Finding a blue dream in Bangkok

Over spring break I visited Bangkok with my family, and as you will know if you follow my travels on this blog, I pride myself in finding the hidden gems of any place that I’m visiting and sharing them with you, but I have to give it to my dad for this time for finding this particular hidden gem!

The Blue Whale Cafe


Unseen, on a regular side street of Bangkok, you can stumble across the artsy charm of the Blue Whale. When you step through the door, you’re transported to a blue wonderland, complete with blue walls, blue decor, and most importantly blue food! (flavored from the blue matcha they use).

While I wouldn’t go here every day, it’s definitely an experience to try an entirely blue meal, especially right in the heart of Bangkok. Would you ever eat an entirely blue meal?

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Have you ever been to Bangkok? And what would be your number one recommendation for someone visiting?

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Snorkeling in Phuket, Thailand

I spent the past week of Spring break relaxing in Thailand, and I loved it! I’m usually not the most adventurous person, but I stepped out of my comfort zone and was lucky enough to go snorkeling just off an island in Phuket. This was my first time snorkeling in the middle of the ocean, and I saw some really cool sea life. I thought I would share some photos with you! Let me know where the best place you’ve ever been to dive or snorkel is!

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How to make plane rides more comfortable

If you’re traveling anywhere for spring break hopefully this advice is coming just in time! Today I want to share some of my top tips for making your plane rides as comfortable as possible. I live in Dubai, which is a global melting pot, so I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel quite a bit. Through my experience, I’ve managed to come up with a list of things that I always do to make my travel time fun and enjoyable.

Do something active before your flight

Personally, if I know that I’m going to be on a plane ride which is more than 5 hours, I like to do something active the morning of my flight in order to tire out my body. I usually have trouble sleeping on flights, and I get really restless if I’m not moving around for a long time. By exercising in the morning, I feel accomplished (as I know I haven’t just sat down all day on a plane), my body is more tired so I fall asleep easier, and I am less restless when I’m sitting down for a long period of time.

Have water available 

Staying hydrated on a flight is super important! It’s very easy to dehydrate without even knowing. Always make sure to have a water bottle and to fill it up in the airport before your flight, and don’t be scared to ask for extra water on the plane! I’ve even been on some planes recently where there is a small station to fill up your water bottle. Staying hydrated on a flight will make it easier to adjust when you land and will make you feel a lot less tired when you reach your destination.

Dress in layers

Is it just me, but when I’m on a flight I either seem to be really hot or really cold? This sometimes makes me super uncomfortable, and I’ll be sweating a lot or shivering in my seat. The temperature on a flight is unpredictable, so ensure that you dress in layers that are easy to put on and take off to make sure you’re not sweating or shivering.

Do your research

Flights are long periods of time where you don’t really have much to do; take advantage of this! Sometimes I just need to catch up on sleep, but other times I like to use this time productively. I would hate to be sitting on a flight bored, with nothing to do! So I usually look at what movies are offered on the plane, and if there’s something that isn’t on there I’ll download it on my phone. I also take some work with me if I feel like I could get something done on a flight. Whatever it means to you, just make sure you have enough to do on a plane.

I hope that some of these tips are helpful in making your flights as comfortable as possible! Let me know in the comments section if you use any of these tips and if you have any that you would add to this list? (I also wrote a blog post about my in-flight essentials you can click here if you would like to read it)

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This place should be on your bucket list…

One of the things I love about being an expat is all of the travel opportunities I get! Living in a place like Dubai, there are so many places to explore which are only a short plane ride away. Back in November, I got the chance to visit Morocco with my school, and I’ve been wanting to share this blog post for a while. We spent a week traveling around the country, but we got the chance to visit a city that I had never heard of before.

The city of Chefchaouen is one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited. For someone who enjoys photography, I was in heaven! It’s a city that is completely blue and white. Every street is white and painted a different shade of blue, the cobbled streets are charming, and there are so many nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered. We spent a day walking around this city taking photos and exploring small stores. Here are some of the photos I got of Chefchaouen, I hope they inspire you to put this place on your bucket list!

