When I first downloaded Instagram back in 2013 it was a simple photo sharing app. Filters were used, family members shared their meals and creatives had a chance to show off their works. Nobody cared for likes and follows much and the 'suggested users list' was a reward for producing great content. Years have passed and now in 2018 Instagram developed into a highly competitive world where likes and followers count more than creativity and quality, where everybody hunts for popularity and fame.
I've been following Instagram path for the past 5 years facing ups and downs, algorythm changes and commercialising of the platform. As of today I'm in difficult relationship with Instagram which results in my daily posting activity.
But nevertheless I'm not planning on giving up and still work hard to achieve the best results one can achieve when the competitiveness strikes you from all sides. To keep up the work there are some 'helpers' I use. They take care of my account looking professional and clean. I call them 'my tools' - 6 apps which make my life easier and save me precious time.
I don't posses the powers of being graphic designer, stylist and planner, and if you know what I'm talking about this post is for you. You might also want to check these apps if you are looking for ways to bring your Instgarm to a professional looking level.
It’s not an easy task to find a secluded beach these days. In Cyprus being a popular vacation destination for British and Russian tourists this mission equals to impossible. But there are still lovely and less crowded beaches which will keep one happy.
Stayinng close to Protaras in Famagusta district during our 10 days stay we tried to explore as many beaches as possible and had discovered some pretty patches of sand with rock formations which to our taste we less packed. In this post I would like to share with you our findings - 5 favorite beaches. Please keep in mind that we didn't visit any beaches on the Northern part of the island thus no recommendations here.
P.S. All the beaches mentioned below are kids friendly.
I often hear parents saying that they are scared of flying with their little ones. I also know that many prefer staying home instead of 'taking the risk'. Of course I undestand the worries (been there too), especially if it's the very first flight. But I think it's better to invest the energy into preparations instead of wasting it on thoughts 'what if'. For the past two years of being a mom I got some experience on traveling with a kid and can honestly tell you that flying is actually the easiest part of every journey (but this is another story).
So let me share with you my 5 simple tips on flying with an infant, the ones I have been following since our daughter flew for the first time in her life when she was 3 months old and the ones I follow since, slightly adjusting the conditions as she keeps growing.
The more I travel, the more I notice that things which are daily routine to some are still new and unknown to the others. Living in Germany we are blessed with enourmous amont of opportunities of staying 'green' - from food to recycling options. All we need to do is to be aware and to follow. It's all up to us, but the base is there. Undoubtedly it is easier to act when you see results.
I always think of my homeland, Russia, when I talk about responsible way of living, because the impact we leave on the environment is still a new and unsettled topic there.
I know it is hard to talk about the environmental impact when flight alone causes a lot of harm, but being on the road it is our responsiblity to leave as less impact on the environment as possible. To preserve it and to cherish. I know it sounds pompous, but if you think of it that's how it should be if we want to save it for the future generations. And I don't mean that we should follow this path only when traveling - it's best if this turns into a proactive lifestyle, like the one of Mary, for example.
I'm still far away from reaching the goal of being a responsible traveler and citizen, but I want to arrive there and have already implemented some habits into my daily life which I'm happy to share with you. My 5 simple tips on how to travel (and live) responsibly are just a hint on what to start with.
Finland was the very first country I have traveled to. It was 1992 and my mom and I took a bus from St-Petersburg across the border all the way to Helsinki. I don't remember much from that trip only that for some reason we bought skiing and two woolen scarfs. Many years have passed since that journey, I have travelled to different countries trying to absorb as much as I could, learning different cultures and their way of life, but the feeling that Finland is special has stayed with me for all these years.
It is high on my favorite countries list and I by now have good friends living in Helsinki. Visiting Helsinki has become a yearly tradition which I try to preserve. Helsinki is some of the Worlds coziest and stylish capitals, where you can reach everything by foot or bike, where everything is thought through with a note of care and childhood. Afterall, Finland living standards are rated among the Worlds leaders.
Perfect for a weekend trip or for staying and living your life, Helsinki should be high on everyones must-see list.
Hope that my tips on 10 great things to do in Helsinki the local way will engage you in planning your own trip. Oh, and I still wear those woolen scarfs =).
Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary, Etosha National Park, is a paradise for anyone with a love for wildlife. Basically that's why you go there - to drive around and watch for animals crossing your path, feeding, playing and hunting. With some species you have to be lucky, leopards are a rare catch. But the other Big 5 gang members are not hard to spot as soon as you know where to look. Giraffes, zebras and wildebeests are the ones which you'll see plenty and eventually stop screaming from excitement after every turn (I didn't though). Being inside the park feels like you become a part of a National Geographic show.
We have spent 2 nights 3 days inside the park and it was good timing to learn the area and not to get an overdose on animals. Let me share with you some tips on all the things you need to know before visiting Etosha National Park. This post is for independent travelers who are planning to drive their own vehicles inside the park, not for organised tour groups.
The only country in South East Asia without direct beach access attracts visitors for it's authenticity and rural charm. It is worth coming to Laos for laid back experience since it's a coutry not overrun by tourism as it's direct neighbours.
Laos vivid history as a french protectorate and the modern socialist system along with terror of the Vietnam war created a controversial yet unique soil for the way modern life floats. As of today Laos remains one of the poorest countries in South East Asia facing environmental problems and low economy rates. I'm not going deeper in these topics, but keep this information in mind when crossing the border.
Traveling in Laos is easy and relaxed - a perfect place to clear your mind and devour all the pleasures of slow traveling.
If you made up your mind of coming to Laos, hope my bucket list post is going to help you planing your itinerary.
A very good word to describe the capital of Russia is grandiose. It is indeed grandiose on so many levels: historically, architecturally, artistically and gastronomically to name just a few. Since Moscow has so much to show off, why not combine admiring some of the best city vistas with your dining experience? Here are suggestions for 7 places with the best views over Moscow which won't dissapoint. Most places of the list are pricey, but you don't have to leave all your savings here - just have a drink with a view noone would mind!
Are you going to Namibia? Perfect choice! Namibia is incredible - it is all one could wish for in terms of wildlife, gorgeous nature and culture and much much more. In fact Namibia was a mind blowing experience for me, the one that still keeps me excited and longing for coming back.
Let me share with you 9 things to know before traveling to Namibia to help you planning your trip and to feed your growing excitement!
Some of the most popular questions I get from you are "What camera do I use? And what lense?"
So I thought I'd dedicate a whole post to the equipment. Hope it will help you in your own equipment choosing desicions. I actually enjoy reading through 'What's in my camera bag' posts created by fellow bloggers, because sometimes I find useful tips and most of the time I dicover something for my 'wish list'.