How to plan a perfect road trip? My top 5 tips

Happy Friday, people!

Can you believe that it is the 2nd of September. How sad is that? I mean it’s sad because summer is over… and Autumn is pretty depressing in the UK. But at least I can be happy  due to a fact that today is Friday which means I don’t need to go to work and I can, finally,   ‘invest my time’ and write a quick blog post.

So, the aim of today’s post is to share with you, guys, my top 5 tips on how to plan a perfect road trip. If you have read my previous post about my road trip to Spain, then you know that I was planning to share a few tips with you, so, without further explanation, let’s begin!


1. Do your RESEARCH

When planning a road trip, it is crucial to research as much as possible prior setting off. Why? Because you don’t want to be surprised or unaware of certain things, right? I strongly suggest doing research before a road trip mainly because driving rules (if you’re crossing a border of course) may vary, so nobody really wants to pay a fine just because you were unaware of something? For example, while planning our trip to Spain through France, we did our ‘homework’ and found out that in France you must have an alcohol tester (breathalyser)  at all times in your car. A small thing, right, but can cost you a fine if you are stopped by the police. So, Ignorantia juris non excusat or simply ignorance does not exempt you from responsibility!


If your road trip involves doing thousands of kilometres, a dozen of hotels and various countries, do your planning! Maybe it is even worth making a small spreadsheet so you have everything at hand? I found that having a spreadsheet does help a lot. It can be really simple, you can even do it on paper, does not matter as long as you have everything on one sheet of paper.


A snippet of my spreadsheet

3. Prepare and check your car

A road trip would not be possible without a car meaning that you car has to be in a perfect condition! About a week before you set off, get your car checked by a mechanic who will ensure that car’s fluid levels, tyres, brakes and other important parts are in a good condition. Once you got your car checked from a mechanical side, you also need to have it cleaned inside. Remove receipts, fast food wraps, take-away coffee cups – literally everything from your car before going on a road trip. Travelling long distances in a messy car isn’t nice at all and especially if you need to find something important in a pile of rubbish… So, make sure that your car is thoroughly cleaned!

4. Divide tasks and responsibilities

When going on a long road trip, it is more likely that you will be travelling with someone else – your partner, your friend/friends, family, etc… No matter how good you think you’re at everything – planning, driving, navigating, taking pictures, etc., it is important that you all agree who is responsible for what. For example, when my boyfriend and I were on our road trip in France and Spain, I was responsible for having cash at hand and paying for tolls as well as for setting our GPS while my boyfriend was responsible for planning our ‘rest and eat breaks’ while driving and monitoring our car’s fuel consumption making sure that we stop in villages where we can top up our tank with cheaper petrol. Dividing responsibilities is a key as it prevents from overburdening one person with tasks and responsibilities.

5. Pack the right stuff

A light car means that you will save on petrol, therefore, make sure that you pack only the stuff you need! Of course, take into consideration the length of your trip, the weather conditions and other important factors but don’t put too much into your car’s boot. Think about things that can be shared between you and your travel companions. Why would you need 5 bottles of sun cream if you all can share one? If you travel with a bunch of girlfriends why you all pack a hairdryer if you can take only one and share it? Think smart when packing stuff!

So these are my 5 tips that you should take into consideration when planning your road trip! Road trips are lots of fun but sometimes small things can make your experience unpleasant.

Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments’ section below!





England – France – Spain. Our road trip. Photo diary

Hello beautiful people!

Long time no see. I mean really long time… But finally I am back! I cannot guarantee, though, that I will become more regular in terms of my posting schedule, however, there is no reason why I shouldn’t… I do really miss blogging as well as reading other blogs and engaging with people but in the last couple of months my life was just crazy. So many things happened and I promise to talk about all of them later this month. Today I decided to finally write a post about our road trip to Spain which now doesn’t feel that recent due to so many things happening afterwards. But, I guess, a blog post about it will allow me to revive all the memories from our wonderful time in Spain.

I decided to split this post into two sections. The first section will be about the five mostly asked questions about our trip while the second part will contain a little photo diary. So, without further ado, we should jump straight into the actual post, shall we?

