Monthly Recap: February-March 2021

Monthly Recap: February-March 2021

After some serious emotional lows in February and early March, we had three weeks of pure joy from mid-March: our first trip this year! To Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. It was not a plan, but a hope, and we didn’t tell anything about it before, because we didn’t believe it could happen – only when it really did.

Travel is complicated, just like everything these days. And there just won’t be a point when we can say travel is safe again. Again? Travel has never been safe in the first place. There have been challenges – and there will always be -, and we need to learn to live with them. Just like we need to learn to live with COVID-19. Hope and curiosity should be stronger than fear. Fear should be tamed and called caution.

And why did we choose Tenerife?

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Honestly, mainly because of two things: there are direct flights to Tenerife from Budapest, and the Canary Islands still welcome tourists – at least from EU countries and with negative COVID tests. I skipped the long research I normally do (and enjoy doing) before choosing our next destination. Tenerife was chosen because it seemed to be a real possibility (and almost our only possibility) for leisure travel, and I knew we would find pretty, lonely trails there (because we find them anywhere).

As we rose above Budapest and then the clouds, a sudden joy and gratitude rushed through us. It was like breathing again after holding our breath for months. We barely left our house since the past fall, and it felt long. The past year has drained our energy. We missed this strong feeling of being alive that usually comes with new experiences in places where everything – from plants through weather and language and landscapes – is so different from what we know. We missed getting up with excitement in the morning, looking forward to our day, and then the next. Small things, big things.

Anaga Rural Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

This time last spring…

We hoped that the pandemic would be over by now, and we’d have all the freedom we sacrificed in the past year. Not necessarily the freedom to travel to start with, but “normal” things like meeting with a friend in a café or having an ice-cream while walking on the street (since you can’t do that with your mask on, it was specifically prohibited in Hungary this March). But as 2021 approached, we realized it still won’t be the year of freedom. Even though the vaccine gives hope, vaccination is quite slow, and as young and healthy (thankfully) adults, we have no idea when we could get a vaccine. We have been registered for it for months, that’s all we know.

Our family escape

Benijo Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

We feel grateful that we could arrange everything that was needed for this trip. We know how lucky we are that we could allow the mandatory self-quarantine at home after the trip (and so we could allow the trip itself) – or to have income to fund this trip in the first place.

Tenerife was not an escape from the pandemic, but it was an escape nevertheless. There were just the three of us, spending our days together in nature and sunshine. There was joy and laughter and amazement. It did us good that we focused on the trails to do on the following days instead of everything else we’ve been focusing on in our everyday lives lately. That’s what you call a holiday, don’t you? We just totally forgot about it.

Chinyero Special Natural Reserve, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife impressed us with its diverse landscapes, remote beaches, chilled out vibe, wonderful spring flowers and great weather. We even put it on the list of destinations where we’d like to move for a longer time. (Not surprised, hah? Even though we feel we’d move to most places where we travel, let me assure you that not every destination is on this list.) That’s it about the highlights of our past months in short. Detailed stories and guides are on the way…

Destinations visited

Budapest, Hungary
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Most popular new post

The Best Croatian Cities (Beyond Dubrovnik). This post was long due. Croatia is one of our favorite countries, and we had several trips there, including a month long one last year. Though famous Dubrovnik will truly impress (if you visit it outside of high season and not only on a day trip), there are quite a number of Croatian cities that deserve attention, and not even only on the coast. We’re telling you everything about them in this post.

More of our latest posts

We’ve published several Central European guides lately. Living in Hungary, we’ve spent years taking shorter and longer road trips to these countries, and now that we can’t travel to them, we had the time to share all the best about them with you. Here are the new guides by countries:

Croatia:

Bag viewpoint, Krk Island, Croatia

Czech Republic:

Hungary:

Slovenia:

The most popular posts from February and March

Old or new, these posts were the most popular on the blog in the past month:

Best Early Spring Hikes In California. The most relevant edition of our popular hiking post series about the best hikes in California. Because spring is here, no matter what!

In Search Of The Basalt Column Canyon Of Eastern Iceland. One of the most popular posts on our site ever. This canyon is a barely known treasure from a barely known region of Iceland. We show you how to get – and why it’s worth getting – there!

Best Beaches in Kauai, Hawaii. One of our favorite islands in the world, with amazing beaches and great weather all year. We show you those amazing beaches in this post which is regularly among the most popular ones on the blog.

Coming up in April

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain

Well, the first third of April already passed by the time we arrived home. Then comes the 10 days quarantine, which leaves us a weekend or two in April to see our families and the spring flowers in Hungary. And then who knows? We still don’t plan, but we hope.

How about you? How are you?


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