Is This The Right Time To Talk About Travel?

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.

Travelling again?

Mostnica Gorge, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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?

view of Lake Bled from Ojstrica hill, Slovenia

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?

Martuljek Gorge, Julian Alps, Slovenia

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

On the way to Kamnik Saddle, Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Slovenia

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?


Right Time To Travel
Right Time To Travel

Note: The pictures in this post were all taken on our latest trip in Slovenia, in case you wonder. Beautiful country, isn’t it?

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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