Gabija Grušaitė on TravelAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Travel is changing in a fundamental way. As a passionate travel, I can only hope that the new normality will allow us to explore the world in a more sustainable fashion without displacing local communities. Airbnb was fundamental in rising rental costs in cities like Barcelona or New York City. It was more profitable to let your property for tourists than to people who actually live their. Fingers crossed there could be a balance between both worlds.
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Gabija Grušaitė on TravelAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Not sure why but I found this article about recent flying experience really funny. Flying is not hell, hell is encounters with other people trying to block you out of your seat. Kindness is the only way out of this 💺😅
Enock Peter Lauwo on Traveling in TanzaniaExperienced Tour Guide and Safari organizer in Tanzaniaabout 2 months ago
Cheetah is one of the cat families that are found in Serengeti, Tanzania. These are the fastest cats with a speed of 112 kph and the most successful hunters. Unlike other cats, they hunt almost entirely in the day time. Males are bigger than females and they are ones who defend the territories. Females reach reproductive age between 20-24 months, and they give birth about every 18 months with a high mortality rate. Cubs stay with their mother until the age of 16 to 18 months, at which point this family unit breaks up while the mother goes off to find a mate. Below is the picture I recently took. These are four males after they moved out from their families. What wild animals have you seen?
Enock Peter Lauwo on Traveling in TanzaniaExperienced Tour Guide and Safari organizer in Tanzaniaabout 2 months ago
Zebra grazing down the crater! Ngorongoro crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded & collapsed about 2.5 million years ago. The cone of the volcanic caldera collapsed inwards and formed today's famous Ngorongoro caldera. This is the la rgest unbroken & unfolded caldera in the world. With 610 m deep, Ngorongoro is the home to the big five animals (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant & rhino) and different bird species. Giraffes are not found in the crater because there is no acacia (food) for them.

Gabija GrušaitėAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta
It's incredible how many species of animals live together in this beautiful ecosystem!
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Enock Peter Lauwo on Traveling in TanzaniaExperienced Tour Guide and Safari organizer in Tanzania2 months ago
Hello, dear qooriors! I am pleased to join this human-to-human learning community. I live in Arusha, Tanzania, and I organize wild safaris in my country. I will be sharing a few facts & insights from a wild & beautiful Tanzania. Did you know that the largest African land mammal elephant (Loxodonta Loxodonta) has a very good sense of smell, good memory, however poor eyesight? They spent 18 hours a day eating. The group is led by an oldest cow known as the matriarch. They live 60 years to 70 in captivity. The photo below is the one I recently took in Serengeti National Park.

Rūta SimanaitytėMaster’s degree 👩🏻‍🔬| Working in 👩🏻‍💻| Ultimate 🐕 ❤️
I’m very qoorios to learn more about Tanzania 🐘
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Aurelija Lapėnaitė-Sytė on Have baby, will travel!Corporate warrior, Marketing expert, Loving mother, People managerabout 2 months ago
An excersice / works both solo & in family: Write down things, that you want to achieve. Write down things, that you actually do everyday. Make a list if things, that makes you happy today. Compare.

Aurelija Lapėnaitė-SytėCorporate warrior, Marketing expert, Loving mother, People manager
Contemplate & adjust if needed. In my “bubble”, we tend to do things that needs to be done, and undermine things that makes one happy.
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Antanas Bernatonis on Stop procrastinatingHead of Business Development @Montonio |Fintech|POS|B2BSales|BDabout 2 months ago
Literally the dark side of space- travel 😄 🚀It's a shame that in 60 yeas of space odyssey humans have created amazing technological achievements to significantly reduce the cost of space - travelling, but have not found any better idea than a "poop-bag" for astronauts to poop 🎈 Luckily, Nasa finally understood the enourmous psychological impact of this process for astronauts and now is calling innovators for help 😉
NASA is offering up to $20,000 to anyone who can design a better space toilet for astronauts sent to the moon
Miglė Andrulionytė on Consumer NeedsHead of Research @Tele2 // Consumers, Trends & Innovations3 months ago
NEW NORMAL? really? as I’m reading this “we are in a war”, “everything will be different”, “…perhaps forever” I also kiss & hug friends, drink my coffee at a same place I’ve been drinking for years, I small talk with my neighbours, and smile to shopping assistant who smiles back at me. masks hanging loose. I’m listening stories about travel plans. & I plan travelling myself. I watch people getting married. throwing crazy parties. laughing. no masks. touching things. touching face. washing hands. living life & enjoying summer. same old, same old. I don’t burn my books written prior to 2020. nor I shred my strategies & plans. it’s a pause. yes. a shift in our usualness. but who believes new normal. I don’t. do you? img: brett sayles

