an Instagram guide to Lisbon, Portugal: where to find 10 of the best photo spots in Lisbon

Lisbon quickly won me {and my camera} over, putting Portugal at the top of my list for favourite European countries. The hilly city with its many colourful and diverse neighbourhoods is filled with secret side streets, beautiful back alleys, and magic miraduoros {viewpoints} is a photographer’s delight. Lisbon’s endless Instagram potential is just one of the many reasons people are falling head-over-heels for it.

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how to spend 24 hours in Salamanca, Spain: where to eat , what to see, + what first-time visitors should know

Salamanca, Spain sits somewhere between Madrid city and Portugal. It’s home to the oldest University in Spain and the third oldest University in Europe, which boosts a highly-ranked Spanish language program. In Salamanca, you’ll find gorgeous cobblestone streets in the Old Town {a UNESCO Heritage Site} set against a backdrop of gothic and baroque-style architecture. Here’s the best way to spend a day in Salamanca.

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what to expect on Eating Europe's Eats, Street Art and Undiscovered Lisbon Tour

Eating Europe just launched a new food tour destination— Lisbon, Portugal. The Portuguese have a strong reputation for their gastronomy and a rich cultural history with the second oldest capital city in Europe. It didn’t take any convincing for me to agree to a half-day spent eating and sightseeing on the newly unveiled Eating Europe Lisbon tour.

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the Porto Bridge Climb experience: why Europe's only bridge climb should be on your bucket list

Porto’s nickname is “the city of six bridges”, so it comes as no surprise that Portugal’s second largest metropolis is peppered with arches across the water. However, what most visitors don’t know is that you’re able to pay to climb to the top of the city’s most westward bridge, the Arrábida Bridge, with Porto Bridge Climb. This is a bucket list moment I didn’t know I needed to have until I watched 48 Hour Travel Man’s recent Porto episode {honestly, how I got most of the ideas for this particular trip around Europe}. A true Richard Ayoade fan at heart, I didn’t want to leave Porto without doing the climb. Although it was not an adrenaline-packed bungee jump or a thrilling skydive, the Porto Bridge Climb was an evening I’ll never forget and is easily the highlight of my time in Porto.

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a café guide to Lisbon, Portugal: the coolest coffee shops + best brunch in Lisbon

Wondering where to find the best brunch and coffee in Lisbon? Wonder no longer! I’ve created this post with the five of my favourite brunch and coffee spots in the Portuguese capital. With only a week in Lisbon, I feel like I scoped out some seriously fantastic cute cafés, creative coffee, and classic brunch menus in the midst of all the city exploring. The Portuguese have a long-standing history of café socializing making them my kind of people. As an avid brunch goer myself, I felt spoilt by all the cafés that awaited me in Lisbon. Local haunts with beautiful baked goods and modern joints with innovative food— Lisbon has it all.

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a guide to Faro, Portugal: what to do + where to eat in Portugal’s southernmost city

Faro is Portugal’s southernmost mainland city and, though I’m known for creating maps and conducting research on any area I’m traveling to, I arrived in Faro without a single clue as to what to do, where to eat, or how to make the most of my time there. Luckily for me, the city revealed itself to me during my leisurely three days there.

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sketch’s Parlour Pop-up: how two girls threw a bash at the iconic sketch parlour for creatives to empower one another

Here’s a little rundown of our second event {even bigger and better}, and hopefully it serves as a kick up the ass to hustle hard for those needing one. You can do so much, even if you don’t have a budget. All you need is confidence and a killer idea.

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Orange Robe Tours: culturally appropriate tours that give back in Luang Prabang, Laos

In Luang Prabang, there are more social enterprises, non-profits, and giveback-businesses than you might believe for such a small town, and that number only seems to be growing. Cafés like Saffron, textile shops like Ock Pop Tok, and tours like Orange Robe Tours all add to the Luang Prabang community.

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how to survive Songkran: eco-friendly ways to celebrate, what to pack, + how to prepare for the Thai festival

The annual Songkran Festival is one of Thailand’s most famous holidays. As the marking of the Buddhist New Year, Songkran is rooted in religious traditions, but has transformed into a massive water party that extends through a three-day period. But…

…I WAS UNDERWHELMED BY THE INFORMATION ONLINE FOR the eco-aware.

