How A Hike Ruled By Socialist-Era Bureaucracy Became A Hungarian Rite Of A Passage

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Spanning the entire country, Hungary’s National Blue Trail took off in 1952 after it “gamified” the trail by introducing its stamp collection system. Acting as a fantastic marketing program, the stamps, which were collected at various points along the trail, were proof that a hiker had traversed the area. But collecting stamps wasn’t easy; the stamps, being in such high demand, were often stolen from their vendors, challenging hikers to aid in their retrieval. Read full article here

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