We are often see ourselves caught up in a routine that doesn’t allow to think further, it’s like being stuck in a cycle. We start losing perspective, and slowly before me know it depression and anxiety hits us. I have experienced this for myself, and talking to therapist does help but I did not find that as a permanent solution because you are again trapped in the same surrounding that is not making you happy. The times when I actually felt good was when I took a break from the monotony and got out, it could have been only a weekend get away, or a vacation to a destination that’s been on your list for the longest time. I am listing down reasons why travelling has been therapeutic for me and how it’s really helped me in many ways I probably didn’t realise.
Out of your comfort zone I realised I got too comfortable in one place, be it home or work, even if the space I was in wasn’t making me happy, I was just to comfortable where I was in that moment. The time I decided to travel, have different experiences and see the world that’s beyond my problems and comfort zone is when I could put in a lot more perspective to my life. Being in a city, opening up maps to locate places and area, communicating with sign language and overcoming the language barrier, experimenting different cuisines that your palate was probably unaware of. All of this opens up your mind to other things in life, you start becoming more open towards different ideas and things that would be out of your comfort zone.
Makes you more confident The moment you start experimenting and experiencing different things in life, the times when you get lost and find your way back, or manage to make a friends that may not communicate in your language. All these small things unknowingly starting making you more confident, it’s an unconscious confidence boost because you’re somehow doing things you feared or thought weren’t possible. Eventually this reflects upon you as a person, you are not seeking for validation from anyone for this. You’re simply just going to a place that’s been on your list for the longest time and you weren’t sure if you’d ever actually go.
Change of surrounding A getaway or a much-needed vacation brings you a change in your surrounding, you always return from a holiday feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Sometimes, we need this break to feel good about where we are mentally and physically. When work gets too dragged or there is meaningless night outs going to the same places, non of this helps in refreshing your mind, you feel stuck and that’s when there must be realisation for change. Utilise those holiday leaves before they expire and book your next holiday!
No judgments Let’s be real, you’re out of your city at a place where you don’t know people, and holidays come’s with no rules which equals to no judgements! For me this means not worrying about what I wear, what I eat or how I look, not being bothered what someone might think. This really makes us stress free and let’s us live and enjoy to the fullest, you could be waking up at noon to pizza’s and beers as your breakfast and hangover cure and no one cares till you’re having the best time, that’s all that matters at the end of the day.
Explore yourself At times, we forget about our capabilities and other things we can do because we don’t give ourselves that time, this often leads to a lot of frustration. Long weekends and time away from your routine gives you time and space to explore your hobbies, think about the things you are good at or a skill you may want to learn. For me, taking a break post college, a few weekend getaways and holidays was the time I realised that I enjoyed photography and writing, this time away I was able to explore things of my interest and just to figure out things you may want to do, a vacation away allows you to be in a head space where you think beyond deadlines, you think about your passions, interests, hobbies and different ideas.
Travelling has definitely helped me in a lot of ways, and I hope this article inspires you to travel and leave your worries behind xx
My holidays are probably incomplete without a festival! Last year, during my Eurotrip I had a chance to visit two festivals, Sziget being one of them and it was surely one hell of an experience.
Sziget is Europe’s largest music and cultural festival takes place on an island by the Danube river over a week. This was a spontaneous plan during my stay in Budapest and the best part was tickets being available on the spot at the festival.
Getting to the Sziget from Budapest:
We used public transport to get to the festival using a tram and bus. We got off at Filatorigát station and walked to the festival from there. It was pretty easy to reach the festival. However, there are other modes of transport available here.
Now about the festival, along with your band you receive a ‘Sziget Passport’ which I personally thought was an amazing souvenir. You can get this passport stamped on every stage you visit, and it’s a great way to keep a track of the stages you have visited as there are over 20 stages at the festival. With only one day to visit the festival I did try to cover as many stages as possible.
Once we were on the Island, the festival was so colourful and artsy, and luckily we headed to the main-stage right in time for the beach ball party! There were 1000’s of beachball that were being thrown up in the air together, it was such an amazing atmosphere and it was of of the highlights of the festival for me.
Moving on the different things you can expect from Sziget, since it’s a music, cultural and arts festival. There are a lot of exciting things that are happening, my advice here is especially if you are attending the festival for a day or two download the Sziget application, browse through everything happening at the festival, short list the things you want to do. Let me warn you, there is a lot of walking as everything is spread over an island.
My highlights from Sziget:
Attending a circus and theatre show, I managed to attend two shows and not just one.
Just chilling by the river and vibing on the music, this was the perfect place to catch the sunset and meet a lot of like-minded people.
Writing on the before I die wall – it’s a great picture and insta spot as well
Admiring all the art, culture and madness!
