THIS PLACE COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIIIIND!!!!! Seriously top of my list and I can’t say enough good things about it!! It’s so insanely beautiful and just out of this world! 1000/10 would recommend!

HO CHI MINH CITY:

Airbnb – click HERE

We loved this place – it was in a really good location and the owners were so helpful. We couldn’t find it at first and they came out onto the street to meet us and then had a full on map for us that showed everything that was around(the best pho, the best coffee, things to see/places to go, etc.)

– Can Tho: This is about a 2 hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh city – we went out here and got to canoe through the Mekong river, have local tea and treats, listen to folklore, and explore around. It was really pretty and a fun little day trip!

– Vietnam War Museum: this will only take you about 1-2 hours! It’s really eye opening and amazing to learn about everything that happened. They have some incredible artifacts and pictures that just blew my mind!

my babes!!!!!

HANOI:

Hanoi Old Town Hotel – click HERE

The staff was INCREDIBLE here!! So nice and inviting and just so helpful with everything!

– Ha Long Bay!!!! NUMBER 1 favorite thing in Vietnam! We went through Vietnam OpenTour Co. which we booked through our hotel and it was nothing short of amazing!! The staff spoke really good English which was nice since we don’t speak a lick of Vietnamese! They picked us up right from our hotel(it’s a four hour drive to the dock) – we did the 1 night, 2 day cruise boat tour! It was nice because it included EVERYTHING! All transportation to and from the boat, every meal, activities, etc.

We went out on the big cruise ship for a few hours and then stopped to get out and hike to this beautiful overlook! Afterwards we kept going for a little while longer and then got off to go swimming and kayaking which was the highlight of the trip for me! There were layers and layers of lush green islands everywhere that went on as far as the eye can see. We were the only ones out kayaking on the crystal still water and the only noise to be heard was the wildlife surrounding us from every side and the soft break of the water when the paddle dipped in. It was one of those moments that you sit there in awe and amazement because you have no words to speak and you’re still trying to figure out if it’s real life or not. I will never get over that experience! Unreal is an understatement.

– Once we were back in Hanoi city we rented scooters which was so much fun! Not sure how we made it out alive on these scooters because Vietnam traffic is WILD!! They use horns as a courtesy haha so I’m sure you can imagine it’s a mad house 24/7! After winding in and out through the city streets we found ourselves out in the most beautiful lush green fields. People were hard at work on their crops and living the most simple life in their cute little homes. We met the sweetest man and his wife on this tiny dirt road and their love and connection toward us was something I’ll never forget!

– The night market in Hanoi is crazy wild and SO many little shops to explore!!

– Nightlife here is so much fun!! We hit up two different places, the first was Vietnam backpackers hostel and then the 1900 club which was so much fun!!! They go crazy hard at dancing and it’s hilarious, but so much fun!!!

– Also don’t forget to get a traditional Vietnamese sandwich, we went to Ba Minh 25 and LOVED it!!!

*Photos by Autumn Shipp

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I am seriously obsessed with Cambodia! The people are SO incredibly nice and the culture is so fun! We went and explored the Angkor Wat temples which was incredibly beautiful! There’s so much amazing history and beauty here! Our tuk tuk drivers were so nice and helpful!

SIEM REAP:

Sonyn – click HERE

We loved this place! They were seriously so helpful in arranging everything!

– Angkor Wat Temples: these are unreal beautiful!!! We decided to do it for sunrise, so we got a tuk tuk driver at 4:30am(our hotel arranged it for us!!) and we paid him like $20 for the whole day to take us around to the temples – it’s so cheap for transportation here!! I would suggest getting a driver for the whole day because it makes it way convenient. They’ll take you to the ticket office to get the temple tickets($37) and then to the temples – there are a bunch of them so you can pick and choose which ones you want to go to! Also make sure to wear something covering your shoulders or something you can put over your shoulders or else they won’t let you into the temples. Side note – the breakfast at Angkor Wat was unreal yummy!!!! So I would suggest getting it there before you head out to the other temples.

– KSEDO Orphanage : this was an experience I’ll never forget! We went and spent the afternoon at the KSEDO Orphanage and it was so much fun! They had dances and songs prepared to show us and then we played soccer with them the whole afternoon! A lot of them speak pretty good English so it was fun to be able to talk to them and get to hang out for the afternoon. They have such a light in their eyes and are so cute, loving, and stoked to have us there!

– Markets: there’s the old market that goes on during the day and then the night market that is obviously at night haha both are way fun and have similar things to buy. The night market is especially fun to just walk around in, get yummy food, and hang out.

PHNOM PENH:

We drove from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on a minivan bus for $11/pp and it’s about 6 hours. I’m glad we drove because we got to see the countryside and it’s so beautiful!!!