Mangirdas AdomaitisArtificial inteligence, Data science
People are created to adapt. I think we adapt faster than we think.
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I lived in Fukuoka, Japan for 2 years to launch my own business there. I also had plenty of fun while I was there. Here’s an insider look of Fukuoka if you are thinking about traveling to Japan after the restrictions are lifted -
Live Like a Local in Japan: Exploring Fukuoka’s Hidden Gems with Steven Liew — Anywhr | Plan & Book Incredible Trips Hassle-Free

Atėnė Strazdas DrozdaitėInterior designer/Survivor/Thinker/Forever learning/ Enthusiast
Oh I miss Japan so much! Haven't visited Fukuoka yet, but certainly willing to as you inspired a lot! My dream is to spend few years living in this surreal and magnificent country 🖤🇯🇵
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Kristina Dryža on How can we Learn to Embrace the Unknown?Speaker, Author and Archetypal Consultant2 months ago
Germany - coming to you next week! So looking forward to travel to Kiel to present (and be in the physical) at the Waterkant Festival 2020 _virtual edition: connecting startups and corporates, society and technology, ideas and tools. I’ll be speaking on ‘Reimagining Belonging,’ a particularly apt theme in the exceptionality of this year. There’s too many other amazing presenters to list here, so please check out the full program: And if I don’t see you in person, catch the festival on the livestream:
Julius Poliakas on Investment professionalHead of Investment / UK Immigrant / Investment Professional / Motorhead3 months ago
The world is preparing for the return of ‘normal’ state. Many countries are loosening restrictions. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were amongst first who allowed movement between baltic states. Now, Italy is also planning to for free movement. Nonetheless, Italians will be allowed to travel freely including abroad. Portugal, Spain and Greece also eased measured. It is interesting because investors were optimistic few weeks ago about the possibility of easing restrictions and equities traded higher. Now that we see this in action, investors scramble. It is trully difficult time, hence, diversification is essential at this stage.
String Nguyen on Growing on LinkedInLinkedIn’s 3x Top Voice (I like 🍗)3 months ago
[Digital event] Learn how to grow your business on LinkedIn. I share how I increased LinkedIn views by 900% Still, it’s about building a brand. As part of Beyond Experience, we have a virtual travel summit, sharing how to build/market yourself online better. You can watch my video presentation on: How to effectively grow your business on LinkedIn. Here's how the format of this summit works: 1) watch the video-preso 2) attend and tune into the live Q&A Watch thw video-preso here: Follow/Admire me on LinkedIn growth.
5 tips to planning your perfect holiday A) Use the help of aggregator sites such as skyscanner for airlines and Trivago for hotels but always make your purchases from the airline / hotel itself because sometimes going through a 3rd party site causes problems like bookings being lost B) Get a translator app if you're going to a foreign country. The kind that helps you type in your chosen language and is translated in written foreign language or spoken foreign language for locals in that country to understand and help you. This is because not every country speak English as a native language esp Korea. So you're gonna have to get creative C) Get cost savings by using sites like Klook which is famous for asian countries deals and discounts. I got my Korea Rail pass, portable wifi and sim card as well as theme park tickets to Lotte World on Klook and I saved quite a bit vs buying it on the spot D) Use tools like google streetview to help you gauge the neighbourhood and surrounding area of a particular place you're interested in. This will help you have an idea if you like the neighbourhood before you decide to book it / is it safe for a solo traveller / too many slopes for older travellers or people with bad knees. E) Research, Research and Research Its the only full proof method to a well planned trip without any unplanned surprises. This also helps you maximise your number of days at that particular location and making sure you visit everything that tickles your fancy without any unforeseen circumstances I love planning full-proof trips and I spend months planning them. If you would like any advise or help planning your trips for you, happy to do so.
Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
For those who want to travel to Japan or miss the land of the rising sun badly, here is a beautiful short novel one could read in few hours 📙❤️ 💎 "Before the Coffee gets cold" is a book even my husband thoroughly enjoyed and he doesn't enjoy fiction so often 😂🙄. It's a gem of a story that will blow some fresh Tokyo breeze your way. 🌎 The story is very simple and unique at the same time - if you could go back in time just for a short while who would you want to see? What would you say before the coffee gets cold? ☕ Even though the story explores the past, Toshikazu Kawaguchi inspires his audience to appreciate the present. 💚

Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio
Read it, love it, great piece of art about the time 🙏
A few months ago, a16z published ‘The a16z Marketplace 100’, a ranking of the largest and fastest-growing consumer-facing marketplace startups and private companies. Here are the key takeaways from the Marketplace 100, which they unpack in the article: 1. A handful of companies dominate. Four marketplaces account for 76% of observed GMV, while there are other 96 marketplaces in the list. 2. Travel, food, and groceries are the largest categories, by a lot. 3. Several emerging categories are intriguing, including local indie brands, celebrity shout-outs, streetwear, fitness memberships, and even car washes. 4. The fastest-growing marketplaces are growing really fast—3x to 5x year-over-year Also, I was happy to see that Lithuanian Vinted is in the 94th position, though, I would have expected it to rank much higher. Read the full article here:
The a16z Marketplace 100 - Andreessen Horowitz
Jonathan Cairns on Moderation in all especially in copy writingCopy writing and editing, lyrics, poems, trying to give up driving4 days ago
The new English is International English. On the streets of London, in cities towns and villages all over the world, in bedrooms and in the glowing hands of waiting travellers a new language is being created, crafted by market forces, forged in freedom. No central committees approve our words. No government agencies will break our knuckles over punctuation or style. We are the Borg. We are anonymous. We are also named beneath pictures of ourselves sharing the most intimate facets of our personalities and lives. In the future there will not be a person on the planet who doesn't know a little International English. Hark the psychologists refrain : "how does that make you feel?" It's language Jim, but not, as we know it. This tumbling snowball of globalisation is accumulating the best concepts from every culture in the world. It is unstoppable. Yes you can feel saudade 🇵🇹 about this nouveau 🇫🇷 patois 🇯🇲 with its delicatessen 🇩🇪 of choices. We can debate if it's a glitch 🇮🇱 of history that this macho guerilla 🇪🇸 linguistic tsunami 🇯🇵 of new words and nuanced concepts is too gung-ho 🇨🇳 in scouring 🇳🇱 other tongues being a parasite 🇬🇷. What price this new tower of Babel? The youth of the world are forging a new world swearing at each other online and off in Russian, Arabic, Polish etcerata etcetera. I think its amazing but also a little concerning. Will Int. English inevitably break other languages and cultures as the decades pass? What do you think? What price this process /progress? 🤔
Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
10 years ago my first novel "Neišsipildymas" was published (sorry, no English translation yet). It wasn't a best seller, but stirred quite a wild debate in literary circles and got shortlisted for Most Creative Books of 2010 Award. ❤️ This winter we did a small anniversary edition with a minimal, yet classy red cover which I love ❤️ The story is set in pre-social media Europe and depicts wild times in Parisian squats and the darkness of Barcelona streets. Two young women travel, create music and desperately try to define their identity longing to find their own voices. ❤️ However, now I'm over 30 and this story no longer belongs to me, so I have invited Vikę and Mariją (tagged in the comments below, go and check their profiles) to create communication for the new edition. ❤️ They did a wonderful job depicting the fragile and wholesome nature of youth. There is something very delicate about their pictures and quotes from the book they have chosen to share. ❤️ As an artist I do not want to be in control of my work and wish for the stories to live on, change meaning and become fluid, so it was a very good experiment to learn how to let go. ❤️ Young people see the world in a unique way, so I really encourage you to engage youth via Qoorio or other channels. By sharing your life learnings or inviting to help with a project, you not only give an opportunity to grow for the next generation, but learn a lot yourself.

