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My Trip to Japan continues to surprise me with a new adventure daily. I’ve seen so many things that I would never have expected Japan to have on offer. During my final day in Japan as a guest of the JTNO my lovely guide Miko took me on my favourite experience in the country so far, a trip over the Tokushima Kenritsu uzu no michi observation deck on the Ōnaruto Bridge followed by an exciting boat ride.

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This wasn’t any ordinary bridge and boat sight seeing adventure. The area is known for intense tides which collide together and create a strong whirlpool effect. This natural occurrence makes for interesting viewing and great photos from both above, below and on the water surface.

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Our first stop was the Ohnaruto bridge observation deck, which costs 510 yen for entry. This entry fee will allow you to spend as much time on the bridge and observation deck as you please. It’s a nice and easy flat walk across the bridge that all ages and fitness levels can do withe ease. The walkway of the bridge is scattered with thick glass panels that are positioned above the whirling tides, offering a very unique and somewhat thrilling view. The best bit is that these glass panels are not for show, they are able to be stood on. Standing on the glass panels and looking down gives the illusion that you are floating above the water with the crushing tides below, it’s quite the experience. I’m personally not one to get scared of heights and love to enjoy trippy views, but there here many others on the bridge that did not share my enthusiasm for standing on the observation panels. As you can imagine many people are quite scared or nervous, which makes for excellent people watching as travellers laugh, joke and dare one another to stand on the glass above the roaring sea. For me the best bit of the bridge wasn’t standing on the panels myself, but watching other peoples reactions and antics as they tested there fear of heights. I’m a sucker for people watching as you can probably tell!

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After the birds eye view experience we headed to the near by lookout, which gives you a great view of the bridge and the waterways. The lookout has many seating areas to relax and also has fixed binoculars which give a powerful view of the surrounding area. Just be sure to have some spare Yen coins on hand so you can use them.

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The lookout also acts as the perfect food stop with many eateries scattered around, some with great views of the bridge. During my trip we were running tight for time as we had planned a boat trip, so we indulged in some local Japanese street food to eat on route to the Marina, which was equally just as delicious. Sticky rice balls and fish sticks anyone? YUM!

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A short 10 minute cab ride later we arrived at xxx marina where we bought tickets aboard our tour boat ‘the Aqua Eddy’. Our tickets were 2400 Yen each, however you can shop around for cheaper boat rides or more expensive ones, depending on your preference there are 3 major boat companies operating out of the area, each offering their own pros, cons and experiences

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The boat trip had to be my favourite experience of the day. Here I was thinking we were going on your average boat ride, standing above deck taking some photos, but boy was I wrong! Once we were all aboard, suddenly we and were ushered down below the deck and into the hull. It was there that we all found individual seats facing huge glass panels along the boat length, giving you an amazing underwater view. The idea of the Aqua Eddy is that you get a below sea level and above sea level view of the whirlpools. It’s the closest I’ve ever been to being in a submarine and while I didn’t see any fish, it’s basically like being in a moving aquarium. Once we were all below, the captain then drove the boat into the whirlpools, allowing the boat to be spun by the tides all while you are below looking out from the glass. It felt like a mini rollercoaster and enables you to see the waters strength from below. Looking out from the panels you could actually see whirlpools forming in the water, which was really cool. After that the staff invited us up on deck to take photos while the boat got as close to the whirlpools as possible.