Why Spain and why by car?

First and foremost, a lot of people ask me why Spain and why by car when it is much easier to travel by plane. Well, Spain was on my bucket list for a really long time. I feel that I have always been in love with Spain – I love culture, food, people, weather and Spanish language which I actually wanted to learn for a really long time. So, I felt that this time was a perfect time to finally go and visit this Mediterranean country. Talking about the decision to travel by car, I guess, the best explanation would be our wish to see as much as possible.  I do think now that it would have been more convenient to fly to, let’s say, Paris and then rent a car rather than drive all the way from home, but you learn as you go, don’t you?

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England (Liverpool) – France – Spain – England (Liverpool). We did around 3600 miles in 14 days.

How did we plan our itinerary? 

I had an idea in my head that I would like to travel along the coastline of Spain… So I just needed to get a consent from my boyfriend … Cities such as Barcelona, Benidorm, Valencia – they all are by the sea, so the decision to travel along the coastline really worked out. It was also much easier to plan as you just pick hotels that are on your way…

Talking about hotels, we have stayed in 9 hotels in total, and they were ranging from hostels to 4 stars beautiful hotels. In cities such as Barcelona, it is not worth taking an expensive hotel unless you have a lot of money and you want to live like a queen and a king, hahaha. As we have spent most of time exploring the actual city, staying in a hostel was the perfect option for us.

 *I am thinking to make a few posts about my tips and tricks while planning a road trip, therefore, I’m not going to elaborate too much this time.*

How much did it cost?

The third mostly asked question is how much does a journey like this cost? Well, neither much nor little – around ÂŁ 1000 per person (including accommodation, petrol, ferry, food and other expenditures). It might look a lot but bear in mind that we have been travelling for 14 days and we did around 3600 miles in total, so, in my opinion, the cost for one person is justifiable. I guess, the expenditures could have been potentially reduced but, as I mentioned, I will be making a separate post about tips and tricks on how to save, what to see and etc.

What did I like the most and what left me disappointed? 

That’s the easiest question. Both my boyfriend and I loved Barcelona! I mean this city is just ‘life’s goal’… It’s the city which can please anyone. The city which never sleeps. The city which has one of the most fascinating buildings of a single architect Antoni Gaudi. It’s the city which sits between the mountains and the sea. It’s the city which can offer something for people who love history and for people who love modernity. It’s THE CITY where I would love to live. I fell in love with Barcelona and currently I am quite sure that this is my next destination!

Together with my boyfriend, we said a no-no to France and Paris in particular. We had a chance to stay and explore Paris for a few days, and, yes, Paris is beautiful and architecture is stunning but in comparison to Barcelona, Paris wasn’t as appealing. It’s probably kind of my fault as I always judge each place by asking one question ‘Would I like to live there or no?” So, Paris wasn’t that place where I would like to go and settle in. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Was it worth ?

The last question that has to be answered is “Was it worth travelling by car?”. The answer is simple – YES, YES, YES! I mean, travelling by car and doing long distances is definitely not for everyone but we knew that this journey will require a maximum concentration, commitment and strength. But every moment was so worth it!


A Photo Diary


The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)


Views from the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)


Beautiful architecture in Paris, France


The River Seine in Paris, France


The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France


Inside of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)


Beautiful stained-glass windows of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)


Driving from France to Spain


Selfie-stick in use. La Sagrada Familia – a symbol of Barcelona, Spain


My favourite pizza with a runny egg in the middle (Barcelona, Spain)


Vegetarian paella (Barcelona, Spain)


A little gem – Sagunto, Spain


Benidorm – a city full of skyscrapers 


Was a bit scary to sit on the edge of a hill but you can probably do even more for a nice picture like this, right? (Benidorm, Spain)


The rock of Gibraltar (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)


Wondered who was more scared to sit on the edge – me or this cute little monkey? (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)


Rustic interior is my new favourite (Villaharta, Spain) 



So, these are all the photos I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers. I hope you liked this post as much as I loved putting all these pictures together. Remember that travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, so I wish you all to travel the world and experience its beauty!