15 minutes of the beachball party at the main-stage
If you are traveling to Budapest during Sziget, it’s a festival you must visit even if it’s for a day and there is no planning required for this, since the festival is SO big, tickets are usually available on the spot without having to a pay a premium price which I think is amazing!! Hope you’ll have a chance to visit this festival and make your Eurotrip even more eventful.
Bali is the mecca of Instagrammable café, I think every café I went to in Bali was Insta-worthy. The interiors of cafés in Bali are minimalistic, having cute corners that you wouldn’t want to leave without snapping for sure. Apart from how all the cafés looking cozy where you could spend hours. The food is SO good!! A lot of cafés are vegan, which have fresh, colourful and perfect plating that you would want to capture before digging in. The best part about most of these cafés is that they’re extremely affordable!! So well, that means you can actually go to all of them! Here, are my few favourites and most instagrammable cafés in Bali.
Kynd Community: Kynd Community is a plant based café, one of the most Insta-famous cafés in Bali, they are known for their smoothie bowls with customised letters on it. Trust me, apart from how good the food looks, I was really surprised how much I liked the vegan food here. From freak shakes, burgers, smoothie bowls and of course coffee shop staples for me avocado toast and latte, you get everything at Kynd, this was undoubtedly one of my favourite vegan cafés in Bali and I highly recommend it.
Must Have: Gourmet Toasts (leo), Freak Shakes, Berry Tropical Smoothie Bowl, Loaded fries and Big mac Location: Jalan Raya Petitenget No.12X, Petitenget, Bali Timings: 6am – 5pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $8 – $10 per person Instagram Handle:@kyndcommunity
Café Organic: Café Organic is another vegan and vegetarian cafe in Bali, really cosy and a perfect place to get an early breakfast. This is again another insta famous café in Bali. Café Organic has a corner with a cute botanical painting, perfect spot to get your picture for the gram and guess what, you can buy yourselves goodies to take back home such their chocotella, granola and a lot of other organic, sugar-free and vegan goodies. #GardenGangstas while posting pictures on your Instagram from here.
Must Have: Super Smoothies, Smashed Avo, Kombucha, Blueberry Pancakes, Earth Bowl Location: Jl. Petitenget No. 99X, Seminyak, Bali / Jl. Batu Bolong No. 58X, Canggu, Bali Timings: 7am – 4pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $10 – $12 per person Instagram Handle: @cafeorganicbali
Revolver Espresso: Revolver Espresso is a must visit for all the coffee lovers! It’s one of my favourite coffee shops in Bali. The dope interiors of bright neon lights, floral painted walls won’t let you leave this place without snapping it, but what’s even cooler is the coffee bar!! Revolver is the perfect place to get your morning coffee or a mid-day coffee fuel paired with a dessert. I could spend couple of hours working here and sipping on coffee and maybe a cocktail or two later! They even host Revolver nights which is a dinner, wine and cocktail menu. Unfortunately, that’s something I missed but there’s next time. And lastly, you can buy their merchandise and take their roasted coffee back home!!
Must Have: Piccolo Latte, Cold Brew ( Best I have ever had), Revolver Coffee Shake, Espresso Chiller Location: Jl. Kayu Aya, Gang 51, Kuta Utara, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Seminyak, Bali Timings: 7am – 11pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $4 – $6 for coffee, $10 -$12 per person paired with food Instagram Handle: @revolverespresso
Sisterfields: Sisterfields is literally my favourite breakfast/brunch spot in Bali, it has the best pancakes and french toast I have ever eaten!! Sisterfields is an Melbourne style café, having an indoor and outdoor sections, unlike other cafés the outdoor is surrounded by greenery, try and get a spot with all the plants in the background for your Instagram picture. The staff is super friendly and nice, this place will not be a disappointment for sure!
Must Have: Acai Berry Bowl, Smashed Avocado, Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Pancakes & Red Berries, Charcoal Breakfast Burger Location: Jl. Kayu Cendana 7, Seminyak, Bali 80361 Timings: 7am – 10pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $10 – $15 per person
Instagram Handle: @sisterfields
Sea Circus: Sea Circus is another insta-famous cafe and bar, known for it’s colourful graffiti exteriors and the pink bench that you probably cannot miss! And as soon as you enter a big pink neon sign says ‘restaurant, cocktail bar and coffee den’ that’s enough for you to know what to expect from this exceptionally pink café. It’s a perfect place to get dinner and drinks, a tip – go early sometimes it gets really busy here, which means queuing up to get a table.
