ABOUT / WHY WanderRoads
For us travelling represents the appreciation of the amazing diversity that life has created on our planet. In order to truly experience a foreign culture or region we need to get off the beaten path and look beneath the surface. Because that is where the magic happens. That is where the real things are. On our trips we always strive to find alternative ways that take you deeper. It doesn’t mean that we don’t visit “main-stream” destinations at all. But when we visit the more popular areas, we do it in our own fashion. For example we do not visit the Castle District in Budapest during the daytime when it is uncomfortably full of tourists. But we visit it after sunset when the ancient streets of the Castle District become empty and silent and we can almost hear the untold stories of the old cobblestone streets.
We enable you to explore roads less travelled. On our trips you get to meet local people, farmers and craftsmen. We introduce you to trails and sights that are not mentioned in Travel Guide Books. We take you to the depth of it. There’s a good chance that by the end of the trip you’ll know the area better than some of the locals.
Conscious consumerism – for us – is about spending your money wisely, if possible locally. At WanderRoads we take special care to spend and reinvest as much as possible in the local economy.
Besides this, we do our best to decrease our ecological footprint to the minimum, meaning we try to use recycled materials, print as little as needed and preserve our water-sources.
First and foremost there is no typical WanderRoads traveller as our guests are the most unique and colorful personalities. There is one common point in all of them however: they like to travel in a meaningful way. They are curious and want to experience the most authentic side of their destination. They aren’t mass-tourists. Shortly, they are “deep-travellers”. And we love them for that!
Most of our travellers are Millennials or young Gen Xs ranging from 30 to 50. That means that we are a rather young group of travel-enthusiasts. Typically the people travelling with us are very open-minded. They are health conscious and quite a few follow some special diet (vegetarian, vegan, etc…). They are not necessarily religious but often open to spirituality, especially to oriental philosophy. They all care for the state of the planet.
WanderRoads travellers are usually fit. It doesn’t mean that they are all avid cyclists or yogis. Our trips are not training camps or strict retreats. We believe they are more than that. Yoga and cycling serve one purpose on our trips: to go deeper both within and without. For us, yoga and cycling are the perfect means to achieve this. By doing yoga we clean our inner space so that we can spend beautiful and mindful hours on our bikes. We love fun so we have a lot of it on the trips. Be prepared for wine tastings, a healthy amount of hedonism and a lot of laughter.
Our travellers are typically North Americans, mainly from the US (specially from California). You’ll meet the most diverse, yet like-minded individuals on our trips, let them be a mother raising children or a professional working for a big international company or a startup in Silicon Valley.
We start the day with a refreshing yoga session in the yoga room of the 400-years-old Monastery where our accommodation is. It might be the serenity of the Monastery, it might be the ambient music, the mindfully lead yoga session by Pat or the combination of all these, but I just feel completely changed and relaxed. What a wonderful way to start the day!
After racing my new friend – Tom from New York – on the Bank of the Danube, we stop to enjoy the panorama. This area truly has dozens of faces. You cross the Danube and you’ve got the feeling that you are in a completely different region. I’ve never thought it would be so wonderful here!
It is just the right time for some lunch. Our lovely Hungarian hostess, Marika whose family has lived in the region since 1688, prepares us a delicious Hungarian specialty, a pizza-like bread with ham, sausages and onions. It is just deliciuos and the smokey taste given to it by the wood fired oven makes it even more special. Unforgetable!
After our unique experience in the countryside, we are shuttled to a private mansion that is only available for us for the day. Yes...a real private mansion on the Bank of the Danube. And yes…there is also an infinity pool from where you can enjoy the view of the majestic Danube flowing slowly just underneath the Mansion.
There is nothing better than a savory farm-to-table dinner after such a great day. Every time I enter the hotel I feel like I have travelled back to the 16th Century. I can almost feel the history vibrating in the walls of the Monastery…And the food here is just heavenly!
After dinner we gather in the ambient lounge room of our Monastery Hotel. Everyone is relaxed and filled with beautiful memories of the day. We open a bottle of locally produced red wine. By the way, I didn’t know that Hungarian wine is so excellent.