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Brandy Bell loves adventuring around the world. She's been a solo female traveler since 2006 and has visited over 25 countries, made countless international friends, and now writes to inspire you to travel in a sustainable and responsible way.


A Night at The Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens

The Grande Bretagne Hotel is a quiet and elegant haven right off Syntagma Square, the beating heart of Athens. High ceilings and intricate marble floors absorb the sound and heat of the street, giving the large lobby a welcoming sense of calmness. We arrived after a long journey including off-roading, ferry, bus, and taxi from…


Housesitting in Evia, Greece

Today we woke up here. It’s our third week housesitting in Nea Styra, Greece. We’re on the island of Evia. From bed I look at the sea, it’s rough today, there’s been a storm passing through the last three nights and the strong winds push the fresh salty air through the eucalyptus trees and against…


One Green Bunny Brings Vegan Cooking Classes to Madrid

Maddy and I love taking cooking classes around the world — from Bangkok to Marrakech and everywhere in between, so when we saw an ad on Facebook for a vegan brunch cooking class in Madrid… well, we just had to go! Monta of One Green Bunny is something of a vegan superhero at home in…


Banibanoo, A Persian Kitchen in Madrid

My expectations for Persian cuisine are very high ever since I had the chance to host some wonderful Couchsurfers from Tehran a few years ago. I still remember the fragrant smells of lemon rind and sautéed onions wafting all the way down the corridor, welcoming me into my own home before I even opened the…


Change What you Eat and Change The World at Rayen Vegano

One of the first fully vegan restaurants in Madrid, Rayen Vegano, is found in the charming literary neighborhood Barrio de las Letras. It’s just a moments walk from the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana; this area was a favorite corner of Ernest Hemingway back in the day. Nowadays this area shines brightly in stark contrast to…

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Vega Bar: Appetizing Activism in Madrid

  A short walk from the city center (address below) is the unassuming entrance of VEGA, a trendy tapas bar and restaurant serving creative and delicious vegan dishes to as many people as the space can hold. The menu offers Spanish as well as international wines and several non-alcoholic drinks. I ordered a local wine…


Delicious, Filling, and 100% Cruelty Free Food at Viva Burger

Few things are as delicious as wrapping your hands around a burger and taking a big, sloppy bite. Don’t you agree? Luckily, vegans no longer have to play around with sad pre-packaged patties when in Madrid thanks to the innovative creations coming out of Viva Burger. These are serious burgers served with a generous portion…

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The Suite Life at The Ritz, Madrid

Though it was chilly, it was the perfect time of year for our stay at The Ritz, Madrid. The leaves of the Ginkgo tree across the street from the entrance were backlit by the sun setting behind the Royal Palace; the branches proffered golden tree stars gently falling to carpet our feet. The doorman gave…


Vegan Dining Guide to Osaka Japan

Sometimes a destination can hold a plethora of delights for visitors, including museums, gardens, parks, and palaces. Other times, the best way to delve into a country is by picking up your fork and knife — or your chopsticks — and digging in. Here are some of our favorite picks for tasty clean food in…


La Hummuseria, Fresh Food in Madrid

Hummus is a staple of vegetarians and vegans around the world. The simple harmony of chickpeas, tahini, and oil can become anything: a spread for sandwiches, an appetizer for parties, or a protein-packed salad dressing. But at La Hummuseria in Madrid, it’s the main event. Tucked off a side street from Calle Fuencarral is the…

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