Must Have: Acai Bowl with Granola, Pulled Jackfruit Tacos, Rice Paper Rolls, Baked Parmesan Dip, Frozen Margaritas, Pow Wow Location: Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali Timings: 8am – 1am, Mon – Sun Pricing: $15 – $20 per person paired with drinks Instagram Handle: @seacircus
Mad Pops Bali: Mad Pops Bali will be your beat the heat spot, mad pops is a vegan ice cream parlour and trust me you’ll be surprised how good vegan ice cream can be. All their ice cream is non dairy with a cold pressed coconut base made with fresh locally procured ingredients. Get yourself a fresh fruit popsicle or a soft and get your perfect ice cream snap near the neon board that says ‘ice ice baby’. Definitely a go to spot even though it’s not a café, it’s got the Insta-shot aesthetics.
Must Have: Matcha Sesame, Mint Chocolate Chip, Popsicles Location: Jl. Kayu Aya No. 48, Seminyak, Bali Timings: 11am – 10pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $4 – $6 per person Instagram Handle: @madpopsbali
Nalu Bowls: Nalu Bowls you could probably tell my the name, it’s Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack, even with a limited menu they make some of the most Instagrammable tropical bowls. Apart from Bali, Nalu bowls is available in Jakarta, Ibiza and Portugal. You can only imagine how good their smoothie bowls are. It’s a perfect healthy detox place after a night out in Bali.
Must Have: Uluwatu Bowl and J-Bay Bowl Location: Jl. Drupadi 1 2A, Seminyak, Bali, also in Canggu and Uluwatu Timings: 7:30am – 6pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $4 – $6 per person Instagram Handle: @nalubowls
Coffee Cartel Bali: Coffee Cartel Bali coffee is a big deal in Bali,and Coffee Cartel is setting a new trend of the ripple coffee, using their ripple machine they churn out the most Instagrammable coffees in Bali, it can be a text or an image, they will have it rippled out on your coffee. This place has the most chilled out, laid back vibe, really pretty plating and the most good looking coffee, you will not leave this place without posting it on your gram!
Must Have: Speciality Lattes, Mixed Berry Cheesecake, Banana Bread Location: Jl. Lb. Sari No. 8, Seminyak, Bali Timings: 6am – 5pm, Mon – Sun Pricing: $10 – $15 per person paired with food Instagram Handle: @coffeecartelbali
I am sure there are many more Instagrammable cafés in Bali left to discover, incase there are places you’ve been to that aren’t on this list, please leave them in the comments down below, I would love to visit them on my next trip to Bali.
I am probably writing about this wee bit late, but well it’s better late than never! My halfway to 50 was definitely done right, and my Tomorrowland experience is probably one of the best experiences of my life!
First, what most people would want to know is how did I manage to get passes when they get sold out in less than 10 minutes online. Well, I didn’t get lucky with getting the tickets officially so I had to use the medium of the secondary market by paying that extra amount. So, I got my tickets for Tomorrowland on this site called Viagogo, it is ticket reselling platform. Apparently, it is officially partnered with Tomorrowland for tickets resale, however I don’t know how true that piece of information is.
Now a little advice on how to purchase your tickets of Viagogo, if you are 100% sure about going to the festival and didn’t manage to get tickets officially, don’t be in a haste and buy them off viagogo immediately as the prices are almost double at that moment and it’s the probably not the best time to buy your tickets. Wait it out, just a month or 3 weeks before the festival is the best time to make your purchase. Closer to the festival the prices on viagogo drop drastically and if you are lucky, you could get your ticket at face value as well.
Unfortunately, since I bought my ticket from a reseller, I didn’t receive the cool box in which everyone who get’s their tickets officially receives it, I was pretty bummed about that. But the festival made it up for it.
Now to the most exciting part, I attended Tomorrowland on the 1st weekend which was from 21st to 23rd July. Three days were absolutely magical, the production of this festival was unreal, all the details for every stage was done so well.
Starting day one, we arrived to the festival around 3 pm the first day was nice and sunny so we were extremely blessed with the weather on day one. As soon as we reached we had to exchange our viagogo tickets for our bands and there we were inside ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’ the theme for Tomorrowland 2017.
Tomorrowland’s ‘Amicorum Spectaculum’ means gathering of friends in Latin, the main stage was a mega size tent with a carousel, led it lights, theatre acts and unbelievable amount of energy. The main stage production was one of my favourites, but I would suggest exploring all the stages over three days. There were 16 stages at the festival each one having a different element to it, apart from the main stage, you would see most of the remaining stages every year.
The other stages at Tomorrowland were Garden of Madness, Rose Garden, Organ of Harmony, Freedom Stage, The Arch, The Rave Cave, The Cage, The Tulip, House of Mask, The Leaf, The Core, The Harbour House, incase I am missing any of the stages is probably because I can’t remember the name now!
Now to the best part of the festival, firstly bring in my birthday with the fire works blowing off at the main stage and attending the best EDM festival, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. But it doesn’t end there, next day of the festival just got better!
