Somehow I was feeling like I was not travelling enough last year. But reality is different. Most of the time I was exploring something great.
On January I was already in Turkey. I was continue to explore my favorite city- Istanbul. Getting lost, discovering new places and tasting new tastes. On February I hit the road. From Istanbul I traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia. I used many different means of transport- plane, trains, buses and of course- cars I stopped by hitchhiking. This trip that i called “Along the Karadenis coast to Kavkaz” was really wonderful. I met great people, I had many adventures and most important I overcame my fear to travel and hitchhike in Turkey alone. I visited great cities, like Kastamonu, Samsun, Trabzon, Ayder, Borçka, Batumi… March was a time to settle down in new place and start to call it home. I started my exchange semester in Tbilisi State University. It was my third time in Georgia,so I was not so much into going every weekend to explore this country, because I have visited many places before. I was feeling kinda tired and I just wanted to stay in Tbilisi. But of course, I had opportunity to discover new places, I have not been before and face great challenges while hiking and camping, for example- Birtvisi. In April my two best travel buddies came, so we decided to go to Armenia. We hitchhiked and couchsurfed just for three days, because I had midterms and my friends had limited time. But we explored Yerevan and some nice monasteries around. And of course, we saw Ararat! In May I understood that my time in Caucasus are going to end, so I was more willing to explore new places. With “dream team” made from Polish and Lithuanians, we had great great time exploring south part of Georgia. We visited towns like Vardzia, Ninotsminda, Borjomi and Alkhastikhe. Even I had opportunity to visit Turkey again. More about our adventures here.
Also in May with other great students I finally visited Kazbegi. That was challenging but really worth to hike. Looking forward to explore more one day.
Also I guess It was May when I decided to go with touristic excursion to Martvili. Advice for future- never again. One of the worst time in marshrutka. Very touristic, very stupid…At least, I had great company.
June was terribly hot. I was not able to sleep and also it was the time for exams… After finals we decided to visit Abkhazia. My story is here. Definitely, it is a place that i recommend for travelers who are bored of Western countries and interested in different places.
In July I had finally to say goodbye for Georgia and Caucasus. It was so hard. Tbilisi became my home and I found great friends, great family there. But life is life and I needed to move on…I didn’t say goodbye for Georgia, just…see you soon. Some of my stories and ideas about this wonderful country is here. Be aware, it’s little bit satirical.
And after… I came back to my motherland- Lithuania. My family was missing me a lot, so I was enjoying Lithuanian summer. I spent rime in Garden house, enjoying company of my family, my cat (still alive, even it is 15 years old!) and new dog. I didn’t settle down too long, so I was hitchhiking, visiting friends, having reunions or going to “Volunteer festival” .
In August me and my good friends went to Poland, Zakopane for Erasmus+ youth-exchange. That was one of the worst organised camp/event I have ever experienced. But Lithuanian team was so great that I had plenty of fun. Also I visited Krakow.
In September I again flew away from Lithuania and came back to Istanbul for my third exchange, this time to Marmara University. I was very busy- studies, internship, work and personal life. I was exploring new places in Istanbul with guests who were coming to visit me. But in October I was already feeling that my traveler’s soul is not calm. So I flew to Cyprus. I was travelling alone and exploring Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and “Greek” Cyprus. I want to come back, because 7 days were not enough.
In November me and my boyfriend went to Antalya. I was skeptical about such a touristic city, but I left surprised because I liked that city a lot. I am regretting that I couldn’t stay longer to explore many wonderful places around.
In December I was enjoying my last month in my favorite city. I had millions of things to do and I was very busy… I had to say goodbye to my friends, my work, my turkish family… and on January 4th I came back to Lithuania.
I was complaining (still doing it) about my life. But c’mon, it was great year. I traveled in 6 countries (I am counting Abkhazia too), maybe I didn’t visit so many new countries, but I explored many new places in these countries. And it was great. I travelled alone, with friends, with boyfriend… I stopped more than 85 cars this year while hitchhiking.
Great year and I wish next year will be even better