How much does a weekend in Lithuania cost?

How much does a weekend in Lithuania cost?

Everyone thinks travel is really, really expensive. The shocking truth is… it depends. Travel can be really expensive, if you stay in luxury hotels in expensive countries and only eat gourmet food. It can also be really cheap, if you stash yourself away on a cargo ship, sleep in rooms full of cockroaches with twenty other people and subsist solely on food you’ve foraged yourself. Or, you know, somewhere between these two extremes. To be clear, travel is not, fundamentally,…

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Reflections on a year in London

Reflections on a year in London

I moved to London last September after graduating that summer. After years of passing through London, and my parents semi-living here, I foolishly thought that I already knew a lot about London. I was wrong. I’d seen the major tourist sites. I didn’t get lost or stressed on the tube. But I didn’t really know what it meant to navigate living in a megacity. In the last year, I’ve actually been learning how best to live in a huge, chaotic,…

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Vilnius’ independent republic – understanding Užupis

Vilnius’ independent republic – understanding Užupis

When we flew to Lithuania on a whim in the middle of January 2018, people already though it was a rogue move. While I was excited to explore a new place, especially somewhere so few people have been, people reacted somewhere between “that’s… interesting” and “are you being punished for something?” Lithuania, in winter no less, is already a confusing destination. So imagine my surprise when we managed to stumble upon an even more unusual, unknown location buried deep within…

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Fun, friends and flødeboller: two days in Copenhagen

Fun, friends and flødeboller: two days in Copenhagen

The last time Sophie and I travelled just the two of us, it was the summer of 2017. After the mayhem of three chaotic weeks together travelling through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, where we ended up flirting our way into front row seats at the Siem Reap circus, eating our bodyweight in pho and being barricaded on Cat Ba island by the police due to an ocean cyclone while we were trying to reach an emergency doctor in Hanoi to…

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London Along the River: A Tale of Thirty-Three Bridges

London Along the River: A Tale of Thirty-Three Bridges

I am not an architecture geek. I don’t know anything about construction and the mechanics of bridges elude me. If someone tries to talk to me about friction and force and tension again, I’ll scream (the mechanics modules in my maths A-level were enough). I’ve never expressed any interest in any bridge, ever. However, for a reason still unbeknownst to me, I really, really wanted to cycle along the river and see every bridge along the Thames in Greater London….

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Climbing Snowdon for the stubborn

Climbing Snowdon for the stubborn

Compromise is the one of the cornerstones of any good relationship. Jake wanted to climb a mountain. I wanted to stay at sea level and cuddle. So we climbed a mountain (did we do it right?). It’s become a running joke that while I like walking and cycling, I very much prefer to do so on flat ground. Seriously, what kind of masochist enjoys going uphill? It burns, it hurts, you sweat and it’s overall an unpleasant physical experience (I…

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48 hours in: Vilnius, Lithuania

48 hours in: Vilnius, Lithuania

I really love the ‘anywhere’ function on Skyscanner. One of my favourite ways to procrastinate at work is to put in a random weekend, choose anywhere as the destination and see what adventures are there for me, waiting to be planned. This is how I ended up in Lithuania. At £40 return, this remains my best flight deal yet. Turns out visiting unpopular Eastern European countries in the dead of winter, where the average monthly temperature in January is -5C,…

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Why Instagram fitness is the worst

Why Instagram fitness is the worst

A few years ago, I was a lightweight rower. I counted calories and weighed myself daily, timing my meagre meals around my training sessions so I could fuel myself enough to train for several hours each day while also rapidly shedding weight. It was not an easy, or healthy, way to live. Along with the dysfunctional eating habits eventually came the promised reward; the scale went down, I got closer and closer to competition weight and my muscles starting bulging…

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