Posts tagged traveling
on travel dreams with plantiful alexandra

writer: Emma ranne
picture: from Alexandra

Alexandra from @plantifulalexandra

A few months back we had the chance to meet up with our lovely German friend Alexandra to grab a coffee and have a chat. We first got to know Alex through Instagram where we’ve been following her insanely yummy looking (like really!) food creations pretty much ever since she started with Instagramming 3 years ago. We love Alexandra’s style of adding personal stories to her photos and look up to her skills in communicating her thoughts in such an authentic way through the online platform. This girl has inspired us multiple times.

When we met Alex she had just quit her day job and was about to head on an adventure that included surfing, Bali and exploring life in Australia. While sipping our coffees and matchas we talked about what it was in the first place that inspired Alexandra to hop on this adventure?

‘‘I had known for quite some time that I really wanted to travel and I wasn’t really enjoying the job I spent most of my days at. The job had pretty much just been about saving money for me, and once I had saved up enough I thought it was time to go.’’

 

What made you choose Bali and Australia?

I’m going to do a surf instructor’s course in Bali which will be my first stop. When it comes to Australia it’s actually their work and travel visa which is great for this kind of situation. Another reason for me would be that I really want to surf, which Australia obviously is quite the perfect fit for. I also know a lot of Instagrammers from Australia and it just looks like a really lovely place (also their vegan food scene, I’m really looking forward to that). Hmmm the only thing is that I’m not really a big fan of too hot weather but it should be all good, haha!

Any tips for someone scared of taking the step?

Just do it. I think you shouldn’t be too scared of following your dream. Especially if you don’t like your current situation and you feel very strong about wanting to do something else be it traveling or starting a new job. If it’s literally just fear that keeps you from making the change, the chances are pretty big that you’ll probably just regret not giving it a go.

 

Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?

Of course! I love the content of my friends @laurafruitfairy and @alexasearth. Hmm it’s really hard to just pick a few though.

 

Where do you source inspiration for your delicious looking recipes?

To be honest I don’t really do recipes. My cooking is more just me throwing things together, hahaha. In the beginning of being a vegan I used Instagram a lot to look for food inspiration. I think it’s just mainly about me seeing other people do delicious looking things and putting my favourite bits from their recipes together to create my own thing.

 

What would your perfect Sunday (anywhere in the world) look like?

My perfect Sunday… I’d wake up without an alarm around seven. Then I’d do some meditation and some stretching after which I’d have some breakfast outside at my terrace while reading a book and listening to some good music. After the slow breakfast I’d head for a surf as the waves obviously would be perfect. Then after a couple of hours, I’d come home, take a shower and meet up with some friends for lunch. In the afternoon it would be time for a little nap after which I’d maybe do some more surfing as the waves are still great. In the evening I’d meet with people for dinner, have a glass of wine and a good chat. The main point of the day would for it to be really relaxed.

We loved getting to meet Alexandra while she was exploring Helsinki and hope to see her again soon. You can follow up with Alexandra’s travels on Instagram. Seeing all the scenic travel pictures has really made us crave some adventure too.

 


 

 

 

 

5+ tips for minimalist packing
Palm trees and blue sky

writer:ona rihu
picture:ona rihu

Packing your life away in a suitcase is stressful. Whether you’re going away for a week or two months, planning is key in every situation. Use these tips to make your luggage more functional and easy to manage. 

1.Pack clothes that work with all kinds of outfit combinations

 A sweater that looks as cute tucked into jeans as it does as a cover-up at the beach. A fake leather jacket you can rock on a late night out, and also warm you up when layered with other pieces. For me it was all about light materials and layering. Also, you're going to have to ask yourself if you really need 3 different skirts and 5 different kinds of trousers. If you get bored of wearing the same outfits you can always accessorize with belts and jewelry!

2.Use packing cubes.

They don't have to be spesifically made for packing, they can be shoe bags, toiletry bags, use your imagination! If you can't find enough, raid a friend's closet. They save space and keep your luggage organized.
Tip: Roll your clothes instead of folding them. It saves space!

3.Soap nuts

Soap nuts are an excellent, cost efficient and environmentally friendly way to do laundry. You can use them up to 5 times and always get a squeaky clean result. + they don’t take that much space and you won’t have to worry about having extra liquids when flying. Get into a habit of having a laundry day every week or so, and you’ll never run out of clean clothes.

 

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4.Opt for multi-purpose cosmetics

This might sound crazy to some people, but I packed coconut oil instead of facial cleanser, conditioner & body lotion. If you’re used to using coconut oil like this it’s perfect. If not, I recommend trying it first at home. I also switched my shower gel and shampoo to soap bars and shampoo bars. If you’re flying with a carry-on, you have to think carefully about what liquids are absolutely essential to you, and what you can live without. You can replace your toothpaste with toothpaste capsules, your liquid soaps with bar soaps and so on. It’s also a lot more environmentally friendly, if you give up disposable plastic packaging.

5.Plan

It all comes down to how much material you actually NEED. Observe your daily habits and try to see which items are not absolutely necessary. I would recommend leaving a little space in your luggage or packing a few tote bags incase you want to buy something on your journey. When packing an item of clothing, think about how well it works with everything else in your luggage and what kind of outfits you can build with it. Finally, you can make a list of all the clothes you’re thinking of packing and see the overall picture.

I always fly wearing the clothes that take up the most space, and carrying all of my valuables in an extra tote bag.