In the cover picture, I am in front of the Met in New York, a place I wish to return one day to explore it more! It has always been my dream to travel the world. Why Travelling is Good for You? Here are 10 reasons:
- You Learn About Yourself
💭 “A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet .” Patrick Rothfuss
- You Improve Your Mind
💭 “If you allow it, travel has the ability to expand your mind in a way you never realized was possible,” Trusted Travel Girl, Valerie Wilson.
- It Strengthens Relationships
💭“The shared experience of travel brings people together. A family getaway, a romantic trip, or long weekend with the girls or guys can strengthen important bonds.” Betsy Goldberg
Boosts happiness and satisfaction
💭 “According to a Cornell University study, the anticipation of a trip can increase your happiness substantially, even more than the anticipation of acquiring something tangible, like a new car.” Riyaz Babu Shaik from Medium.com
- It Puts Life in Perspective
💭 “Traveling to other countries, particularly those in the developing world, can be a big wake up call and put your own life in perspective. Things that you may take for granted, like having running hot water, modern appliances and the opportunity to study and get a well-paid job at the end of it are not available to everyone, purely because of where they were born. You’ll probably come away with a new appreciation for everything you have and the opportunities that life throws your way.” buildabroad.org
- You Get More Social
💭 “It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone, crying each night into a pillow. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people.” Nomadic Matt
- You Won’t Regret You Didn’t Do Something or Never Visited a You Always Dreamed to See
💭 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain
- It’s an Investment in Yourself
💭 “The money you spend on travel, is an investment in yourself. Travel doesn’t make you feel as bad for spending money.”
- It Increases Your Mental Wellbeing
💭 “Travelling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being, especially if you’re no used to going out of your comfort zone.” The Claimcompass Blog
- You’ll Have Incredible Adventures (and Stories to Tell)
💭 “Whatever your initial expectations and travel plans are, it’s more than likely that you’ll have incredible adventures along the way that not even J.K. Rowling could write the script for. Sometimes it’s everyday encounters that dish up unimaginable experiences, or wild side trips that you take on a whim, but chances are you’ll be going home with a few tales to tell.” buildabroad.org
Which one is your favourite?
This year I made a promise to myself to go away as much as possible. I visited Denmark, USA, France, Romania, Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania (a few times as my family lives there) this year. Might not seem like a lot to some but it felt to me like I’m always going somewhere! I loved it and I hope the next year will be just as eventful. Please visit my Instagram to see the visual diary of my travels. And my recent post about where to go for a great cocktail in Amsterdam.
What is your dream places to visit?
I have recently visited Amsterdam for a couple of days. I went with one of my best friends and we managed to fit so much in 2 days. If you are interested to see everywhere we went and everything we did, please visit my Instagram stories.
What I wanted to share with you, is 3 cocktail bars you should visit because it’s probably not something you add to your Amsterdam itinerary (but you should!). Especially if you are a cocktail lover like me.
1. Flying Dutchmen Cocktails
A proper cocktail bar where you can expect to find well made classic cocktails, an experienced team, a warm welcome, and great service. The vibe is of a cocktail lounge, very dark and candlelit cozy surroundings. Perfect to start your night out.
Address: Singel 460, 1017 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Bar Feijoa
A second spot is not far away. It is quite livelier, you can expect a fun atmosphere and great drinks, the team who’s good mood will infect you and the crowd where you can make new friends.
Address: Vijzelstraat 39, 1017 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Door 74
This one is for speakeasy lovers, a place which is hard to find and once you are inside you are transported to a Prohibition era. I have 2 tips for you. First, make sure to make a reservation because you might not get in otherwise! And the second one, the entrance is in no way marked and you can only recognize it by ordinary-looking, double-sided, white-frosted glass doors, knock on them…
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, 1017 BN Amsterdam, Netherlands
Let me know if you have visited any of them or maybe you are planning to?
ps. I pulled the pictures from Instagram, no copyright infringement meant!
Travel can be exhausting and packing a few essentials to make it more enjoyable and provide a little bit of comfort can make it so much more enjoyable. Everyone that travels a lot have a sort of check list while they prepare for a trip. Mine is below and I do hope you find it usefull:
2. A collapsable water bottle
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
4. A Travel Organiser
Keep all the important documents safe and in one compact place
7. Some Entertainment
I always have a good book to help me pass the time. Amazon kindle is a great solution where you can keep a bunch of the book and read the one that takes your fancy.
