Who we are
We are Anda and Laszlo Galffy, professional travel bloggers and passionate photographers, based in Southern California. Over the past 30 years we have been traveling the world in search of amazing destinations.
Travel Notes & Beyond started in 2013 as a way to share our trips with family and friends, but soon evolved into a successful business.
Our journeys are about exploring close-to-home or far-away places, discovering new cultures, and getting to know the world through our taste buds.
We blog about our travels hoping not only to inspire, but also to provide practical tips, itinerary ideas and useful information that will help others have great travel experiences as well.
Affiliations and Awards
Anda is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and International Travel Writers Alliance.
In 2016, Anda won two Gold Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the North American Travel Journalists Association in two different writing categories (Destination Travel and Travel Series.) She was also a finalist in the Personality and Profile category.
In 2015, Anda won the Silver Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism (in the Travel Series category) at the North American Travel Journalists Association competition and was also a finalist in the Photography: Landscape category.
Laszlo is Anda’s husband, patient travel companion, researcher, videographer and occasional underwater photographer. Although a physician by profession, Laszlo has been a long time member of the International Association of Press Photographers and works sometimes with destination tourism boards for advertising.
Our Travel Style
We love to travel independently rather than in organized groups, but we recognize that travel is an individual experience that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Therefore, there’s no right or wrong way to travel as long as you are having fun.
When we are not on the road, we love to listen to music, watch movies, attend local concerts, go fishing, spend time with our three grandchildren, or walk our dog, Csilla.
We believe adventure can be embraced at any age, but adventure can mean different things to different people. So whether your idea of adventure is trekking in Patagonia, riding camels in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, touring Europe by train, or sitting on a white sand beach in Kauai, we have you covered.
Our goal at Travel Notes & Beyond is to help you plan your own trip, which is why we provide how-to-travel advice, itinerary ideas, and restaurant recommendations. We aim to make travel easy and accessible and hope that our stories and photography will inspire you to start your own journey. Bon voyage!