See you all very soon,



Summer Beach Essentials

Long time, no see! I was gone for a little while and it’s been ages since I posted anything on my blog. To be honest, I was a bit busy with the planning of my holidays, therefore, there were no posts in the past couple of months. Talking about holidays, I decided to write a quick post about my summer beach essentials. So, enough rambling, let’s begin!


Sun protection

You should not even try going to the beach without any protection especially if you are as pale as I am. I choose SPF 50 due to having quite fair skin… My go to skin care protection brand is Garnier. I like Garnier products due to their good quality and reasonable price. If you have an option, go for kids’ sun protection lotion as it is suitable for a very sensitive skin and ?probably? has less crap in terms of ingredients. In addition, I’ve noticed that people tend to ignore their lips but they are particularly important, so I never skip a lip balm with SPF.


Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo has become one of my essentials because, we can all agree, in the beach hair tend to look quite horrible. Dry shampoo can be a life saver! My favourite is a Batiste one.


Thermal water 

Haha, you are probably thinking ‘O-M-G, she again speaks about the thermal water.’ Well, guys, there is nothing I can do but just praise this water even more. When you’re super hot, grab your bottle of the thermal water and spray a little bit straight onto your face! You will instantly feel super refreshed! My favourite thermal water is from the brand known as Avène.


Wet wipes

I hate being all greasy due to sun cream, so wet tissues always come in handy. I use them for literally everything and they don’t cost fortune too.


Random bits and bobs

While some people can’t imagine their beach time without sunglasses (I wear them too), I can’t imagine my ideal day at the beach without a good book. This summer I choose to read ‘God always travels incognito’ by Laurent Gounelle.


Finally, if I want to simply relax, close my eyes and enjoy my time on the beach, I opt for my pink Ipod music player full of summer hits and relaxing tunes.


So, these are my summer beach essentials! I am curious to know what are yours? Share your beach essentials in the comments’ section below 🙂

Have a nice upcoming week!


The Body Shop Haul

Happy Thursday everyone!

O-M-G how much I am loving spring and sun! And warm weather! And green grass! And blue sky! I am just L-O-V-I-N-G it! You know what I do love also!? – The Body Shop SALES! My purse, though, does not like it at all but ohh well… Today I decided to write a quick post about my recent purchases from the Body Shop and share some thoughts about them. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the actual post.


Satsuma Shower Gel 250 ml

Ohh boy, this stuff smells like heaven. The smell is really fresh and wakes me up so well in the morning. It’s just a shower gel, therefore, I don’t have any specific criteria… But definitely try this one out if you like citrusy scents.


Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray 100 ml

When days are getting hotter and hotter and when I start exercising outside more frequently, I must always equip myself with a good spray for my foot. There are not that many foot sprays on the market ( I mean, good foot sprays), so most of the time I opt for TBS Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray. And, it’s indeed cooling! It’s my fourth bottle, so I definitely recommend it! It’s an amazing thing for the summer time.


Facial Massager

O.K., the story of this item originates in Youtube! I’ve seen so many youtubers talking about this facial massager, therefore, I decided to give it a go. The purpose of this tool is to give a massage to your face after you put your night moisturiser and/or serum on. It should help your skin to absorb your cream/serum better as well as improve skin’s flexibility. I’ve used it only once, so I don’t have a strong opinion about it but I found it a bit too hard for my liking. But I’ll continue using it and I’ll update you in the future!


Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash 150 ml

Right, let me begin by saying that I hate playing with make-up removal wipes, oils and whatnot. I always go for a good cleanser which would remove all my make-up. Recently I was particularly looking for foaming cleansers, and I am a huge fan of The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser… The Tea Tree cleanser is cheaper comparing to Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash but Nutriganics one has 98 % ingredients of natural origin, so, it’s definitely better for you skin. I had this cleanser before and I really loved it, so 40 % off was a reason why I got it again!

Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream 50 ml

I am running out of my beloved L’occitane face cream, so I thought, I should get something from Nutriganics range. I haven’t tried this cream as yet but the reviews were positive, so fingers crossed!!!

Nutriganics Refreshing Toner 200 ml

It’s been ages since the last time I purchased/used any kind of toner. Never tried this one but again, I found a lot of positive opinions about it, so hopefully it won’t disappoint me.


So, these are all the items I got. Tell me whether you like these kind of posts. I am planning to do a skin-care routine post, so tell me whether you would be interested in that?

Have a nice day!


What I got from Lithuania?

Hello, people!

How are you? How are you getting through February? England is still rainy and gloomy, therefore, my mood isn’t the best recently…  But I have received some lovely presents from my family that really surprised me and made me happy.

I love giving presents but I do also love receiving them especially if they are thoughtful and practical. So, this time I was massively spoiled by my mum and relatives, and I got really nice presents that I decided to share with you 🙂

 If you are curious to see what I got, please keep on reading.

Disclaimer: This post is not about me boasting! 


Books books books… I am just starting now reading books for my own pleasure. And it is so satisfying to know that I don’t need to read any textbooks for university!


This time I got three books in Lithuanian language, however, not all of them are just for reading them.

One of the books is “Slaptomane”  by Modesta Zukauskaite which is a workbook that helps you track your eating and fitness. It is basically a book for 6 months where you log your daily meals, water intake and fitness. It is supposed to help you loose weight and control your eating habits. Since this year I am all about loosing weight and becoming a healthier person, this book should become my best friend. I am already using it, so stay tuned for future updates about this book 🙂

Another book that goes hand-in-hand with the above mentioned “Slaptomane” workbook is “The rule of a small sin” by Agne Jagelaviciute. Agne is Lithuanian stylist known for her sharp comments on social media channels. I love her straightforwardness so much. Recently she came up with a book that contains around 100 recipes and her personal tips for people who struggle with their weight. She was overweight herself but somehow managed to lose a lot of weight and maintain it by still eating everything she wants. So, in this book she shares the recipes and tips that should help for everyone who struggles with their weight. I have already glanced over the book, and it contains a lot of dishes that can be made on daily basis. I am looking forward to trying something from this book.

The last book I got is “God always travels incognito” by Laurent Gounelle. The only thing I know about this book is the fact that it is an extremely popular book in Lithuania at the moment. From what I’ve heard, it’s a book that tells you a story that pushes you to think about the meaning of the life and your place in it.  Again, looking forward to reading it at the earliest time.



I’ve received a few bits and bobs that come under cosmetics category.


 As you can see from the picture. I have received a Clinique mini mascara. I have never tried anything from this brand, so I am curious to learn how this mascara performs.

I also got a travel size perfume atomiser which can be used to transfuse your perfume. It’s really handy for people who tend to travel only with a cabin luggage.

Finally, I also got a natural hand cream from a Lithuanian brand “Ziede”. I suffer from eczema, so a good hand cream is an essential for me. I’ve used this cream a couple of times and so far I love it. It lives on my job’s desk so that I could apply it anytime.



To be perfectly honest with you, I am not the biggest fan of accessories, and probably my family knows that. Although I don’t particularly like wearing jewellery, I do sometimes like having something small and not really noticeable. So, along with my other presents, I got a beautiful leather bracelet with a gold detail on it and a golden ring. I have to admit that I absolutely love both items, and they are right up my street!




Finally, I got some food as it is probably the standard present/thing I get from my home country. I have to admit that I miss Lithuanian cuisine so much because not all the things can be found in the UK. This time I got many packs of cheese “Dziugas” which is my favourite cheese in the world. I also got some sweet treats that are usually known as hematogen. Some people have never heard about it but it is a nutrition bar (sometimes even considered to be a medical product) that is made of sugar, milk, vanillin and other ingredients. The reason why it is sometimes considered to be a medical product is the fact that this bar can possibly treat low blood levels of iron and B12. As you may know, vegetarians can have a deficiency of B12, therefore, it is recommended to take additional vitamin B12. I am seriously hooked on hematogen, so these bars won’t stay in my cupboard for long. The last but not the least is coffee that I love so much! I can’t imagine my day without it, so coffee really makes a perfect gift for me.

