Articles by brandy bell

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.


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…


St Regis Bali’s Bloody Mary Spa Ritual

“Welcome back to the St Regis,, ” says the bellhop as he opens the taxi door. I get out and step into another world. The sound of  traditional music echoes off marble, the heady scent of plumeria floats through the wide lobby on a fresh breeze blowing from the ocean just 200 meters away. Maddy…


Amazing Pizza, Brownies and More in Madrid at Pura Vida Vegan Bar

Madrid’s catching onto the vegan scene, in the last year alone over eight new plant-based places have popped up all over the city. One with rave reviews within their first week caught our eye, Pura Vida Vegan Bar, so we stopped in on our whirlwind visit to Madrid. You can find Pura Vida Vegan Bar off…


Fine Art and Great Food in London

London is a feast for the senses. Whether it’s taking in a deep breath of fresh air at one of the many outdoor areas or inside the splendid British Museum, there’s no shortage of stimuli in this city. But apart from this famous museum, there are others well worth a look, namely the Natural History…


Arts, Culture, and a Cup of Coffee in Melbourne

Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia, is home to 4 million people who love a good show, whether it’s at the opera or the rugby stadium. The city is known as the cultural capital of the country, and its live music and street art scene only adds to the city’s growing reputation. If you’re looking…


Enjoy London in an Environmentally and Budget-Friendly Way

No trip to the United Kingdom is complete without a visit to London. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the weather is divine, give your holiday a more environmentally friendly boost by walking as much as possible. When walking isn’t an option, do as the locals do and hop on the Underground. Discover some…


Expat Living in Madrid: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You

You’ve taken the big plunge and committed to a year in Spain—congratulations! Enhorabuena! Once the initial glee of excitement at your upcoming trip wears off, you might be left with quite a few questions. I know I was. Let’s take a look at basing yourself in the heart of the country, Madrid. How Can I Make…

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