La Belle Hotel – click HERE

We loved this place! There was a big group of us so it was nice and spacious which we loved!!

– Khmer Rouge Killing Fields: This was really eye opening and amazing to learn about!! I honestly didn’t know a ton about this genocide and it was SO CRAZY to listen and learn about everything that happened!!! So nuts!

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Charlie Beach Resort – click HERE

we also stayed at Apache for one of the nights but it was a no go!!! Charlie Beach Resort was really good location and right on the beach. There are a ton of little shacks, airbnbs, villas that are all really close to the beach and you can pick and choose depending on what price range you are wanting.

– Monkey Island: This place has the best snorkeling I’ve EVER experienced! I highly recommend going at sunset because it gets SO insanely crowded during the daytime. We hopped on a long tail boat and cruised out to watch the sunset on the water. He dropped us off to snorkel and it was so warm and so incredibly pretty! I’ll never get over that night! Sheer limestone cliffs with trees growing on the cliff side and just the clearest blue water I’ve ever seen.

– Viewpoint hike: This is super easy to find and all the locals know about it so you can ask any of them where the trail head is at and they’ll point you in the right direction. Definitely worth it but I would for sure go at sunrise! It gets SO bloody hot so quickly, so going before the sun is up is perfect AND the view up there at sunrise is amazing!

 

*all photos by Autumn Shipp

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Palms Hill Resort – click HERE

We loved it here, it’s a little bit off the beaten path and tucked away in the jungle which we loved! They also provide free transportation into the town and to get to the boats!

– James Bond Island: Our cute hotel owners drove us into town where we caught a long tail boat to go out to James Bond Island. Warning…it’s very touristy but very pretty nonetheless!

– Along the way there’s a floating village that we stopped at for a minute that is full of little shops and also has a floating soccer field!

*All photos by Autumn Shipp

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KRABI:

Krabi Home Town Boutique: click HERE

This place was nice and clean but pretty far out of the way. I would recommend staying closer to Aunong Beach!

– We took a boat out to Railay Beach and spent the day out there which was beautiful! We explored around the jungle and found the prettiest little villas! You can get cheap boat tickets at the end of the beach – they’ll pick you up and drive you to the long tail boats that you’ll take out there.

– Aunong is beautiful to watch the sunset from. There’s a cute coffee shop called The Coffee Club that we LOVED and went there multiple times – definitely worth checking out!

 

*photos by Autumn Shipp

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So about two years ago I decided to combine my love of teaching yoga and traveling and started a fitness + yoga retreat company called Revitalize Retreats! It has been nothing but fun adventuring and I am absolutely in love with every second of my “job” if you can even call it that! The incredible people that I get to meet and travel with on these retreats has changed my life! I love connecting with like minded people across the world and coming together!

We have a bunch of amazing upcoming retreats in Utah, Hawaii, and more!! You can visit the website HERE and/or click the “yoga retreat” tab at the top of this page!

This retreat was in February in beautiful Costa Rica and it was honestly so incredible in every way! Such a fun group of people, the best accommodations, fitness, yoga, beach, good food, and fun adventures!! What more could you ask for!

Rayos Del Sol which was the most incredible resort ever!!! 10/10 would recommend and the owners are absolutely incredible! We became really good friends with them and still stay in touch! And not to mention that their chef is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

click HERE to grab all the deets to book with them for your next vacation!!

The retreats that we run are ALL INCLUSIVE!! So when you sign up, everything is included and you don’t have to worry about a single thing!! Everything from accommodations, to every meal, activities, etc. We want you to be worry free and not have to stress about anything once you’re there, so you can just come and relax, workout, and have fun! This is everything that it entails:

– Exclusive home accommodations for 6 nights/7 days – home includes swimming pool, beachfront views, patio!

– Gourmet healthy catered meals: breakfast + lunch + dinner

– Daily yoga classes by me, Kait VanHoff

– Daily circuit training by Lindsay Riding

– Meditations

– Zip lining

– Fuel Happiness discussion/seminar

– Sunset cruise to swim with sea turtles + dolphins

– Sun soaked pool

– Morning gratitude workshop

– Good times, good vibes, good company:)

*depending on location, the activities vary*

Feel free to shoot me an email under the “contact” tab with any questions or if you want to sign up for an upcoming retreat!!

*all photos by Autumn Shipp

 

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It all started with my friend Parker sending me a text about going on a trip. We discussed a few different options and then before I knew it we were packing up leaving for Cuba! One of my best friends Samantha jumped on board as well and then we were off.

