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 little city break? I have definitely done both when preparing my packing list for Europe. As a seasoned backpacker, I tend to fall in the latter category most of the time, but 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 there’s more ahead, stay tuned!), and this is 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.
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!
When it comes to popular tourist destinations of the world, Eastern European countries have never truly hit the world map. It’s difficult to understand the reason for this.
They’re often overlooked in favour of attractive western European destinations such as France and Greece.
But with gorgeous architecture, iconic sights, rich history and high cultures, they really shouldn’t be, besides the fact they’re cheaper to visit than their European competitors.
Here are five Eastern European destinations with a wealth of attractions worth checking out.
Since I get asked this question on the regular, I thought of presenting you with a “best yoga retreats 2019” post. Places I have been either visiting or dreaming of visiting. Yoga retreats are a hot holiday trend, an for a reason. What better way to slice right through a slump than to reconnect with nature and yourself somewhere warm and sunny for a few weeks, while practising yoga and eating delicious healthy vegan food? None in my book. So without further ado, here are my recommendations for what I think the best yoga retreats 2019 are.
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.
Have you ever yearned to visit the best safari parks in Africa and wondered which are the best? Did you know that Serengeti National Park in Tanzania topped the list of the most popular destinations? If this news comes as a surprise to you, then you’re not alone.
In determining the top 30 list of Africa’s best safari destinations, 140 parks in 10 countries were considered. These countries offer top-notch safari experiences for visitors in Africa. Based on 1500 park reviews on popular safari websites, the study included 1200 reviews contributed by safari tourists from 80 countries around the world. Distinguished safari experts wrote the remaining 300 reviews.
There are thousands of beautiful beaches all over the world, each of them uniquely perfect in their own way – making it incredibly difficult to choose which ones to visit. While some have the sought-after white sand beaches and sparkling blue waters, others have the best water sports activities you could find, and some are perfect for wildlife lovers looking to catch a glimpse of remote animals in their natural habitats.
It’s practically impossible to visit every beach on the planet, so we’ve rounded up the 5 best that you absolutely have to make sure are in your bucket lists.
If you caught a glimpse of me in the flesh right now, you possibly wouldn’t believe that I am one of those nutcases who slather biodegradable sunscreen on in the dead of the Canadian winter when there’s a snowstorm outside. Because, yes, right now I am very, very tan, but this was a long, unavoidable and unintentional process. I am very aware that this is contributing to premature skin ageing, but I am taking most precautions (and I say ‘most’ because, unlike Vietnamese women, I am not willing to wear long jeans, socks, gloves, a hoodie, face mask and hat when it’s 40 degrees Celsius outside) and this is one of the few evils I am temporarily ok to deal with for the sake of travelling. I avoid the sun in the middle of the day, wear a hat, slather on a high SPF (always natural!) sunscreen, yet here I am, returning from a few months in the sun, looking like an Oompa Loompa.
If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I attempted a zero waste challenge in May. I just about missed the boat at presenting you my impressions on time for Plastic Free July, but here I go anyway. Now before I go any further, there’s a reason why I used the word attempted: my plastic-free living month was admittedly less than perfect and there was a fair bit of infringement in the form of deep-set habits executed on autopilot.
Europe is a magnet for travellers from all over the world, and for vegans, it’s fast becoming a succulent, meat-free meca. The same is also true for travellers and those on vacation who just want to eat healthier, and do their bit for the environment and animal compassion. We don’t all have to tuck into blood-oozing steaks all the time, and you too can embark on a vegan travel odyssey as part of your exploration of the mighty continent of Europe.