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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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Wat Samphran: how to get to the "dragon temple” + what to know before you visit

Wat Samphran in Bangkok, commonly referred to as “the Dragon Temple”, stands out amongst the many other temples in the Thai capital. However, unlike those many other temples, Wat Samphran is a pain in the ass to get to. In this guide, I give you all the info you need before making the journey to Wat Samphran, and a little insight into its reality.

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kayaking the Nam Ha River in Laos: why you cannot miss this northern adventure

If you’re into travel adventures that combine local knowledge, community-based tourism initiatives, and physical activity, and rugged nature— kayaking the Nam Ha River in northern Laos is the next destination you should put on your itinerary.

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a comprehensive guide to the Kandy to Ella train: everything you need to know about the famous Sri Lankan train ride

The journey from Kandy to Ella is considered one of the most stunning train rides in the world, which is obviously a massive call to make. I was chomping at the bit to catch the views for myself. I’ve created this guide filled with all the information I gathered over my time in Sri Lanka and many, many train rides so that you know what to expect, how to book the best seat in the house, information about the train timetables, and how to have the best overall experience.

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a quick guide to Galle, Sri Lanka: how to spend an afternoon in the colonial town in southern Sri Lanka

Galle is a beautiful town in southern Sri Lanka. The colonial architecture reflects its history, which is actually quite recent. With cricket games, delicious eateries, and walls to walk around, Galle has enough to fill up an afternoon’s worth of your vacation time.

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how to hike up Diyaluma Falls in Sri Lanka without a guide + a map to help you navigate

In almost every blog I read before my trip, the writer hired a driver. I knew I didn’t want to do this if at all possible, because I didn’t want to have to negotiate a price or keep an eye on the time I spent at the top. This guide focuses on those looking to motorbike their way to Diyaluma Falls and hike it without hiring anyone to get you there!

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hostel highlight: The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Gorgeous rooms that feel cozy and cool await you inside this vintage building in the heart of old town Bangkok. Here is my full review of both the budget bunks and the posh private rooms offered at The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bangkok's hidden Airplane Graveyard: where to find it + how to get there

Bangkok is home to a world of hidden treasures and off-beat delights. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Thailand’s capital, and in a world continually exposed by Instagram, is the airplane graveyard that sits right along a main road.

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the ultimate safari guide to Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka: how to book, what to pack, + the cheapest way to get there

Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited national park in Sri Lanka, offering safaris for tourists looking to catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Most people feel overwhelmed by the safari options available from the seemingly hundreds of travel agencies and tour companies that exist. That’s why I made this guide. In this post, you’ll find all the details to a Sri Lankan safari at Udawalawe National Park, which I hope helps you get all the answers you’ve been searching for so that you can plan the experience of a lifetime!

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trekking in Laos: everything you need to know before hiking the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area in Luang Namtha, Laos

Luang Namtha Province in northwest Laos is filled with natural landscapes and cultural diversity, making it an ideal place for ecotourism. Especially since it is home to the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area and various outdoor tourism initiatives.

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a budget-friendly guide to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka: how to see Sri Lanka's "Little England" for cheap

Nestled away in the tea hills of central Sri Lanka is Nuwara Eliya, a small town best known for being a retreat for British colonialists to so all the most “British” things: play cricket, drink tea, hunt foxes and deer, and put on a polo match. Despite its reputation for high-class visitors playing golf and staying in posh Tudor-esque hotels, Nuwara Eliya can still easily be done on a budget!

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an Instagram guide to Hong Kong: 18 of the coolest photo spots in Hong Kong + a map to get you there

It’s true. The architecture of the city lends itself fully to the hard-line, concrete-crazed aesthetics urban photographers pine for. However, it’s not all residential basketball courts and contemporary views in HK. Oh, not at all. Hong Kong offers something for everyone to visually feast on.

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20 tips + facts for your first trip to Laos

Planning your first trip to Laos might feel a bit daunting, since information is hard to find online or is missing altogether. Thanks to my extensive time in the country, I’ve put together a list of 20 tips and facts about Laos that will help you know what to expect, what to pack, and how to prepare for the exciting journey ahead! Visitors tend to pass through on their way to one of its more well-known neighboring countries. I’ve often read blogs about Laos and felt frustrated by the lack of quality and correct information on the web. That’s why I’m hoping my blog is a space with thorough information, maps, and all the details travelers need. And, in regards to Laos, I’m hoping guides like these will help first-time travelers feel prepped and ready.

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how to spend 48 hours in Luang Namtha, Laos: where to eat, what to see, + where to stay

Luang Namtha is the main city in Luang Namtha Province. Confusing, I know. It’s mostly known as a stopover town for backpackers crossing over from Thailand into Laos. However, I was recently invited by Luang Namtha Tourism with a small group of travel writers and bloggers to promote tourism in northwest Laos. After spending a week in the district and seeing all its main city has to offer, I feel as though Luang Namtha is highly underrated as a destination for cultural and ecological tourism.

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the hardest part of traveling full-time + what helps me overcome it

Traveling full-time isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s the worst. But, I’m not going to moan about my life. I love traveling and I feel overwhelmingly lucky to have seen all that I have in such depth. Rather than complain about what is ultimately an extreme privilege, I figured I’d just lay out what the hardest part of traveling is and how I do my best to rise above it. The hardest part of traveling full-time for me is being away from the people I love.

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the big guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: how to get there, where to stay, what to eat, + what to do

Hanoi, Vietnam, is a city filled with culture, good coffee, art, history, and really affordable food! What’s not to love?! After visiting the city quite a few times, and loving it more with each return, I’ve finally put together a big guide to Vietnam’s capital. Whether you’re looking for the best things to see, cultural things to do, or places to eat, this guide has it all for you.

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hostel highlight: why Sloth Hostel is the best place to stay on a layover from Don Muang Airport

What’s the worst part of a long, late night layover? Finding accommodation that’s in close proximity to the airport and affordable. Luckily, passengers flying in and out of Don Muang Airport {DMK} in need of a place to sleep and shower need look no further than Sloth Hostel Don Muang.

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a food guide to Hong Kong: 5 local foods to try + where to get your hands on them

There is heaps of food finds in Hong Kong. This list could have been seemingly endless. I’ve put together a list of 5 foods every first-time visitor to Hong Kong should try. I have also listed the exact establishments where I tried each of these, so that you can either find somewhere better or give it a go in the same place I did!

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an Instagram guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: 5 classic places for photos + a map to help you find them

Vietnam in general is a very photogenic country. Upon every return trip, I find my eye glued to the viewfinder of my camera, getting trigger happy with the shutter button. My most recent trip to Hanoi proved that my love affair with Vietnam’s aesthetics is never-ending. For those new to the capital, overwhelmed by the affordable local food, derelict cafés, and French colonial architecture, here are 5 quintessentially “Hanoi” Instagram spots you’re likely to fall in love with photographing!

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a weekender's guide to Vientiane, Laos : how to see the best of the Laotian capital in 48 hours

I’m going to say something that, as an advocate of slow and thorough travel, I normally would not say: 48 hours in Vientiane is probably all you really need. You can, obviously, spend more time there, but it is entirely possible to see the major tourist highlights over the span of a weekend and still have some spare time on your hands. Here’s my guide for what not to miss no matter how much {or how little} time you chose dedicate to the capital city of Laos.

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