What is a journey for you? For me it’s a great opportunity to see new places and to meet new people, who I wouldn’t have a chance to meet in my every day life. Imagine the times, which may still be remembered by your parents, and your grandparents had to certainly face them … namely, I’m thinking of the times of PRL, in which young people were simply dreaming of having the right to travel freely, and at that particular period of history they weren’t allowed to do so. I believe that for many of you this kind of reality is just unthinkable now. Being controlled by anyone when it comes to your foreign travels, not to mention being forbidden to go on your dream summer vacation is something just outrageous. Luckily, many things have changed in this matter from those long-forgotten times. Travel agencies keep bombarding us with colourful trip offers, showing just into our faces brochures with stunning photos coming from places we’d never dreamed of before. For little money we can experience an adventure of our lives, as well as gain unforgettable memories, which we will proudly share with our descendants in the future.
What if you could share your travel adventures together with someone? A person who is the most important for you in the world? Imagine how it can bring people together and how it can serve as a great test of your love. Today, I’d like to introduce you to an amazing couple of travellers, who decided to travel the world together. It’s a young married couple Adam and Sonia, who are also the authors of the blog The Jarząbki Blog. I hope they will inspire you to travel together, as it may not only broaden your minds, but it may also give you a great life lesson.
Passion Piece: Could you tell my readers a few words about yourselves?
Adam and Sonia: We’re a young married couple (a year and a half since we got married), but we’ve been together for over 11 years now. Definitely, there are more things which divide us than unite us, however through all these years we have learned a common language. Adam is a person who approaches everything with good common sense. On the other hand, Sonia is a volcano – you never know when she gets us into trouble. And trouble is her middle name! We come from and live in Łódź (we just love our city!), we devote our free time to trainings, films and (or maybe first of all) travels.
Passion Piece: What inspired you to set up a blog about your travelling experiences?
Adam: To tell the truth it was Sonia’s idea, but both of us were thinking about that for some time. What could distinguish our on-line space from others? There are quite a lot of travelling couples, but I think that none of them differs as much as in our case. We both prefer different flavours, totally opposite directions of sightseeing, we also prefer seeing different places, but despite all these differences we don’t really quarrel much. On our blog we wanted to show not only interesting places, but also the ways in which you can combine totally opposite characters. We think this idea completely didn’t work out on our blog. It was much easier to present our initial thought on our Instagram account.
The second reason to set up a blog was to prove full-time employees that despite having limited holiday time, they could travel quite often. It demands a little bit of work and planning from you, but you can certainly do that.
There was also the third factor, and honestly the only thing that really unites us … we don’t like wasting our money. That’s why, we always make use of special offers. A ticket for 1 zł to Prague or Vienna? Yes, we didn’t miss such an occasion. A flight for two of us to Brussels both ways for 88 zł – of course we flew there. Naples for 54 zł? Who could let go of such an opportunity? You know travels don’t need to really cost much, but to make them affordable you must give yourself some time and become more flexible.
Passion Piece: How did you come up with the name of your blog? Why isn’t it typically a travel one?
Sonia: We were having some problems with choosing the right name, and finally we decided not to exaggerate it any longer. Everyone calls us Jarząbki, because of our surname. So we came to a conclusion that we would like the rest of the world to call us the same.
Passion Piece: How does travelling together influence a relationship?
Sonia: In our opinion it may influence a relationship both ways, either really positively or quite negatively. Let’s be honest, during travels all your habits become very visible, sometimes we take part in very uncomfortable situations, which show that:
a) together we have the power;
b) together – it makes no sense.
In our case, we got to know that despite all the differences, together we are truly undefeated, because we know how to cooperate. Our differences lead to the fact that we complement and support each other well. It was proved by difficult situations like: a separatist attack in Odessa, where we were shot at (we were in the wrong place at the wrong time), being accused of theft in Malta, and many others. All these experiences brought us closer together.
Passion Piece: Which of the places you have visited so far impressed you the most? Why?
