@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 & Munich 🔜 ??? ✎ akvilestan@yahoo.com

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to talk through this world together. - Jacqueline Woodson • • How do you say hello in your language? • • One of my favourite things about Instagram is how diverse this platform is. All of us have an opportunity to share our cultures and traditions with each other. I would like to say that we know more about other cultures because of this platform than we used to. Years ago, no one really knew where Lithuania was. Today, people surprise me with their knowledge about my native country and, most of the time, they know it because someone on Instagram went there and shared their travels. I find it incredibly fascinating, so I thought it would be fun to connect even more and find out how we say ‘hello’ in other languages, our own native languages. The word that usually starts every single conversation. So please comment below! In Lithuania, we say ‘Labas’. One of the easiest words in our language, which is otherwise pretty complicated. #enroutewithakvile

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Do you have any travel regrets? • • I believe that with time and experience, we become better travellers. That is not always the case at the beginning when we start planning our first adventures. I think some of my first trips were rushed. I wanted to visit more places, therefore, I was keen to see a little bit of everything but I haven’t really seen one place very well. I wish that I spent more time exploring certain locations. For example, when we went to Venice, instead of spending a few days in Venice itself and exploring the city, we spent a day in Venice, then went to Burano and then travelled to Verona in a matter of 3 days. We’ve seen a little bit of each place but I felt as if I was rushing through it to see more. Also, I wish that I started using my camera earlier. Not only so I could share those memories with you but because it is nice to have pictures from those trips to remind you where you’ve been and what a great time you had. Some of my old photos are of a really awful quality and some are even lost in between changing phones, not backing up devices… #enroutewithakvile

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If you were planning a short European city trip, where would you go? • • As we booked Mexico and are looking to book another long haul trip, we need some shorter European trips to keep us sane until then. We will be going to Germany to visit my family and spend some time there in summer - my favourite time of the year for that country. However, we want to add a few shorter trips to new locations in Europe too and I would love to hear your suggestions where we should go! #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

El Badi Palace is another place you should visit when travelling around Marrakech. The palace was originally built at the end of the sixteenth century to celebrate the victory over the Portuguese in the Battle of the Three Kings. It was displaying the best Saadian craftmanship at the time and was constructed using some of the most expensive materials, including gold, onyx and marble. The original building consisted of 360 rooms, a courtyard, a pool and some gardens. Even though today it is mostly ruins, you can still get an idea of how it used to be. • • MY TIP: You can get some of the best views of Marrakech from El Badi Palace if you climb the walls. Walk around and enjoy that hectic Morrocan lifestyle from above. It was by far one of my favourite views of the Red city! #enroutewithakvile

AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Where are you right now and where would you like to be in this moment? • • It’s that time of the year again when we remind each other that Instagram is just a part of our lives, it ain’t the whole life. As a travel lover, I feel a responsibility to talk about my life and that it is not all flights, hotels and fancy cocktails on a rooftop bar. I still work, like most of us, I still have bad days when I wish I could just stay in bed all day without meeting or seeing anyone. Some days I wish I haven’t eaten as much chocolate the night before or that my skin would be a little less capricious. But it’s all part of our journey and it’s okay! • • So right now, I am waiting for a takeaway after a pretty busy week at work whilst it is grey and moody in Manchester. I love sunshine so I imagine that I’m walking around the Jardin Majorelle garden in Marrakech. That trip was something special and indeed different. I really loved Marrakech and its vibe. All our ‘first world problems’ seemed so superficial when we were there and it was great. #enroutewithakvile

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Do you book trips in advance or wait until the last minute? • • I’ve always been a last minute kind of person. I can count on my fingers how many times I booked something more than couple months in advance. Not that I think it’s the best way to travel… I actually agreed to plan my trips a bit better in 2020. This way we (my boyfriend and I) can travel more and spend our money smarter, as most of the time you can save a lot by simply booking early. • • I think I’m on the right path and I wanted to share some exciting news with you - we’ve already booked our first trip of 2020! I’ve never been so organised before and it’s very unusual and new to me. As my boyfriend and I want to do more long haul trips from now on, planning is key. So we are off to Mexico in January and I’m already planning our trips, how many burritos I am going to eat and whether I’m brave enough for snorkelling. I’ve always been interested in Mexico and it’s something both of us wanted to do for a long while. • • Anyone else been to Mexico? What should we do and what should we skip? #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What’s that one thing that you have to travel with or do to make your journey better? • • Mine has to be a good playlist of movies on Netflix to last me the whole flight. I used to sleep on all flights in the past but as I've got more and more anxious about flying, I learnt to distract myself with a good movie or a documentary. I always download a variety of movies/TV series or travel shows on my Netflix account so I could use that even on flight mode. Therefore, if I ever forget to do that, I feel like something is missing and I can’t sit still on a plane. • • Anyone else has similar travel routines that they are used to? #enroutewithakvile

