2020. This spring. Then this summer. New blog posts on this blog are published more rarely than ever. Not just because we have other things on our minds, but also because, well, what the hell you can write about on a travel blog when suddenly no one travels or plans to travel. And travel itself is an unsafe and irresponsible thing to do, by the way.
This is changing though. Is it? There are still very few things to be sure about – and very few here is an euphemism for zero. People make the decisions they think are the best in this situation, but their decisions differ significantly. It’s only judging everyone else that’s easy.
We know there are more serious issues in the world than travelling again. Even though our situation in Europe seems to be better, COVID-19 still affects certain countries in the world very badly. People are in the ICU, people lose loved ones and jobs every day. We are lucky that we didn’t, we know that. We are healthy, our friends and family, too. We have a nice home and an adorable little baby boy. Our worst experience in this pandemic so far is being locked in our home and facing that same uncertainty everyone else had to face.
Even though it’s not the worst thing, it’s not to be underestimated. On the other hand, this is the experience we can talk about. And lots of other people share a similar experience. They were eager to get out and carry on with their lives.
Should or should not?
Travelling is very different this summer, however, people do take trips. We, too. How can we not talk about it then? Anyway, we’re sometimes so tired of what we should and should not be talking about. Our lives are full of should and should not from the moment we learn to crawl. (“Tomi, you shouldn’t lick the trash can!” A current example from our everyday life.)
This blog is meant to be for inspiration and help you find a place for travel in your lives – and find places to travel to. But it’s also personal and subjective and reflects our opinion about places and topics. We write about what’s important to us.
With that said, this spring made us realize that writing only about travel feels weird. After all, we have a life even when we don’t travel. And also, while we know that not being able to travel is far from the worst thing that can happen to anyone, we missed being on the road. So we’re going to write about our travels, and our struggles and experiences both while travelling and being at home.
So is it the right time to travel?
Many would argue. We think there has never been a perfect time for anything. There have always been risks, especially when travelling, and travellers have always been ready to accept them and prepare for them. This time the situation is even more fragile and can change suddenly – for better or worse. We could say that travelling consciously and safely is more important than ever, but the truth is it’s always been important. It should have been.
We took short weekend trips in our home, Hungary in June. We also took a two weeks long road trip in Slovenia. We could say that we’d like to support tourism. But while we did support tourism for sure, the truth is our feet were itching. That’s the main reason people travel, anyway, isn’t it? And we haven’t been anywhere for longer than two days since our Tomi was born last August.
The summer of local trips
Also, while we want to support local tourism, the thing is it’s the safest (and often the only possible) way to travel these days. But how we use the term local may differ. I remember my friend gently smiling as I told her we had a trip in Slovenia, because we didn’t want to travel far this summer. Yes, most Hungarians think of travelling only inside Hungary when they say they travel locally. Whatever lies outside of Hungary’s borders is considered being far.
But local tourism to us doesn’t only mean Hungary. It also means our neighboring countries – and in many of them, lots of Hungarians live, by the way. Local to us means that we can jump into our car and go there for a week or two. That’s what we did and plan to do any time we can during this summer. Oh, and we spend our time in nature. No sightseeing this summer.
June was good. We love roadtripping together as a family. We love being outdoors and hiking as long as our legs feel numb. And we love Slovenia even more than we did before (if that’s even possible). We’re going to write about it soon.
What’s up with you lately? Are you thinking about travelling?
Note: The pictures in this post were all taken on our latest trip in Slovenia, in case you wonder. Beautiful country, isn’t it?
200+ Travel Tips For Hungary
Get our free e-book and join the community!
Want to find a place for travel in your life? Want to find your happy places – and happy trails? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter where we share insider tips, updates and more. Get our e-book with all the tips you need before visiting Hungary as a first gift.
Travel tips and resources
It takes effort and careful planning to get the most out of your vacation days each year. We help you with complete travel itineraries, based on our own experiences. See them here!
- Flights: find the best flight deals with Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights. Save money: be flexible with your flight dates & fly with carry-on only.
- Accommodations: Find great hotel and apartment deals with flexible cancellation policy on Booking.com. Book hostels on Hostelworld.
- Car rentals: use RentalCars.com and Kayak to get the best rates on car rentals.
- Tours: Book guided tours with GetYourGuide, Viator and Civitatis.
Give travel experiences as a gift with Tinggly.
Traveling with kids?
We believe that travel is not only possible, but it’s fun with a kid, and helps strengthen our bonds through experiences and challenges that we get through together. Read our family travel tips and destination specific guides here!