This place was unlike anything I had ever imagined. It was so fascinating to see the way a communist country lives and what their day to day life is like. They live off of roughly $25 a month because of the government, or they can forgo the $25 and earn money from working and then they have to pay the government about 80% of what they earn! It’s seriously so crazy! A lot of the buildings in Havana are run down, thrashed windows, no roofs, its just nuts. We visited Havana, Trinidad, Veradero and Vinales – all beautiful and interesting in their own way. And yes, they have the old colorful rad cars that you get to drive in everywhere which is so much fun!

HAVANA:

Sra Mirtha y Osley Apartment – click HERE

This apartment was a really good location and walking distance to everything!

There is old Havana and new Havana – Old Havana is so rundown with torn up cement streets everywhere, broken into convenient stores, run down shops, etc. Just so crazy to see! New Havana is more developed, has the government housing, and the shoreline which is nice at sunset. If you’re looking to visit here take note that there are ZERO convenient stores or places to buy any snacks, treats, etc. so BRING snacks!! We walked into a gas station in hopes that there would be treats or something and there were only rows and rows of baby food!! Hahaha SO random! Exploring these cities are way fun though and there’s a lot of history to learn about the place.

TRINIDAD:

Ikzal Trinidad – click HERE

Great location – walking distance to everything! The owners were so friendly and helpful with everything!

This is a fun little city with some fun dancing night life. It’s smaller and you can explore in about a day or so. The main plaza has food, dancing, and just a fun scene so make sure to check that out!

VINALES:

This town is so fun to explore! We went horseback riding through the fields and it was SO beautiful! They took us through the tobacco, sugarcane and coffee fields and we got to stop and talk to locals about their way of life here. One thing I do wish that we would have done here is rock climbing – apparently they have some amazing climbs, and I feel like it would have been an incredible experience. The horseback riding is a must though! We just did a day trip here, so we didn’t stay overnight.

Best drink I’ve ever had!!!

VERADERO:

Casa Leon y Betty Varadero – click HERE

This was my favorite city! It’s a beautiful beach town and we found a shop with treats!!! haha the simple joys of life! It was the prettiest white sand beach I have ever been to and just the clearest water ever! It’s a little more touristy with little markets and what not, but such a fun town!

– Bring snacks like I had mentioned above!! There aren’t any places to buy snacks/treats

– If you’re into rock climbing, make sure to rock climb in Vinales

– Always bargain with the taxi drivers! They overcharge big time at first and you have to talk them down.

– MONEYYYY!!! This is a big one because they don’t have ATM’s there that you can use. You have to exchange beforehand in the airport BUT they don’t like USD so the exchange rate is outrageous. So what we did was before we left the states we exchanged our USD for Euros and then once we got to Cuba we exchanged the Euros for their currency and got a way better exchange rate!

– If you don’t have a ton of time and are debating which cities to see, I would take out Trinidad. If I were to go back, I would take that out and add another day in Vinales or Veradero!

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This place BLEW. MY. MIND!!!!! I was so surprised that everything it had to offer and I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone! We had a crew of 11 friends and it was just such a blast! We flew into Quito, and then also visited Cotopaxi, Tena and Banos.

QUITO:

Central Quito – click HERE

We flew into Quito and just stayed there for one night. Our main thing we wanted to do was Cotopaxi National Park and the Quito airport was the best one to fly into for that. While we were here though we took this amazing gondola to the top of the mountain to an overlook. It was called TeleferiQo! There are hiking trails, mountain biking, etc. at the top. So beautiful!!

COTOPAXI:

Cotopaxi National Park was UNREAL!!!!! We drove all the way up to the volcano and got out and explored – it was so pretty and one of those moments where you can’t help but just outstretch your arms and take it all in! It’s definitely worth the bumpy ride and wind haha (as you’ll see in the photos below) We just did a day trip here and it was perfect!

BANOS:

Casa Nahuazo – click HERE

– This place was nuts! If you like adventure then make sure to go here because it’s adventure central! We went bungee jumping off a bridge for no joke $20! It’s ridiculously cheap and SO much fun! If you find the main bridge in town and ask someone for bungee jumping, they’ll point you in the right direction. haha They know what’s up! You just pay them cash, and before you know it you’re strapped in jumping off a bridge!

– We also went white water rafting and it was the best white water rafting I’ve done! You know when it advertises HUGE rapids, and then you go and it’s not even rafting, it’s more like floating haha…so not this time! It was actually big rapids and people flew off multiple times!! If you’re looking for something more mellow, then this isn’t for you because it’s for sure like “alright hold on, here we go!” I wish I had the name of the company that we went through but we honestly just found one in town(there’s a lot that offer it in the city center)

– We spent New Years here and it was the craziest New Years experience evvvver!! They have all of these huge paper machete life size figurines…yes I know, creepy and hilarious all at once! So they have these ALL over town and people are dressed up in masks and the weirdest clothing and it’s like the whole city has gone mad haha then when midnight hits they BURN everything!!! All the figurines go up in flames and fireworks everywhere. They have no sense of safety and just start burning anything and everything even if you’re standing a foot in front of it, so everyone is just screaming and running everywhere! Legit, the craziest thing of my life! Haha and then of course, there’s fun dancing and all that jazz that follows! I would DEFINITELY suggest going over New Years!! It was so much fun and not like your typical New Year experience!