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Things To Remember

My trip was in March, which meant it was still fairly cold in Japan. Both the observation deck and the boat have a serious wind chill factor so I would suggest layering up. In hindsight I wish i’d had gloves with me, because my hands were popsicles by the end of the day. A jacket with a hoodie or a beanie also would’ve been a great idea.
– Tides: The whirlpools are best within an hour of high tide and this is when they are the strongest and deepest. If you want the best experience, do a tide check online in the area and plan your visit around the highest tide to get the best photos.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel,blog, Tokushima Kenritsu uzu no michi observation deck, Ohnaruto bridge (26 of 29)

– Lunch time! While there are many places to eat in the area, if you’ve gone from the bridge and only have an hour for lunch before your boat ride you may be a little tight for time like we were, as many of the local eateries get full around lunch. While there are loads of street food options for a quick bite, if you’re hoping to sit down, relax and enjoy a longer lunch, leave an hour and a half to ensure you get a table.

wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel,blog, Tokushima Kenritsu uzu no michi observation deck, Ohnaruto bridge (25 of 29)All in all the Ōnaruto Bridge and boat ride into the whirlpools were my favourite experiences in Japan, I love anything adventurous and thrilling, plus it was so cool to see the whirlpools in real life, because unlike some I’d only ever heard of them and never experienced one fist hand. I definitely recommend you making a similar experience to mine as part of your Japan itinerary. wanderlife,-japan,-japan-tourism,-travel,-travel,blog,-Tokushima-Kenritsu-uzu-no-michi-observation-deck,-Ohnaruto-bridge--(28-of-29)

  • March 30, 2016

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There is no denying that the Japanese have an art when it comes to creating Japanese gardens (日本庭園 nihon teien). The unique plant life and landscapes the Japanese people shape in their Gardens make them the ideal tourist destination, there is no shortage either with so many garden to choose from across the whole of Japan. While each garden is unique and special in it’s own way, there is one thing that a visit to a Japanese Garden will ensure, you’ll leave feeling happier, healther and more zen than you did when you arrived.

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My trip to Japan has been jam packed and there’s been little rest time with so much to see and do, so I was so excited to have the had a chance to visit Ritsurinkoen gardens, a huge traditional Japanese garden in the Takamatsu district of kagawa prefecture. While It was a short visit, the time spent exploring the gardens instantly dissolved my stress and gave my overactive travellers overwhelm a chance to come back to baseline and be in the present moment, all while surrounding myself with the immense beauty that is the Ritsurinkoen gardens.

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I arrived via taxi, however if you’re traveling by train the Takamatsu station is only 1 a quick 10 minutes cab to the gardens.

Entry fees:

500 Yen will get you an all day pass to explore the spectacular grounds. The gardens are huge in size and offer many different viewing points, rest spots and areas to explore and relax. While our trip was a brief one, many locals and tourists can be seen throughout the gardens with their own DIY picnics with friends and family in the sun. Bringing your own picnic and rug is something i highly suggest doing in any gardens within Japan and especially Kagawa prefecture when you visit. 

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The highlight of the gardens for me was viewing the seasons change before my eyes, as a select few Cherry Blossom trees had started to bloom providing beautiful pink colour explosions amongst the deep greens of the gardens. What I love most about Japanese gardens are their ever changing vibe, as Japan have very strong seasons which allow for an ever changing landscape and experience. No two times in one garden will ever be the same.

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Don’t miss out on.

While it’s hard to miss them due to their sheer size, Ritsurinkoen gardens lake is home to some of the largest and most beautiful coy fish I have ever seen and due to the constant turnover of tourists wanting to get a closer look, they flock to areas close to shore in hope of being fed.

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Things To remember

Ritsurinkoen gardens are huge and there is really so much to see within the gardens that it’s best to give yourself at least an hour to explore everything they have to offer. Japanese gardens aren’t something to be rushed so don’t cut your time short when planning a visit.

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When I thought of Japan, before ever getting here on my first ever visit, the last thing that came to mind was vibrant blue water, beautiful beaches, big bridges and islands. It’s funny how we can mentally sum up a foreign place by the photos we’ve seen of just one city (for me that’s always been Tokyo) and in the process forget there is so much more to explore.

wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (11 of 22)During my tour of the country thanks to the Japanese Tourism board I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing areas of Japan that I never knew existed. One of those areas has been the Shimanami Quad Quid Expressway, which I toured via bike. The Expressway, which is also known as the Nishi-seto Expressway is a 60km long highway designed for both vehicles and bike riders and links the islands of Seto Inland Sea with nine large towering bridges that run between Onomichi in the Hiroshima prefecture and Imabari in Ehime. It’s an incredibly grand highway, which is unique in it’s ability to offer idyllic scenery, fresh air, nature, beautiful views all while providing some moderate exercise for those riding, walking or jogging the path.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (5 of 22)

The Expressway bridges allow for both cars and walking/bike areas, which provides for safe and easy access for tourists and locals to use the bridges as they see fit. The bike path is roomy and vast which is great as it makes for pleasant riding in groups and allows you to feel very free and liberated while exploring this unique area of Japan from such great heights.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (17 of 22)

Hiring a bike is easy and to my delight there are both standard bikes and electrical bikes, and yes I took the electrical one and I suggest you do too if you’re not a pro rider like myself. The ride across each bridge is surprisingly flat which makes the ride fairly doable for anyone of any fitness level and if you’re worried about your energy levels, then go with the electrical bike option or even a tandem bike with who ever you may be traveling with. If the idea of riding 60km has you concerned, don’t fret because all non electrical bikes can be returned at any of the 14 bike shop locations along the route, which allows you to pick and choose how far and hard you want to push yourself.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (22 of 22)white on white (1 of 1)

One tip I have is be sure to go to the near by looks out if you’re starting at the first bridge as it gives a great overview of the journey ahead of you. I stopped there and got some great images of the road ahead and the lookout allows you to capture the bridges in their size from a distance while still capturing the landscape and sea around them for context.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (1 of 22)

While you’re on the bike route, it’s not only a keen bike riders dream but also a travellers dream, as it’s impossible to get lost. Each bridge entrance and exit is clearly marked and the signage of the area can be seen in Japanese with easy to understand images and also some english signs along the way. The path really is a cyclist heaven and it’s not only well loved by travellers that decided to take the route, but by many more serious cycling locals who are sure to pass you at impressive speeds along the way!wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (14 of 22)

Price

Bridge Toll- Each bridge has a ¥50 – ¥100 coin basket along the way as a small toll for each bridge used.
Bike hire- Bike prices vary by time and type, but you can get a bike for an all day ride starting as as little as ¥1,000 and an electric bike starting at ¥1,500 for six hours.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (3 of 22)

Things to remember

Weather: While i’m sure this ride is beautiful in most conditions it’s best done on a clear sunny day like I did as you’re able to get the best view of the islands from each bridge. If it’s looking a little cloudy and you’re there in rainy season, be sure to pack a light wet weather coat and something to protect any camera gear from getting wet in the bike basket.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (18 of 22)

Safety tip: ensure you keep to the right side of the bridge while you are riding, which is clearly marked by arrows along the way. While there are many tourists taking a leisurely ride there are also just as many passionate locals using the path that don’t like to be slowed down.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (8 of 22)

Don’t forget to look down!: There’s so much beauty to be found below the bridges as they cascade over the beaches and coast line of Japan. I got some of my favourite photos stopping along the way to look down and snap the scenery below.

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Coins and cash: While you will find some shops that take card, it’s best to have some Yen in cash on hand if you’re hoping to do some food or souvenir shopping along the way.

Tolls: There are toll points along each bridge, so if you’re planning to do the whole 60km ride then be sure to ask the bike shop you hire from for a discount pass, which is available to those riding across the entire distance.

Clothing:
I wore gym tights, sneakers and a T-shirt with a denim jacket, which was great but I did get a little cold. Depending on the season I would suggest bringing a scarf and some gloves along and be sure to layer up as the wind chill factor is something to consider, especially if you’re planning to do the whole 60Km. Remember you can always take a layer off if you get hot along the way.

