Hungarians take to hiking to beat lockdown blues

Thousands are flocking to Hungary's famous hiking trail

to beat the lockdown blues

(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) TRAIL GUIDE, CSABA NEMETH, SAYING:

"There was a big increase in the number of those who hiked the Blue Trail and got involved in it last year. While in previous years we sold 6,000-8,000 stamp books, which are necessary to prove one hiked the Blue Trail, last year it jumped to 28,000 so the number of Blue Trail hikers rose by more than double."

The trail meanders for around 700 miles

from the western border to the country's northeast

It was featured as one of the best trips to take in the world

by National Geographic in 2020

(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) TRAIL GUIDE, CSABA NEMETH, SAYING:

"It is of great significance that people have realized that spending time in the forest can have a great healing effect. It relieves stress, there is fresh air, and it's quiet, so you get a different sense of time."

Video Transcript

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CASBA NEMETH: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: There was a big increase in the number of those who hiked the Blue Trail and got involved in it last year. While in previous years, we sold 6,000 to 8,000 stamp books, which are necessary to prove one hiked to the blue trail, last year it jumped to 28,000. So the number of blue trail hikers rose by more than double.

CASBA NEMETH: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

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CASBA NEMETH: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: It's a great significance that people have realized that spending time in the forest can have a great healing effect. It relieves stress, there's fresh air, and it's quiet, so you get a different sense of time.

CASBA NEMETH: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

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