. Then I started practicing with High on Yoga, and it felt like the perfect fit: the studio teaches intense sequences heavily inspired by Ashtanga and I felt like I had found the best of both worlds between my love for Ashtanga, missing the guidance of a teacher’s voice, and my need to have a sense of community and belonging in a studio. At High on Yoga, I found exactly that and was excited to join their 300-hour teacher training program last October.

yoga teacher training

As the course is now winding to an end, I wanted to share a bit more about it and let you know what you can expect if you too decide to enroll in it — which I can only highly recommend.

If you're looking for an English-speaking yoga teacher training in Berlin with the highest standard of teaching, are also an Ashtanga practitioner (even if you’re not, you might find something really amazing here!) and would like to remain within this classical form of learning and teaching, then this might be the perfect thing for you too. The program at High on Yoga was incredible and we learned in the Ashtanga style which is what I prefer. It was a tough but rewarding journey that I would recommend to anyone wanting to become a yoga instructor or just deepen their practice and knowledge of this wonderful discipline and tradition.


My Experience Doing a Yoga Teacher Training in Berlin at High on Yoga

HOY YTT


My yoga teacher training in Berlin at High on Yoga was an amazing experience overall and I’m so glad I did this for myself. I had previously done my first yoga teacher training in India in 2015 back when I lived in Asia and it was a completely different style of learning. Not that it was bad. But High on Yoga was next-level good.

The program at High on Yoga spanned from October to January across many intensive weekends, and, in between, plenty of time to let the knowledge be assimilated. Most importantly for me, I was able to continue with my busy schedule through it. For reference, I and several other students have a full-time job and managed to do both the training amidst busy work schedules.

For me, this time structure worked so much better than an intensive 30-day course format, because there was no cram-in-your-head and forget-it-all-afterward involved. We spent intense weekends learning, then spent the following week going through it all over again, discussing together in a Whatsapp group, and really taking the time to digest and process the new learnings. Nice side effect: I made new friends that share my love for yoga — a non-negligible aspect to consider. It can be hard to make friends in Berlin!

high on yoga

Physically, also, this schedule made so much more sense than the 6-day schedule I experienced on my first Yoga Teacher Training. You’re not off the hook from practicing on weekdays, however! The teacher training comes with an unlimited pass to the High on Yoga studio and you are required to practice six days a week. Just not all day long like it was the case on my first YTT!


Daily schedule

We met on weekends at around 7am on Saturdays to start with meditation and Mysore practice, followed by taking the beginner-level class with Mateusz, which was super helpful. Observing him teach and give adjustments to other people was vital to the learning experience, once he shared his awesome tricks of the trade with us. When all you have to practice on in your teacher training is other bendy advanced-level students, there’s a big part of reality missing, so it’s helpful to see how he does it with less experienced students. It’s also been helpful for me to practice what I learned on some friends who have less experience with yoga in between classes. This, you definitely do not have access to in an intensive month-long retreat.

Following that was a long lunch break and then we’d meet again around 1pm for asana study with Miriam (breaking down a single pose over a very long period of time to fully understand its proper alignment and mechanics), theory and philosophy, and hands-on assists, my favorite part.

On Sundays, we met a bit later, around noon usually, and studied sequencing, mantra and chanting, sometimes more asana break down, and ended the day with the Intense Level class from Mateusz, which is my favorite class of all time and likely the most advanced yoga class you’ll find in the city.

YTT in berlin

Towards the end of the training, we also had anatomy classes with Songül which were mind-blowing. It really helps to understand and teach others once you have a grasp on the mechanics of the body. I loved that.


Learning hands-on adjustments

We spent hours learning how to adjust different poses, which is, in my book, an essential skill for any yoga teacher, and one that is often ignored by many yoga teacher training schools. Learning hands-on adjustments with Mateusz was my favorite part! I love receiving hands-on adjustments in my practice (one of the many highlights of practicing at High On Yoga!) and learning how to give them back feels like really learning how to be able to help people in their practice and like I'm doing something good for them.

Hands-on adjustments feel like receiving a wonderful deep stretch/massage and like you are really exploring each pose/your body to its full potential. They are amazing and Mateusz is the king of yoga assists. When I say you’ll be learning from the pro, I’m not exaggerating.

yoga teacher training berlin


Learning from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

A big part of the training revolved around yoga philosophy and its most important texts. We were given the opportunity to read and discuss texts from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali including the eight limbs of yoga, which I was already familiar with and loved diving deeper within. We all had slightly different translations from the texts and it was actually fascinating to compare translations and discover a deeper meaning to some texts. You’ll definitely want to get yourself a copy of these two books.

We also chanted some of my favorite mantras mostly on Sunday evenings, which I absolutely loved. To a point that I decided to buy a floor harmonium for myself! Mateusz was nice enough to teach me a few chords so I had a nice starting point. Chanting has an integral role in the teacher training at High On Yoga, which is right up there in my favorite elements along with the adjustments.

yoga teacher training in english


Even if you are not an Ashtangi or do not plan to teach an Ashtanga-based style of yoga, for me, there is something so intrinsically important with the type of training offered at High on Yoga — for perpetuating the tradition of yoga in its purest form. With so many yoga schools having popped up over the years and yoga being somewhat bent out of shape (pun intended), learning the tradition first and foremost is a way to ensure that the quality of yoga that will be taught in years to come will retain its wholeness. And I definitely want to be a part of that.


The next Yoga Teacher Training at High on Yoga begins in March 2022. All info here.