Marija MireckaitėPhotographer. Curious person.
Gabija, it is still one of my favorite projects to this day❤️ Thank you for your trust
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In the past year or so, I have been struggling with chronic health issues. ☁️ It's nothing serious: regular colds, some throat issues, and fatigue, caused by acid reflux and probably stressful lifestyle. However, the changes in my physical health were so sudden and unexpected that they considerably affected my emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction. While I still consider myself young (I am 27), it has been hard to accept the fact that I am not and probably will not be the strong and healthy person I was in my younger years. 🤔 So I realized: if I want to keep enjoying my life to the fullest, I have to do something about it. This is what I have been working on recently: - To reduce fatigue and improve my mood, I started attending dance classes again, but this time online. I am dancing for about 45-60 minutes every other day. Steezy offers a great product for that. Feel free to check them out! It's not awkward. ☺️ - To reduce my stress levels, I decided to spend more time doing pleasurable activities (at least 1-2 hours per day), such as going out for a walk in the forest (Pavilniai are great for that) or grab a proper meal. I am also planning to travel more around different Lithuanian cities. 🥾 - To improve my general wellbeing, I am thinking of going to therapy or coaching in order to work on some of my core beliefs (e.g. "you have to work your ass off in order to do something pleasurable") which probably led to my physical problems in the first place. 🧠 Moral of the story: respect your body and your health; it is the most precious thing you have in your life, as it ensures everything else. Also, take care of yourself like you care for your family, your closest friends, or your pet. Be your own best friend! P. S. And don't forget doing weird things for fun, such as standing on random stones in Birštonas, lol.

Povilas GodliauskasFounder & Coach @
Justas Janauskas, my pleasure. Thanks for the great platform!
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Gabija Grušaitė on Business/Life/Creativity balanceAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
I graduated from Uni in 2009 in the depth of a recession with no jobs available for fresh graduates. 😳 My options were to stay in London and keep hussling between unpaid internships 🙄 and short term gigs in service industry 🍽️, or move back to Vilnius that had even less jobs available, but at least I could live with my family. 😔 Neither of these options seemed ideal. 20s is a beautiful period in life meant for travelling, making mistakes and learning about yourself and life, so this desolate post-crisis Europe was not the best environment for my personal growth. 🤔 At least, that's what I thought at the time. I was 22 years old with no fear of failure and plenty of naivety and stupidity. Who wasn't, right? 😂😂😂 So I went for The Wild Card - a completely crazy option that was outside of "usual" paths. I went to South East Asia, found few freelancing jobs, eventually settled in Penang and had this amazing opportunity to co-found independent art center called Hin bus Depot. ❤️ I had nothing to lose, only gain, while going for "conservative" options would seem safe at the first glance, but in reality there was no gains for me. 🌎🧭 It's counter intuitive, but safe options often lead nowhere. 💚 It turned out really well for me. Plenty of new challenges, new friends, new skills and much deeper grasp of how different and how universal at the same time people are. ❤️ I would not be who I am without these 7 years in Malaysia and I am still in love with Penang. 🇲🇾 My insight is that you always have more than two options. In fact, there are unlimited options once you start thinking outside the box. We often tend to trap ourselves with thinking that "if not this, then this". 🚀🚀🚀 I'm not advocating crazy risks, but rather to open mind for unusual paths that your intuition tells you to follow. 🧳

Thomas DesimpelAngel Investor, Polyglot, Real Estate Investor
Thanks for sharing Gabija. I recognize this path of life. My path lead to Brazil, it was also completely off the path. Nobody can take away those experiences of life and in the long run they pay off somehow. (And now I start to understand as well by the way why Quoorio starts to grow in Malaysia too 😉👌🆒)
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