Monthly Recap: May – June 2021

We’ve recently arrived home from our first road trip this summer, from Serbia and North Macedonia, and we’re doing something highly unusual now: having a family vacation. Okay, it’s mostly Tomi who has all the free time to spend with his grandparents, while his parents – that’s us, hah – are busy working and organizing flat renovation or a Greek island holiday (or escaping for solo hikes in Bea’s case). Nevertheless, some lazy beach time at Lake Balaton, the ultimate vacation destination of a typical Hungarian family is also involved.

Highlights

We’re fully vaccinated. We both got our second Pfizer shots before our road trip, and we hope that things (and countries) will open up as vaccination proceeds. European countries seem to be the realistic destinations for this summer, we are not planning any international trips yet. Though we have another reason for that which we’ll share in the next monthly recap. 😛

Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

The Balkan road trip happened. We’ve been planning this trip for years. Well, okay, not this one, but a Balkan road trip in general. First we postponed it, because it’s so close to where we live, we can do it any time, so let’s plan a longer trip in Australia. (Absolutely no regrets though! :D) Then the next year I planned a Montenegro-Bosnia summer trip focused on hiking in the high mountains, but at seven months pregnant with Tomi, I had to realize that neither high mountains, nor long drives are for me anymore. Then our little boy arrived, but what really prevented our Balkan road trip was COVID that’s also arrived shortly after our boy. Fast forward almost 2 years, and here we are, it finally happened!

North Macedonia is such a barely known gem. I know, they say it about a lot of places (and we hope, there are a lot of barely known gems left in the world). But the cliché is exactly true in this case. Travelers are not that much aware of North Macedonia yet, and this country offers a lot, both natural and cultural treasures. You bet we’re about to tell everything that’s worth seeing and doing there! Stay tuned for our future posts.

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

An unexpected day trip to Vienna. Vienna was the first city abroad that we visited together with Csaba on a self-organized trip as students. He proposed there. We return there every year, but we haven’t been there since Tomi was born – until now. And we love Vienna so much, and it will never change. The reason for our visit? Well, that shall remain a secret until next month (but if you follow us on Instagram, you might already know).

Destinations visited

Budapest, Hungary
Szeged, Hungary
Vienna, Austria
Belgrade, Serbia
Subotica, Serbia
Jelasnica Gorge, Southern Serbia
Ohrid & Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia
Skopje, North Macedonia
Tetovo, North Macedonia
Pelister National Park, North Macedonia
Mavrovo National Park, North Macedonia
Galičica National Parks, North Macedonia
Jasen Nature Reserve, North Macedonia

Most popular new post

Your Everything-To-Know Guide To Omiš, Croatia. This lovely town just north of the Makarska Riviera is the adventure capital of Croatia, and it’s home to many sandy beaches (not a common thing in the country) and scenic coastal trails (this is a common thing though, Croatia has fabulous coastal hikes!). We have a long, in-depth guide for you.

More of our latest posts

15 Fairy Tale Scenes From North Macedonia. We already have some new posts about our North Macedonia road trip, this one is about the places that made us fall for this country!

9 Things To Know Before Traveling To North Macedonia. Is this country calling you? What should you know before you go? We collected our tips in this post.

30 Very Best Places To Visit In California. Is it even possible to only choose 30 favorites? After spending only a year in California, it’s hard, but we tried.

Best Beaches In Tenerife. Summer is here, and it’s time for the beach. We created several beach guides, and one is about the fabulous beaches we found in Tenerife.

For even more posts from the past two months (yes, we have A LOT MORE!), click here!

The most popular posts from May & June

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

8 Best Hikes In Lassen Volcanic, California. The hiking season in Lassen Volcanic National Park is summer, and we have all the details about the best trails for you, based on our own experience.

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 (and we’ve just updated it!).

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!

Coming up in July

Cathedral of Saint Sava, Belgrade, Serbia

Well, Lake Balaton is already happening. While we are here, we’re also eager to explore more of our favorite region in Hungary: the Balaton Uplands.

And we’ve recently booked a flight to Crete for the end of July! Honestly, Bea was browsing flights, checking prices, and then we booked those tickets to Crete that evening. 😀 But any Greek island is a perfect choice, right? Crete seems to be one, and we’re getting more excited as days pass. There are not just so many magical beaches (obviously), but also hikes and cultural sights on the island. 9 days seem so short – but we’ll make the most of it, Bea’s working on it, as usual.

How about you? How was your June?


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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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