Hey, we’re Csaba & Bea,
…a couple in their 30s, and parents of an energetic, adorable little boy, coming from a small country with big dreams. Our passion is travel, nature and chocolate. No, that’s not how we should introduce ourselves. But if Bea starts writing about anything (and she’s the writer on this blog), chocolate somehow always comes up. Not that we don’t appreciate other pleasures in life. Like having a great time with family and friends – preferably while drinking hot chocolate together. 😛
Well, it’s hard. We’re not perfect – as parents, as partners, as humans. But we try to make our imperfect lives happy, full of new adventures and scenic hikes, good laughs and ambitious goals. If you’re like us, there’s a yearning inside of you to travel. This blog was born from that yearning, too.
Find a place for travel in your life. Find your happy places.
Here we’re sharing our adventures and travel tips. We’re showing you that it’s possible to find a place for travel in your life – even if you’re a parent! We firmly believe that travel can help deepen relationships through shared adventures, and it can help us to be better parents, raising up our son to be an open-minded, brave and curious adult.
Our travels give us courage and inspiration to dream beyond that box we were taught we should fit in. We’re also sharing our struggles, hopes and fears about pursuing our dreams and finding our own ways of travelling – and living. How YOU want to live and travel is up to you to decide, but we’re here to help you make it happen.
Allow us to introduce ourselves
…is a chocolate addict as you might have figured it out already. She’s a bookworm and a writer, too. She feels cold anywhere under 25 degrees Celsius and she enjoys planning just about anything, from the shopping list to our travels. She’s the organizer in the family, and also the one who freaks out when her perfectly crafted plans fail – which they often do.
…is a Túró Rudi addict (surprise, that’s a chocolate, too… well, kind of). He’s damn scared of flying by airplane (yes, he is still a traveler). He likes snorkeling and everything geek, and he is a hobby masseur. He’s the problem solver in the family. Whether it’s a dipping tap in our home or a broken down car in the middle of nowhere, he figures something out.
…is the youngest adventurer in the family, 2 years old. He’s full of energy and constantly pushes his parents out of their comfort zone. He either travels on his parents’ back in a carrier, or walks on his own with the stubborn determination to head in the exact opposite direction than the rest of the family. And guess what, he’s the troublemaker. 🙂
How did it all start?
Both of us had our childhood dreams about magical faraway places. Bea travelled with her parents in Europe as a child, and she was fascinated to listen to her grandparents’ stories about their travels in Europe, Asia and Africa. Csaba, on the contrary, hasn’t ever been abroad until his seventeenth birthday. He didn’t have family travel stories either, but he had that yearning to travel, and as a teenager he wanted to work on a cruise ship to get to a whole lot of places.
We’ve both grown up in Hungary, and had our first trips together during our university years, mostly in the nearby Central European countries. But we visited London and had a ski trip in France, too. We spent our honeymoon on the beautiful island of Corfu in Greece, and that was the time we’ve fallen in love with the Greek islands.
A significant year of fulfilled and new dreams
Just after our graduation in 2014, we moved to California for a full year. Bea won a professional internship opportunity, and Csaba, as a fresh husband, went with her. Our life in the San Francisco Bay Area was a dream come true, and it changed a lot of things in our lives. Well, us in the first place.
Until we stood at the bottom of the huge waterfalls of Yosemite, walked around the colorful hot springs of Yellowstone, hiked to the baby blue lakes of Glacier National Park, got a taxi ride in New York or explored the magical beaches of Hawaii, we’ve never really believed that we can visit these places. We’ve always dreamed about them, but they seemed very far and unreachable, maybe not even real.
Our time spent in the USA has not just made us fall for this vast and diverse country, and get addicted to national parks and road trips, it has also made us realize that we can actually make our dreams come true. We started to see things differently, believe in ourselves and in our dreams.
Getting back home – and seeing it with the travelers’ eyes
We moved back to Hungary in 2015, and we lived in Budapest for 6 years. We didn’t travel non-stop, but we extensively traveled inside Hungary and most of the Central European countries on week-long road trips (well, sometimes even 2 or 3 weeks), weekend or long weekend getaways. We hiked a lot in the Alps and the Tatras, and not enough in the Carpathians.
We also took advantage of low-cost flights inside Europe, and visited many European cities and regions that we forever fell for – like the Loire Valley in France or Algarve in Portugal. Occasionally we travelled even further, like taking a fascinating road trip in Iceland (I know it’s also Europe, but in a way it isn’t) or in Australia.
Where are we now?
We’ve been living in Metro Vancouver since 2021. Returning to North America was another of our countless dreams ever since we left California, and we didn’t mean to return for a two weeks road trip. We wanted to live here – and to travel here, A LOT. It took some time (years, actually!) to get a long-term work permit, but it did happen. And Vancouver is one of the most perfect places in the world for nature lovers to live!
We’ve been travelling together for 9 years, and our dream list hasn’t become shorter… Since our little Tomi was born, Our Wanders is about the adventures of three instead of only the two of us. Our travels evolve with us, and we’d like to share everything wonderful and complicated, happy and sad, exciting and useful that they teach us. We hope you get inspiration from our stories and find your own happy places – whether they’re real places around the world, or choices and dreams that make your life full.
Welcome on board! Our journey has already started. Ready to start yours?
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We’ve been travelling together for more than 8 years, and our baby boy who was born last year also joined us on our adventures. We have extensively travelled throughout Europe and the USA, especially California. We’ve had a wonderful campervan trip in Australia where we dream to return.
We will continue to explore Europe, but we’d also like to visit more places in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in the following years.
We can’t wait to share our favorite adventures along the way.
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