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We are continuing to practice social distancing in Budapest, Hungary.

Hello. We are glad you came to visit. This blog is for anyone who has dreamed of leaving it all behind to explore the wonders of the world. It is also for those who have no desire to leave it all behind but would like to travel vicariously.

Here you will find posts about our experiences as full-time travelers (nomads, if you will). We will share our impressions of the various places we visit, discuss what we have learned from different cultures and people, and share practical information like our costs and what services we use. We promise to tell you the truth about living the dream. Here you will get the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.

What you won’t find here:

This is not a travel guide. There are already many great ones available. We will not have lists of lodging, restaurants, or activities. We will comment on some specific ones if they are particularly good (or bad).

You will also not see photos of us in beautiful clothes (we travel with a limited wardrobe) or photos of me in a bikini. No one needs to see that.

So sit back and relax. Come on a journey with us. Or even better, sign up for our email alerts to the right.

What’s In a Name?

It isn’t easy to pick a name for a travel blog. So many good ones are already taken. I love the blog name
Never Ending Voyage, but alas, someone else is successfully using it. Not that I would have ever come up with that one on my own anyway.

The words nomad and adventure and variations of them have been used so much that it is advisable to avoid them.

We finally settled on Wind and Whim because it describes our travel philosophy. We don’t plan too far in advance because we want to be open to new possibilities and because we are a little bit lazy. Our travel philosophy is that we go wherever the wind and our whims take us.

That being said, 2020 was the first year that we mapped out an itinerary for the year. We did this so our adult daughters could plan to visit us during the year. And we all know how that turned out.

It is now 2021. We are hunkered down in Budapest, Hungary waiting for the pandemic to loosen its grip. Where will we go when we can travel again? That remains to be seen. 🤷‍♀️