T R A V E L O G

Where We've Lived
 
We move house more than most.

Our chosen nomadic lifestyle means we change countries about every 3 months.

There's a whole world out there to see, and we intend on seeing it. Slow-traveller style.
Perth, Australia
Where it all Began

Home sweet home that we had to leave behind in order to find the rest of the world.

Even as the second most isolated capital city in the world, Western Australia's metropolis and it's world class beaches still attract many European backpackers every summer.

Related Articles: Travellers Vegan Guide to Perth & Complete Vegan Guide to Perth
Cost of Living:
1700 AUD / month

Vegan Score:
3.8 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
3.3 / 5 - Good
Koh Phangan, Thailand
First Stop: Paradise

Vegan heaven on a tropical island that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.

Organic fruit, picturesque sunsets every night, and some of the best weather imaginable all add up to make this southern Thai island truly unforgettable.

Related Articles: The World's First Vegan Island?
Cost of Living:
900 AUD / month
45% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4.5 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
3 / 5 - Good
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Digital Nomad HQ

Northern Thailand is home to the peaceful, irresistibly vegan-friendly city that is most likely the World Capital of Digital Nomads.

Affordable and instantly liveable, with some of the friendliest, most welcoming locals I've ever met. And the best food.

Related articles: The Best of the Best: All Vegan Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Cost of Living:
800 AUD / month
54% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4.8 / 5 - Excellent

Nomad Score:
4.7 / 5 - Excellent
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
8000 Years of History

Our first European autumn was spent with much enjoyment in one of the oldest cities on Earth, with very acceptable pre-winter weather.

The size and tempo of this 340,000 person city is surprisingly reminiscent of home. But less than half the price.

Related Articles: The Vegan's Survival Guide to Plovdiv, Bulgaria & The Surprising Benefits of Vegan Un-Friendly Cities
Cost of Living:
600 AUD / month
64% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
2 / 5 - Poor

Nomad Score:
4.3 / 5 - Great
Novi Sad, Serbia
Serbian Athens

Locked down in the 2021 European Capital of Culture for our first proper winter with some of the most hospitable people we've come across - and some seriously delicious, organic farmers markets.

The well planned city layout and readily available healthy vegan food make Novi Sad most preferable as an almost-perfect home-base rather than just a short holiday destination. 
Cost of Living:
600 AUD / month
64% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
3.9 / 5 - Great

Lviv, Ukraine

The Chiang Mai of Europe

Instantly charming like no where else we've seen in Eastern Europe, the Old Town is unbelievably dense with unique cafe's, making it perfect for budget digital nomading. 

Known as "Little Paris", Ukraine's most western city constantly surprises us as to how similar to Thailand it is - except for the range of vegan food. 
Cost of Living:
660 AUD / month
68% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3 / 5 - Okay

Nomad Score:
4.5 / 5 - Great
Where We've Travelled
Some places we just don't want to stay in for too long.

Some places we can't afford to. 

Which ever way it is, the following are the locations we've only passed through, staying anywhere from just a weekend for up to 10 days.
Bangkok, Thailand
Big. Busy. Bangkok.

The gateway to South East Asia is, in our opinion, best left closed after you enter.

Even if it is home to what is probably my favourite veg restaurant in the world, after a week in Thailand's capital almost anywhere else starts looking very appealing.
Cost of Living:
1000 AUD / month
37% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3.9 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
4 / 5 - Great
Pai, Thailand
A+ Mountain Getaway

Nestled among the mountains of Thailands North-West is a backpackers dream, that any nature lover will easily fall in love with - even if it's only for a weekend.

Grab a scooter and explore some world-class waterfalls and canyons by day, then party or relax the night away with the rest of the care-free travellers that populate this 2,500 person town.
Cost of Living:
700 AUD / month
60% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
3 / 5 - Good
Vang Vieng, Laos
Riverside Relaxation

Another standard issue backpacker stop that, despite having not one vegan restaurant - and only one vegetarian - I would easily call one of Laos' finest destinations.

Our Visa Run of Glory from Chiang Mai to this small, dirt-road laden town flew by in just three short days. Or was it four?
Cost of Living:
800 AUD / month
54% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
1.5 / 5 - Bad

Nomad Score:
2.5 / 5 - Okay
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The City of Freedom

Beautifully intoxicating and eternally seductive, The 'Dam draws you in then makes you never want to leave.

Even with it's understandably high prices, Holland's infamously progressive capital city is easily the best I've ever visited.
Cost of Living:
1850 AUD / month
10% more expensive than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
3.8 / 5 - Great
Kraków, Poland
East Meets West

The liveliness of this historically-scarred Central European city is almost kept secret by the relaxing public garden that encircles it.

Inside, the very walkable Old Town is filled with some of the friendliest Europeans we've met to date, and some awesome Jazz music. We'll be back for more Kraków, I guarantee you.
Cost of Living:
800 AUD / month
52% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3.7 / 5 - Good

Nomad Score:
3.9 / 5 - Great
Budapest, Hungary
Roman Baths & Romantic Bridges 

And falafels. Good falafels. But not much else.