– There’s an amazing waterfall here called Pailon del Diablo(Devil’s Cauldron) that is a MUST! You get to crawl up through these little openings to get closer to the waterfall and there’s a beautiful bridge that crosses over the rain forest that you get cross. For sure don’t want to miss it! Make sure to grab some mangoes from the guy at the shop on the left on your way back – hands down the best mangoes I’ve had to date!

– There’s a swing that looks like you’re going off the edge of the earth and it’s way rad! It’s called Casa Del Arbol – you drive up through the jungle a ways to get to the top of the mountain and then pay like $10 and it’s totally worth it. It’s an incredible view and you feel like you’re swinging off the earth….quite literally.

– After doing activity after activity we decided to treat ourselves to a day at the spa which was a fun experience! There are multiple different options – all of us got massages and then some of us did the candle ear wax and then some did a sauna box. I loved it and it was nice to just chill for a day. The name of the spa was called El Refugio Spa Garden.

TENA:

Eco Yoga Farm – click HERE

I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS STAY!!!! Seriously it was everything we could have asked for and more! It’s secluded out in the middle of the jungle! So beautiful!! The owner, Bhagavatamrita was so inviting and nice – we arrived fairly late and he was there to help us feel at home and situated. Every morning we got to do yoga on the deck for sunrise and it was the most magical experience ever! If you go to Tena you have GOT to stay here!!! 10/10!! This place is in the straight up amazon jungle with no service, no sense of where we were, just us and nature and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

The first night we were there was honestly the most magical night! We were just laying in bed and this HUGE rainstorm starts coming down and you can hear it hitting our deck, we had big open windows that looked out into the jungle and you could here all the animal noises, and then to top it off, a meteor shower is happening across the sky. It was seriously NUTS and will forever be engraved in my mind. And then waking up to the dewey jungle with the sun peeping through the trees was the best as well. I could seriously go on forever about this place, just so beautiful!

– We did an Amazon jungle boat tour which was ahh-mazing! We got to cruise through the rain forest and then stopped at an animal sanctuary to see all sorts of monkeys, birds, and all different kinds of animals. If you’re looking to experience the amazon then this is the place! It’s seriously incredible!!

– Rent a car!! This seriously made all the difference – we were debating about it for a second and I’m SO happy that we decided to rent a car because we drove EVERYWHERE, and we could go wherever we wanted to. It just gave us a lot of freedom to be able to do what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it.

photos by Autumn Shipp

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Aruba is the type of island that you go and straight chiilllllll haha It’s so beautiful and so relaxing! We stayed in the Palm Beach area and it was perfect! The island isn’t huge though, so you can cruise around the whole place.

We stayed at the Palm Oasis – you can find it HERE

We had 10 people all together so it worked out perfect for us!!

– We hit up the beach honestly EVERY day!! Heaven? I think yes!! We loved connecting with Hilton Aruba and staying at their beach – they have the best little cabanas and very calm water.

– There’s a fun karaoke shack that’s right off the side of the Hilton that’s out on the water and that was such a blast at night! Make sure to definitely hit that up and sing your little heart out!

– Renting ATV’s for a day is a must! The island is a desert, so there’s a bunch of cacti and then beautiful rocky beaches along the coast that you can four wheel right next to. We looped around a big part of the island – we started at Palm Beach and then cruised up and over to Baby Beach and back. We stopped at these natural caves that you take a ladder down into and can jump in! The locals will know exactly what you’re talking about if you bring it up.

– Swimming out to Flamingo Island – if you want to take a boat out to it it’s like $100 but you can honestly swim to it in like 10 minutes. We just put snorkel stuff on and cruised on out. Just make sure to look for boats while you’re swimming and you’re good to go. It’s a beautiful beach and fun to spend the day on!

suit by Rad Swim

top from lululemon

suit from Maaji

suit from Nani Swimwear

suit from Albion Fit

If you’re looking for a very relaxing week then this is your place! Since it’s a desert island, it’s not like your typical tropical/jungly island vibe, so you’re not going to get waterfalls and jungle hikes just FYI. Nonetheless though, so fun and beautiful and nice to just chill for a week!

*photos by Autty Shipp

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