So, these are all the presents I got from my family and relatives. I feel really blessed having people around me who are so thoughtful and kind to me. Of course, we should always appreciate not the material side of receiving presents but the attention and thoughts of our beloved ones

Now tell me do you like giving or receiving presents? And what would make a perfect present for you?


See you all soon!


The original 5:2 diet. Fasting. My preparation


Hello, wonderful people!

How are you doing? How are you coping with this winter? I am actually counting days until the spring season as winters in the UK are gloomy and rainy… And winter weather in general puts me off doing something interesting or productive. The situation, however, will change quite soon as spring season is just around the corner. Only a short February left, and, at least, in the calendar we will be soon seeing March.

Time flies, guys, and in 4 months we will have summer which means it’s a bikini season. And, to be perfectly honest with you, a ‘bikini season’ is a fearsome phrase to me because my body is not ready for it at all.

As always, I struggle achieving my New Year’s resolutions, and I almost always fail at adopting a healthier lifestyle. But this year, I said to myself, will be better with regard to my nutrition and fitness.

So, today I’ll introduce you to the lifestyle/diet/eating plan (whatever you call it) that I decided to pursue this year hoping to loose some weight and become a healthier person.

If you follow my blog, you’ll probably recognise the main picture of this post. Yes, yes, this book was featured in my 2015 favourites. 

Indeed, this book became my 2015 favourite with a reason. The philosophy behind this book really fascinates me and inspires me to try it myself.

I am planning to do one post per month covering this 5:2 diet as well as my personal experience with it. Today’s post will briefly introduce the principles of this diet as well as my preparation for this new challenge. If you are already interested, I invite you to subscribe to my blog as this would prevent you from missing any posts in the future.

Subscribed? Great! Thank you! We can now begin! 🙂

5 key claims of the 5:2 diet


First of all, let me tell you, guys, that all these principles are paraphrased and taken from the original book (The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer), so, all the credits go to authors of this book.

If anyone asks me how would I describe this diet in one sentence, the answer is simple – Five days per week you can eat whatever you want whereas 2 nonconsecutive days per week you fast and consume around 500 calories. It might sound harsh and really restrictive but don’t be under a wrong impression… It is the other way round. Don’t really get how? Let’s look at the principles of this diet.

The success of this diet lies in psychology

More precisely, the principle of 5:2 is about the restrictions for 2 days and normal/usual eating for another 5 days. Sticking to this simple principle for a longer term unconsciously leads you to healthier choices of food on days when you are not restricted (5 days per week). As authors put “<…> fasting teaches you better ways of eating. If you follow our recipes and satisfy your hunger on fasting days by eating vegetables and good protein, then over time you’ll discover that when you get hungry (on your normal days), you are more likely to crave the healthy stuff.” It’s up to you to decide how scientifically strong this argument is but let’s be honest it sounds about right, doesn’t it?

This diet/lifestyle can be maintained for much longer periods in comparison to other popular diets

 I mean, tell me if you have never tried any popular diet in your life? Probably we all tried, and we all were disappointed with the results. I’ve tried every single diet in the world, and none of them were sustainable. You can quickly loose some kilograms but they come back onto your hips at the same speed you lost them. The 5:2 diet looks somehow more sustainable, and I personally think that I can quite easily convince myself to ‘survive those two days and enjoy my cheese cake on a normal day’. Hahaha. Although for maximum results with this 5:2 diet, you should still be cautions about the cheese cakes… This diet doesn’t restrict you on your normal eating days, so, in theory, cheese cake isn’t left outside the boat.

Fasting principle is not something completely new

Our distant ancestors neither had shops such as Tesco or Asda nor they had a McDonald’s  just around the corner, so they were hunting and gathering food. And, yes, there were times when they were forced to fast for long periods or until someone brought some sort of prey of hunting. Our ancestors had to fast/starve involuntarily but they somehow survived as we are evidence of their survival and their prolongation of humanity. In short, our body is coded to fast.

