Podróż – Poland Word by Word
Podróż translates into English as travel or journey.
A great number of Poles, through choice or through circumstance, have gone on podróże (journeys) to new lives abroad. As a result, the Polish diaspora (Polonia) has spread far and wide.
Some authors of Polish reportage are notably well-travelled. Jacek Hugo-Bader, for example, journeyed far across the former Soviet states, including the entire length of Russia in an old Jeep. Ryszard Kapuściński covered historic events from countries across the globe, witnessing 27 coups and revolutions and getting sentenced to death four times in the process. Reportage of foreign places was also one way of eluding the censors, by way of metaphor and allusion.
For foreigners travelling to Poland, the country has plenty to offer. Kraków and Warszawa are often points of arrival to Poland (and, of course, worth a visit), but Poland's miasta (cities) are very varied in character, so smaller cities also have their appeal.
If you want to get away from urban life, vist Poland's expansive <wieś(countryside). Polish mountains on the southern border have a long history of tourism and mountaineering, and have achieved acclaim worldwide.
Should you prefer some time by the water, Polish plaże (beaches) have long been a destination for some seaside relaxation. As aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski documented in his series Day on the Beach, the Polish tendancy of claiming sections of the beach, demarkating them with windbreakers, so it's best to get to popular beaches early. In addition, the Mazury lake district is also a holiday destination of note for Poles.
For those in search of some more unusual tourist attractions, there are some museums dedicated to somewhat bizarre subjects, such as soap and surgery. Poland's industrial heritage has also left behind a number of sites of historic and cultural interest.
Now that we've hopefully convinced you to consider Poland as your next holiday destination, to help you make the most of it, check out some apps which will help you make the most of your stay.
Authored by Matt Davies
Poland Word by Word allows foreigners to familiarise themselves with everyday Polish words by explaining their cultural context and significance. For more pronunciation tips, explore our Foreigner’s Guide to the Polish Alphabet.