It’s no surprise that I lost my friends at the festival, as we all wanted to go explore different stages and well this is when I was passing by The Harbour House, a stage that had live theatre acts and some deep house music going on, the stage being relatively less crowded than all other bigger stages, I was right in front of the stage, called out to one of the performers and told him it was my birthday, next thing I knew he announced it to everyone in the crowd that it was my birthday, getting me drinks and I had everyone in the crowd coming up to me wishing, dancing with me, it was a one of my favourite moments of Tomorrowland. Having my birthday being called out amongst the thousands of people present there, it was definitely amazing!!!
And that’s my Tomorrowland birthday experience, I’m sure it’s going to be pretty hard to top this birthday!
Bali is one of Asia’s popular island and beach destination. And I completely understand why, spending 10 days in Bali seemed too little to spend enough time and cover every area in Bali. I would really wish to stay in Bali for a month to cover every place and I am sure there would be some place undiscovered. Well so here, I am making a simplified guide about different locations in Bali and this will help you pick where to stay based on the vibe and things to do in every area.
La Plancha, Seminyak
Seminyak is the most popular, uber cool, chic and the one of the nicest areas to stay in if you want to shop, party and eat. Seminyak has a lot of bars, restaurants, cafes and beach clubs, it is one of the higher end, posh areas of Bali. I would definitely recommend staying in Seminyak for 2 nights at least as there is a lot to explore there, if you are someone who would prefer a less touristy area, then you could avoid staying at Seminyak as it can be wee bit commercial. But if you love the classy, fun vibe, staying at Seminyak exploring the boutique stores, amazing coffee shops, beach clubs and bars are a must. The advantage of staying in Seminyak would be that everything is in close proximity, hence you can save yourself from the taxi bargain. Young travellers looking to party and shop, this is definitely where they should be staying.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud
Ubud, another popular location in Bali, Ubud has a lot to offer but it may not be everyone’s vibe as it is a more relaxing part of Bali. You won’t experience the hustle bustle here, everything is a lot more calming. Ubud is a must stay for anyone who loves early morning yoga, an Ayurvedic spa, a fresh breakfast, shopping at the Ubud art market, and basically a more cultural experience. Apart from this Ubud has a lot of sightseeing to do as well, that’s why is a must visit while you’re in Bali. For the sightseeing and touristy experience, a day trip could be enough to visit the monkey forest, the waterfalls, rice fields and the temples but if you want to have a more wholistic cultural experience I would recommend staying here for 2-3 nights at a really nice spa resort and immerse yourself into the culture. I am pretty sure, you will be feeling more rejuvenated after your stay here.
La Brisa, Canggu
Canggu, is the more hipster, fun area of Bali, if you are someone who doesn’t like the commercial scene in Seminyak, then I would recommend staying at Canggu, about 30 minutes away from Seminyak. Canggu also has a lot of beach clubs, bars and cafes, few being a lot cheaper, less touristy and a lot more chilled. Canggu is a place where you are likely to meet a lot of freelancers, bloggers, solo traveller as I noticed that’s a preferred location for them, having everything to do but little less crowded and more fun.
El Karbon, Uluwatu
Uluwatu is one of my favourite locations in Bali, Uluwatu is an hour away from Seminyak, located on a cliff and has some of the nicest beaches and day clubs in Bali. Some of the best hotels in Bali are situated in Uluwatu with the most stunning views, I would definitely recommend couples holidaying in Bali to stay in Uluwatu for 2 nights, party during the day, get a nice romantic dinner and catch the sunsets from the cliff. Uluwatu is less crowded and very sophisticated, I highly recommend staying here for a few days. It’s 15 minutes away from another area in Bali Jimbaran where you get some of the best sea food and the most amazing sunsets in Bali. Uluwatu should definitely be added to your list.
St. Regis, Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua, is where most five star hotels are situated, perfect location for a family holiday in Bali. Nusa Dua has nice clear beaches, lots and lots of activities and water sports to enjoy. It is the most developed resort area in Bali, if you’re looking for a luxury suite and a private beach experience, this is definitely the place you should be considering while staying in Bali. You are likely to find a lot of hotel chains in Nusa Dua with endless amenities being provided and you wouldn’t have to go anywhere else. Nusa Dua is where you should be staying on a family holiday and enjoy at some of the finest hotels in Bali.
Hopefully this helps you plan your Bali holiday better based on where to stay and what to expect everywhere, I can emphasis more on how much there is to do in Bali and there is literally something for everyone, just make sure you stay at the right location for the experience you would expect in Bali.
Berlin is known to be the ultimate party and techno city in Europe, and after experiencing it all, I understand why Berlin nightlife is spoken about so much. I would like to mention that it’s not your mainstream high-end bars and club, the usual vibe you’d expect in a big city. I mean there are the fancy bars in Berlin but that’s not the real party scene. If you are into techno music, visiting Berlin should be on the top of you list.
There are certain rules that you should consider for a night out in Berlin, so here is a guide that will help you understand the Berlin party culture.
