Six awesome ways to rethink the engagement ring purchase

Yesterday I wrote about the reasons engagement rings are a marketing scam that aims to exploit people's insecurities. Today, I'd like to present a few great alternatives to giving in to that peer pressure by spending thousands of dollars on an engagement ring. These alternatives present options ranging from the most minimalist approach (not getting a ring... Continue Reading →

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Can companies ruin happiness for us?

When I begin to think of how many of my deeply held beliefs and life expectations exist solely because of clever marketing - I can't help but feel a bit conned and even a little nauseous. Think about it. Brands and marketing companies work very hard to make us want their products, of course, but... Continue Reading →

Thirty-six hours in Jakarta

After surviving several long-haul flights and a 12-hour layover in Dubai, C and I booked it straight for the Aston Pluit hotel, which felt SO LAVISH given how exhausted we were. The breakfast in this place especially rocked. In fact, the spicy, flavourful meals we got to have in Indonesia remain one of the major highlights of the trip several years later.

Our rainy honeymoon in Iceland

I really love the idea of going to a cold climate for a honeymoon! Maybe it's because of my Russian roots, or because an Icelandic honeymoon seems less conventional than one spent in a beach paradise - and I love doing as much as possible differently from convention these days ;). As long as you invest in proper... Continue Reading →

What we spent on 8 days in Iceland

It is commonly known that Iceland is pretty expensive - £20 bowl of soup type of expensive. So because of this, and because it is 2017 and J and I want to spend our money more thoughtfully so we can travel more, we did something we hadn't done before. We created a detailed budget for this trip,... Continue Reading →

Video: Vibes of Copenhagen at night

My talented 16-year old brother makes really awesome travel documentary videos, and has made one of Copenhagen at Christmas time. This is great to watch to get a vibe of the city at this time of year. (Everything is SO HYGGE, I love it. I am obsessed with Hygge, as you may have noticed.)

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