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Welcome, Sign Hunters!

This is the official blog of The Sign Hunters. It was created in November 2017 to share photos and stories related to our successful sign projects, adventures and challenges. We started sign hunting in July 2000, that means that we have at least 17 years worth of old material that we will try to dig up and post here along with brand new stuff from on-going sign-hunting projects. 

The Sign Hunters is a unique venture. We organise trips and travels to satisfy our passion for collecting photos of settlement signs. A settlement sign is what marks the administrative limit of a geographical location which also lets you know where you are. While visiting a certain place, we can also combine other collecting ambitions, learn about minerals and rocks, visit a museum, a church, a brewery, or a pub, or just simply be at a different location and do all the touristic things.

Our passion is travel settlement-sign-themed. We, of course, pay attention to every possible other detail too as we would never travel just to take a photo of a signage without thoroughly exploring the area and experiencing what that place may have to offer. (This is what we call 'sight-hunting'.) The signage itself is the motivation, a goal of some kind that keeps us travelling and discovering/exploring new places, meet new people and cultures, and learn to be self-sufficient.

We go to places you might otherwise never hear of. We travel as cheap as possible while trying to see as much as we can. We take pictures of limit signs while discovering the setting where the places are located. We normally travel on our feet and walk all day, or ride a bicycle, or catch a bus or a train, but we might also drive or fly. 

The Team Sign Hunters is formed of Laszlo and Katie (plus Handful, our travel mascot, and Pig), but every now and then, you can see the involvement of other people. We are very pleased when a like-minded soul joins one of our expeditions and we do encourage anyone with a taste of travelling and photography to get in touch with us and be part of a sign-hunting adventure.

As Laszlo says about the above photo: This is where it all started. Back in July 2000, the photo of the Trieste sign in Italy was only the cherry on a 1000-km-long bike ride cake. Back then, I did not plan to extract more out of it; it was only a picture that celebrated our perseverance and ability to do challenging things. But as it worked out in the later years, taking a picture of a sign has more meanings than just being a photo itself. In Trieste, it was the trophy of an achievement, it was a memorabilia that was filled up with all the memories that we made during the bike ride challenge. And it did not cost a penny.

The concept of sign-hunting has not changed much since. I travel the world and every time I visit a different place, I make my way to the welcome sign (or settlement sign, or limit sign, or call it however you want.), take a photo of it and keep the picture as a souvenir. Every time I look at these photos, I remember the trips individually and can associate them with exact memories.

Sign-hunting can be highly challenging as the location of the sign is never really known; therefore, a sign project involves a lot of walking and exploring, and one is always exposed to certain weather conditions, traffic, animals and humans, and a lot of other things. We often call it an extreme sport, and you know that we are not far off the truth.

Sign-hunting has become the major hobby in our lives that involves travel, knowledge development, social interaction, sport, photography and a lot of geographies. It is part of our lives and we try to involve as many family and friends as possible, so we together, The Sign Hunters, are making every moment of our journeys unforgettable. 

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Settlement sign collection highlights

Austria: Settlement signs of Austria (Collection). Last updated: 29.09.2021

China: Settlement signs of China (Collection) Last updated: 28.09.2020

Hungary: Settlement signs of Hungary (Collection) Last updated: 08.08.2021

Slovenia: Settlement signs of Slovenia (Collection) Last updated: 13.08.2021

United Kingdom - England: Settlement signs of England (Collection) Last updated: 03.08.2021

United Kingdom - Scotland: Settlement signs of Scotland (Collection) Last updated: 07.08.2021

United Kingdom - Wales: Settlement signs of Wales (Collection) Last updated: 03.08.2021

Table of Contents / All posts in timely order

Blog #66 (28.04.2020). Hangzhou explorations: Eight Diagram Field and Jade Emperor Hill (China)

Blog #65 (09.04.2020). Hangzhou explorations: Jiangyangfan eco-park (China)

Blog #64 (06.03.2020). Beijing part 2, the Mutianyu Great Wall (China)

Blog #63 (21.02.2020). Beijing part 1, the great capital city of Central State (China)

Blog #62 (28.01.2020). Best of Hangzhou 2019 (China)

Blog #61 (30.12.2019). A metasequoia forest by the Siminghu reservoir (China)  

Blog #60 (18.11.2019). The city of sunshine: Szeged (Hungary)

Blog #59 (10.11.2019). The mud houses of Yangchan (China)

Blog #58 (27.10.2019). Hiking the Huihang Ancient Trail (China)

Blog #57 (21.10.2019). Xiazhu Lake National Wetland Park (China)

Blog #56 (29.09.2019). The big splash in Orfű (Hungary)

Blog #55 (24.08.2019). Exploring Baden with Ronja (Austria)

Blog #54 (30.07.2019). Flak tower and graffiti hunt in Wien (Austria)

Blog #53 (18.07.2019). One of Lake Balaton's most beautiful villages: Balatongyörök (Hungary)

Blog #52 (22.06.2019). Lake Bohinj, Ukanc and their surroundings (Slovenia)

Blog #51 (21.06.2019). The neighbourhood where I grew up: 65 'Váci Mihály utca', Szombathely (Hungary)

Blog #50 (02.06.2019). Chartered in 1621 by Gustavus Adolphus: Göteborg (Sweden)

Blog #49 (22.05.2019). The most populous city in Scotland: Glasgow (Scotland)

Blog #48 (12.05.2019). Norton and The Hundred House (England)

Blog #47 (28.04.2019). London #1: Rotherhithe-Euston walk (England)

Blog #46 (30.03.2019). The place where I was born: Szombathely (Hungary)

Blog #45 (10.03.2019). Beauty on the Danube: Bratislava (Slovakia)

Blog #44 (23.02.2019). Birmingham in details: The city centre (England)

Blog #43 (22.01.2019). A Fine City: Norwich (England)

Blog #42 (21.12.2018). Shifnal, a tiny market town (England)

Blog #29 (22.07.2018). Sopron, the most loyal city (Hungary)

Blog #28 (08.07.2018). Exploring Bishop's Castle (England)

Blog #26 (02.07.2018). Shrewsbury in details (England)

Blog #25 (26.06.2018). Atcham and Attingham Park (England)

Blog #24 (22.06.2018). Welcome to Rotherham (England)

Blog #23 (17.06.2018). Manchester City Centre (England)

Blog #21 (13.05.2018). Time travelling to Zugdidi (Georgia)

Blog #12 (06.03.2018). Sofia through my lenses (Bulgaria)

Blog #8 (11.02.2018). The wintry Vilnius (Lithuania)

Blog #7 (22.01.2018). The Kutaisi sign project (Georgia)

Blog #4 (11.12.2017). Shrewsbury in winter (England)


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