Budapest City Host & Central Europe Destination Expert
Judit Holp was such a pleasure to work with. She was warm and responsive and went above and beyond in catering to our needs. For example, she curated a list of gluten-free restaurants in each city when she learned of my gluten allergies. She gave us other tips to accommodate my dietary needs. She also looked into the best recommendations for laundry options in each city. Judit was also available whenever we needed her. She also won our trust because not only did she solve the issues we encountered but also took responsibility for them. We thought Judit had been with JayWay for many years because she was knowledgeable and professional, yet warm and friendly. We were surprised to find out that she has only been at JayWay for 4 months. She is an excellent representative for the company. "
Judit brings extensive experience in tourism to her role as city host and destination manager. Having worked in travel even before completing her degree in tourism and hospitality and being certified as a tour guide for Hungary, Judit's knowledge and expertise are second to none. Judit's pride in her country and city and a desire to share the very best of them with our guests, especially if they ask for something a little less mainstream, has made her an instant hit with JayWay Travelers.
What's your favorite thing about traveling?
Traveling is a kind of meditation for me. Regardless of having or not having seen the next destination on my list, I always find myself thinking about what life can be like there, creating a historical context, and filling my heart with expectations for a brand new experience full of adventures and discovery.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
With my kids, it is a 50/50 combination of active and passive. A waterside vacation with splashing, eating, and doing water sports, or hiking and discovering cultural sights nearby. Without them, it is a very active cultural/historical discovery of places I have or haven't seen yet, with some night-time outings.
What's the best place you've ever visited and why?
Slovenia. It has everything: mountains, hills, plains, rivers, sea, thermal springs, cities, villages, cultural, historical and rural sights, and all these are easily accessible because of the small size of the country and great tourism infrastructure.
What's something you always bring with you when you travel?
My Moleskine and a pencil. And a towel :)
Best advice for travelers to Europe?
Visit the countryside as well! Capitals of Central Europe, like Budapest, Vienna, or Prague are must-sees, but don't miss the chance to see charming little towns. Add stops to your transfers or plan day trips to discover popular or off-the-beaten-path sites. Europe is a destination worth visiting multiple times. Allow yourself more time in one country, immerse in gastronomy and culture, and catch the feeling of festivals and events taking place all around the year. Attend concerts and shows in cities which are famous for these features. And, in order to fulfill your dreams and have a perfect holiday, plan ahead. Europe is full of historical sights that are the focus of many travelers. Don't miss a thing! Should you be interested in visiting the Parliament of Hungary, or Schindler's Enamel Factory in Krakow, attending an opera in Vienna, Prague, or Budapest, or a puppet show in Salzburg, keep in mind that these lifelong experiences should be arranged well ahead of time!
What were your reasons for choosing to work in travel? And what value do you see in it?
The travel industry never rests. As a tireless person I found my perfect match in this work. My degree is in tourism and economics. Therefore I always have an eye on actual trends, numbers, and innovations in the travel industry. Apart from that, working in travel is full of new experiences, challenges, and chances to learn and develop. It also uses all the willingness and capacity I am able and willing to dedicate to this job in a very positive manner. Working in tourism is creative, thoughtful, and graceful. Designing a holiday together with guests, then meeting them and seeing their happiness when the trip comes true is a gift. I love being involved in dreams that can come true.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try, but haven’t got around to yet?
Parachuting/paragliding - in other words, flying a vehicle under my control.