Anda and Laszlo Have Been Traveling For Over 30 Years As A Couple And Embracing Adventures Hands On
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Anda and Laszlo
Anda and Laszlo, professional travel bloggers and passionate photographers based in Southern California.
25th Jul | 6 min read

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    Meet Anda and Laszlo, professional travel bloggers and passionate photographers based in Southern California. Over the past 30 years, they have been traveling extensively in search of amazing destinations and bucket-list places to write about. 

    Anda is an award-winning travel writer and the voice behind Travel Notes & Beyond. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, and International Travel Alliance.

    Laszlo is Anda’s husband and travel companion. Besides being a highly skilled medical professional, Laszlo is also a passionate photographer and videographer. He has been a long-time member of the International Association of Press Photographers and occasionally works with destination tourist boards. 

    You can follow along with the adventures of Anda And Laszlo in their blog Travel Notes & Beyond and Instagram travelnotes101.

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    The Inception of Our Travel Story

    We were born and raised in a communist country that didn’t allow us to travel anywhere outside the borders. Therefore, after getting immigrated to California in 1988, we began traveling around the world, trying to make up for all those lost years.

    Traveling As A Couple And Activities We Enjoy

    We have been married for almost 45 years, so traveling together came naturally. Besides, we enjoy each other’s company and have the same travel style. We share many passions and interests, among which exploring the world, music, and photography.

    As a couple, we like to travel independently rather than in organized groups, except perhaps when we go on press. On average, we take about two-three big trips a year (3 to 4 weeks each) and many short, weekend getaways.

    Laszlo loves to drive, so except for the big cities where we prefer to be carefree, we like renting a car and driving around.

    We like exploring exotic, far-away places, just as much as we like discovering close-to-home places. We love nature, so there is always hiking, scuba diving, or horseback riding included in our trips. We also love exploring big cities around the world and immersing ourselves in the local food and culture.

     As a result, our trips are quite varied. From the wild mountain tops of Patagonia to the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the busy cities in Europe, our trips are weaved with a twist of adventure.

    The Packing Manual That We Follow

    Most of the time we travel with two carry-ons. But depending on the nature of the trip, we sometimes have to check in a bag in addition to our two carry-ons. Like for instance when we go on press trips and have to carry heavy photo equipment, or if we have to pack hiking boots and poles, or thick winter clothes. But no matter where we go, or whether it’s for two days or for a month, we always carry our laptops and at least one camera/person.

    The Story Of Carpathian Mountains

    I remember quite vividly a trip that we took many years ago in the Carpathian Mountains, in Romania. We decided to hike the Iezer Papusa (2,470 m), one of the highest peaks in the Carpathians.

    There were about eight of us in the group and we were supposed to reach the summit by sunset. Our plan was to spend the night at the top of the mountain, in the little cabin that served as a refuge for shepherds and travelers, then start back the next day.

    We didn’t expect much comfort or luxury, but a hard bed and a roof above our heads would have been enough. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the top of the mountain, we found the cabin totally burned down. Just a couple of walls remained standing, but nothing else: no roof, no beds, no stoves, no doors, nothing!

    And to make things worse, we discovered that we were not the only ones in this predicament. Another group of backpackers who had arrived there before us was to compete with us for the shelter of those two standing walls.

    Summer nights are nice and warm in Romania, but not up in the mountains, where the temperature may easily drop below 50ºF. And then there was the issue of wild animals, like bears, wolves, wild boars, or even lynxes.

    All these may sound like a recipe for disaster, but what started as a nightmare for all of us, turned up to be one of the most fun adventures we ever had. So, what is a big group of young people going to do on a cold night atop the mountain? Make fun of the situation. We had to stay warm somehow, so we set up a fire and made a feast with all the leftovers we had. It was laughter, jokes, and games till dawn. An unforgettable night!

    Top Destinations We Visited And How We Selected Them

    We don’t have a ‘checklist’, so it didn’t occur to me to count the number of countries we visited so far, as we are not on a quest to cover the entire world. We select our destinations based on our interests but also based on the level of safety they offer. We are willing to take a calculated risk but don’t like leaving things to chance. 

    Our favorite continent so far is South America, but we also have strong ties to Europe, so we travel there every year. Our bucket list was quite long, but this past year taught us to make it shorter and enjoy closer-to-home destinations, hahaha!

    How We Prepare Our Budget For A Trip

    Although we don’t like to splurge, we like to travel at a certain level. Our days of staying in tents, refugios, and budget hotels are over. The older we grow, the less we can put up with the lack of comfort. But that’s not to say that we can’t be happy in a log cabin at the top of the mountain if we can’t find anything better.

    We are fairly happy with the amount of travel we do right now. Well, sometimes I would like to stay longer a month in some places, but Laszlo still has to work if we want to be able to travel!

    But even if we had the time and money, I don’t think I would enjoy being on the road all the time. I like my house in California and our friends here. Besides, we lived in such a blessed climate that I feel I’m always on vacation! 

    Advice For The Fellow Travelers

    In our family, I am the trip planner and organizer, so if I were to give any advice to people who want to start traveling it would be: research your destinations. It’s important to know where you are going and what to expect when you get there.

    Read as much as you can about the places you want to visit and make a schedule. Time flies when you travel and unless you are on a schedule, you won’t be able to cover much territory. Most of the time, you won’t be able to stick to that schedule, but it’s better to have one than to leave things to chance.

    And remember, it’s never too late or too early to start traveling!

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