9. A pair of soft, thick socks
A cosy pair of socks really, really makes plane travel soo much more comfortable
10. A toothbrush and toothpaste / mint or gum
Nothing than a bad breath, right?
11. Vitamin C
Keep your immune system strong, especially on holidays!
Cabins might get very cold and a soft cosy scarf will keep you warm and happy you brought it on board
Do you have any other essentials you take with you while you travel?
Every time I go away for a longer time, I used to wonder and worry – will my plants survive? I am an expat and am in a relationship with one too, meaning, I travel quite a lot between our home-countries as well as new places we decide to visit. So how do I care for my greenery at home whilst I am away?
- Move them away from direct sunlight
- Watering, pretty much summed up in this video below, and believe me, it works like a charm!
Pretty easy, no? Now it even surprises me to think it used to be one of the things to stress me out while getting ready for vacations!
YOu can take it a step further and create/buy pretty container for water and keep the watering system all the time – saving your valuable time and minimizing the need to manually water your plants!
I hope it helps you as much as it helped me! If you have any other suggestions please do share in the comments below!
Travel. Inspiration. Adventure.
Who doesn’t love travel quotes?! I don’t know about you, but I love them. The other thing that I love is photography. This post is a collection of 18 of my favourite inspirational travel quotes as well as a few pictures I’ve taken on my adventures.
Ready for a little wanderlust-inspiring pick me up?
#1 “Please be a traveller, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” -Andrew Zimmern
#2 “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” -Miriam Beard
#3 “Everything I was I carry with me. Everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” -Ma Jian
#4 “Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
#5 “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” -Ray Bradbury
#6 “The only thing that you can carry with you on your travels is your heart. Fill your heart with good things and good things will follow you for the rest of your life.” -Unknown
#7 “All you need to know is that it’s possible.” -Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker
#8 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
#9 “I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it.”
#10 “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” -Jaime Lyn
#11 “If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.” -Richard Branson
#12 “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharial Nehru
#13 “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.”
#14 “Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”
#15 “You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.”
#16 “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
#17 “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” -Eugene Fodor
#18 “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” -Edmund Hillary
What are your favourite quotes? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Travel Tuesdays!
I could go on and on about how much I love to travel and even it is not so often I get to do it at the moment as my work keeps me in London (which I do love!) for most of the year and the rare occasion to travel is usually spent on trips to see family in Lithuania and Slovakia. I do not complain, oh no! However, one day I dream (and keep working on getting it) of having a digital nomad lifestyle.
There are so many places I would like to visit, and here are but a few of them:
- Santorini, Greece
- British Columbia, Canada
- South Africa
- Nepal & Bhutan
- Rome, Italy
- New Zealand
I could put many more places on this list but these are my top obsessions at the moment.
Where would you like to travel to?
Can you believe that half of the summer is gone?
As I am typing this from the very sunny, very hot Sardinia, it’s so hard to believe!
My holiday will be over in a couple of days (aarrghh) but I do hope to fit in a quick getaway there and there by the end of summer. And what’s best when you are chilling on the beach? A very cool beachwear!
This season, besides all of the swimsuits (5 to be precise, hehe), I’ve found myself excited about.. beach towels! Not your regular chain store ones you’d mindlessly pick up before a seaside visit. No, I mean an inspired design to wrap yourself in, which you know will stand out.
Check these designs below from Society6, a home to thousands of artists from around the world selling their original work as fine art prints, apparel, and yes, beach towels.
Which one is your favorite?
I am so excited, I have just booked tickets to go to Sardinia this July!!
We started planning and researching already – I still cannot believe I’m going here…
Such an incredibly beautiful place!
My boyfriend and I will be celebrating 3 years together – I couldn’t hope for a more romantic place to get away from everyday life and just enjoy being together, explore and relax.
I already have a few ideas, if you would like to see them check my Pinterest Destinations Board, but we will have 10 days to enjoy this beautiful island and I would love any advice and suggestions from you guys!