Posts tagged 2019
a comprehensive guide to visas for U.S. citizens traveling Southeast Asia: how to get your visa for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, + Myanmar in 2019

Southeast Asia is popular for tourists thanks to its affordability, wild landscapes, and the appeal of its “exotic”-ness. It’s because of this, knowing that many people want to travel this part of the world, that I decided to but together a detailed guide on visas for U.S. Citizens traveling through the region. I’ve also included Myanmar, since I was intimidated by the rumours I had heard about strict visa policies. I thought including it might help others rest assured it isn’t impossible.

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my birthday wishlist: the ethical items + travel gear this birthday girl is lusting after

It’s my birthday in exactly one month. This past winter, I put together a wishlist for Christmas, and my loved ones actually said it helped them pick out ethically made, eco-friendly items and travel gear to gift me, as well as introducing them to brands they hadn’t yet heard of— talk about wins all around.

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how to responsibly volunteer abroad: an extensive look at the ethics of overseas volunteering + my own experience

Summer means people are eager to spend their school breaks volunteering. It’s overwhelming to do the rigorous amount of vetting that has to be done to guarantee you’re volunteering with a quality organization that has a clear mission and operates in an ethical fashion. I’m here to help.

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Lju-beer-ljana: a locally-led craft beer tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Craft beer tours in Europe are a dime-a-dozen. Most are more like messy pub crawls than beer tours that pass on historical and cultural knowledge to its participants. Luckily for me, Peter’s craft beer tour of Ljubljana, a capital city that stole my heart, packed in as much architecture, history, and cultural context as it did pints.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Finding vegetarian food can be hard in certain places. In Morocco’s smaller cities, like Chefchaouen, it was a bit of a task. Despite the lack of overall variety, I was pleasantly surprised with the modest number of restaurants in the blue city of Chefchaouen that offered vegetarian meals. If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, this guide is a compiled list of all the spots I ate with a map at the bottom to help you find them all!

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sleeping in a prison cell: a stay at Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Staying in a prison cell might sound like a nightmare, but Hostel Celica is more like a dream set in the art-meets-grunge Metelkova Mesto area in Ljubljana. Cells of a military prison have been transformed into individual cell rooms designed by local and international artists. My stay at Hostel Celica was one of the most interesting and unique hosted stays I’ve ever had.

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tips for first-time solo travelers: advice from 5 female experts

When asked specifically about solo travel, I don’t think I’m enough of an advocate to feel like my advice is masterclass-level, ya know? I want people to be excited about traveling and feel good about at least trying it along. That’s why I decided to combine the wisdom of five badass ladies in this post, all with incredible travel experiences of their own.

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how to spend the perfect day in Lake Bled, Slovenia: how to get there + 5 fun things to do

Lake Bled is quickly garnering attention from travelers thanks to its pristine lake water and dense forest greenery. Topped off with a castle on a hill and famous cream cake, and you have the making’s of what quickly became one of my favourite destinations I’ve visited in Europe ever— which says a lot coming from a girl who literally grew up traveling the continent.

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the ultimate guide to Fes, Morocco: what to do, where to eat, + how to get around

Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and known as the cultural capital of the country. Located approximately 300 miles from Marrakech, it’s easy to slap Fes on your itinerary thanks to it’s accessibility. And, trust me, you don’t want to leave it out! As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is one of the most well-preserved Arab cities with vast history, a buzzing medina, and plenty to keep you busy for 3+ days.

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Riad Menzeh: the most affordable, luxury riad in Marrakech, Morocco

Staying in a riad while traveling through Morocco was, I’ll admit, a bit of a basic bucket list item for me {if I kept a bucket list anymore, that is}. Most riads in Marrakech are located in the medina, which is a prime location for visitors, and include home-cooked breakfasts. However, it’s for these very reasons that riads tend to be more expensive than other accommodation options. Riad Menzeh offers all the bells and whistles that other riads do, but at a more affordable price tag. It was the perfect place for me to relax and enjoy Marrakech, the last stop on my Moroccan adventure.

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a café guide to Vienna, Austria: UNESCO cafés + modern brunch spots in the Austrian capital

I’ve put together a list of my favourite coffee houses in Vienna that include both the posh places in town and the more modern brunch spots for the new wave of travelers eager to enjoy a Viennese cappuccino.

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the big guide to Vienna, Austria: where to eat, how to get around, + the best things to do in Vienna

Vienna is exactly what you would expect from a classy European capital. Filled with awesome architecture, harrowing history, and outstanding operatics, there is culture oozing from every pore of the city. From castles to cafés, Vienna offers something for everyone. In this guide, you’ll find exactly where to eat, what to see + do, and how to get around the beautiful Austrian capital. Don’t forget to check out the map at the bottom of the post to help you navigate the city!

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10 of the best things to do in Seville, Spain

Seville won me over in a matter of seconds. I only spent 4 days in the city, and it was not nearly enough for me. There is so much to see + do {+ eat} in the sunshine capital of Europe. It was easy for me to see the appeal of Seville for tourists flocking to the southern Spanish city.

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a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech was where my culinary choices widened considerably in Morocco, and I was able to hunt down some modern takes on Moroccan meals with different flavours and more variety. I’ve put together this little guide of veggie food spots in Marrakech to help my fellow vegetarians and vegans find a few more dining options so that you can all enjoy the fun food culture that awaits you in this colourful city.

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a responsible food tour in Seville: how Devour's Triana tapas tour is helping culture thrive

In this post, you’ll find all the details about what I ate, what you can expect on a tour, and what the mission of Devour Tours is. I’m sure by the time you get to the end of this bad boy, you’ll be booking your own tour with Devour in no time. I’m basically plotting a way to get back to Spain just simply to eat more with them.

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the best kept secrets in Lisbon: an off-the-beaten-path guide to the Portuguese capital

One of my favourite things to do in a city that is frequented by fellow travelers is to get off the beaten path and find something {or, in this case, six somethings} that is off the beaten path or hidden, even if it is in plain sight.

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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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