Travel couple at Mount Taranaki, New Zealand


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Glorious Taranaki: the launch of our YouTube channel!

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January 8, 2019

Glorious Taranaki is our debut in videography and a short tale of our hiking trip in magical Egmont national park with its prime jewel, one of the prettiest mountains in New Zealand – Mount Taranaki. Pouakai circuit is just a perfect track to adore and admire the Taranaki greatness….


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New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application – Medical certificate & chest x-ray

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November 26, 2018

So you have already done all the application steps before – checked the requirements for New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, prepared for application and successfully filled it in? The last remaining step is to complete your medical assessment and chest x-ray should it be needed.
Our experience with chest x-ray
Since…

The Steampunk HQ museum in Oamaru


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The ladies and a surprise road trip to the capital of steampunk – Oamaru

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October 19, 2018

Our Christchurch city escape with the reminders of our past comforts was a short one and the next day we were once again back on the road. This time we were headed towards Twizel where we were to meet our fellow craft beer lover Eva from back home and…


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How to prepare and apply for Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?

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October 17, 2018

Prepare for the application
So you have decided you want to apply for the Working Holiday in New Zealand? If you have already checked and you meet the requirements for the visa, you are one step closer to the adventure in New Zealand.

Preparation will differ depending on your origin country:…

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa requirements


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What are the requirements for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa?

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October 15, 2018

So you are interested in how to get a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa? Well of course, first of you need to meet the requirements for it and we are happy to help you find out more!

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa requirements and costs vary from country to country,…

Working Holiday New Zealand guide


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How to get a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

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October 12, 2018

Applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is a rather simple and clear process once started, however, there are still some steps to be considered and completed. It is always good to be prepared in advance. Well, at least if you wish to avoid any unpleasant surprises or…

Couple on the boulders at Kura tawhiti, South Island, New Zealand


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From the LOTR straight to Narnia: a day visit to the Castle Hill and Cave Stream Reserve in Canterbury

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October 10, 2018

As great as everything was before, after the engagement it just got so much better! Or it might as well be just the every waking moment spent together day after day living in a tiny space of our van that has brought us so much closer and made our…

A travel couple at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, Working Holiday in New Zealand


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Why go on a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

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August 1, 2018

Many people believe New Zealand to be a must-visit destination at least ‘once in a lifetime’. Well, at least we did and still do! Therefore, as soon as Lithuania signed a contract for Working Holiday in New Zealand, we were the first ones in line for the adventure. Well,…

The mountain view from the Key Summit peak on Routeburn track in New Zealand


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Useful Tips & Facts New Zealand: Geography and Landscapes

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July 27, 2018

Kia ora friend, and welcome to New Zealand – home to Kiwis (people, birds and fruits), Hobbits and the legendary All Blacks. If you’re here, my guess is you are about to embark on a journey to New Zealand or you may just be curious about this beautiful land…

Arthur's Pass engagement - Bealey Spur track proposal moment in a drone shot


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The magnificent Arthur’s Pass engagement or the story of the Ring, my precious

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July 7, 2018

There are plenty of rings in the world, but this shall be the story of a special one – my precious. Muahahaha! Okay, I’ll try to keep the ‘Lord of the Rings’ references to the minimum but can’t promise to stay away from them as they have a part…

Ruta & Algirdas
Vietnam

We're Ruta & Algirdas - storytellers, world travelers, photography and filmmaking enthusiasts. Our best days are spent admiring planet Earth - exploring, tasting, breathing in all it has to offer. Now, after a year spent living van life in New Zealand, we're enjoying the hustle and bustle of Vietnam. Packing bags and embarking on an adventure is easier than it may seem - just have the courage.

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  • Back in November we did the Tongariro Norther Circuit track and it was nothing less than glorious and felt exactly like stepping right into the #MiddleEarth. 
All those dark rocks and wastelands, steaming mountain slopes, the smell of sulfur in the air and just that feel of something bigger than you. 
Even though, we got some rain, cold winds and annoying sandfly attacks (at the first campsite by the stream), the track was mesmerizing and magical every step of the way. As beside the latter, it also offered the most beautiful night sky I've ever witnessed and the most breathtaking views. Though sadly, for all its beauty, the mountain also claimed the sacrifice of @al.got.stories beloved #rayban sunnies. 😎

We did the track anticlockwise and if I had to choose I would do so all over again. Mostly because I prefer the solitude in our hikes and this option allowed us to enjoy it for most of the way during the 3 days on a track. Though this spot at Emerald lakes was exactly the place where we had to pass the crowds of day walkers doing the Tongariro crossing. While I have nothing against it, it is much more enjoyable wandering the mountains all by yourself (well, maybe sharing with few others) rather than walking in a crowd of hundreds  of other people (who are always always somewhere in your shot). Lucky for us, we only shared the track with others for an hour or so while passing through the crowd at the Red Crater. The crowd finally passed and we got back to our solitude of enjoying the view of Emerald Lakes, Red Crater and mountain peaks which were followed by the way down the Devil Stairs and incredible sunset with a stunning view of Taranaki at a distance. 
Anyway, I guess what I wanna say is - if you ever have a chance, go and do the Northern Circuit!
  • When I get the feeling that something's going wrong, I just take a stroll through my photos and they immediatly bring me back to those special moments when everything in the universe lined out just as it was supposed to and nothing could ever ruin it! And that's enough to just grab and hold on to that happiness that will forever be mine.
  • Well here's one more photo of this amazing lady and her heart-warming smile! I sure miss those evening strolls by the river in Hoi An where life never stops.
  • How really relative is time? 
Seems like over the past year and a half of travelling I've lived more than a decade. Yet it has been nearly 3 months since we got back home, settled in new home and started new jobs. Even though time flies by, life seems stuck at one place, like living the same day over and over again. It is hard to get over traveling and facing the steady life reality - like getting over an addiction for new exciting experiences when you itch for a new 'dose'. Yet can't deny that stability has its own perks. 
Still, funny when you think how relative time really is. Sometimes a month can fit experiences of a year and another month can fly by in an instance and you realuze that nothing really happened. Anyway, I've been gone for the past few months but I guess it was part of dealing with my post-travel blues settling in a new steady routine. 
How have you been lately?
  • Wandering those beautiful ancient streets of Hoi An, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beautiful old ladies selling water lanterns. So many stories they could tell, so many people they've met, so many troubles they've endured and yet they greet you with a wide smile from ear to ear offering to buy a wish in a form of a river lantern costing just a few cents. No matter what, every night you'll find them in their usual spot - day after day, year after year just trying to make a living. It amazes me how after all their troubles and worries, and all the rude passers by  encountered, they still manage to smile at you with all their kindness offering to buy that one lantern for a wish which eventually will help their family wishes come true, or at least will let them put a meal on a table. Even if you don't buy, don't forget to treat one another with a kindness and a smile.
  • So this one finalize my series of the camping shots I took back while doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit. 
Funny story: while I spent the night outside shooting stars, a guy came out of a nearby tent. I silently said "isn't the sky just incredible?" He got startled as appearantly didn't notice me before. Then he took a look up and said 'yeah, it really is'. After a few minutes just staring at the sky he went to the outhouse toilet and back to sleep. 
Only in the morning I heard him telling a story to his friends how he woke in the middle of the night wishing to quickly take a piss just outside the tent as was too lazy to go to the toilet. But it was when a girl out of nowhere interrupted him and made him look up at the stars. Eventually he ended up having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but if it wasn't for me, he said he may have never seen the beauty of that incredible sky.

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