People in Berlin prefer dressing down than being over dressed, its all about the basics here! Jeans, tank tops, leather jackets and boots with a kohl eyes and lipstick, you’re good to go. I would assume people choose comfort to have a good night rather than being dressed up and in stilettos which kind of stops you from having fun after a point. And honestly, I was quite happy with the dressing down culture, cause it saved me a lot of time of getting ready and I could instead go to get a few more drinks!
Enter in smaller groups:
This is a rather important thing to remember, whether it’s a club or a bar to split yourself in smaller groups. If the bouncer notices a big noisy group it’s very likely that you will be turned down at the door. Hence, to avoid the disappointment it’s better to enter in smaller groups.
This might come across as a strange tip, that why am I asking you’ll to carry cash! This tip is for people like me who always avoid carrying cash or would have minimum cash and prefer swiping. Well, in Berlin at most bars and clubs you have to pay cash only to enter and to buy you drinks. To save yourself the embarrassment it’s advisable to carry sufficient cash for your night out.
Enter Early or Enter Late:
What I mean by this is, you skip the bar hopping and consider entering the club by 12 am or late would be post 3am, Berlin is known for it’s party scene till wee hours so 3 am wouldn’t be too late. I suggest this for 2 reasons, to avoid waiting it hour long queues to get in the club and when its relatively less crowded the chances of being shunned at the door are less! So maybe take a quick nap, hit the bar and enter the club by 3-4 am and party till dawn or maybe next afternoon if you’ve got that in you!
Pick Blacks or Greys:
During my night outs in Berlin, I noticed people wouldn’t be dressed in too much colour. It was always darker colours that you’d see people wearing. 80% of the crowd would be in all black! You won’t see people dressed up in bright colours at all. There is no harm in dressing up in a bright pink or green top but it would just lower your chances of getting in and just to blend in the grungy vibe in Berlin pick a darker colour.
Do not take pictures:
So in most clubs in you will see a sign that says “photo prohibited” and while entering the club they will put a sticker on your phone camera. So well, you cannot take pictures inside the club however tempted you are to snap it or Insta story it, you just can’t here. If you are caught capturing something, you are going to be asked to leave! So save that embarrassment and just enjoy the moment.Well, these are about all the tips I have for you to party in Berlin. But above all, I would just like to tell you to be more open minded as partying in Berlin is tad bit different and more underground but definitely an experience.
Well, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But you know what’s more important for me, a big Sunday breakfast to cure my weekend hangover and get me prepared for my Monday.
Disclaimer, these top 5 breakfast places are my personal favourites and where I would go eat whilst living in London after a night out, obviously cause who eats breakfast during the week? Not me, weekday morning struggles were too hard for me to make myself some breakfast. Hence, it’s all right to treat myself once in a while. You get what I mean, right?
So, now let’s see my top 5 breakfast places in London.
This one’s on top of my list when it comes to getting a hearty breakfast, inspired by the 80’s classics, it totally lives up to that and you’d feel like you’re in one of those cosy, American diners where a lot of stories have been told. The interiors have fairy lights, pictures of customers and just amazing vibes breakfast and brunch vibes. And the most fascinating or rather exciting part is there is a secret door at the Liverpool Street Breakfast Club, this secret door is basically a refrigerator, which leads you to a bar section and you could just convert your breakfast into a champagne brunch. It’s really cool and if you’re in London you should definitely check out Breakfast Club. It surely wouldn’t be a disappointment. What to order: Egg Florentine, Pancakes and Classic Burgers Location: Breakfast Club is at 9 locations across Central London Timings: 7:30am – 11pm Price: £30 – 40 for two
Dishoom is inspired by Bombay’s Irani cafes from the 1960’s and founded by Zoroastrian expats. Dishoom was my go to place whenever I missed home food. There were detailed interiors, having that old Bombay charm to it. Dishoom isn’t only great for breakfast, but their Indian street food, lunches and dinners. The only downside is, no matter what day of the week it is, it is very likely there will be an hour-long queue. But we all know, those good things are worth the wait, right? No need to worry, while waiting to get a table you’ll get constant refills of hot chai for free! So if you’re missing Indian food on your holiday in London or craving it, I highly recommend Dishoom. What to order: Kejriwal, Bombay omelette, Naan rolls and chocolate chai Location: Dishoom is at 4 locations across Central London Timings: 8am – 11pm Price: £30 for two
My Old Dutch:
My Old Dutch is what I call ‘pancake paradise’, opened over 50 years ago serving authentic Dutch pancakes in enormous portions here. My Old Dutch is my number one pancake place in London, they have a mind-boggling menu of sweet and savoury pancakes. I can assure you to be confused about what to order off the extensive menu. Cheeky tip there, go with a group of friends make them order everything you would want to try and order for the best, dilemma solved. Also, they have “Madness Monday’s” where all the pancakes on the menu are priced at 5 pounds. It’s a great bargain and a perfect Monday motivator. Forget your diet while going here and just dig in the perfect Dutch goodness. What to order: Everything, sorry it’s too hard for me to pick favourites here! But you could order one sweet and one savoury to balance the flavours. Location: My Old Dutch is at 3 locations across Central London Timings: 11am – 11pm Price: £25 – 30 for two
