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/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

September 2021 Recap: Castles, Caves, Baths and the Beatles

Pandemic Update One and a half years into this pandemic, and it’s still wreaking havoc with lives. Like everyone else, Steve and I can’t wait for our lives to return ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

Eger and Egerszalók: A Great Hungarian Getaway

If you are looking for a fun getaway in Hungary, consider Eger. It is the largest town in the Eger wine region and only 84 miles (135 km) from Budapest ...
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Szechenyi Baths in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

August 2021 Recap: Budapest Baths and Hungarian Town Attractions

Can you believe August is over? I don’t know about you, but for me, time is flying. Steve and I have done more this month than in any of the ...
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Thousands of people walking on the road in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

July 2021 Recap: Living Life Again

It’s been a long haul for all of us, and it isn’t over yet, but at least life has begun to return to normal. After almost eight months of lockdowns ...
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Indoor/outdoor pool at Aquaworld Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

3 Carefree Days at Aquaworld Budapest

Do you want to relax and enjoy a little pampering? Are you looking to escape the summer heat? Or do you want to have some pool-time fun? You can do ...
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Toy medical professionals
/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Medical Care on the Road: Challenges of Nomad Life

One of the biggest concerns people contemplating long-term travel have is handling medical care on the road. I am not going to sugarcoat it: it can be a challenge. And ...
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People shopping on Vaci Street in Budpaest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

June 2021 Recap: Things Are Looking Up in Hungary

Hello, I hope all is well with you. Steve and I are still in Budapest and plan to be here for another year. It’s been another low-key month, but things ...
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Inside the Lehel Market in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

Budapest’s Quirky and Colorful Lehel Market

Budapest is full of incredible things to see and do. One that makes every list of things to do in the city is the Great Market Hall (Vasarcsarnok), also referred ...
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The Memorial for Victims of the German Occupation in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

10 Must-See Holocaust Memorials in Budapest

If you find the history of the Holocaust as poignant and powerful as I do, you may wish to visit some of the Holocaust memorials in Budapest. This post highlights ten ...
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The Liberty Bridge, Danube River, and Pest in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

May 2021 Recap: Still Sidelined in Budapest

Well, here we are, fourteen months into the pandemic. I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and sane. It can be a challenge at times, but things ...
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A clean and modern apartment
/ Airbnb, Practical Stuff

5 Tips for Finding the Best Airbnb Rentals

In this post, I will share some of our Airbnb experiences and the lessons we learned from them. If you are in a hurry, you can scroll to the last ...
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Statue of King Saint Stephen with a horse overlooking the Liberty Bridge in Budapest
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary, Gallery

20 Quick and Cool Things to See and Do in Budapest

If a trip to Budapest is in your future, lucky you! It is a vibrant and beautiful city with so much to see and do. If you aren’t planning a ...
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Flags of many nations along Panama Bay
/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Too Many Languages: Challenges of Nomad Life

Many years ago, I was picking out pastries in a bakery in Paris with my older daughter Stephanie. When the clerk pointed to a pastry, I confidently replied, “por favor.” ...
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Computer and note about failure and success
/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Oops! Did We Do That? Our Biggest Travel Mistakes

As Steve and I prepared to travel full-time, we knew that we would make mistakes. Fortunately, we have been able to keep them to a minimum, partly due to luck, ...
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White Capuchin Monkey in a wire tube

The Amazing Amaru Bioparque: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

If you enjoy hiking and love animals, Cuenca, Ecuador, has the perfect place for you. It’s the Amaru Bioparque. You can spend hours there, working your way up and down ...
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Mural of a blue raccoon hanging up laundry
/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Laundry on the Road: Challenges of Nomad Life

What’s the biggest challenge of nomad life? The language barrier? Missing family and friends back home? Boring footwear? Yes, yes, and yes. But perhaps the biggest challenge is laundry. As ...
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Nighttime exterior view of the New Cathedral
/ Ecuador, Experiences, South America

12 Things You’ll Love Doing In Cuenca, Ecuador

In June 2019, we were planning our next stop after Quito, Ecuador, when a new name came up. Cuenca. We had never heard of it. We decided to give it ...
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Two cats, one sitting on a bench, the other on the ground
/ Cats and Dogs, This and That

The Cats and Dogs of 2020

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately. It is so easy to blame it on the pandemic, especially since we have been on restrictions since November*. But going ...
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Colorful tiles spelling out “Budapest” three times
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

The Funky Side of Budapest

One of the things I enjoy when exploring a city is discovering unique and colorful street art. The more eccentric, the better. Quite frankly, I think Budapest is lacking in ...
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10 electric scooters lined up on a sidewalk
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

Beware the E-Scooters: A Wind and Whim Travel Story

There are many ways to get around in Budapest. In addition to an extensive metro system, there are taxis, buses, trams, trains, and bicycles. There is even a chairlift to ...
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Basket of red, yellow, purple, and white flowers
/ Airbnb, Practical Stuff

12 Ways To Be An Amazing Airbnb Host

Steve and I are currently in our twenty-eighth Airbnb since beginning our worldwide travels in April 2018. As of December 31, 2020, we have spent 800 nights in Airbnb apartments ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal – Stunning and Sublime

One of the best things about traveling full-time is discovering awesome new places. Sintra, Portugal, was such a place. This enchanting town, less than one hour from Lisbon, is brimming ...
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Six fauns holding lights on a building
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

The Beauty of Budapest in 50 Photos

In January 2020, Steve broke his pelvis while skiing in Bulgaria. What was meant to be a three-week winter-wonderland ski trip turned into twelve weeks of pain and disappointment. By ...
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Woman reflected in window with mask and Covid viruses
/ Costs, Practical Stuff

Wind and Whim’s 2020 Travel Costs: Europe

What can I say about the year we just had? No words can adequately express the sorrow of the almost two million lives lost, the lingering health impacts suffered by ...
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A boat on a mountain lake approaching a quaint village
/ Experiences, Nomad Life

12 Full-Time Travel Questions Answered

Do you dream of traveling full-time? You’re not alone. Between thoughts of Parisian cafes, Maldivian beaches, and African safaris, you may be wondering how feasible it is. You are probably ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Romania

Therme Bucuresti: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

Are you thinking of visiting Bucharest when the pandemic is over? Great! You’ll love it. Along with seeing the Palace of Parliament, Herăstrău Lake and Park, and the Cărturești Carusel ...
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Pier with white buildings and lights at dusk
/ Random Thoughts, This and That

Bye, Bye Bucket List

Barcelona sat right at the top of our bucket list. It was the first city in which Steve and I would spend a month as we began our new life ...
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The Musée d’Orsay as seen from the right bank of the River Seine
/ Europe, Experiences, France, Quote

Paris’s Musée d’Orsay: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

Ah, Paris! The City of Lights! What should you do while visiting this fabled city? Climb the Eiffel Tower, peruse great art at the Louvre, stroll along the Seine? Absolutely ...
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The Petit Trianon
/ Europe, Experiences, France

The Magnificent Estate of Versailles: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

When Steve and I began our full-time travels in 2018 the first two cities we visited were Barcelona and Paris. Talk about setting the bar high. Between these two cities, ...
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A toy hedgehog sitting in a toy car
/ Croatia, Europe, Experiences

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

In the summer of 2018, Steve and I visited Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb. We loved exploring the various museums, relaxing at Jarun Lake, visiting our first cat café, and ...
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