Posts tagged 2019
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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