Cereal Killer Café:
Now the name gives it all away, this place takes their cereal very seriously. To begin with, let’s talk about their creative interiors, it’s probably one of the reasons why I used to keep going back here. Cereal Killer’s colourful, quirky and artistic décor is done using cereal boxes, milk bottles and artwork made out of cereal itself, I bet you’d take a lot of Instagram-worthy pictures here. Now, this isn’t your average cereal bar, they offer 100 types of cereal, 30 flavours of milk and 20 toppings besides, they internationally ship their cereal so if you’re a big cereal fanatic you can have it shipped at your doorstep. Check this one of a kind cereal café and reminisce your childhood. What to order: chocopottomus, unicorn poop or be creative and make your own. Location: Cereal Killer Café is at 2 locations in London – Bricklane & Camden Timings: Bricklane – 8am – 8pm, Camden – 9:30am – 7pm Price: £15 for two
The Ivy Chelsea Garden:
The Ivy is a posh, sophisticated Richard Caring’s Ivy franchise that serves European continental food, lot’s of truffles (duh, it’s a fancy place) and smashing brunches. This isn’t the kind of place you’d want to go in your jumper and smudged mascara from the previous night! Here, you want to put on a cute dress and on and go for a special occasion. It’s a lovely place to go to on a sunny summer afternoon as they have an outdoor garden and rooftop space. The interiors are very eye catching and elegant having a Persian feel, and a lot of plants, greenery and garden elements around you. They’ve got a tantalising menu to fit for everyone. I would suggest giving this place a shot for your birthday or any occasion per say. A tip, always try and get a table outside. What to order: Truffled eggs, Avacado and tomato toasts, mushrooms on toast and a glass of rosé, please! Location: 197, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5ED Timings: 8am – 11pm Price: £50 – 60 for two
There you have it, all my favourite breakfast/ brunch places in London that will cure your hangovers and cravings. And forget about the calories you will be consuming just enjoy your meal and then you have the entire day to burn them off! Also, always remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so let’s try and not skip it.
If you want to know about my favourite rooftop bars in London, you’ll find them here.
So for today’s post, I decided to talk to about my city Mumbai. Most of you’ll know this where I have been born and brought up in South Mumbai, so I thought why not give you’ll an insight about this magnificent city. Mumbai isn’t your average big city; it’s very different from any other big city. It is definitely the city of dreams in India; it’s the city where the magic happens. This dynamic multi-cultured city that never sleeps, all year round you can experience different festivals being celebrated from various regions and cultures across India.
This city is has got something in store for everyone, no kidding! From the famous starry Bollywood industry to millionaire slums (however ironic this sounds, it’s pretty damn true) this is not it, if you’re a finance brainchild or a creative media person, Mumbai has it all for you. For a foodie, there are endless options, from the famous street food like our vada pav and chaats to some of the best fine dine restaurants. But for food, I think India itself has so much to offer like literally, every state in India has it’s own cuisine and speciality. Read more about Mumbai’s street eats here.
But, apart from all this what makes this city so special, it’s the PEOPLE that make this city what it is. I have never come across people that are so humble, helpful and they just don’t fail to make you feel comfortable. If you tend to interact with people in the city, there is story everyone will have on how they made a living in Mumbai. Everyone here is so approachable and friendly, language, age barrier isn’t even a problem to ask someone for help here, cause irrespective of that people will always offer a helping hand. One thing I have noticed over the years is that most people in the city are extremely energetic and passionate about what they do, A story of a driver coming to Mumbai with absolutely nothing, he even spent nights on the railway station taking up odd jobs, soon he got employed as a taxi driver and he noticed he was catering to a lot of foreigners as he used to work near the airport. He felt the need to learn basic English, which he did, thereafter he could communicate with a lot of people and this expanded his horizons. Little did he know, in a years time he bought his own car and started a personalised tourist taxi service in Mumbai and couple of years later he even opened his own Indian fast food restaurant in the city. This was pretty inspirational that from having nothing to owning a company and restaurant, for this he had to say “this was possible for me to do only in Mumbai as in a smaller city, he wouldn’t have the aspirations to become big”. Well, that being said I believe that if you are truly passionate about something, there’s nothing that can stop you in life.
This was a little glimpse into my city Mumbai, which is the fourth most populated city in the world and on of the fastest growing cities, and the city of dreams in India. And it’s the only city that gives me the feeling of home.I would love to know about your city and what makes it special.
