Today is a big day! Since exactly 5 years we are sharing our travel stories with the world. 30+ countries, some for a week, some for a month, as a family: mama journalist, papa photographer, little brave Hanna and little sweet Mila.
5 years ago we were packing for our first biiiig trip, around the Black Sea. – Will it work out? Will our small Hanna like traveling the way we like it? – we were asking ourselves. – Let’s see…
Not that we haven’t had the doubts. We had, like all the fresh parents do. But from today’s perspective, 5 years later, I can tell you: there is nothing else we would like to invest in more (time, energy or money), than in traveling together. In the common time, while discovering the world and educating our kids.
This is, in pictures, our little story of 30 countries we have visited together. Each of them was another part of the big lesson: the world and the people are just so incredibly interesting. The first 3 don’t count as a family list, because Hanna was just in the belly ;)
Macedonia was our first “together” country. All we have visited together as a couple already was just small trips or projects. Here were working on a journalistic story together, talking a lot with the people, hitch-hiking, (the results you can read in Polish only). Hanna in the belly made me less of a party-girl and always hungry.
The capital of Kosovo stayed in our heads as the most sad capital of any coutry we have visited. And it is still the case. Again: eating and eating because of Hanna! We should maybe come back to Pristina.
Budapest from that time I remember only as a one thing: on the bridge, somebody for the first time has noticed my pregnancy ;))) We were visiting Hungary then few times more: with one small kid and also already in 4.
Here we go with nr 1! Hanna was born in Germany, the first trip: after loooong risky pregnancy and loooong weeks in the hospital, the way from the hospital home took around 15 minutes and I don’t remember anything else ;) Since Germany is also a foreign country for me (Anna) – I still feel like I’m discovering it every day.
The first trip abroad? Of course to Poland! Winter, summer, Christmas, weekends – it’s the country we have visited the most from all ;)
Hanna is not 3-month-old yet and we take the first flight: to Brussels!
Hanna turns 4 months and we are flying again: to Italy! Fast jump to Rome, Bologna and Bari.
The first winter means the first ski-holidays. In Austria! When your kid cannot walk yet, mama and papa have to do the shifts but then every year it’s easier ;)
Crossing Polish-Ukrainian border was the real beginning of our adventure. That was the beginning of our 6-month-lond around the Black Sea trip, the beginning of our blog (check the very first post, 20th April 2010!!), the first hostel, west Ukrainian, the whole Crimea…
We drove through Romania from up to down, from left to right. It was the first country I really had a feeling we checked quite well.
Our first meeting the Black Sea. We crossed the border to Bulgaria once on the Romanian side, and after 6 months once on the Turkish!
The country we stayed the longest in, during our first trip was… Moldova! Living with our friend, meeting the Roma king, driving, driving and waiting for visas ;)
Hands up who knows where is Transinstria?! We have a passport stamp, the money, the registration papers. One of few most interesting places we have ever been to.
11: Russian Federation
Driving between Ukrainian (at that time :( ) Crimea and Georgia – was not an easy time. But if we wouldn’t count the visa issues and corrupted police, the time in Russia would be also good.
Georgia for many years was our favourite country. All: the people, the food and the mountains. Must-see, if you haven’t.
The most east part of our first trip: touching the Caspian Sea and boiling during the summer in Azerbaijan.
With Armenia we have still special memories: Anna’s papa has visited us and travelled with us in the country. Armenia, the history feelable in the air.
Squeezed between Armenia and Azerbaijan: Nagorny-Karabakh, has not an easy life but stunning views and good people.
Not enough time to discover this huge and exciting country, we drove from east to west of Turkey and met few very important people (and dogs too).
Serbia has a special place in our hearts, because our Hanna started to… walk there. At the same time, when our car gave up and stayed forever somewhere in Belgrade.
And then we came back. And then our Mila was born!
Guatemala is also a country I feel we know: we checked all the waters: oceans, sees, lakes and waterfalls, we visited friends, we made new ones!
We drove almost all the road of this little, interesting country: Belize! La isla bonita and ethnic minorities.
Jungles, tropical animals and sad end of our second trip: Honduras.
During the summer after coming back from wild Central America – we decided for a little tour to… neighbour Lithuania!
19: Czech Republic
One year later, another neighbour country: Czech Republic. Music festival and funny (accoring to Hanna!) language ;)
Slovakia is always somehow on our way: to the Balkans, or to the east. But we have never managed to really check it better.
21: Bosnia and Hercegovina
In 2013 we decided for one, not that far away country. And we absolutely loved it: Bosna and Hercegovina and its waters – just check the pictures!
26: United Kingdom
The beginning of our next big trip to… South Pacific! : was in London! This time we had more time than only for the airport. Btw, we will be back very soon ;)
27: New Zealand
Faaaaaar and beautiful: New Zealand, is impossible to see in 6 weeks. But we have done our best!
Lonely islands, tropical food and tropical diseases! The Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific had the most boring food ever ;) But look at those waters! And we even spent 3 days on an uninhabited Island.
The most wild country on our list. I had no idea that places like this still exist. So many stories, so many not-sleeping nights and so many thoughts about the world, the needs, the dreams. If you ever have a chance: go to Vanuatu or at least read something about it.
30 countries as family of 4 during 5 years… Maybe it could be more. But we don’t like shorts stays. We love to get a feeling about the place. To see, to listen and to understand.
Where should we go next? Which corner of the world will the next one impressing the Family Without Borders? We are always happy about the suggestions and ideas!
And if somebody tells you that starting the family and having kids means “over”, “the end” and “home, credit and stable job”, do not believe him, because it doesn’t have to be like this. It’s his choice. Better share this post with him! This 5 years were truly the best 5 years of our life.
Our first book is out!
We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
See, read and order here »