Monthly Recap: August 2020

As summer is coming to an end and COVID-19 numbers are growing in all Europe, the feeling of uncertainty is stronger again. We cancelled our trip to Bulgaria, and hoped we could go and enjoy the Alps of Austria in August instead. We could. And that’s what we want to remember now: all the fabulous moments from the summer. From Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria – well, and Hungary, of course.

Despite all the rearrangements and anxiety that comes with organizing trips these days, we had a good summer. Better than what we hoped for in spring. The memories from our hiking trips are shining. The memories of hiking and roadtripping with our baby boy for the first time warm up our hearts. It’s not him who makes travel hard, it’s COVID-19. And it looks like the autumn ahead will be worse than what we imagined. Shit, 2020, can we just skip you?


Panorama Trail, Wildkogel, Austria

One week in the Austrian Alps. Another hiking getaway. Funnily enough, we probably never hiked as much as this summer, even though we have our little Tomi with us now. The Julian Alps of Slovenia, the High Tatras of Slovakia, and now the Alps in Austria. Also funnily enough, we’ve never spent much time in the Austrian Alps so far. We’ve been to Vienna countless times, also to Salzburg and Hallstatt, and had some hiking days, too, but never a proper, longer hiking getaway in the Alps. It happened this August, and we’re so glad it did!

Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria

Driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria. We don’t want to tell you everything about our Austrian hiking trip now (we definitely will… soon in another blog post, or several ones), but we highlight our very favorite days. Like the drive on Grossglockner. Incredible views of snow capped peaks even in August, stunning glacial lakes and a hike to Pasterze glacier! We used every minute of daylight to explore it, and we’d go back for more hikes along the road without a second thought. Well, other than cold days and border closures are coming in autumn…

Weissee, Austria

A day at Weissee Gletscherwelt. Glaciers are special – so as glacial lakes. When we visited the glacial lakes of Montana’s Glacier National Park 5 years ago, we thought we’d never encounter lakes with such a magical milky turquoise color like the ones there. We were quite naive, yes, I know. That color is typical of glacial lakes, and though 5 years had to pass, we’ve finally found more lakes of that kind: in the Austrian Alps. The three lakes trail starting at Weissee easily became one of our favorite high mountain trails in the Alps! And it’s not even that hard, especially if you use the cabin to take you up to Weissee.

Tomi’s first birthday. Not to be diminished by any trip or mountain, our son’s first birthday was in August, too. It’s such a cliche to say that we can’t believe he’s already one year old, and the day of his birth seems like yesterday. But we’re sure any parents can relate. Anyway, we celebrated his birthday with his grandparents, great-grandparents, uncle and aunts, and Tomi, of course, didn’t understand a thing about birthdays, but everyone was happy. 🙂

Destinations visited

Steirersee, Tauplitz, Austria

Budapest, Hungary
Lake Balaton, Hungary
Dachstein-Schladming region, Austria
Zell am See region, Austria
East Tyrol, Austria

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Travel restrictions got stricter during the second part of summer in Europe, and travel might nearly be impossible soon. We guess there’s no point telling about plans – or making any plans. After a short relief the situation is getting worse again, and we just don’t know what the following weeks bring… Not a positive ending, but how could it be?

Hiking and being in nature in the summer made us feel free. That’s where we’re trying to find freedom this autumn, too: on the trails, in the woods of our home.

How about you? How was your August? What are your plans for the next month?

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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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