Meet Jūrate, before she started traveling, she lived a family life with her ex-husband. She felt that things were not quite as she would have liked. While she was still in a relationship she went on her first solo trip to Guatemala. And it was one of the best gifts she could have! Later was Rome, India, Mexico, Australia and many others countries. She learned to maneuver in difficult situations, not to be afraid to lose, and to pursue her goals fiercely.
Tell us your story. What your life looked like before? Why did you decide to change it?
Rimantė Kulvinskytė described me very well: „the ambassador for hunger adventures.“ am for myself, and I enjoy, everything: conversations, the sun, the sea, lessons, colors, strange events, love, people, parties, and of course travel.
Even before I started traveling furiously, I lived a family life with my ex-husband. I felt that things were not quite as I would have liked, of course, I was happy before living together, but as we searched and grew we realized that our paths were too different. I was a breaker, a challenge seeker, a party lover, a master of getting out of my comfort zone. So while I was still in a relationship, I went on my first solo trip to Guatemala. Where I took more into account my wishes, without taking into account the comments of others. It was one of the best gifts I could have given myself!
Then it was not difficult to realize and pursue my old dream of living and working in Rome. I grew in Rome more and more. Later was India, which shook me . Mexico – my second or third home. Loved Australia, Vietnam, Bali, Costa Rica, and many others countries i have visited. One of the last is Thailand. As soon as I got back from Thailand, after 2 weeks I left for Sicily, this is my home. I am the bird of the world, my flights are unplanned. Often my family knows that I’m going somewhere, and that I am already sitting at the airport. My friends know my stubbornness and it is no surprise that I am have one foot here, one abroad.
I have certain rules, one of them is work, a sacred thing, so when I return to Lithuania I don’t have much free time. I work in salons in Vilnius and Kaunas. I also work with Druska Miltai Vanduo bakery and Pamella bar (I write for their social media FB and IG). Of course, my clients already know that sometimes I can spend 5 months in Mexico instead of 1 month. The World has not collapsed as a result, on the contrary, it has only expanded my knowledge of the World, my circle of friends, and the clients have not disappeared far, for which I am grateful to them and return to work with love.
My love for Lithuania, I am extremely happy to be born and raised here, but winter is not my friend. The realization that the world is not big and that we can do more than we think.
The biggest lessons you learned on the trip. What did you understand about yourself?
I began to feel like this as a child, not thinking about created dogmas, but about our individual feelings. I learned to maneuver in difficult situations, not to be afraid to lose, and to pursue my goals fiercely. I’m not saying I haven’t done it before, but I had a certain image created by others as to what it should be. And now I have mine, which I am not afraid to change either: I got up and did. I know what I want and I’m going on this road, and how it will be it will be. It is important to have certain values and goals.
If you would do everything from the beginning, what would you do differently?
Absolutely nothing. I am immensely grateful to myself and the environment around me for all the helpful, instruction, and happy lessons I have received, I am where I need to be. If I changed only one detail, the whole present could change fundamentally. I don’t want it.
Is it scary to go on the adventure of a lifetime?
My life is one big adventure. I wanted to travel earlier, but I didn’t feel ready, so when that moment comes, I feelear, which is a natural feeling. Much more and more valuable I should feel the attention. Because something always happens to me when I travel: what would happen should I drown, or someone steals my wallet, a car crashes into me, and other things. A lot of people ask me “how to start traveling”. I don’t have a specific answer, all I know is that I felt it, it started. Maybe not everyone needs it.
What was happening in your head?
When I started traveling, I wanted to discover myself, the person I once was but was lost. I wanted to feel and understand whether I had that moment: a man, a beautiful home, a great job, money, I am satisfied or it satisfies others who want and see such life. I lacked freedom, lacked spontaneity, lacked challenges, and wanted to get to know other cultures, live and understand what kind of bubble I lived in.
Living the way you live. What was the hardest thing in this whole experience?
The hardest part was living in the last couple of years in a family that wasn’t there and trying to save it, which no longer exists. But you need to understand that sometimes it’s better to run.
What are your future plans?
I already have a ticket for a new one when I return from this trip. So in this case, Budapest and back to lover Sicily – eat ice cream, visit friends, walk to the local market and taste the tastiest tomatoes ever.
Is there any adventure you are planning?
My life is one big adventure, let’s see what new winds will bring.
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