Good morning from Labuan Bajo ⛵ We stayed in this weird little port town all week in between trips out to Komodo island and diving to see manta rays. It's a funny place with no access to the water, rotten fish and dust all over the streets and these incredible morning views if you can get up high enough.
Today we've leaving Labuan Bajo and Indonesia behind 👣 Next stop, Sri Lanka!
What's your plan for this weekend?
Searching for dragons on Komodo island 🐉 Luke's been overwhelmed with excitement about this trip since I can remember and we finally spotted some of these incredible beasts.
Komodos hunt all animals, including each other and their own young, and can devour a whole deer (or human). I stayed well back, hiding behind our guide who had a very long wooden stick which would apparently protect us... We made it out alive 😅
Would you like to see the Komodo dragons? (or would you be as freaked out as me!?)
Tucked up out of the rain here in Ubud at this beautiful bamboo villa. It's built from sustainable bamboo, has a salt water pool (no eye-stinging chlorine!) and breakfast is fresh, local fruit smoothie bowls 🌴 Want to come? 👣
Side note: We've still not made a decision what to do about our visas. Ugh. Just hide out here forever you think?
Help! Our travel plans have ended up all over the place this trip. Issues with visas, volcanoes and poor travel route planning meant we ending up ping-ponging around Asia.
We thought about Australia (I really want to go) but all the Australians we met told us its hurricane season and not to go.
We thought we'd settled on a route through Sri Lanka and India after Bali, but now we've found out Luke doesn't have enough blank pages in his passport to get an Indian visa.
So now we have a one-way ticket to Sri Lanka and no next destination - what should we do? 😫
Cooking class in Bali. We learned to make our favourite gado gado :D 🌱
More cherry blossoms in Chiang Mai 🌸 🌸 🌸
Our little house in Chiang Mai! We've been living in Chiang Mai 2 months. Here's how much it costs.
Did someone say vegan noodle bowl!? Load me up! 🍜
More delicious vegan food in Chiang Mai here: http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
Anyone else gone vegan for January as part of Veganuary?
Thailand travel budget updated for with 2018 figures. There's no better place to be backpacking! :D
Ever thought about moving to Thailand to work remote and save for a few months? We've been living in Chiang Mai for over a month and kept a full breakdown of our expenses. Here it is.
Sawasdee ka, 2018! It's January and for us that means the start of Veganuary. We'll be going vegan again for the whole month of January.
2 years ago we did our first Veganuary in Bulgaria, which was awesome. Last year, we did Veganuary in Mexico which was a real challenge (because Mexicans put cheese on evverryting). This year, we're excited to do Veganuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where vegan is a known word on the street!
I've already made a list of my fave veggie restaurants in Chiang Mai (you can eat vegan at all of them!) - http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
Stayed tuned for more vegan adventures this month 🌿🍉🥕
2017 has been an interesting year for us. We started it in Mexico, took an unplanned trip to the USA, started new jobs, thought about buying an apartment in Brighton (UK) and instead went travelling to Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Who knows what 2018 will bring. Maybe we'll buy that apartment, but maybe we'll change our minds again and go somewhere like Colombia instead. One thing's for sure though: there'll be more travelling in 2018. 🌍
Happy new year from Thailand!
Everyone always asks me what our Christmases are like when we're travelling. To be honest, they're really non-traditional. We don't even try to do traditional things or eat roast dinners. Instead, we have Christmas adventures. Here's what we did this year for Christmas in Thailand!
Christmas road trip! What says Christmas better than a road trip through the mountains?
We drove over 300km from Chiang Mai to Pai and back again this Christmas. We stayed in a cute cabin, ate all kinds of street food including purple rice pancakes, Burmese tea leaf salad and fried gyoza at Pai night market on Xmas Eve, bought each other presents from local artisans, had a Thai massage in a hut surrounded by rice paddies, soaked in hot springs, saw elephants on our drive home and feasted on green Thai curry for Christmas dinner. We just can't help but adventure even at Christmas!
Where are you this Christmas?
Thai food addict alert! These Thai curries are homemade by the family who run Morning Glory in Chiang Mai. It's a slow food place because they cook everything from scratch, but it's some of the best veggie food in the city.
Check out the rest of my veggie food recommendations for Chiang Mai here: http://charlieontravel.com/vegan-chiang-mai
It's getting a little bit close to Christmas🎄
If you're yet to get a gift for the traveller in your life, check out my list of the best gifts for travellers:
Finally got round to eating Khao Soi! This dish is a speciality in Chiang Mai. It's a rich, creamy coconut soup with egg noodles, veggies and crispy noodles on top.
I ate a vegetarian version at Birds nest café and it was amazingly flavoursome. I ate it for breakfast which is not the done thing, but whatever because it was delicious 😝
Have you tried Khao Soi before?
Hill tribes of Chiang Mai. I went hiking in the mountains around the city to this beautiful, rustic hill tribe village this weekend. It was a 27km hike and I crashed all Sunday, but totally worth it.
How was your weekend? What did you get up to?
We haven't stopped eating in Chiang Mai. Everything is just so delicious and so cheap! 😝
I'm such a wanderluster! I'm dreaming of winter wonderlands and couldn't help myself from putting together an Airbnb Wishlist for Reykjavik!
Thai lunch time! Spicy eggs, green Thai curry and coconut shakes. 🍳🍲🌴
Chiang Mai. We've rented ourselves a cute Thai house and celebrated with a macrobiotic lunch 🏠🌿
Stayed in a crate last night, for people stuck at the airport. Nicer than sleeping in the airport hall and cheaper than an airport hotel. You pay a package for 6, 9 or 12 hours. Neat idea.
Incredible nature. Our trip to Bali is off as this volcano is erupting. But, c'est la vie - we're re-routed and on our way to Chiang Mai tomorrow morning!
When you're meant to be flying to Bali in 2 days but this is currently going down... 🌋
Our trip to Kuala Lumpur did not disappoint. Find out why we loved Malaysia's capital city.
Good morning from Penang 👋
Rooftop creative-farm in the middle of Yogyakarta city. It's not that green in Yogya so this rooftop garden is like a little slice of green heaven 🌿 Up here they're growing spinach, mint, basil, chillies, bok choy and loads of other greens. I spent quite a lot of time smelling all that delicious basil! All these fresh herbs and veggies are used urban farm to table in the kitchen at Greenhost Boutique Hotel 🍃🥗
Our adventure into the jungles of Borneo... 🍃
Asia breakfasts be like 🍙