T R A V E L 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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.
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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 initially surprised us as to how similar to Thailand it is - except for the thinner range of vegan food.
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Where We've Travelled
Some places we just don't want to stay for too long.
Some places we can't afford to.
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 or so.
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.
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.
Vang Vieng, Laos
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?
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 even short term stays without a kitchen a little frustrating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even being more expensive than what we're used to, our time spent here on our way out of Europe and back to Thailand was still regretfully short.
I do not imagine a more vegan friendly city of this size exists anywhere on earth, which makes this bustling, art-infested, open-minded haven even more enticing than almost anywhere else we've been in Europe.
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