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Hop-On Hop-Off buses. Yes or No? • • Our trip to Madrid was a present I gifted to my boyfriend for his birthday. He always wanted to go there so I was pleased to finally make it happen. When he got his present, he said he would really like to do a Hop-On Hop-Off bus. As I usually organise every single trip, I agreed to compromise with one condition - that we will go on it in the evening too. • • We bought a 48 hour ticket as it was only a few euros extra for an additional day and used hop on & off buses when we were too tired to walk. It was a perfect way to take a rest whilst checking out new parts of Madrid. Also, all buses have USB charging ports so we were able to charge our phones too. We used Hop-On Hop-Off buses to visit various parts of the city from Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace to Santiago Barnabeu stadium and Retiro Park. You can choose between two routes - Historical Madrid & Modern Madrid, meaning that you will be taken around most of Madrid’s attractions. • • I haven’t used one of those buses for many years. Last time I took it with my mum in Barcelona about 10 years ago. It was kind of fun to relax a bit and not have everything planned like we usually do. Moreover, I didn’t have to check what public transport to use and where to go during this trip as these buses took us to every place we wanted to visit. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

Have you ever done a surprise trip? • • Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed more and more travel agencies organising ‘surprise trips’. What is it? It’s a trip where you don’t know your destination until 48 hours before the trip or until you are at the airport. It’s usually organised by an agency based on your preferences, such as your departure airport, amount of days and price per person. You can also discard any places that you don’t want to go to or you have already been. • • I found this on @wowtrip.travel website and ended up spending hours checking various options. I even debated if we should take a short weekend trip in summer exactly that way! Isn’t it great that you don’t really know where you will end up going to until the very last minute? I’d love to hear some feedback if anyone’s tried one of these surprise trips! Are they good and is it worth it? #enroutewithakvile

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What’s the most important thing you look for in an accommodation? • • Usually, I’m a very easy traveller. As long as I have a decent place to stay, I don’t really care how many stars it has and if I get a pillow menu. What qualifies as decent in my opinion? A place that is clean, has a comfortable bed (especially if we are staying there for the whole week) and is in a good location. I can deal with “not so friendly staff” here and there as other three things are more important to me. Especially, if we are under a strict budget and I’m not keen on spending more to get a 5 star service. • • Thankfully, during our stay in Marrakech, we had all of those things - clean rooms, an incredibly comfortable bed, welcoming staff and delicious breakfast right in the heart of Medina. It was also a fantastic value for money as we didn’t want to spend a lot on our riad but we wanted a cosy and beautiful place to stay at. I know there are a lot of ‘Instagram famous’ riads in Marrakesh that charge you crazy amount of money. If that’s your cup of tea - that’s fine. To those who don’t fancy spending thousands, check out @riaddarten. I promise, you will not be disappointed. #enroutewithakvile

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AKVILE STAN | TRAVEL (@akvilestan)

What are you grateful for today? • • Let’s start with a cliche that we always take things for granted because we do. We forget important things because we think they are here to stay, they are secured. And we couldn’t be any more wrong! We think our relationship is fab until it’s crumbling; we think our family is forever until someone is not well; we think that our jobs are secured until you get that meeting in the office. • • So today, I want to stop and thank for things that matter to me. Today I’m grateful for my 5 year relationship with my boyfriend. He’s my best friend, my favourite travel companion, my 24/7 helpline and, of course, sometimes a pain in the bum but only sometimes so I can deal with that. When I catch myself taking our relationship for granted, I sit down and rearrange my priorities. It’s important to me to find that balance when we both are happy and enjoy spending time together as well as on our own. We still do date nights, we still cook for each other and some people can’t believe we’ve been together for 5 years... I hope it will stay like this! #enroutewithakvile

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Set-jetting. Travelling to destinations that are first seen in movies. Also referred to as a "Location Vacation”. • • Have you ever visited a place because you’ve seen it in a movie or TV series? • • I’ve never personally done it or chose a certain location because it was shown in a movie. However, I always end up watching movies that were filmed in places I’ve just visited. Pure coincidence but I think it’s great to see places that you visited in a film set! It somehow makes it even more special. After my first trip to Barcelona, I watched Vicky Christina Barcelona. After our summer trip to Verona, I saw Letters to Juliet. • • After a little bit of research, I found that set-jetting has been around for a good few years and I didn’t even know it! There are also a variety of companies who sell dedicated tours and trips to the most loyal movie fans. I don’t think I would personally be interested in doing something like that (never say never), but it is great that people get an opportunity to choose. Would you like to visit a certain movie location? #enroutewithakvile

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