An extended layover in Iceland en route from America to Europe is a brilliant idea, as it is pretty much smack in the middle and it is honestly one of the most fascinating countries I have ever been too. Icelandair understood that and is now offering up to a seven-day layover at no additional cost on many trans-Atlantic routes. Once you’re in Iceland, because of the poor public transport system outside of Reykjavik, there are two ways to explore all the things to do in Iceland: either by A – joining a group tour (and you may have read that it isn’t exactly my thing…) or B – by renting a car and doing your Iceland road trip like a big adult. When I partnered with TripCreator for my Iceland itinerary, I was informed that the latter was the plan, and I did have a brief moment of panic because… I do not know how to drive! Thankfully, the funny and wild woman that is my mother volunteered herself to be driving in Iceland, so we were all set to go! Yay!
Who hasn’t fallen prey of either totally over-packing and not wearing half of what they brought or, at the other end of the spectrum, feeling way too utilitarian and backpacker-ish for a fancy city break? I have definitely done both when preparing my packing list for Europe. But as a seasoned backpacker, I tend to fall in the latter category most of the time. That said, I do like to feel stylish when I’m city-hopping in trendy capitals. Do you think it’s possible to look sort of trendy-ish yet comfortable AND pack just in a carry-on luggage? I like to think so! I’ve done a fair bit of city-hopping these past years, and today I’d like to present you my tried-and-tested packing list for Europe. I’m a pretty neutral-shade type of gal, and in this specific case, it makes sense to pack that way, because everything will fit together. Hurray for keeping it simple! Here are my essential travel items.
Sitting in stillness for just a few minutes each day can help cope with stress and anxiety, live a more balanced life and enhance relationships, both with oneself and with others. Meditation classes in a dedicated meditation center can be a good place to start if you’re finding the idea of meditating on your own for the first time a little daunting. I personally use Headspace and I love it. If you’ve already been initiated and are ready to try your first ever silent retreat, yaaaassssss!
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Everyone has their own point of reference when it comes to thinking of London, UK. The queen. The Sex Pistols and the punk scene. Crumpets and cream teas. The Union Jack. Who knows, name it. London definitely lives in everyone’s imagination, and for so many different reasons. I’m personally a big fan! The vegan scene is popping, the streets are gorgeous, and the UK has felt like my second home for years. And so, if you haven’t visited London, can you even call yourself a traveller? I’m kidding.
I get asked on Instagram almost every day what the best places for yoga in Berlin are. Truth be told, with over 400 venues offering classes in the city, I cannot for a fact guarantee I have discovered absolutely all of the best yoga Berlin has to offer. I have, however, in my 3+ years here, tried many of them, some good and some not so good, and I have for sure taken on a liking to some specific spots and teachers. So whether you’re in Berlin temporarily or settling in forever, whether you prefer the full German immersion, or would rather ease into things and do yoga in English, Berlin has it all lined up for you!
Lost in a vegan Burger Berlin maze?
I’m vegan burger-obsessed as much as I’m a health nut. If there’s a burger on the menu, it’ll trump any organic cardboardy bird food I’d usually go for. And to say Berlin has its vegan burger game down pat is quite the understatement. Every burger joints ha a vegan option. Scratch that. Every restaurant has a burger option has a vegan burger option. Berlin has more burger spots than native Berliners and my ambition to document every single vegan burger option in the city was quickly shut down by the pace at which places open and close. So, as the Berlin vegan burger scene ebbs and flows like a goddamn annoying breathing thing, this guide is getting updated with latest discoveries and classics not to be missed.
Stop saying that Summer is over! Kids are finally back in school, beaches are at long last quiet, it’s time to plan a yoga holiday, friendos! I know many of you (including myself) often look towards South East Asia or South America for a 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 yoga retreat in Europe. And while some countries may seem more appropriate than others for a relaxing holiday because of their proximity to beaches or nature, I’ve found that there are fantastic options literally everywhere!
Much like Leipzig, Hamburg came as a pleasant surprise, with chilled vibes all around and throngs of alternative, cool and independent shops and cafés. Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s located not so far from Berlin, but I found Hamburg to be similar in some ways — be it in the cool nature of the stylish locals or the general overall diversity. As such, the German port city obviously had several vegan restaurants for us to sample, and, what the hell, a fully vegan bed and breakfast! The vegan Hamburg restaurants, including some fantastic vegan breakfast Hamburg hotspots, get my stamp of approval! Without further ado, I’d like to present you a short list of all the delicious vegan food I sampled in Hamburg.
Any travel nomad and hardened adventure seeker will tell you that searching for any adventure involves a lot of risks, excitement, and discomfort, whether in hiking the tallest mountain in the world, exploring the Amazon Jungle or Kayaking on the Mississippi River.
Many of us enjoy listening to tales of grand adventures from experienced travellers and daydream about travelling the world, escaping from the routine 9 to 5 job for something more exciting.
With that said, here are five great places for an adventure break like no other in 2019.
I fell in love with being in a German spa nude at vabali spa berlin. I know some of my German friends would roll their eyes at me for saying that Germans love themselves a bit of mixed gender nudity. But upon visiting vabali, I think they totally do. If you’re not familiar with the Freikörperkultur, of FKK (free body culture), chances are you will after spending some time in Germany. At the very least, you will have heard of a nude spa Germany one way or another. And while some would simplify that the FKK movement was born as a form of resistance against the East German regime, nudism in Germany has its roots way further in history. After doing a little research, what stuck with me most is the use of nudity historically as a way for people to free themselves from the religious restriction that has taught people to be ashamed of their body, and from the industrial society. Without clothes, no-one is a factory slave, everyone is equal.