Though expansive and bustling, with nightlife any way you want it, the Hungarian capital still left us hungry for more.
Cost of Living:
850 AUD / month
48% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3 / 5 - Good

Nomad Score:
4.5 / 5 - Great
Sofia, Bulgaria
"Sof-iya", not "So-fia"

Europe's "Most Affordable Capital to Visit" (in 2013) is much more happening than it's little cousin, Plovdiv, featured above, and still with constant human habitation since at least 7000 BC.

The Bulgarian capital has a range of great vegan food and lots of quality cafes to work from, as well as all the other benefits of the biggest city in the country.
Cost of Living:
660 AUD / month
55% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3.8 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
4.3 / 5 - Great
Skopjé, Macedonia
The City of Statues

Only marginally more entertaining than it's nickname would suggest, it's not really too surprising that the City of Statues is one of the smallest capitals in Europe.

Aside from hosting what is easily one of the best (and smallest) vegan restaurants we've been to in Eastern Europe, we didn't find the home-city of Alexander the Great all that... great.
Cost of Living:
600 AUD / month
65% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
2.8 / 5 - Good

Nomad Score:
3.7 / 5 - Good
Ohrid, Macedonia
The Balkans Best?

The relaxing vibes of the UNESCO World Heritage protected Lake Ohrid make this small town an ancient treat that is not to be passed on.

It holds the best views of the best bay from one of the best Old Towns in the whole Balkans. The only thing this majestic mountain getaway needs is more than one veg restaurant. 
Cost of Living:
550 AUD / month
70% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
1 / 5 - Bad

Nomad Score:
2.5 / 5 - Okay
Tirana, Albania
Mixed Emotions

Tirana is a Digital Nomad Dream with a very low cost of living, and the city centre apparently having the highest density of cafe's in the world.

But it is also a vegan's nightmare with a surprisingly horrible selection of cruelty-free foods that make short term stays without a kitchen a little frustrating.
Cost of Living:
700 AUD / month
60% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
1.5 / 5 - Bad

Nomad Score:
4 / 5 - Great
Shkodër, Albania
Sleepy Shkodra

Whichever way you want to pronounce it, there is really not much going on in this 77,000 person city, especially in the midst of winter. The most activity we saw was probably from the steady flow of unusually-friendly street-dogs.

This made us grateful that Albania is still Europes largest supplier of outdoor grown cannabis. 
Cost of Living:
600 AUD / month
65% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
2 / 5 - Poor

Nomad Score:
2 / 5 - Okay
Kotor, Montenegro
Castle-Life

Suspiciously similar to Ohrid, mentioned above, you better like veggie pizzas with vegan cheese if you come here, 'cause theres not much other vegan food.

But that's okay, because the picturesque castle - at any time - and an unforgettably authentic Old Town experience means this magnetic tourist destination should be enjoyed by all, regardless of your ethical position regarding the animal holocaust.
Cost of Living:
700 AUD / month
60% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
1 / 5 - Bad

Nomad Score:
2.5 / 5 - Okay
Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, Babes

An array of friendly and genetically-gifted locals fill the streets of one of Europe's biggest party destinations seemingly at all times of day and night.

Even though there are strangely no vegan restaurants in Belgrade, there are lots of good vegan options at the vegetarian places in and around the city centre.
Cost of Living:
675 AUD / month
55% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3.5 / 5 - Good

Nomad Score:
4.4 / 5 - Great

Bucharest, Romania

Book-A-Rest

Snowed-in and too-cold-for-comfort, our time in Romania's capital was mostly spent navigating towards warm restaurants beneath beautiful snowfall and too many layers of clothes.

If we ever come back to Romania, it will be in the summer to take advantage of their country side and forget the uninspiring capital city.
Cost of Living:
830 AUD / month
50% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
3.8 / 5 - Good

Nomad Score:
4 / 5 - Good

Chisinau, Moldova

Crazy Kishinev

After the most cramped bus ride of my life, the Republic of Moldova instantly left a good impression on us despite it's thin range of vegan restaurants.

When we weren't almost getting scammed with illegally-expensive lap dances or being weirded out by the strangest hostel experience ever, our time was spent eating smoothie bowls at the cities sole partly-raw veg cafe.
Cost of Living:
630 AUD / month
62% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
2.4 / 5 - Okay

Nomad Score:
3.7 / 5 - Good

Odessa, Ukraine

What Beach?

Coming from Australia has made us into beach-snobs. Being here at the end of winter didn't help either.

But the city itself was very nice, with a central produce market with the best selection of dates I've ever seen. Odessa is also home to one of the most unique veg restaurants we've ever seen.
Cost of Living:
680 AUD / month
65% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
2.7 / 5 - Okay

Nomad Score:
2.9 / 5 - Good

Kiev, Ukraine

Those Ukraine Girls...

...They really do leave the West behind. Walking around with Beatles songs stuck in my head has never felt so good. 

A delicious vegan scene, a buffet of delicious hipsters and an eclectic mix of architecture left us beyond impressed with Ukraine's capital and awaiting our 3 month stay in Lviv with even more excitement. 
Cost of Living:
700 AUD / month
62% cheaper than Perth, Australia

Vegan Score:
4 / 5 - Great

Nomad Score:
4.7 / 5 - Great
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