Gypsy East’s Tips for Buying Jewelry in India

Remember when I shared about the cool people I met while backpacking India solo? Well, one of those girls introduced me to her hippie friend that lives on and off in Goa. The group of girls own Gyspy East, a unique jewelry company that sources silver and gemstones from all over the world (but mostly

Complete Guide to Journeying in Karnataka & 9 Hotspots

I am BLOWN away by Karnataka. For some reason, tourists just don't spend much time traveling in Karnataka. Backpackers pop over to Hampi (the mysterious boulders) or maybe a trip to Jog Falls and that's about it. Even Indian nationals were saying, "holy cow is that REALLY in India!?" on comments of my Karnataka photos. Karnataka is

Visiting Hampi Again Feat. Mom & Dad

I just can't seem to get enough of Hampi. I visited first over two years ago when I dragged Ben there after reading about it in Lonely Planet. Later, I went on a tour with goMowgli and saw even more that I'd missed. This time, we took the easiest route by hiring a rickshaw driver

Plan Your Trip to India (VIDEO)

The couple behind a blog called Worldly Nomads reached out to me sharing a video they made of their time in India. I watched the video and got goosebumps! I knew I had to show it to you guys! I asked them to tell the itinerary that accompanied the video to help you plan your backpacking trip to

Guide to South Indian Food | Fresher & Healthier

I really like South Indian food... having said that, a month of it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, was pushing it a bit. Things I noted in comparison with North Indian: In the South it was noticeably more vegetarian than with meat. The veg wasn't cooked down so much. Instead of mashed up curry sides,

Coco Shambhala Goa, Luxury Villas

I am officially obsessed with this property! Coco Shambhala Goa's most luxurious villas.. in my opinion. I spent a weekend here with Ben in order to do this review and was blown away with the amazing staff, perfect food (I wish it was open to non-guests; it would be the best restaurant in town), and

Expats | 22 Ways You Might be Turning Indian

After so much time in India, it seems I am turning Indian, but I'm not the only one. I see many expat friends changing the longer they stay in India. It's the small things I catch myself doing or someone points out to me. It's almost impossible to immerse yourself in a culture for a

Ask Me Anything: How do you avoid Delhi Belly?

I sometimes share e-mails under the tag "ask me anything". I get a lot of very similar e-mails which means there are a lot of people out there thinking the same questions. Why not address them to everyone? You can search more like these by clicking that link above. How do you avoid Delhi Belly? You don't!