One of the biggest barriers to travelling is being broke and, there is a way around this. Money shouldn’t be stopping you from taking off for an adventure. Rather than fantasising of that dream holiday, make it happen just with a few compromises. Here, I am going to give tips on travelling whilst being broke. So stop scrolling through all the destinations you want to go to on your Instagram and make it happen this way.
Take a bus, instead of flights and trains:
Buses are a long ride, but it’s a lot cheaper than taking a flight or a train. Hitting the road is the most cost effective way to get away. The example here, taking a flight or a train to Paris from London would cost anything between £60 to £200 whereas taking a bus which would be an overnight journey would cost you as little as £20. Besides, being cheap overnight bus rides will save one night’s stay cost. So, bus it out, folks!
Couchsurfing as the name says it, is literally crashing on someone’s couch for a couple of nights. This is pretty simple, you sign up with Couchsurf, put in your enquiry and find someone that would be willing to accommodate you for a couple of nights. What you could do in return is probably cook a meal for your host or get them a bottle of wine. This would be a sweet gesture for them offering a place to stay.
Exchange of skills for accommodation:
There are a lot of sites like WorldPackers that are tied – up with hostels around the world where you could stay for free in exchange for your skills. So if you’re good at digital marketing, photography or even attending guests at the reception you could apply to hostels and they’d offer a free stay, laundry and even meals at certain places just for your skills and services in return. Working at one of these hostels is a great way to make new friends, meet travellers and on days and evening off explore cities.
Walk or cycle:
I have managed to cover travel and stay in a super budgeted way, but you’d probably wonder what to do on your vacation being broke? You obviously can’t pay for expensive museum visits, guided tours and taxis. The best ways you can explore the city is by taking a walk around, cycling and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’d be surprised how many things you could do and explore for free or minimal cost, it could be something as simple as a picnic in the park or exploring the local markets or spend a day playing volleyball on the beach. What’s so great about not spending money and yet travelling, you will end up doing the less touristy things and see a different aspect of the city.
Cook your meals:
Okay then, you are broke and managing holiday, unfortunately, you can’t be out dining and sipping on some fine wine. So what do you do now? COOK, yes I mean if you’ve found yourself a cheap Airbnb or Couchsurfing, you have the facility to make your own meals. How about visiting some farmers markets, getting yourself fresh ingredients at a bargain and just be experimental with the cuisine and cook yourself a great meal and probably pick up a bottle of cheap wine from the supermarket and celebrate your little getaway.
So, if you think you’re not a digital nomad or don’t have big bucks saved for a holiday and that’s stopping you from taking a vacation. I suggest, just follow your heart and these tips, I am pretty sure if not your dream holiday you’d definitely be able to take a long weekend off. Just save a small sum of money and just travel, life is too short to let anything stop you from travelling.
Your twenties are all about exploration, finding yourself and maybe getting lost again. There is no better way to make the most of it other than traveling. These are the years, where we can take the plunge and just book a ticket to an adventure. Prior this age, we are too young to go crazy and after this we will be old and responsible. I have made a list of 20 destinations I want to visit, while I am in my 20’s, these places will literally cover everything I have been wanting to do, from partying to adventures to teaching.
Here, are my top 20 trips to take in your 20’s:
Full Moon Party in Thailand
The Full Moon party takes place once every month throughout the year, and new years is the best time to attend it. Here, everyone’s going crazy on the cheap buckets of alcohol, covering their bodies in neon paint and fireworks everywhere! It’s a holiday not to miss in your twenties.
Trekking to the Himalayas
Once you get older, your knees are going to get weak, you’ll be out of breath and stamina to do this trek, trekking up to the Himalayas is once in a lifetime experience, traveling through the highest motor-able road in the world and camping at the Everest base camp, things like this will never be forgotten.
Teach English Abroad
As students, graduates we can put our language skill to some use, teaching English in a non-English speaking country could add a lot of value to you and someone else’s life, and you get perks for this as being well paid to sponsor more travels. If you look up on the TELF website, there are a list on countries you could teach English in.
Summers in Europe
European summers are the best, this one trip you have to take with your best of friends or do a study abroad in Europe to spend enough time here. The variety of holiday destination is vast, you could chill on the beaches in Spain or indulge in wine and cheese in Italy or go for the hot tub parties in Budapest or have a summer love affair in Paris or get high in Amsterdam. Basically there’s a lot you could do in Europe, just spend a month here with your friends and make the best memories.
Tomorrowland in Belgium
Tomrrowland, is one of the most talked about and popular EDM festival. As you get in your 20’s the few things you want to do is rage at these massive music festivals and enjoy the vibes there, and Tomorrowland should be top on your list and can’t be missed.