Food:
With exercise comes hunger and while I didn’t stop to eat on my Nishiseto Expressway ride, there are loads of options for you if you get hungry. Between each set of bridges you will find coffee shops, Japanese restraurants and street food sure to fill you up.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (15 of 22)All in all the Nishiseto Expressway is an impressive ride, wether you do 1km of it or all 60 you’re sure to get some beautiful images and see a very unique perfective of Japan, i highly recommend doing it, it really is the perfect way to see the Japanese coast line.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (4 of 22)*While in Japan i have been a guest of JTNO however as always my thoughts opinions and experiences remain to be my own.

  • March 27, 2016

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Location
Qamea Island, Fiji

Keywords
Paradise, Honeymoon, Island Experience, Diving, Cultural Experience


Our Room
We stayed in a traditional Fijian style hut, which on the inside though was very modern and had everything we needed. Aircon, mosquito netting & wifi were all available from the room. Outside each of the huts there were also two large beautiful seashells implanted in the soil and filled with water daily, so we could wash our feet of the sand before going back inside, a nice touch.


Food
The food at Qamea was beautiful. Fresh Salads, Seafood & local specialties were all available. Gluten free & vegan options were also available, and we were never left hungry. There was also a gorgeous beach hut which once could book in advance to enjoy a romantic beachside dinner for sunset.


Service
If there was one thing that stood out from our stay at Qamea (besides the picturesque beauty all around us), it was the service and the warmth of the people working at the resort. The resort is almost exclusively staffed by local Fijians, who welcome you with big & warm smiles upon their faces. We have such fond memories of our interactions with them all, it feels from memory more like we stayed at friends, than at a resort. I was pleasantly surprised at how well everyone remembered our names, and it created an instant feeling of familiarity. From the waiters, to the cleaning maids, i can’t remember having ever felt so comfortable and instantly accepted by any group of people representing a venue or brand. There is truly something special about the Fijian people.


Activities
Qamea Island is world renowned for some of the most exceptional diving spots on our planet. The resort has a dedicated diving instructor who takes guests on daily trips to the surrounding Reefs. There is also a village of native Qamean residents a short boatride away, which you can visit with a guide for a truly cultural experience. We got to spend the afternoon with the Chief of the Island Daniel, a great man who made us feel very welcome. He even offered us a place to stay should we ever want to visit again.
There are also a set of 3 freshwater waterfalls, on the nearby island of Tavenui, which are a sight to see, and one can swim underneath them as well.
The resort also has a dedicated yoga & meditation instructor, who hosts daily classes to get back in touch with your body & soul.


Wifi
The wifi was fine, though there was an outage for a couple of days, which the staff assured us was out of character.


http://www.qamea.com/
https://instagram.com/qamearesort/
https://www.facebook.com/Qamea

WANDERLIFE: BALI GUIDE.

Chances are you’ve seen at least a few hundred instagram images of drool worthy Bali holiday snaps splashed across your instagram feed. The island of Bali in Indonesia, also known as the island of the Gods, has become a thriving hot spot for travellers of all ages and budgets over the years. For Australians, Bali has basically become some what of a second home with the island being over taken by 100’s of Australian expats setting up their lives and businesses there each year. Just like anywhere in the world, no two parts or areas of Bali are the same and if you’re going to put Bali on your travel list, it pays to have some inside info as to where to go and what to expect! One thing is for sure, Bali is an island that can go from surfer’s paradise to a rainforest filled with monkeys in less than an hours drive. With so many choices and never enough holiday time, here’s Wanderlife’s guide to Bali!

Uluwatu

Surfing, Chilling, Natural beauty

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Uluwatu is found on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia. It’s best known for it’s great waves and often perfect conditions for surfers all around the world of all abilities. The beaches of Uluwatu are clean with white sand compared to the black sand and more populated waters of Seminyak and Kuta’s beaches. Uluwatu is a lush natural oasis and is a lot less commercialised than other areas of Bali. It’s got picture perfect beaches with white sand and turquoise blue waters. The main surfing spots in Bali are Uluwatu, Dreamland, Padang-Padang, Bingin/Impossibles and Suluban.

