Couple who left the UK to tour the world stuck in Estonia for 7 months due to coronavirus


A COUPLE who left the UK to tour the world have been stuck in Estonia for seven months.

Craig and Kirsty Stenzel quit their £100,000 combined salaries, let their home and sold items to raise enough cash for a year’s travel.

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Craig and Kirsty Stenzel have found themselves on the front pages in Estonia

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Craig and Kirsty Stenzel have found themselves on the front pages in Estonia

But lockdown hit when they reached Estonia’s capital Tallinn. 

They have since spent 180 days exploring the city from hostels and Airbnbs and become celebrities for posting video diaries of their Groundhog Day trip.

Psychologist Kirsty, 33, said: “Our friends and family think we’re mad. But there’s nowhere we would rather have been.

“The culture is so self-disciplined here and it’s so sparsely populated it has been easy to see things and feel safe.

“We could have got repatriated but we’ve nothing to go back to.

“The weird thing is how famous we’ve become. We will be in a café and someone will say, ‘You’re the British couple who are stuck here. Hi’. It’s really nice.”

The couple wed in 2018 ten years after meeting at university.

They have let their £400,000 home in St Albans, Herts, and want to backpack around Asia and climb to Everest base camp.

How the couple's trip should have panned out

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How the couple’s trip should have panned out

Geologist Craig, 34, said they will leave Estonia when the weather gets colder, adding: “It’s going to be really difficult to say goodbye. The people and the nature here have been incredible. 

“Lots of the places we want to go are still not open. 

“The world we planned to travel has completely changed.”

The Stenzels have been stuck in Estonia's capital, Tallinn for seven months

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The Stenzels have been stuck in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn for seven months
The pair started on a round-the-world trip but lockdown hit

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The pair started on a round-the-world trip but lockdown hit
Craig and Kirsty have been vlogging from Tallinn over seven months

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Craig and Kirsty have been vlogging from Tallinn over seven months
The couple quit their £100,000 combined salaries to travel the world

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The couple quit their £100,000 combined salaries to travel the world
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