Meet Danas an outstanding photographer whose creativity has made us look at photography from a different perspective. He spend summers back home in Lithuania, and the rest of the year somewhere else, usually in some tropical place. As for now, he chose winter destination to be Bali, Indonesia. This is his story.
Tell your story! What did your life look like before?
I’m a person who can’t sit around in one place for more than half a year, so I travel. I spend summers back home in Lithuania and the rest of the year somewhere else, usually in some tropical place. As of right now, I chose my winter destination to be Bali, Indonesia.
Before life was a very long time ago, to be exact in 2010. This is when I decided to seek out work opportunities online. while living in places that are unfamiliar to me (yet). Life was normal before but not too exciting. I feel like in those years I gained a lot of experience, but lost many opportunities too.
Why did you decide to change it?
When we think we need to build for the future and need to invest, create family, etc., we tend to overwork. So I was extremely overworked. I was always very worried about my future, I was trying to build a career until I burn out. Until I decided to see if there is a life more relaxed, less stressed, and more exciting. And there was!
The biggest lessons you learned on the trip. What did you understand about yourself?
One that I can survive in really extreme situations, and two that I’m a much better person if I don’t rush things and let them flow.
If you would do everything from the beginning, what would you do differently?
I’m happy where I am now and to this point, I got with the choices I made. I would change some small details but leave the rest.
If someone is secretly dreaming about the lifestyle you are living now, what would you advise them?
The grass is always greener somewhere else. Ask yourself if you are happy where you are now? If not – be brave to take some steps to change it. If you are, then don’t think that a life like somebody else’s is much better than yours.
Living the way you live. What was the hardest thing in this whole experience?
I’m just changing locations for warmer places. I don’t go on too many adventures anymore. The hardest thing in all my traveling experiences is loneliness. Most of the time I traveled and changed locations, I was alone and it sometimes was very hard to cope with. Now I’m traveling with my girlfriend. And in the future I will do it by adding friends too (more like I will follow where my friends will go).
What are the first steps in preparation?
If you are thinking about going for a long term adventure – find a remote job. Everything else is just life like it is. Worry less about the future and live in the moment.
What are your next steps?
After 12 years of trying I will finally learn to surf 🙂