Ubud

Monkeys, Rice Paddies, Tradition
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Ubud Monkey Forest (5 of 12)Ubud Monkey Forest (8 of 12)If you’re wanting to escape into the lush Balinese forest and don’t mind making friends with cheeky monkeys, staying or visiting Ubud is the ideal Balinese escape for you! Ubud is found 35k northeast of Bali’s airport and is three hundred meters above sea level, making it’s climate cooler than most areas of Bali. Ubud has developed a name for being the ‘holistic and hippy’ area of Bali with an abundance of spiritual experiences and healer types being found in the area. It was once an unknown area of Bali, that’s now developed into a thriving tourist destination. Staying in Ubud is easy with a vast range of accommodation choices covering both budget or luxury options. We recommend putting a day visit to Ubud on your Bali to do list, as there are many attractions in the area including the lush rice paddies that make it a sight to see.

WANDERLIFE TIP- If you’re visiting Ubud’s famous monkey forest, be sure to give our guide a read here– You might end up losing a wallet if you’re not carful!

Seminyak

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If you want to be in the heart of where it’s all happening in Bali then Seminyak is the place for you. The area is jam packed with boutiques, perfect for shopping and a never ending selection of bar’s, cafes and hotels. You’ll find both luxury and budget accommodation in Seminyak as well as many mid range options so there’s something for everyone. If you’re after a peaceful tranquil escape, then staying in Seminyak isn’t your jam, but it’s well worth a visit.

WANDERLIFE TIP- Check out our review of Ize Seminyak here, it’s one of our go to hotels in Seminyak.

Changgu

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Changgu is close to Seminyak and Kuta, but just far away enough to offer a more relaxing environment that’s not yet over run with tourists. Canggu has become a hot spot for expats wanting to call Bali home and as a result, the coastal town is busting with great western run organic eateries and cafes. Canggu’s beaches are also cleaner than those of Kuta and Seminyak, which is great for swimming and surfing.
If you’re looking to live a little more like an expat local and perhaps want a private Villa for a more chilled experience in Bali while still being close enough to the action, Changgu might be the perfect place for you!

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If you’re after resort luxury, then choosing any one of Nusa Dua’s resorts to stay in while in Bali will be the perfect choice for you. Nusa Dua is great for all types with options for families or couples wanting a romantic getaway. The area of Nusa Dua has been developed into world class hotels and shopping complexes and also has Bali’s best 18-hole gold course on the prestige white beaches of Eastern Balinese coastline. If you would like an all inclusive resort experience then Nusa Dua will tick all the right boxes! If the price tag of Nusa Dua’s luxury resorts isn’t within your budget, then you can still experience the luxury waters of Nusa Dua by visiting the public beach of Geger and while you’re there be sure to visit the Museum Pasifika which is known as Bali best art museum hosting a huge array of Asian Pacific cultural artefacts.

Kuta

Fast Paced, Parties, Commercial

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Kuta is the heavily developed party district of Bali, which doesn’t offer much traditional culture due to the over commercialisation of the area. Best known for it’s nightlife, Kuta is over run by tourists and is missing what we would call the true Bali experience. If you’re looking for some surf, sun, shopping and a high energy party scene though, then Kuta has you covered! There’s 100’s of hotels to choose from in the area and there’s always something going on so boredom is not an option!

 

Gili Islands

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The Gili Islands of Bali are made up of three atolls off Bali which are picture perfect with white powdery sand, clear turquoise waters and no cars or motorbikes to be found. The lifestyle on the Gili Islands are a stark difference from the mainland of Bali and are even governed by village chiefs. This means they have their own legal system and are known for their more liberal approach to otherwise illegal drugs, namingly cannabis and magic mushrooms. Gili Islands are known as a chilled out oasis, where anything goes. While it’s not common to stay long periods on the islands, a short trip there will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed!

 

Here at Wanderlife we love Bali and we love helping all our fellow Wanderlifer’s get tips and ticks on everything Bali related, so please let us know if you have any requests on anything Bali related.

