As I write this I am preparing to go on my first international trip in a verrrrry long time (thanks coronavirus!). Although taking a forced break from travel for the first half of 2020 has been challenging, in some ways I’m grateful because it has allowed me to reflect on my eco travel practices and how environmentally sustainable they are.
I’ll be honest, I have been putting off curating my weekend in Berlin guide for a while now because… well, I have been a little overwhelmed as there’s just SO much amazing stuff to experience in this city.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that whenever I have friends or family planning short breaks to Berlin I recommend different things depending on who they are and what they are interested in –– be that culture, clubbing, food, wellness or shopping.
Travel bans are about to loosen up, and many of us will be thinking about how we’re going to spend our holidays soon. For those who are prone to falling foul of wanderlust, Summer 2020 will hopefully bring opportunities to travel and discover new corners of the globe. If you’re in awe of Instagram images, it’s time to start making your travel dreams come true. Don’t be the person who wishes they were on an exotic beach or clambering to the summit of a snow-capped mountain. Be the person who is in the shot. If you’re keen to travel more, making a bucket list is a great idea. Write down all the incredible places you’d like to visit and start ticking off those destinations. Here are some unforgettable experiences you may want to add to your wishlist this Summer.
Cooped up at home the past few months due to social distancing – and feeling just a tad cabin fever-y – has resulted in me becoming an expert at virtual travel and travel journalling. With Google as my partner in crime, I have been planning city breaks, figuring out the best spots for a detox retreat and to go off the grid, and even trawling through my own archives to re-live some of my favourite hotels and beaches. But in all seriousness, lockdown has been taking a real toll on my physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing, so when I do actually get to go on my next trip it will be a detox retreat, for complete rest and reset of my body’s systems.
As plant-based diets become increasingly popular, London leads the pack with some of the most innovative vegan food in the world. Join Stasher as we go in search of the best vegan restaurants in London.
Wulf and Lamb
With two locations in the city, Wulf and Lamb offers surprisingly affordable, gourmet vegan fare. The restaurant’s 100% plant-based menu features creative versions of Shepard’s Pie, Thai curry, and a hearty vegan stew. For folks with a healthy appetite, Wulf and Lamb offers economically-priced comfort food like their mammoth veggie burger combo and full vegan brekkie.
If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I attempted a no waste challenge last year. Now before I go any further, there’s a reason why I used the word attempted: my no waste month was admittedly less than perfect and there was a fair bit of infringement in the form of deep-set habits executed on autopilot.
Since I have been blabbering about Asam laksa non-stop for about a month straight, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with an Asam laksa recipe at long last. Asam laksa is a mix of Malay and Chinese cuisine, a noodle soup that is traditionally made with fish. It is widely available in Malaysia, Singapore and in some parts of Indonesia. I have sampled several variations on the laksa, most of them made with a creamy coconut broth, but my favourite was the sour broth variant we found on Penang Island: the Penang Asam Laksa, a unique and complex blend of spicy, sweet and sour flavours. And so the hunt for a vegetarian Asam Laksa recipe began.
If you’re a traveller, now is a hard time for you. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know the coronavirus travel Europe situation is dire, and anywhere else is pretty much out of the picture. Even travelling domestically is a challenge. If you have plans, you may wonder if you should stick to them, postpone them, or what? Let’s talk about travelling and COVID-19.
Manchester is one of the UK’s biggest and most iconic cities, with a music scene that has given birth to bands like Oasis and Joy Division as well as a few football teams that are kind of a big deal. But as a city break destination, it’s often overlooked when compared to London or several of the other bigger cities in England — which is crazy considering it has so many things to see and do and the level of quality Manchester accommodation you can find.
There’s very little to do in Patnem Beach aside from eating, sipping on fruity drinks, swimming in the sea, reading a book, watching the sunset, or doing yoga if that’s what you’re into. And rinse. And repeat. And that’s exactly what brought me there for the second time in a few years. Maybe I could have done a little extra research on the best beaches of Goa, but oh well. Goa is famous to some for the party scene, but you’ll find none of that in Patnem Beach. What you’ll find however is a short stretch of clean and soft sand lined with beach huts and shack restaurants that are dismantled at the end of every season. So don’t be surprised if things aren’t aligning quite right with Google Maps – a lot isn’t aligning quite right in India anyway 😉