22 July, 2022

The antidote to hustle culture: Lithuania’s got the recipe for slow living

After years of being overshadowed by hustle culture, slow living is making a comeback. More and more people are stepping away from a never-ending to-do list and extra-long working hours in pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle.

Read on to find out why Lithuania might be the perfect place to both develop a meaningful career and live a relaxed life.

Palūšė, Ignalina District © J. Adomavicius & Lithuania Travel

What is slow living?

As the name suggests, slow living is all about taking things slow. It doesn’t mean doing nothing or literally moving in slow motion. The idea is to take the time to work out what actually matters to you, and make sure most of your time is spent pursuing it. 

Is slow living for you?

The busier we get, the less time we seem to have for ourselves, and the ’go big or go home’ ideal begins to lose its shine. If your current lifestyle is jam-packed with endless activities and commitments but you have the sense that you don’t have time for what matters to you, it might be worth slowing things down.

3 reasons why Lithuania is great for slow living

In Lithuania, we’re all about savouring that slower way of life. Here are three reasons why Lithuania is a perfect place to escape the hustle culture without compromising a successful career. 

The Dutchman’s Cap, Klaipėda © A. Aleksandravičius & Lithuania Travel

1. Career development over overtime

In Lithuania, employers would rather have you learn new skills than work overtime. Companies here are keen to invest in employee self-development: most offer upskilling and reskilling opportunities through mentorship programmes, personal learning budgets, and training sessions.

For example, at Revel Systems, employees can dedicate 10% of work time exclusively to learning new skills. Meanwhile, Baltic Amadeus gives its employees a training budget equivalent to 50% of net monthly salary each year! 

So besides competitive salaries, jobs in Lithuania come with plenty of valuable opportunities to grow and update your skills. And many employers are likely to help you shape your role into something you feel passionate about.

2. Time to focus on what matters most

Lithuania takes work-life balance seriously. With at least 20 paid vacation days and fixed working hours guaranteed and protected by law, you get plenty of opportunities to enjoy your time off.

Moreover, 15 annual public holidays puts Lithuania on top of the chart of European countries with the most public holidays. So coupled with mandatory paid annual leave, there’s indeed time to celebrate. 

In Lithuania, you also get to focus on your family. With one of the most generous parental leave policies in the EU, families get plenty of time to bond. This means that in Lithuania, you get to enjoy the career you want, at a pace that’s right for you and your family. 

Kaunas © A. Aleksandravicius

3. Green and compact cities to call home

The country’s mid-sized cities are made for slower living, their compactness cutting commute times and making everyday life more manageable. Plus, they offer a host of advantages: robust, dependable services, plenty of green spaces, competitive prices and numerous cultural events. 

Here, nature and culture is never far away. So if you fancy a morning run in the forest, a swim in a nearby lake after work, and an open-air film screening at dusk, you can do all three in a day! To find out more about the distinct characters of Lithuania’s three major cities, check out our blog post on Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda.

Lithuania has the antidote to toxic hustle culture. Here, you’ll find it easy to lead a relaxed lifestyle while working a meaningful job. Whatever your choice of career – you’ll find plenty of opportunities here.