Paw Paw Cafe Review

The Wanderlife team and I are suckers for amazing breakfast spots across the globe. I however, being Australian, have been spoilt for choice and breakfast experiences and have become some what of a brekkie snob. Despite  globe trotting all over Europe, I’ve never seemed to of found any cafe’s that live up to my Australian Big breakfast standards . Luckily for me, I am currently back in Aus and recently discovered Paw Paw cafe during my road trip up the East Coast. It’s a big call but I am going to say that Paw Paw Cafe is one of the best Breakfast spots in the Brisbane area with a killer menu that leaves you spoilt for choice. If you don’t believe me then rock up on the weekend and see how packed they are for yourself and try anything on there menu. I’ll be surprised if you’re not planning your next visit! Or check out there instagram page with 30k+ foodies following here!

What I love most about Paw Paw is just how many healthy choices they have. The menu boats Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Dairy free options which will please the pickiest of breakfast hipsters and if you’re not on a health kick and want to indulge, then don’t worry there’s more than one or two indulgent choices for you too!

Here are my top 5 dishes to order from Paw Paw’s menu!

 

Superfood Greens

This gluten free, diary free, vegetarian creation is perfect if you’ve been naughty all week long and want to kick start your weekend the healthy way. Packed with everything green, this bowl has asparagus, broccolini, kale, spinach, roast sweet potato, pomegranate, goji berries, seeds, pumpkin puree & poached eggs. Pair it with a green juice and you’re good to go!

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Banoffee French toast

If you’re feeling a little naughty then the Banoffee French toast is a go to at Paw Paw. This Vegetarian dish is naughty but oh so nice with Brioche on the bottom layer with caramelised banana, salted caramel, honey cinnamon mascarpone, aerated chocolate. If you’re going all out then you can add double smoked bacon. Hmmm yes!!!

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Smashed Avocado and Pumpkin

My personal go to for breakfast is always avocado on toast, but Paw Paw have gotten creative with the cult favourites and added Pumpkin to keep Avo and toast connoisseurs like me on there toes. You can have this dish with rye bread or opt for it on gluten free toast and enjoy smashed avocado, pickled carrot, radish, pistachio dukkah & pumpkin puree. Need a protein hit? Just add two eggs any way you like and your sorted!

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Coco whip (coconut ice cream)

There’s not many things that are as on trend as coconut ice cream right now and Paw Paw have there finger on the pulse with there soft serve coco whip ice cream which is a diary alternative made from natural coconut water and coco probiotic.  It’s sugar free and 99% fat free. An added bonus is that it’s also gluten-free, dairy and lactose free making it the perfect vegan friendly treat. We highly recommend Paw Paw’s coco whip bowls from an refreshing fruity breakfast that’s guilt free.

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Vegan Donuts

Donuts are amazing and they don’t need much explaining but whats better than donuts you say? Vegan donuts in various flavours. We are a fan!

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What your favourite healthy breakfast spot in your corner of the globe?

Let us know in the comments bellow.

During my recent trip to Europe I grew a new found appreciation for road trips. Traveling around Europe by bus, train or plane is great, but you see so much more with you choosing the stops along the way. Hiring a car or in some cases a moped is the ultimate freedom.

So here are Wanderlife’s top 5 reasons for why road trips are just the best endeavours ever.

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1. On Road Trips you can stop when ever and where ever you want.

This may be obvious, but when you travel the last thing you want or need is some one else calling the shots. Travel to me is all about making my own choices and working on my own timeline. Renting a car and taking off into the unknown gives you the ability to design your own itinerary. Some of the best memories I made were while driving through Croatia, stopping at random lookouts and taking it all in.

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2. Music

It’s been said that music is the soundtrack to our lives and road trips are the perfect excuse to make an epic playlist and blast the stereo to let the music take you away. A road trip without music just isn’t much of a road trip.

