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 🍙
Borobudur - the world's largest Buddhist temple 🏞️
Treetop walk in Singapore. This modern, super clean city is also so green. Just a 20-minute bus ride from the centre takes you to the middle of the jungle - what Singapore was like before it was built. Take this treetop walkway and you'll be surrounded not only by dense, lush greenery but also monkeys and funky insects. A city escape to nature. 🇸🇬 🍃
Wearing vegan & ethical Plant Faced Clothing.
Silver making workshop! I've never done anything like this before, but we managed to create a silver ring (with some help!) The artisans at this workshop have been silver making in Yogyakarta for more than 20 years!
Snake fruit! Have you tried it before? The outside is scaly like snake skin and inside it looks like garlic cloves. It's quite crunchy, dry and a little sweet.
Our wild experience seeing orangutans in Borneo!
At the orangutan feeding station in Borneo 🇮🇩
On the left, is the king (the biggest orangutan) with huge cheek pads. He eats first, dominating the feeding zone and deciding which other orangutans are allowed onto the deck. To the right, is a mum and baby. The babies nearly all belong to the king of each area of the rainforest.
These are semi-wild orangutans. They were either injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. They are released back into the rainforest but they don't stray too far from the location where they were released. Often they still rely on daily feedings from the park rangers when there is less fruit available to forage.
From Borneo with love 🇮🇩 Journey through the rainforest to see orangutans (semi-wild and wild). We took a klotok (boat) down the river through Tanjung Puting National Park for 2 days. Humid and sticky, but incredible.
We travelled with a local guide and family who run their tours sustainably. Jenie, who runs the tours, uses the proceeds from the tours to buy unprotected rainforest land which is home to the orangutans to prevent palm oil companies from buying up and burning the land.
The more I travel, the more I think how amazing it was living in Taiwan. We spent a year teaching English on this beautiful island. Have you been?
"When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life it's a signal. And it's not a signal that your life is broken. It's a signal that one of your most basic needs is not being met. Your need for exploration.
Everything about your life, about your body… grows. Your cells regenerate, your hair, your nails, EVERYTHING grows for your entire life.
And your soul needs exploration and growth. And the only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable." - Mel Robbins
Singapore stopover on a budget. Eat the city's best street food, explore the botanic garden, see wild monkeys and marvel at the supertrees.
The best gifts for travellers in 2017. Christmas is right around the corner 🎁🌲
Singapore's supertrees at the Gardens in the Bay. I've never seen anything quite like this while travelling. These 22-metre high structures are covered in 162,900 plants of over 200 species which form the living skin of the trees! 11 of the supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. When day turns to night, the trees are lit up and you can lie on the grass underneath them about watch the lights twinkle. 🇸🇬
Before I went to Morocco, I read a blog where a female traveller said that the harassment was so bad that she “felt like bloody raw meat in a lion’s den.”
I had expected the worst, but my experience of travelling as a woman in Morocco wasn’t like this at all.
How to spend the perfect weekend in Marrakech 😏
Thought I might die whilst climbing Toubkal, but I survived and here's a guide to hiking north Africa's highest mountain.
Sustainable tourism is important to me because travel shouldn’t be harmful. We should travel in a way that can benefit the people and communities we’re in, and that mitigates negative impacts of travel on the environment. Sustainable travel is about showing we care – and I think that’s important.
https://visit.org/blog/en/what-is-sustainable-tourism via Visit.org
Love this pyramid. Reduce your personal contribution to the negative impact the fast fashion industry has on workers and the environment in 5 steps - and lighten your travel backpack.
So I just had what's called a hammam. It's basically a public bathhouse which felt a lot like what public swimming pools feel like. All the local Moroccan women go there weekly to wash.
You get there and then you take off all your clothes except your swimming pants, and walk into a hot steam room full of naked Moroccan women. They're all speaking Berber and a smatter of French, but English no. I tried to keep my little towel with me to sit on but was scolded by a local woman much older and larger than me. So she swept away my towel from under me - which I had no say about and truthfully very little I could've done to stop her.
A group of women motion me over and insist I sit with them, and giggle at me as I look like bambi. I'm thrown this plastic red mat which all the women instruct me to wash with water and sit down on, even though I want my towel back. What I want is of absolutely no consequence here though. I'm then told to rub myself in this brown jelly that looks like a lump of dates but I'm told is an olive oil based soap.
Then a big Moroccan woman comes and scrubs me with a glove that feels like sand paper. It peels off a massive amount if dead skin, but the scrubbing is hard and all over. She chuckles and makes humming noises which are oddly comforting in this odd and naked experience. It takes about 30 minutes in which my arms and legs are pulled around, I'm pushed to the floor with my face on the ground staring at the cracks in the tiles and put in various positions.
The large woman then throws small buckets of water over me. After that I'm soaped and shampooed super fast. I then am told to stand up and stoop, and have massive buckets of water thrown over me, alternating hot and cold water. The woman took some amount of glee in this, which given it was pretty funny. It felt a lot like being very young maybe with a mum who really can't be assed washing you in the bath.
And then I'm clean, apparently. All the women around me who are nattering and washing their butt cracks simultaneously wave me goodbye. I get dressed and stumble out of the hammam and I can safely say I've never been so pleased to see my taxi driver who insisted on coming back to get me.
Our Morocco travel adventure is nearly at its end, but here's our travel route around the south of Morocco where there are cities, mountains, deserts, sun, sea and surf.
Green juice and the beach 👏👏
Mt Toubkal! We made it all 4167m up. It was the toughest hike we've ever done. Scree slopes, altitude headaches and the hot Moroccan sun on our backs. But we made it.
Made it to Imlil this afternoon. The sun has just set and we're
listening to villagers play drums and the call to prayer sounds, cows in the hills below and ate a home-cooked tagine on the balcony of our gite. Tomorrow, we'll be trekking up Toubkal - the highest mountain in northern Africa. 🇲🇦
When your first Moroccon breakfast is 👌 Beghrir (Moroccan semolina pancake), lemon cake, homemade yoghurt, honey and jams, watermelon and a boiled egg on the roof terrace.
So today is Eid and in Morocco locals slaughter sheep in the street to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The tiny streets in the medina are red with blood and sheep heads are charred until blackened all day long. We passed down narrow lanes past hot charcoal grills with open fires like this one, burning sheep corpses all day. Arriving for Eid not the wisest move for vegetarian travellers like us.
Marrakech, Morocco. Hot, dusty, beautiful and full of tagine. 🇲🇦