Backpack across South East Asia
While we are in our twenties, one thing I suggest is being open-minded and learn about various cultures around the world. One of the best trips to get a different cultural exposure, this will surely be an enriching experience. The countries backpackers visit in South East Asia are Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. So, get those backpacks out and book this trip!
Roadtrip to Iceland
This road trip would probably one of the most scenic road trips in your life, rent an RV and driving across Iceland’s Ring Road, surrounded with volcanoes, rainbows and northern lights. This is once in a lifetime, and is surely on my bucket list to do in my 20’s.
Hike up to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is the world’s most famous and popular Inca archeological ruin, and now voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The best way to discover the city is through the Inca trek and trails, it’s surely not an easy way to get up here. This trek would be exploring mountains, flora and fauna, sacred valley of Machu Picchu and the culture of course. Your twenties are the best time to explore this city and hike up.
Burning Man in Nevada
Burning Man isn’t an average festival, it’s a weeklong cultural festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This includes camping in the desert, self-expression art from all over the world, music and a lot of cultural influences are found here. Well, this weeklong festival isn’t easy as camping in the desert is difficult and requires you to be well prepped for this exceptional week.
Experience the great barrier reef in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living space on Earth, with over 1500 different types of species found on a 3000km long marine stretch, this and unbelievable sight. This is the up close experience with the underwater world, undoubtedly Australia is the best place for this experience.
Scuba diving lessons in Indonesia
Do you love the ocean? The best thing you could do is take Scuba Diving lessons and maybe even become and instructor. Gili Islands in Indonesia is one of the best places to learn scuba diving, a week-long of training to become a pro yourself, and maybe a month-long training to become and instructor. Can you leave a desk job to become an instructor later in life? In the real world it seems unlikely, so go take this leap while you can.
Party in Ibiza
Yes, our twenties are meant to party are asses off! We will be working hard in the future, so what better place to let hair down other than Ibiza, one of the best party islands having the most chilled vibes and that’s all you need. The beach, music and a little bit booze to let lose.
Volunteer in Africa
So, I am a big believer of giving back to the world. I mean, for the ones reading this and the ones who’ve had chances to experience even half this list, are really fortunate. Sometimes, we could give back by volunteering in countries like Africa, it could be teaching students, working in a Safari, helping in the fields and experiences like these will make us realise how bless we actually are, so make sure you get a chance to do something like this before responsibilities take over.
Spring break partying in Mexico
I bet most students have this ticked off their bucket lists, spring breaks are where you’ll are going to prep for summers but in style, Cancun is where most students go party till sunrise and just begin their twenties. Spring break party holidays are the best way to start your twenties travels.
Get wasted on a Yacht at Yacht Week
Yacht week is a weeklong of sailing, island hoping, diving and partying. You and your group of friends get your own yacht for a week, and this experience is filled with being drunk in the middle of the ocean to waking up on a new island. This could definitely be a perfect bachelor party!
Attend the world’s biggest carnival in Rio
This is the biggest carnival in the world, in Rio Brazil it’s even known as the Carnival city. This 5 days long party has over 2 million visitors per day and performances, parades performed poor neighbourhood that make this carnival a world-class event. Before you’re too old to move those hips to samba, attend this street party and be awestruck by Brazilian performances and the samba parade.
Learn Spanish in Spain
Well, in our twenties we are quick learners and the best thing we can learn is a new language, to how about spending a summer in Spain, learning Spanish and immersing your self into a different culture. And this will open so many doors for you in the future in terms of being able to connect with people from different countries, jobs abroad and so much more. Give this a shot in your early twenties!
Get lost in India
They say you need a lifetime to experience India, and I wouldn’t disagree as India has got such a vast culture and so much authenticity. This is one trip that should be on your list in your twenties, exploring different cities, food and seeing the most stunning places. Maybe one trip wouldn’t be enough to explore this large country but starting in your twenties will always have you going back to India for a new adventure every time.
Underground clubbing in Berlin
For all those who love deep house and underground music, this one trip you must not miss out on, Berlin is known for having the best clubbing experience in Europe. It’s not mainstream, they are dark underground clubs that make sure you party till 8 am, also it’s got clubs with the strictest door policy in the world. And let’s be honest, as we get older our partying capacity reduces, partying till dawn is something your older self wouldn’t want to do.
Take an Adventurous leap in New Zealand
Your young and pretty damn courageous, this trip will give you that adrenaline rush. New Zealand is known for having the best adventurous exposure, having the ultimate bungee jump, to sky dives and ocean walks. These are just to name a few activities here, but there’s a lot more! Seriously, I don’t even need to explain why you should be doing this trip in your twenties, go take this adventurous journey.
Your twenties are probably going to be the best years of your life and these are a few experiences you shouldn’t miss out on, take these holidays abroad the experiences and make some unforgettable memories in these years.