I understand why some people are disappointed with Bali. The touristy, over-developed, and traffic-clogged beach towns in the south aren’t quite the tropical paradise they were expecting. We felt the same at first and haven’t had particularly good experiences outside of our beloved Ubud.
South Africa has a complicated history. Apartheid only ended 23 years ago, and although the country has undergone massive changes since then, the effects are still felt today. Before you visit South Africa it’s important to learn about its turbulent past and vibrant culture and my favourite way to do this is through books. I didn’t read any history books but instead learnt through memoirs and novels by (mostly) South African writers sharing their experiences.
We travel with just one carry-on backpack each without an additional smaller bag. We find it easier to only have to worry about one bag and not all airlines allow a personal item along with your main piece of luggage. But what do we do about a daypack when we’re out exploring?
Yoga is an important part of my travel routine. It helps keep me fit, flexible, and calm. When I first starting practising in Thailand three years ago I attended classes where mats were provided, but more recently I’ve been travelling to places where yoga classes aren’t available. I’ve grown to love practising on my own (with my beloved Yoga with Adriene videos) but not having a mat was often a problem.