On August 20, my friend Pascale, from the blog Scouich asked me to write a collaborative post with her about driving abroad. Since her blog is in French and mine is in Frenglish English, she wanted to translate it so both our audiences can benefit from our tips. That’s so nice of her! So here’s the edited post, originally published as Conduire à l’étranger: règles de base While she was in Belgium, Pascale had the privilege to have access to a car for free, but she was scared to death to drive in another country. She was even scared to drive her own car through USA and she likes to know exactly where she’s going. For my part, I drove 2000km during a road trip in Iceland and I drove along the Pacific coast highway from San Francisco to L.A. Funny thing : both roads are called Route 1! Fortunately, no left-side driving, but a good exercise of my capacity of adaptation. So here are a few lessons Pascale and I learned from our experience of driving in another country. In black, you can read Pascale’s tips and mines are in green. 1- Learn to drive manual vehicles It would be better to learn […]
No road trip would be perfect without carefully selected songs. With summer coming, I think a lot about my road trip in California and thought it would be a good start in your planning to give you ideas of the best songs to put on your playlist to drive down Pacific Highway. I looked in my personal favorites, checked out the playlist shared on Pinterest, asked my DJ friends and searched in my parents libraries to give you the best of the best! Daylight by Matt & Kim Beverly Hills by Weezer Road Trippin’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers San Francisco by The Mowgli’s Big Sur by The Thrills Another Travellin’ Song by Bright Eyes California Waiting by Kings of Leon West Coast by Coconut Records California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr.Dre Alive by New Ivory California by Phantom Planet Haha Love Will Travel by The Sonics The Only Place by Best Coast L.A. Woman by The Doors Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers California Gurls by Katy Perry Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads The Distance by Cake California Girls by The Beach Boys Green Onions by Booker T & the M G’s The Way by Fastball Life is […]
We may* not have killed anybody or steal anything, but it seems that we are a few women who like to hit the road like Thelma & Louise! *I say « may » because I don’t closely know the other bloggers who contributed to this post so I can’t really be sure… and accuracy is something I take seriously on my blog, you know. So I asked women who attended the Women in Travel Summit last March what was their best road trips. I didn’t ask for any destinations in particular, but all of them shout USA in unison. It seems like America keeps its reputation! Wonder what are the 3 USA road trips that came out the most? Read these 3 short stories. Because road trips are not just for men. Pacific Coast Highway People say that oceans are storytellers. Since I’m a kid, I hear stories from the Atlantic, between road trips in the East of Canada or down to Maine, but the moment I touched the Pacific Ocean, I knew I was writing a different story. From San Francisco down to Los Angeles, sun, salty air and winding roads are the typical experience of the Highway 1. With a stop at Monterey […]
Last weekend, I went to my first Women in Travel Summit in Boston. To be honest, the conference really appealed to me, but I was apprehensive that I might hate being there. I’m an introvert, I’m not good at networking, and I generally lose the « How many countries have you visited? » contest. I didn’t want to have to justify my existence to other more experienced bloggers. I wanted to meet new people, share about our passion for travel and just generally enjoy to be in Boston. Well, this is exactly what happened. Was that some kind of « law of attraction »? …I don’t think so. I now believe that women entrepreneurship is inherent with love. Three speakers catch my attention and gave us tips we can apply not only in our business, but also in our lives. (And I couldn’t resist putting pictures of my highlights in Boston here and there…) 1. Catrice M. Jackson – Cashing in On You Catrice started her conference with a simple-not-so-simple question: « What would you do differently if you knew for sure that the only REAL currency in life is YOU? » If you were in a situation where there’s no money except your personality, your soul, the way you […]
First Photography by Neil Kremer Let’s hope I won’t be pursued by Disney for this title… To be honest, I hated Los Angeles at first sight. It’s like a trash Disney World wanting you to get addicted to entertainment by pushing lights and sounds in your veins. I wanted to go back home, and this NEVER happens when I’m travelling. Now, more than a month after my return, I think I get something about this town and I even think it had taught me something about self-love and creativity. I think I might even like it (sort of).
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is paradise on Earth. You can see AND you can touch. Isn’t it amazing for a museum? And there’s something very important you need to know about me : I LOVE FISH! We were coming from a very bad day at Yosemite and the thought of just calmly meditating looking at fish was really appealing to me. I’m a diver (a very occasional one), but doesn’t it look cool to say it? Hey hi! I’m a diver. I have my card. Blink. Anyway…The thing is that the most important rule when you dive (except to keep breathing) is to never touch anything ever. And I’m a »toucher »(This sounds creepy. I’m sorry). I like to touch (Nope… doesn’t sound better). In the Monterey Aquarium, they have special pools where you can touch some crabs, sea cucumbers, bat rays, and other weird creatures I had never seen before. Things you need to know: this place is HUGE. It took me 3 hours to visit all the different sections. And I wasn’t meditating this long in front of each aquarium. Also, even if the visit is long, please bring your kids there! Seriously, they have thought of everything : quests, games, costumes, […]
Even when I’m in a town with excellent public transport, it’s very rare that I use it. Why? Because it stinks. Always. …and also because I think the best way to feel a town is to explore by foot. So here is what I was able to see in one day walking in San Francisco with my pair of Palladium shoes. I started my day at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel. It was clean, safe, and well situated. But I must say you need to be very sociable, cause there’s people everywhere. A lot of them! … and just two showers per floor. Which means that if you like to take a shower in the morning, don’t even think about it. Or get ready to fight to win your place. Also, they offer fruits and bagels for breakfast. They brag about having the best bagels and I shut up the Montrealer in me to not make them sad. In short, a lovely hostel and an excellent option for small budget. It was Sunday so I decided to please my grandma and go to the church. For real! I have a video to prove it, but I’m keeping it for next Sunday on Facebook (suspense…). First stop […]
I’m so excited! I will be in California for 10 days! A little short for a state with so many things to see and so many things to do, but I am enthusiastic to discover as much as I can! I am the kind of person who is willing to wake up early and stay up late and maximize my time to see as many places as I can. So here is the break down of my itinerary for my 10 days in the Golden State. As you’ll see, it’s pretty much the classical path, but it’s a good start for a first-timer like me. Day 1 – Montreal to San Francisco Well… I need to get there first… I will fly with US Airways. ** Day 2 – San Francisco We’ll start with the most touristic path and walk near the Golden Gate, Lombard Street and the Seven Painted Ladies. We entend to visit San Francisco by foot as I think it’s the best way to feel the vibe of a town. The day will be spend taking pictures of colorful houses in various neighbourhoods. San Francisco is filled up with rooms to rent on Airbnb. And you’ll save A LOT of […]