Posts in reviews + collabs
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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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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where to find the best street art + alternative ruin pubs in Budapest: a locally-led tour with BudapestFlow

BudapestFlow is a website and tour company run by Attila, a local of Budapest who wants his city to be known for more than just bachelor parties and stag dos. Touring with Attila through the Jewish Quarter revealed surprise after surprise and gave context to all the beautiful things I had been passing by without much thought. In this way, Attila has masterfully combined history, street murals, and a facilitated conversation around gentrification.

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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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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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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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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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The Onion Hostel at the Flower Market in Bangkok: a quiet place to stay in thailand’s capital

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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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 best place to stay on a Bangkok layover: why Sloth Hostel is my pick 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 responsible luxury Ha Long Bay visit with La Regina Cruise and YESD Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is not only one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve been, and I’m obviously not the only one who feels that way, since approximately 7 million tourists visit per year. Adding to the destinations appeal, it’s been named one of the New 7 World Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I’ve wanted to visit Ha Long Bay with its limestone karsts and teal waters for since my first visit to Asia. Luckily for me, YESD Vietnam invited me on a Ha Long Bay cruise to make my dream come true and mark another item off my ever-growing bucket list.

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homestay highlight: Vanvisa At The Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

As a total surprise to me {and I can count the number of times I’ve actually been surprised on two hands}, I was told only to pack an overnight bag and swimwear, I was at an absolute loss for what to expect. Whisked away on the back of a motorbike, I was more and more confused as we got further and further south. Surely, we were heading to the waterfalls? But…there’s no place to stay the night at the waterfalls? I WAS CONFUSED. We pulled up near the gate of Kuang Si and took a turn down a dirt alleyway. Pulling up to an area filled with open seating and pools of teal water I’d never seen before, Luke jumped off the bike and said, “We’re here.” And that’s how our time at the hidden hotel I’d never heard of in all my time in Laos started— the Vanvisa At The Falls Homestay Resort.

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Mekong Kingdoms Sunset Cruise: the sunset cruise in Luang Prabang you cannot miss

Right before the daylight dips behind the jungle-covered mountains of Luang Prabang, tourists sit on the banks of the Mekong to witness the end of the day that was. Basking in the golden light of the low-hanging sun, Luang Prabang steps fully into its best self. It’s because of this, its “unspeakable beauty” as the late Anthony Bourdain put it, that sunset cruises along the Mekong River has become a “must-do” for most travelers visiting this tiny UNESCO town.

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Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang, Laos: what to expect from the community-minded cooking class

Long-time readers of this blog will know, ya girl is a fan of cooking classes. I think there are so many benefits to learning about the cuisine of a culture. So, when I was asked to check out Tamarind cooking school to see what they’re evening classes offer guests in Luang Prabang, I was over the moon.

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the SLK Christmas wishlist: travel gear + goodies for 2019

The holidays are here people and man, oh man, have they not come at the perfect time! I desperately need to refresh and update my travel gear before the new year filled with boarding passes and bookings kicks off! QUEUE THE BLOG!

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from farm to table: a tour of Living Land Farm with Backstreet Academy

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Maybe you make the effort to buy organic fruits and pesticide-free vegetables? But what about your rice? Do you know where it comes from? I didn’t. More than that, I didn’t know how much work it was to grow it, harvest it, and get it on my plate.

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