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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.


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…


Insanely Beautiful Views at Royal Kirana

Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful it boggles your mind? That’s the Royal Kirana Spa. Just 15-minutes from the center of Ubud you’ll find this getaway. We went down, and down, and down the steep driveway until reaching the entrance of the Restaurant and pathway to the spa. We arrived early for our appointment…


Unwinding and Fine Dining at Kayumanis Spa

Walking across the long wooden bridge in the middle of the jungle, I feel it sway beneath my feet — is it supposed to do that? The river is rushing 30 feet below me and the trees are loud with the almost electronic sound of buzzing, it must be crickets. At the end of the bridge…


Exploring Ubud with eBikes

Ubud is a winding maze of tiny alleys, never-ending rice paddies, and temple after temple …  after temple! If it’s ceremony day, (and so often, it is) streets are filled with processions of women in batik sarongs and lacy kebayas, woven baskets carefully balanced on their head filled with offerings. Men in traditional garb, flowing…


Eco-Friendly Seoul Vacation

If you’re concerned about your environmental impact during your upcoming vacation to Seoul, you can address it in a few helpful ways. Start by basing yourself at a hotel like the InterContinental Grand Seoul Parnas, which merges eco-friendliness with true Gangnam style. Take the rest of these ideas to heart on your next trip to the…

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