Overcoming my fear of swimming in open water

Whilst crossing the ocean between Wales and Ireland this morning, I was once again reminded of my biggest fear. Thalassophobia is what they call it; a fear of open water. I can’t recall ever truly loving the ocean. The salty scent, the sound of waves crashing in, children and seagulls figuring out who can scream the loudest. Everything reminded me of one of the things I fear most. And you know what’s odd? I have no idea what exactly it is that I am afraid of. During our travels through Sweden, we were surrounded with water. We past many lakes…

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Van Life Interview with Yogavanlife

Since we bought a van to convert into a home on wheels, we have wanted to get to know fellow people that live the van life. Today, we are going to learn a bit about Poleen! Poleen is a yoga teacher who recently moved into a self-built camper van. As you guys know, we travel with two dogs, but Poleen has a very different travel companion. His name is Önskan and he is incredibly cute, but we'll keep his species a secret for now! If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the comments below. Please…

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Fudgy healthy vegan nutella beetroot brownie

Fudgy, chocolate-y goodness, what’s not to like about a delicious brownie? One might assume that in order to live healthy and follow a vegan lifestyle, it’s not possible to indulge from time to time. Well, we’ve created a recipe that will cure every chocolate-lover’s wishes! Since experimenting with vegan cooking we have come across numerous brownie recipes and we’ve recreated our fair share. They included avocado, sweet potato, carrot, and other vegetable ingredients that one would usually eat for lunch or dinner.  Although we liked these recipes, we’re always up for trying out something new. On our trip to the…

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Please ignore my dogs

Dogs, who doesn’t love them? They’re man’s best friend nonetheless. But why does everyone seem to think that dogs are common property? When we take our dogs for a walk, too often we encounter people that want to get our dogs’ attention. To do so, they make the widest range of odd noises a human can possibly produce. When they succeed, you’ll see their whole face lighten up. Meanwhile, our dogs are hanging themselves on their leads to approach that interesting sound. But in the name of god, why!? Why would anyone find that gladdening? Seeing a dog hang himself,…

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Sustainable tourism: a trip to South Africa

The subject of sustainable tourism can be approached in a number of ways. We tend to put our focus on the environmental impacts of tourism. However, the consequences of our society's adventures abroad reach much farther than one might realize. We are passionate about our environment, hence that’s what we are most knowledgeable on. That however doesn’t mean that other aspects of sustainable travel are less important. That’s why we have a story to share from a guest writer who’s not just passionate about sustainable tourism, but is currently finalizing her masters on the topic. As our current population size…

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How to ease into a zero waste lifestyle successfully

The zero waste lifestyle is growing in popularity. Though it might seem new and innovative in some ways, it’s actually rather old-school. Plastics weren’t always as common as they are today. Currently, the average person in Europe sends around 160 kilos of packaging to the landfill every year. That includes all packaging material, but plastic is the worst culprit of all. Plastics are so ingrained into our current society that it can seem impossible to cut them out of your life completely. But making a change for the better doesn’t have to be difficult! Taking things slowly and changing your…

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