Adam: We don’t have such a place, as we get excited just like kids with every destination. We loved the cultural diversity and friendships we made in Thailand. We also fell in love with the Caucasus and openness of Georgians. Iceland was a great road trip. Malta delighted us with its turquoise water. If we had to decide on only one place – oh, it would be so difficult! Secondly, we think we shouldn’t travel for places. Of course, we always want to go sightseeing and to see something new, but we travel mostly for the stories we bring back home, as well as for people we can meet on our way. These two things encourage us to buy next tickets. Thanks to such an approach we are open to new adventures and friendships, and now we have something to remember, someone to write to and come back to in the future. We’re still in touch with many people and locals we’ve met and we believe we love that in travelling the most.
Passion Piece: What do you hate the most about travelling?
Sonia: As most of people we know, we don’t like barkers and tricksters, who depending on the country are more or less pushy. Besides this we are often annoyed by other travellers (e.g. on the plane), who are total chatterboxes and keep talking too loud for hours. If we fly at night, and there are such people with us on the board, we wish we had a real laser in our eyes (seriously!). However, we see much more good sides of travelling rather than bad ones.
Passion Piece: What advice would you give to travelling couples and not only, who plan their first serious trip?
Adam: No drama! Seriously, you should enjoy travelling, and you shouldn’t stress too much. First time it’s good to check everything twice and plan it three times. We promise, that in spite of repeating some actions, you will be still scared. That’s normal, but try to relax. We used to spend even up to a few weeks on planning (depending on the direction and the duration of stay). Now it takes up to a few days. Try to be also understanding towards each other during your travels – thanks to such an attitude you won’t come back quarreled with each other. And who knows? Maybe you’ll decide on the next trip together?
Passion Piece: Can you imagine your life without travelling?
Sonia: Now … NOT REALLY! Some of you may see it as a kind of phobia, but we start our day with checking special offers to buy tickets. It takes us as long as the way to work by tram – and we usually do it right then. We don’t want to miss any bargains. Sometimes we resign from some good offers, but we do it on purpose. However, we will never get bored of sunsets and sunrises in different corners of the world, we will also never get bored of long chats with newly met people and the fact of being on the road itself . Only going straight ahead without a bigger aim, with our backpacks on, makes us feel really free people.
Passion Piece: Have you got any other passions in common?
Adam: Yes! Food, we both love delicious food. Admittedly, both of us like different flavours, but we truly appreciate good cuisine. Unfortunately, it led us to the point, in which we had to take care of ourselves, and for over 3 years we’ve been exercising together at least 3 times a week. We don’t really train to look like young gods. We often laugh that we exercise to be able to eat cookies … what generally is the truth.
Passion Piece: What are your plans for the nearest future?
Sonia: What can we say? We will be on the road! We won’t reveal now where we’re going to go. If anyone of you is curious, we invite you to visit our blog and our Instagram account the_jarzabki_blog.
Passion Piece: What motto would you like to share with my readers?
Adam and Sonia: We really identify ourselves with Robert Baden-Powell’s quote:
‘This is the key to happiness; do not take things too tragically, do what you can do best in a given moment, take your life as a game, and the world as a football pitch’.
If you add to it a little bit of courage, goodwill and kindness, you’ll find real happiness on your way. We wish you that!
Passion Piece: Thank you very much for this truly inspiring interview. Hope you’ll soon surprise me, as well as my readers with new accounts from the places you will visit.
According to one Turkish saying:
‘If you really want to get to know a person, you need to become his/her travelling companion.’
I think that Adam and Sonia are a great example, that travelling together doesn’t only enrich us as people, but it is also a great occasion to strengthen the already existing ties between people. Such trips can also give you the opportunity to set yourself goals, the ones to which you can aim together with your partner during your lifetime. I wish you this kind of unforgettable travels in the company of dearest people. I also hope that this interview will inspire you to gain the things which are seemingly beyond your reach.
See you around!
The website you should visit: https://jarzabki.pl/
Photos by: The Jarząbki Blog