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where to find Bill Murray in Charleston: my unofficial guide to stalking the legend in South Carolina

After spending six months falling in love with Charleston, I learned that all about Bill Murray's favourite places and made notes when friends spotted him around the city. I made an itinerary to see the city through the eyes of Bill {first name basis}. 

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a complete guide to Ella, Sri Lanka: where to eat, where to stay, how to get there, + the coolest things to do

Ella is a small, quiet town in Sri Lanka completely enveloped in nature. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven with all the hikes and waterfalls to visit. Anyone who digs relaxed destinations with a bit of a nightlife are bound to fall in love with Ella.

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an Instagram guide to Sri Lanka: 16 of the most epic photo spots across the country

When looking for Instagrammable spots in Sri Lanka, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice. The country is absolutely stunning. There’s no shortage of photogenic scenery or Instagram spots on this island. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Here are 16 of my favourite places for epic photos across Sri Lanka!

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how to hike Ella Rock without paying for a guide: scams to avoid + what to expect

Along the train tracks, up rolling hills, and through eucalyptus forests lies Ella Rock. This cliff offers gorgeous views of the valley below for those who brave the heat to climb it. The four-hour roundtrip trek up Ella Rock is one of the most famous hikes in the country, and it was one of the best things I did while in Ella. Immediately after hiking, I had messages in my inbox asking if I paid for a guide up Ella Rock or not. Many people shot me a message asking: “CAN YOU HIKE ELLA ROCK WITHOUT A GUIDE?” Absolutely.

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Spill the Tea Event: how I hosted my first event at Teatulia Tea Bar in London with zero experience

A few months ago, I had a surge of creativity hit, which is still coursing through me. I was listening to old podcast episodes I had recorded and never released and I asked myself why. I hadn’t been brave enough, maybe? Or it could be that I was too lazy? Maybe I didn’t feel excited by them? I don’t remember. But it reminded me of a list of creative pursuits I had written out. On that list, among other things, was the desire to get brave and conceptualize, create, and host an event.

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how responsible tourism can help support minority communities in northern Laos

Laos is home to an estimated 42 ethnic minority communities. Most travelers get glimpses of Khmu, Hmong, and Lao Lum culture, but very rarely do people journey up north where the Akha, Oma, and Lanten people live. During my trip to Luang Namtha Province with Luang Namtha Tourism, I was given the unique opportunity to learn more about these ethnic minority cultures in Laos in an initiative with the tourism board to broaden the economic opportunities of these communities through the tourism industry.

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a street art guide to Mirissa, Sri Lanka: 11 of the prettiest painted walls + where to find them

Mirissa, Sri Lanka is a surfer’s paradise, but it’s also a great destination for art lovers thanks to its abundance of murals, graffiti, and street art. From bright peacocks to vivid lion heads, from three-dimensional surfers to footprints— Mirissa has a little mix of everything. Most of these artistic treasures are either on the main road or on the walls of guesthouses and hostels near the beach, so finding them isn’t too much of a mission. Despite how easy they can be to find, I have pinned their locations on a map at the bottom of this post!

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answering your questions + a life update

I recently had people on Instagram stories ask me anything so that I could write a little update about life, upcoming moves, and my travel plans to clear up any confusion that may exist. A lot has changed in a short amount of time, and I thought this would be the perfect way to answer questions readers might have about what’s ahead!

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Sigiriya Rock vs. Pidurangala Rock: what's the difference + which one should you hike

If you are traveling through Sri Lanka, you undoubtedly have Sigiriya on your itinerary. But how do you decide whether to climb Pidurangala Rock or Lion Rock? Don’t worry, I’ve made this guide to help any indecisive readers make as informed a decision as possible. WAIT?! THERE ARE TWO ROCKS?! Yep! A budget-friendly, less-beaten-path option {Piduranagala Rock} and the UNESCO protected “Lion Rock” with a steep entry fee.

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spring + summer suitcase edit: what to pack for a European summer + ethical brands to shop

Flying to Europe this summer? Imagining yourself sunbathing in Positano or sipping wine in the south of Portugal? Hoping to wake up in Romania or wander {once more} around Greece? Quit picturing it, book your tickets like I did, and pack your bags! This post contains some of my favourite brands and their takes on the season’s wardrobe essentials.

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