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3. You’ll probably get lost and that’s a good thing

Getting lost is often seen as a stressful & negative experience, but when you’re traveling and out on the road it can be one of the best things to happen, you just need to revisit how you feel about it! Getting lost allows you to explore areas that you wouldn’t have planned to see and it can put you and your friends out of your comfort zone. Sure, if you’re lost in a dodgy area it’s best to retrace your route and get outta there, but if you’re in what seems to be a safe place, go explore the unknown and just appreciate that you’re no longer playing it safe. Plus chances are you will never visit that place again, so be present and enjoy the moment while it lasts!

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4. Road trips force you to be spontaneous and present and we all need more of that.

With smart phones giving us 24/7 access to maps, instagram, facebook, email and the world wide web, spontaneity and being in the present is something we all need to practice. Road trips encourage us all to be more in the moment and make spontaneous decisions, which may lead us to unknown events or destinations.

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5. You’ll find bliss in the silence

After traveling with my partner and various friends through Europe, you form a new and deeper connection with one another. There can only be so long one can maintain surface conversations before things get deep and real. Road trips offer endless hours to talk, but also to enjoy the gaps of silence that are often otherwise filled with meaningless chatter. Those comfortable silences are to me the sign of true and tested friendships, friendships that don’t require you to always chat, but allow you to just ‘be’ as well.

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  • February 01, 2016

Es Vedra, Ibiza. The 3rd most magnetic spot on Earth.

While you’re here in Ibiza, chances are that comes to mind are some of the best night clubs in the world. And yes, while Amnesia and Pacha are a must see on the island, there is much more than just partying to experience on this mysterious island.
My 2015 trip to Ibiza with Together Week (which you can read all about here) was a trip I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. While there are without a doubt some shady not so clear memories of nights out, there was one trip in particular while in Ibiza that is vividly clear in my memory, my visit to see the mysterious Es Vedra. Es Vedra is a uninhabited limestone rock island soaring 400metres above sea level and situated  2-3km off the western coast line of Ibiza. It can be viewed perfectly from a cliff along the Ibiza coast line. Describing Es Vedra is hard to put into words, it’s a place of natural beauty, intense power and magic that needs to be experienced to be understood.
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Es Vedra isn’t exactly easy to get to, with a hire car needed and someone that knows the area or is good at finding their way through winding dirt roads, but the trip is well worth it. I personally was left speechless when Es Vedra first appeared in my eyesight as there’s an immense beauty this hauntingly beautiful rock that needs to be seen to be believed.
Before visiting Es Vedra I knew little about it, other than that it is said be be the third most magnetic spot on the planet after the north pole and mysteries Bermuda Triangle. It’s magnetic field is so powerful that compasses lose their ability to get a clear reading and navigational instruments are useless in the area surrounding the island. Since experiencing the islands power myself, I’ve done a little more research and I’m not the only one that feels there’s more to this magnetic rock than meets the eye. Es Vedra has been the centre of myths, legends and stories for years. Many generations seem to agree that there’s more than meets the eye!
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  • UFO sightings and a secret UFO base.

There have been countless UFO sightings around the area of Es Vedra not only in the sky but below the sea. With many ibiza locals believing there is an under water UFO base after sightings of Unidentified Swimming Objects and circular lights beneath the sea that have deterred local boats and fisherman from exploring the surrounding area. At night Es Vedra is said to be a great UFO spotting location, with much activity and clear skies.
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  • Healing and Inspiration

The magnetic energy and general vibe of Es Vedra is said to act as a natural place of healing and place of inspiration. Meditating on the coast line of Ibiza with Es Vedra in view is said to be a powerful experience and many locals often make the trip to Es Vedra to meditate and to undertake other spiritual activities.

