Ausra | Creator
Who is behind the The Road Reel
I am Ausra, Lithuanian by passport, multicultural at heart. Born and raised in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania (best known for being great at basketball), I have always dreamt of life by the sea, never ending sunlight and hot temperatures. This dream was a little too intense (power of manifestations) and I ended up (for the time being) in Dubai – one of the hottest cities in the World with temperatures reaching +50 Celsius during long summer months.
Traveling has always been an important part of my life from an early age, therefore, passion and confidence for roaming the world grew stronger with years. So far I have visited over 40 countries and counting. Along the way my undercover creative part kicked in a form of photography and later film making.
When not travelling, I am working as a freelance fashion, portrait and lifestyle photographer and videographer. While my commercial and editorial work is regularly shared online and in print, thousands of travel images were piling up in hard drives. Therefore, The Road Reel became an escape plan for those visual travel experiences to finally reach their viewers.
Created by an independent traveler and photographer
serving as a guide and inspiration
More about The Road Reel
The Road Reel was born after years of contemplation on creating a platform where I would put my travel experiences and knowledge about photography into use to help you plan your trips, learn new photo tricks and
get inspiration for a more exciting lifestyle.
I named The Road Reel as a reference to the ongoing visual journey. Experiences while on the road (where “road” is not always a literal expression) are shared with you via practical travel guides, personal observations and all illustrated with imagery full of colorful sceneries and (smiling) faces.
I have started The Road Reel travel and photography blog during very uncertain and challenging times- a breakthrough of a very much unwelcomed pandemic in March 2020. Just as many of us, being locked down in an apartment in the UAE, I have 24 hours and 7 days a week to finally sit down and transfer to the digital pages knowledge about two things that I am most passionate about – travel and photography. As borders slowly but steady are opening up for travelling, here you will have some great ideas for your next trip and be ready to shoot away your best pictures.
How I travel
Far-flung locations are what I go after when travelling: whether it is a less known country, small
intriguing local neighborhood in a big city, villages tucked away from tourist crowds or a remote
hike in a country usually associated solely with futuristic cities (yes, UAE is more than just a sparkling side
I always plan my trips using information and opinions shared by other travelers (mainly blogs).
Digging for the hidden gems away from the tourist traps is my thing- I simply enjoy it almost as much
as travelling itself.
I love taking public transport to get into a rhythm of a local life (trains are the best), self-drive to remote
locations and get on to off-the-beaten track, go on scenic hikes, have occasional day at the beach filling
up my vitamin D tank and getting that healthy looking tan.
Food at a local restaurant/ home stay and a good coffee is a joy and perfect meal plan while travelling.
I don’t do museums (unless it’s Salvador Dali) but I love street art.
Long and sometimes challenging hikes in the remote mountains is an ultimate choice for an
active nature experience and a weekend gate away while in the UAE, where I currently reside. Small town
by the sea is an ideal choice for a little break during intense journey as well as a perfect retirement plan
(in Italy, for example).
Spontaneity is always welcome in my well scheduled travel itinerary. When a trip is time sensitive,
having a framework of daily activities and places to visit allows me to fully enjoy the trip and improvise when I feel like it.
when I feel like it.
Photography while on the road
Photo equipment is an extension of my hand and a travel companion. Moreover, travelling
is the reason I started photography, thus those two are inseparable.
Local people in their surroundings and street life are the main subjects during my trips. The most
amazing landscapes look even better with a human figure framed in there. If I can’t get a local one,
I might include myself from time to time (remote hikes).
As I say, there is no bad light or weather to make your photograph shine, and no rules that are
an absolute truth when composing your shots. I will be talking about common and unusual approaches
to image creation in Photography section.
I fly drones-the best consumer-level technology invention in the past decade. It opened up new perspectives to
photography and gave so much space for creativity by allowing to take a shot from the birds eye view.
I do photo manipulations which I use as a medium to recreate locations I have visited before. Imagine
that planet Earth has no atmosphere and travel to space is possible just from the edge of a cliff.
I love the idea of intergalactic travel- universe always fascinated me, therefore, sometimes I have fun creating
animated space images.
Navigating The Road Reel
All the articles can be found in the BLOG.
TRAVEL section contains writing and photography about different destinations as well as detailed itineraries for selected locations. I love creating a good trip plan before I travel and adjust it on the go if necessary. Thus, all my recommended itineraries are the output of precise research and an actual experience that I have enjoyed myself.
PHOTOGRAPHY page has many topics on how to better your imagery skills while travelling and in general. All the tips and tricks I share are accumulated through years of actively photographing people and places.
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A complete guide to one of the most beautiful hikes in the UAE, also suitable for beginners. Trail to Hebs village in Ras al Khaimah, near Jebel Jais.
8 Easy Hiking Trails in the UAE
A guide to 5 easy beautiful hiking trails you should try in the UAE.
Al Rabi Hike in Khor Fakkan: the Best Beginners’ Trail in the UAE
The best UAE hike for beginners offering stunning Hajar mountain views. Al Rabi trail is well-marked hiking route overlooking Khor Fakkan town.
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