In addition, authors note that fasting is not new due to the fact that  “<…> fasting remains an article of faith for many. The fasts of Lent, Yom Kippur and Ramadan are just some of the better-known examples.” Fasting had been practiced through different religious for millennium but only now it started attracting so much attention.

The 5:2 diet can lead to positive health improvements

I don’t want to spill the beans about all the things and scientific evidence described in this book but this diet can significantly improve your health (proved not only by the authors’ own experience but also by the scientific research) cutting your risk of a range of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Weight loss+improved health= a double bonus!

Those, who want to see even better results, can easily combine this diet with high intensity training (HIT) workouts

Are you that kind of person who wants to see quick results? Wait for meee, I am the one. The 5:2 diet on its own (without exercise) does result in weight loss which could be described as particularly sustainable but not super quick. But if you are like me and you want to see results instantly, a combination of the 5:2 and HIT can work wonders. Authors put some real examples when HIT combined with fasting can bring amazing results to your body and health. Unlike the conventional diets with massive restrictions of certain food groups, this diet can be easily combined with short HIT workouts as you’re not restricted in calories to a point when you don’t even have strength to perform any kind of physical activity.

So, as you can see from my summary of 5 key characteristics of this 5:2 diet, it sounds pretty amazing. But you must all the time consult with your doctor before opting to  follow any diet 🙂

My preparation

I finished reading the book, digested all the information and started preparing for this diet because someone once told me “If you prepare, you never fail”. I had to buy some bits and bobs such as scales to weight my food and some supplements to make sure I always get the right amount of all the nutrients I need. Being vegetarian and going on fasting can be stressful in my case, so I wanted to be on a safe side.

In the picture below, you can see all the things that I’ve got.


Some time ago I also got a food and fitness journal (on the left top corner) which I could not utilise before due to eating unhealthy and not counting calories. But soon this journal will come into effect as I will be aiming to track my calories for at least 3 months.

Finishing thoughts

During this January, I was experimenting with myself and doing some random fasting days while observing how I feel. Some days were hard but I felt that it is hard mentally rather than physically, and that feeling of hunger can be something in your head rather than in your stomach.

That’s probably it for today. I hope you found this post interesting, and if you did, please follow me on social media channels for more updates on my journey.

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Goals for 2016


Hello! And it’s a different ‘hello’ ! It’s the first ‘hello’ in 2016 on my blog. A new year is ahead, and I am so excited about 2016! It’s a new start, a fresh beginning which is full of motivation and hopes as well as full of new goals that hopefully won’t be the empty ones.

I have a kind of tradition of establishing my goals at the beginning of every new year, so, this year is not an exception! Last year I wrote a list of my goals too, and you are probably now thinking whether any of them had been achieved? I can tell you – most of them have been reached! I mean, I can proudly say that I’ve reached the most important ones such as finishing my dissertation, completing my studies in university, and finding a full-time job. I have to admit, though, that some of the goals were not reached or were not reached fully. One of them is the aim of living a healthier life. It’s probably the only goal that I always fail to pursue. It drives me crazy but this year the same goal is again on my list. Who knows, maybe I will be able to reach it this year. I really really hope I will.

So, if you’re interested in my 2016 goals/aims/objectives, please keep on reading.

My 2016 goals/objectives are:

  1. to eat healthier and more nutritious food
  2. to learn/improve German language skills
  3. to drink at least 1.5 l of water per day
  4. to learn something new
  5. to read more books
  6. to go on holidays for at least two weeks in a row
  7. to lose at least 10 kg of weight
  8. to write at least one blog post per week
  9. to buy a car
  10. to strengthen myself both psychologically and physically
  11. to donate to a charity
  12. to start saving some money for my future
  13. to express love to my family and friends more often

So, these are my goals for 2016. Although the list might look a bit extensive, I believe, it’s manageable 🙂

What are your goals for 2016? Do you think that writing them down makes you feel more committed to achieve them? Share your thoughts below.


Happy New Year one more time!

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