What’s it like Living in Rome, Italy as a Digital Nomad?

Contrary to some strong misconceptions, the Italian capital is not as expensive as it’s often perceived to be. In fact, we find the rating for Rome on nomadlist.com to be completely different from our experience. It’s safe to say that $3,707 a month is a far cry from what it actually costs to live in Rome. With the cost of living rated as bad and a nomad score of 1.2 out of 5 in July 2018, it’s easy to understand why the digital nomad scene in Rome is pretty much nonexistent. But, this misconception is something we would like to see change.

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The Most Vegan-Friendly Countries in Asia

As two people who have spent most of our twenties traveling in Asia, we know a thing or two about the region. During our travels, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the most vegan-friendly destinations in the world and some places where it was a lot harder to find vegan food. But Asia has been different, and that’s mostly thanks to the local cuisines.

You see what makes Asia so unique compared to Europe, North America, and Latin America is that many of the traditional cuisines are so vegan-friendly on their own, which is a big reason why we’ve fallen in love with this region.

We love to find all vegan restaurants that serve burgers and pizza with vegan cheese just as much as the next person, but our favorite way of traveling is discovering local cuisines and having our minds blown by the traditional food of the countries we visit.

Food is how we connect to places and how we perceive new cultures. Our goal is to experience the world through food, no matter where we travel. To us, the best food experience is sitting shoulder to shoulder in a loud and sweaty restaurant in India eating masala dosas with our hands next to locals enjoying a quick breakfast before work.

But, not everyone realizes how vegan-friendly Asia can be. Southeast Asia comes up when the subject is discussed, but South Asia is often overlooked by vegan travelers which is a shame since it offers some of the best food in the region.

Read on to discover the most vegan-friendly countries in Asia.

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Eat Like a Roman – The Best Vegan Restaurants in Rome

For the food lover, there is quite possibly no better place to eat than in Rome, with amazing vegan options for every occasion. Are you looking for a great dinner experience with an amazing bottle of wine? A quick pizza for lunch? An abundance of vegan gelato? Mouthwatering breakfast for under $2? Vegan parmesan that is so good it will have you doing a double take? Rome has it all!

We have spent close to four months living in the Eternal City, and we tried every vegan restaurant, cafe, and gelato place that we could locate. Our Rome food guide breaks down the vegan restaurants in Rome.

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Time for a Fika: An Introduction to Swedish Coffee Culture

The Swedish food culture might not be the most interesting or exciting in the world, especially not for vegans since it tends to be very meat heavy. And besides the exception of Swedish meatballs which can be easily veganized these days and even enjoyed at IKEA in a vegan version, there aren’t many dishes from Sweden that are celebrated outside of the country’s borders.

However, there is a part of the Swedish coffee culture that’s both unique and undervalued in the rest of the world, and I’m here to tell you everything you need to know about it.

I am, of course, talking about the Swedish fika, or the art of making coffee and sweets a part of your everyday life. It might sound strange but it’s an integral part of the Swedish culture and something most Swedes take part in on the regular. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to eat sweets and drink coffee every day?

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The Best Yoga Studio in Ubud, Bali in 2018

Although there are tons of yoga schools in Bali, Ubud is renowned worldwide for being a yogi mecca. We ourselves are far from yogis and even though we’ve both done yoga occasionally, we’ve never gotten into it on a regular basis. However, last time we returned to Ubud we decided it was time to start taking it seriously. And let’s be honest, what better place to develop a yoga routine than in Ubud?

There are numerous yoga studios in Ubud to choose from and the selection is varied. Each yoga studio offers something different and it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find a studio that fits your needs and preferences. We tried several yoga classes in Ubud with mixed experiences. In the end, we enjoyed Intuitive Flow, a yoga studio in Penestanan, the most so that is where we did most of our classes. Here are our 4 reasons why we think Intuitive Flow is the best studio for doing yoga in Ubud.

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Best Digital Nomad Cities for Vegans in 2018

Living full time around the world means finding great bases that fit our needs. For us to consider a city or location a good destination for vegan digital nomads it has to live up to certain expectations. First off it has to offer affordable living conditions. It could potentially be a centrally located apartment with good amenities and a comfortable living area that can function as an office or a private house or villa with a pool, garden, and preferably a view. High-speed internet is an absolute must for us since we work online and spend most of the day connected.

Second, the destination needs to offer great vegan food both in terms of restaurants and also at grocery stores or markets. As you might already know, food is one of the most important aspects of our everyday life and few things make us as happy as eating. In recent years, we have been really spoiled when it comes to vegan restaurants around the world and our expectations are getting higher and higher.

Naturally, the places on our list are as much foodie destinations as they are optimal working spots while still being affordable. The following five destinations are what we consider the best destinations for vegan digital nomads in 2018.

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Our Favorite Vegan Cruelty Free Skin Care Products in 2018

Living a vegan lifestyle is about more than what you eat, it also extends to your lifestyle and means using cruelty free products in your every day life. It just so happens to be an added bonus that these vegan skin care products aren’t full of chemicals and other toxic ingredients. Don’t forget that your skin is your largest organ and absorbs whatever you put on it which is why you don’t want to use harmful ingredients.

In our search of the best vegan skin care products, we have tried dozens of brands over the years. In order to help you find the best products to use at home and on the road when you travel, we have put together a list of our absolute favorite vegan skin care products. These are quality products that have surpassed our expectations, and most importantly are never tested on animals.

This cruelty free products list includes our favorite companies, some that we’ve been using for years and some that we’ve only discovered recently. All of the brands in our list are cruelty free and offer vegan skin care products. 

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The Easiest Way To Extend Your 30 Day Visa on Arrival in Bali

Ever thought about retiring on a tropical island, if only for a few months? We sure have! It’s no secret that we love Bali and especially Ubud where we have rented a villa and lived for severals months at a time. Hence, the reason why we try to stay as long as we can! But did you know that living in Bali for an extended period of time is fairly easy if you plan in advance? The only real issue, which is easily arranged, is getting the right visa for Bali. We have gone through the process several times and we’ll cover the entire process of how to extend your 30-day visa on arrival in Bali.

We’ll walk you through what we think is the easiest way of extending your visa in Bali but also explain how to extend it on your own as well as highlight the different visas that are available.

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