@akvilestan AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL Instagram photos and videos | inst24
@akvilestan AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL Instagram photos and videos | inst24

AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

On a journey of a thousand miles, one step at a time ✈ Join me #enroutewithakvile 🌎 📍Manchester, UK 🇬🇧 🔜 Marrakesh, Madrid ✎ akvilestan@yahoo.com

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Who’s your favourite travel partner? • • Most of the time I travel with my boyfriend. We like to give each other trips as presents for our birthdays or Christmas. Well, I like to give it to my boyfriend and after 5 years together I think I convinced him that plane tickets are my favourite kind of gifts too. Isn’t it great when your birthday is over but you have a trip or two to look forward to? • • My boyfriend is my best travel buddy for sure. We have so many things in common and are great at compromising. Every trip has to include a football stadium for Kev, a hike or a panoramic view for me and lots of food for both of us. This way no one complains! We also have a list of places we would like to visit. So when we plan trips we can pick one location that I’m very keen to visit & one location that my boyfriend has always wanted to see. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

300 posts. 300 posts of pure travel, adventures, memories and good times. To some people, it is ONLY 300. To me, it's ALREADY 300. I've always chosen happiness over likes, engagement & followers. I haven't posted pictures when I felt it wasn't right. I've taken a break when social media was compromising my inner peace and mental health. I've always wanted to capture moments that made me happy and that made me excited. At the end of the day, it is my adventure. So here's to being braver this year and accepting unknowns. ❤️ • • My 2019 didn't start the way I hoped but it's taught me a good lesson that no matter how happy/successful/wealthy you are today, tomorrow is not guaranteed so don't waste it. This is how I want to spend the rest of 2019... travelling to places my mum urged me not to go. Tasting new food that I've always been putting off until tomorrow. Living offline more with my phone in a bag. Just being here for people who are important to me and ensuring that every trip I take brings me as much joy as it used to before Instagram. It’s about what makes you happy, not what entertains other people. Remember that! 🙏🏻So let's work on our todays now. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Where I'd rather be right now... What places would you like to revisit? • • Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, has to be one of those places I would like to visit again. The experience there is just something else, even though I was almost in tears inside a cable car on my way up (it's so high!) It's mind-blowing how snow and mountains merge with clouds. I've never felt so content and so at peace with my life before. It felt as if nothing else mattered while I was there. That's exactly why I would like to go back. • • “Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.” -Janice Anderson #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What's the most fairytale like place you've ever visited? • • I love modern architecture and futuristic designs but I love Europe's old villages and cities even more with their colourful houses, historic buildings and cobblestone streets. It somehow feels like you stepped into the pages of a fairytale storybook. • • One of my favourite fairytale towns to add to your bucket list is Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany, less than 90 minutes by train from Munich. It's a little mountain town/ski resort with a gorgeous backdrop of the Alps. The town has lovely shops, local restaurants & bars and, most importantly, plenty of places to visit, including lots of hiking spots. If you visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen, make sure to visit Gasthof Fraundorfer. It's a Bavarian guest house dating back to 1857. If you go there for dinner (around or after 7pm), you will get some of the best Bavarian food and local boys will be performing traditional Bavarian dances in their lederhosen. Some people say it is very touristy, I say it is a lot of fun. I would also recommend to reserve a table in advance as they are the busiest place in town. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done? • • I have to say that moving abroad on my own was my biggest challenge. I remember like it was yesterday how my parents dropped me off with my luggage at the airport in Munich and off I went. Moving abroad isn’t easy. Moving abroad on your own is another level hard. Things are never as easy in the new country as they were once at home and you don’t usually have access to the food you loved, shops you visited and little things can make you cry (trust me). • • However, I’ve learnt some of the best life lessons during this time. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if I stayed. Many people I meet tell me that they admire my confidence. And I can only say one thing: I moved abroad alone. I went to uni in a foreign country and studied in a second language. I found work. I patted my own back when I did good and I wiped my own tears when things got hard. If I can do all of that depending of no one else but myself, what can possibly stop me now? 🤷‍♀️ #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Now if you've ever been to England, you know that pubs are a traditional part of English life. British pubs are like beer gardens in Germany, cafes in France or fast food restaurants in America. They are places where people go to talk to each other, to catch up on the latest news and to gossip, of course. Why is it called a pub? Well, it is short for "public house" and the majority of customers in the pub will usually be people from the neighbourhood. • • My favourite thing about traditional English pubs is that each pub has its painted pub sign outside illustrating its name. Apparently in the old days these illustrated pub signs allowed people to identify pubs when most people could not read. • • Have you ever been to a pub? #enroutewithakvile

