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Talia Lakritz / Insider
December 23, 2016

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Karolina Valeikaite and her boyfriend Marco Coppola are living the dream.

Their picture-perfect photos from bright, sunny beaches and lush forests seem too good to be true, but that's because Valeikaite is a professional. Having studied photography, she thought she might pursue a career in fashion. Instead, she opted to travel the world with Coppola.

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Judging by their combined almost 20,000 Instagram followers, it seems to be working out pretty well. Karolina Valeikaite, originally from Lithuania, studied photography at Middlesex University in London. While working at a restaurant, she met her boyfriend, Marco Coppola. "My goal before was to work in the fashion industry, but then I rethought what I wanted to do," she said.Having never traveled outside of Europe, she decided that she wanted to see more of the world."After living in London I felt like I wanted to experience something more," she said. "I felt like I hadn't found my home yet."

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Coppola shared her love of travel and decided to join her. They both worked hard to save up for the epic trip. "It was probably the saddest summer I've had because I didn't go out, I didn't do anything, I was just working," she said. Together, they set out to Morocco and Southeast Asia. Along the way, Valeikaite puts her photography skills to good use. Her idyllic photos inspire envy and wanderlust in her Instagram followers, but not every moment of travel has been peaceful.Valeikaite recalls a time when their motorbike broke down in the middle of nowhere on their way to Thailand to renew their visas. 

"Luckily some locals had this massive truck, so we managed to push the motorbike up," she said. "We still managed to be on time for dinner. It was quite an adventure." But adventuring into the unknown is part of the fun. "I just love going to places where you have no idea what to expect," she said.

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Now, they're managing a resort in Cambodia. After working for a few months, they hope to continue on to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Talk about couple goals.

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