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  • Atlantis

Perhaps one of the coolest legends surrounding Es Vedra is that found directly opposite to Es Vedra on the Island of Ibiza is the ‘natural cave of Atlantis’, suspected as the tip of the long lost city. If you’re curious to find it there’s agruelling unmarked treck. The location of the cave is an Ibiza local secret and isn’t easy to found without a local guide. If you’re lucky enough to find the cave you’ll be rewarded with incredible art works drawn by local artists and a tranquil swimming hole.
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  • Sea Nyphms and home of the Phoenician goddess, Tanit.

Es Vedra’s mystical stories go way back 1000’s of years with stories of sea Nyphms and mermaids calling the rock island home.  Es Vedra is also known to be the sacred home and birth place of of Tanit, who is known as the goddess and protector of woman and is well documented in the Ibizan history books. 
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One thing is for sure, Es Vedra will impress you and wether you believe the legends or not, it’s an impressive natural land mark that will make your next Ibizan trip just that little bit more special!

Skinny Kitchen review: The Healthiest cafe/food

In between long island ice teas and too many Mojitos, even the most dedicated Ibiza raver needs to refuel and reenergise themselves. To help that Wanderlife has found ibiza’s best spot to do just that while on the island!
Skinny Kitchen is without a doubt the best healthy kitchen on the island of Ibiza. During Wanderlife’s recent trip there with Together Week we became Skinny Kitchen obsessed and ended up eating there basically every day. The menu is totally health conscious and vast with a focus on low calorie healthy homemade meals, detox smoothies, protein shakes, vegetarian and vegan options, gluten free dishes and so much more, variety isn’t lacking at Skinny! The cafe is all about eating healthy and leaving with no regrets and I can vouch that you’ll be able to do just that.
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Aside from a menu that’s drool worth, Skinny kitchen also offers free solid speed wifi, which on the island of Ibiza is like finding a pot of gold. Yes sadly most Ibiza cafes and hotels are yet to offer reliable fast internet. It seemed to us that the only decent reception could be found in St Antoni, so skinny Kitchen makes the perfect ‘island office’ if you’re a fellow nomad entrepreneur like me you’ll appreciate their connection speed and service.
The Skinny Kitchen menu is overwhelming in the best way possible, so we’ve chosen our top 6 dishes for you to try when you visit!

Skinny Kitchen: Protein Pancakes

Skinny Kitchen’s Protein pancakes are seriously special. Designed to be shared Skinny offers a wide range of flavours and themes for their infamous pancakes and we promise they don’t disapoint. It’s hard call on what we love more the Vanilla and blueberry yogurt with mulberries and lemon zest or Chocolate pancakes with85% cocoa chocolate and some raspberries. We’ll have both please!

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Skinny Kitchen: Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

No refined sugar, no preservatives and made from only 4 natural ingredients. Plus chocolate we LOVE chocolate.
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Skinny Kitchen: Baked eggs and tomato

One of Skinny super popular dish’s and our personal favourites baked eggs and avacado is the perfect breakfast, brunch or lunch meal that’s sure to satisfy. There’s a great mix of good fats, carbs and protein as this dish is cooked with coconut oil and is made on a bed of sweat potato cubes combined with tomato, fresh chilli, chorizo. If you’re wanting a vego option like us you can easily ask for no chorizo and you’ve got a vegetation friendly recovery lunch!

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Skinny Kitchen: Protein waffles

If the chocolate protein pancakes weren’t enough then here are the signature protein waffles to push you over the edge. Drizzled with 85% cocoa chocolate and some raspberries or strawberries these bad boys are drool worthy.

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Skinny Kitchen: Vegetarian and Vegan options.

There’s a wide range of vegetarian dishes and vegan friendly options at skinny. Two of our favouites though (it was too hard to choose one) would have to be the Perfect refreshing, light summer salad. Watermelon, sprout and walnut with homemade honey and mustard dressing and the Zucchini Pasta with fresh basil, pesto and tomato zucchini noodles topped with parmesan and pine nuts. So clean and fresh!
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To check out more of Skinny Kitchen be sure to stalk there website here.
They offer great recipes so you can re create there amazing healthy nutritious meals at home!