As it’s the biggest city in Northern Thailand, finding the best hostels Chiang Mai has to offer might be an overwhelming task because of the endless choices out there.
Tucked in the backpacking wonderland of Thailand, the mountainous city of Chiang Mai is a no-brainer spot if you want to experience the fusion of traditional and contemporary the country has to offer. Chiang Mai never runs out of hole-in-the-wall eats, excellent markets, beautiful temples, and local activities like cooking classes that will further acquaint you with Thailand’s way of life. Despite all the modern changes it welcomes, Chiang Mai has always been a piece of serenity in Thailand. Not to mention that it has an affordable cost of living that makes it all the more enticing for any type of traveller, especially the digital nomads.
One reason I was so keen to return to Chiang Mai is the vegan food.
What’s so great about Chiang Mai vegan food is the selection on offer. There are vegan and vegetarian restaurants elsewhere in Thailand, but they generally are your standard “Jay” (a Buddhist form of veganism) lunch buffet and are not always amazing. Sometimes they are. But I didn’t visit any of those whilst in Chiang Mai, because they can be found everywhere else. Instead I went for the organic farm to table, Japanese macrobiotic, healthy salad bar concepts and all the different and original options in-between, because they truly are what make Vegan Chiang Mai so special.
Koh Phangan swallowed me whole yet again with its beautiful vistas, beaches, yoga, food and everything that comes with it. This was my fourth time on the island and it was as good as ever. You can read the story of how I fell in love with the place here. For now though, let’s talk vegan Koh Phangan! (And right this way if you want to read about the best beaches of Koh Phangan).
I knew Ashtanga was going to be a challenge. I knew because I had already tried and failed not that long ago, at a time where I wasn’t mentally prepared. One thing you may not know about me, if you aren’t so close to me or haven’t been a reader of many years, is that the last three years were the most difficult of my life. A heartbreak lead me first to great heights, with a powerful adrenaline rush that propelled me from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin by bicycle on almost a single breath. But arriving in Berlin was an entirely different story. I fell from high up into the depth of a depression, something I hadn’t before experienced and that I have been a little shy of discussing here.
There is a lot I have missed about Southeast Asia since I was last here – sunshine, fruit that tastes like sunshine, a focus on space as opposed to time, tuk-tuks, negotiable prices, … There is less I currently miss about Berlin – except for one thing. My recycling bin. Traveling as a vegan is becoming a relatively straightforward thing to do, but integrating all my conscious habits from back home is a different story. Especially in Southeast Asia, where they really really REALLY love their plastic packaging, and recycling facilities are currently as mythical as unicorns… So when I rocked up at luxury boutique hotel and ethical resort Jaya House Siem Reap, I was excited not just at the anticipation of a comfy beds, access to the best temples in Siem Reap, and good coffee (fine, I miss these a little bit too), but to find out what a hotel with the ambition to be 100% plastic free is like.
Planning a trip to Spain? Great choice, but where to go?! This perfect road trip takes you down along the Spanish East Coast. Starting in Barcelona, a beautiful city with lots of diversity. But that’s not the only city you have to see… Ready? Buckle up and let’s go!
Start in Barcelona
The number one place to visit is (of course) the Sagrada Familia, the holy cathedral by Antoni Gaudi. The building isn’t finished but it will be in 2026, on the 100th anniversary of his death. There are so many famous landmarks in Spain that are worth the visit. Gingerbread houses, a magic lizard and mosaic benches are some of the Park Guell’s architectural flourishes. This is also Gaudi’s incredible work.
Iceland has boomed recently as a top travel destination. More and more airlines are offering affordable flights to this beautiful country, and it’s no wonder it has been gaining so much notice! With stunning views that look like something out of a sci-fi movie and a charming culture, you’ll want to add Iceland to your bucket list ASAP! While Iceland looks picture perfect in the snapshots by your favorite Instagram travelers, there are some things you need to know before jetting off to this unforgettable place. And while hotsprings in Iceland were my favorite thing ever, there is so much more Iceland has to offer. Read on for my tips!
From one vegan traveler to the next, I can’t stress this enough: you have to chill, man. There have been times in remote areas of Southeast Asia where all there was for me to eat on the menu were stir-fried vegetables and rice for several days in a row, and other times where the language barrier made it impossible to communicate my dietary needs. I’d hate to see food go to waste, so when this happens, I tend to suck it up and eat around the offender. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened often. But I can’t stress enough that a relaxed attitude will take you a long way. The best we can do is do our best. And take snacks with you, always.
Travelling to explore the world is fun, exciting, and probably one of the best things you can experience in life. To get your inspiration flowing, just read some of the best travel quotes. But if concerns over safety are preventing you from doing so, you shouldn’t allow that to hold you back.
While it’s true that there are certain risks involved when you’re traveling alone, especially if you’re a woman, there are many ways you can protect yourself and avoid putting yourself in danger.
I hit the gym most evenings after work before I became a full-time traveler. While this was a perfectly enjoyable way to spend a few hours by myself and unwind at the end of a long day (especially on cold winter nights where exercising outside in the dark had absolutely no appeal), it quickly became either impossible or too expensive once I started traveling to far flung destinations. It also made no sense to trap myself in an air conditioned room with all this warm and wonderful tropical nature around me to use as a playground. The answer came organically: yoga.