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Weekend is always a good idea, right? ✨ What are your weekend plans? • • It is meant to be nice & sunny in Manchester tomorrow so I'm hoping to go outside and have some 'me time' once again in the city. I'm thinking about visiting @lovethyneighbourMCR in Chorlton but if you are from Manchester & can recommend me something - please do! I also have to finally book an apartment or a hotel for our trip to Madrid in March as it's our next trip after Marrakesh. Madrid seems to have so many beautiful @airbnb apartments, some as expensive as 5 star hotels, but OMG they are so gorgeous! On Sunday, I've been told it's Super Bowl time. I'm not a big fan of American football so it's always about food & half-time show for me. 🏟 #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

It's February tomorrow! How this first month of 2019 treated you? • • I can't believe it's the last day of January. The first month of 2019 is almost over. It feels as if yesterday we said goodbye to 2018. I had a very entertaining January with so many positive changes and the fact that we have 2 trips booked for the end of February/March made me enjoy it more. I spent some time exploring the city I live in on my own (and that's a big achievement for me), I was reading wonderful and brain teasing books, improving my languages, researching upcoming trips and arranging more adventures because why the hell not? Now tell me about your first month of the year! 😍 • • P.S. This picture was taken inside a beautiful independent lifestyle store @formlifestylestore in Manchester. If you are ever around - check them out, they have so many beautiful and unique pieces from all over the world. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What are the top things on your bucket list? (travel or not travel related!) • • Personally, I think this year I want to experience places I have been wanting for years and tick some adventures off my travel bucket list. I want to do more travelling so I could maybe concentrate on other things in 2020. Just maybe. I don’t plan something unrealistic or hardly possible but I want to experience glamping for the first time, travel around the Amalfi coast in Italy (preferably whilst eating pasta 🍝), go on my first skiing holiday in winter, dance to some reggae music in Jamaica and go to an F1 Grand Prix race. Can I do it? 🤷‍♀️ #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What's your favourite and most useful travel app? • • I love finding new travel apps, especially those that make your trips easier and smoother. So please share your recommendations below. • • My favourite travel apps at the moment have to be - Google Maps for always keeping me on track or finding my way back when I'm lost; second one - Google translate and especially their camera function that translates paper menus and street signs. It truly helps you when no one speaks the language you do in the restaurant abroad. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Is 2019 the year of offbeat destinations? Is it that time when we start embracing ‘undertourism’ and visit places that has new stories to tell and deserve more visitors? • • For the last couple of years we have been hearing locals in places like Barcelona, Spain, Mallorca or Venice protesting against mass tourism and trying to stop those crazy amounts of people landing at their airports. What about choosing alternatives where people are actually waiting for us with open arms? It doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to any particular countries, we just need to opt for similar alternatives where you can actually enjoy a peaceful sunset or take a selfie (if you wish) without a crowd in the shot. • • I know that overtourism won't just disappear or suddenly get better but we can influence change. People will always go to places they had on their bucket lists, however, we can try and suggest more alternatives for that bucket list! I really want to visit at least a couple of offbeat destinations this year. Any ideas where I should go? #enroutewithakvile

AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What do you like to do on your free days when you are spending it on your own? • • I discovered a new hobby of mine and that's visiting local businesses in the city that I live in, which is currently Manchester. So on those days when my boyfriend is at work and everyone else seems to be busy with their own lives, I go on an adventure and visit different local places I didn't have time to visit before. Last weekend, I went to @alabamas_mcr for breakfast (Table for 1, I did it!). I had fantastic buttermilk pancakes with berries and a cup of coffee. It was definitely a success and something I want to do more of! I also went to The John Rylands Library afterwards and I can't believe it took me so long to go there. If you are ever in Manchester, you have to check both of those places out & if you need some company, I am here! 🙋🏼‍♀️ #enroutewithakvile