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The most photo-worthy spots you must visit in Sydney

As you might already know from all the photos I’ve been posting, I visited Australia over winter break! I saw so many amazing sights: mountains, beaches, and architecture etc… In today’s post, I want to share my top photo locations from Sydney that I think you must go to if you’re visiting! Let me know if you have any more recommendations, and if you’ve been to any of these locations!

Bondi Beach

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The Blue Mountains

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The Grounds of Alexandria

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Sydney Opera House

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The Streets

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The Byron Bay cafe guide

This winter was my first visit to Byron Bay, and I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be my last! I loved spending each day waking up early, walking down to the beach, and eating so much delicious food at the local cafes. Before I got to visit Byron Bay, I had seen so many bloggers on Instagram visit this place and eat some great looking food. So by the time I actually visited Byron Bay, I had an extremely long list of all the places I wanted to try. As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. So here are my top breakfast spots in Byron Bay! I hope you enjoy seeing photos of the food as much as I loved eating it!

Three Blue Ducks

This was the first breakfast place we visited and it did not disappoint. Three Blue Ducks is located in the middle of a farm, and its menu is packed full of fresh local produce. It’s a popular spot and gets busy quite quickly, so I’d recommend getting there early to avoid a wait.

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Folk

I already wrote a whole blog post about this cafe because I loved it so much! The food, ambiance, and location were just a perfect blend, and quite different from most of the places I’ve visited. Their menu is also very unique, and worth the trip just to try one of their interesting dishes.

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Bayleaf Cafe

One thing I loved about all the cafes I visited in Byron was that they each had their own take on the usual breakfast dishes. Sometimes it can get boring when you’re traveling as you end up eating variations of the same food every day for breakfast. But each spot I visited had something different and special going on for them. I don’t remember the exact name of what I got at Bayleaf Cafe, but it was a variety of roasted vegetables on a flatbread and it tasted sooo good.

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These are my three top breakfast cafes in Byron Bay! Let me know if you’ve tried any of them, and which ones you recommend for next time I visit!

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Byron Bay Cafes – my top pick

As some of you will know I spent the majority of my Winter Break in Australia! I traveled to Melbourne and Sydney, but Byron Bay was by far my favorite. I’m a sun lover and I dream of living by the ocean, but what made this place even more special was the AMAZING food and nature that surrounded this town. It’s something I don’t get to experience a lot, having lived in big cities my whole life, and it was a breath of fresh air. Being in Byron was like a step back from the life I’m used to, everyone seemed to laid back and the lifestyle was just so relaxing and fluid. One of my favorite days I spent in Byron Bay was at Folk.

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Folk is a cafe on a patch of land surrounded by nature, and it’s heaven on earth. It’s a caravan type building where you can order your food and take a seat in their quaint little garden. I’m not used to this kind of thing, so as a typical tourist, I found it intriguing. And let me tell you, it looks like a small side of the road cafe, but the food that comes out of there is soooo good. (just writing about it makes me crave it) The beautiful location adds to the tranquility of the cafe, and with good food in your mouth and the sun on your back you can’t help but feel like everything is perfect.

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I LOVE restaurants and cafes with lots of different juices, smoothies, and health lattes to try out, and Folk did not disappoint. I think I sipped on all my familys’ drinks, but as usual, I stuck to my signature matcha latte, which they had sprinkled dried rose petals over. I don’t know what I was expecting the food to be like, but it exceeded all of my expectations! The dishes are not like the boring regular breakfast dishes you would find in any other place. I had a bowl full of hummus, dips, avocado, poached eggs, and some rice filled with spices and it tasted insane. I liked how their food was different and exciting, but still tasted amazing (and it was presented so beautifully, an added bonus!)

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I would highly recommend this breakfast spot for anyone in the area, and would even go as far as to call it the best breakfast place I ate at during my whole trip to Australia! (and I ate a lot of good food, so that’s saying something…) Let me know if you’ve ever been to Folk, and what your Byron Bay recommendations are (as I’m sure I’ll find my way back there soon)

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