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Parlons minimalisme
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Être minimaliste pour voyager plus

Je vous annonce que je m’en vais au Nicaragua en avril, trois mois après être revenue du Sri Lanka et de la Turquie, et ce que j’entends le plus souvent c’est: « Tu pars encore en voyage! T’es donc ben chanceuse! » Prends-le pas mal, mais quand tu me dis ça, j’ai toujours un peu envie de te donner une pichenotte sur le nez. (Pas une grosse, là.) Oui, il y a une part de chance: la chance d’avoir un passeport qui a une bonne réputation internationale et la chance d’avoir un emploi. Sauf que le problème, c’est que la majorité des gens qui me qualifient de chanceuse ne sont pas des réfugiés sans passeport ou des gens en recherche d’emploi. Ce sont des gens de la classe moyenne, comme moi. Donc la première réponse qui me vient en tête c’est: « WHAT THE FUCK? » Sauf que ça ne ferait pas un super article, alors permettez-moi d’élaborer. La plus grande révélation DU MONDE Le conseil que je donnerais à tout le monde pour avoir plus d’argent pour voyager c’est: achetez moins de choses. Je sais, c’est fou hein! Vous êtes sur le cul. Mais en fait, avant de vous […]

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How to plan a trip
Nomade, Travel Tips

How to Plan Your Trip in 10 Easy Steps

I know some people can get overwhelmed by the idea of planning a trip by themselves. You feel like there’s so much to think about and so much to do! You can be tempted to book an organized trip and then you have to follow a schedule you’re not always comfortable with, do activities you are not interested in, and talk to people you don’t know but have to deal with for all your trip. Planning a trip is easier than you may think. Organization is part of my day job and I’m here to give you the best tips I use when I plan my trip. 1. Decide where you want to go Maybe you already know where you want to go, or maybe you need inspiration. Find the reason why you want to travel. Do you want to escape from winter? Do you want to discover a new culture? Do you want to learn something new? (That last one is often my reason to travel.) Maybe you need to choose a destination that fits your budget. Research the average cost per day for a destination to find one you can afford. Some places have an average cost as low as 30$ […]

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(Havana) How to get money to travel
Blog, Nomade

How to Save Money to Travel

A lot of you ask me how I afford to travel so much and where do I get all the money. I wish I could tell you that I’m rich or that there’s a magic pill giving you infinite money. But, just like weight loss, there’s no magic pills and, at some point, you just got to do it. A lot of bloggers wrote about their strategies to save money to travel. I’ll add mine to the list and I hope this can help you make the move and travel more! Let’s start with my « whoo-hoo » tricks and then go to some practical stuffs. My philosophy: Experience > Possession After a lot of deception and questioning about the meaning of my life, I realized that my happiness comes from the experience I live and not from the things I own. I used to spend a lot of money buying clothes I didn’t need, decorating my apartment, and then finding myself at home, well-dressed, in a very cute decor… doing nothing. I realized that everything I owned made my life boring, so I changed my way of spending money. I now make the choice to buy less and focus on learning new […]

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2015_Resolution_Travel
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How to Achieve Your Travel Goal This Year

I hear a lot of people around me taking this resolution:  »This year, I will travel! » I know how hard it can be to stick to our new year’s resolution (Hello, »losing weight », I’m looking at you)! I also know that everything is possible and that motivation tips can help. I may not be good at not taking a third cookie, but when it comes to planning and being disciplined for a travel goal achievement, I rock the place! Let me help you with this resolution. 1. Stop saying you don’t have money It’s one of the first reasons why people tell they don’t travel as much as they want. But here is the truth: you HAVE enough money, ALL of you. Yes, keeping a budget is a great tool, but you already know that and that’s not what I’m talking about here. One big change I made when I made the commitment to travel more was to change my perception of money. I stopped saying  »I don’t have money », and started saying  »I don’t have money for THIS or for THAT ». This way of perceiving money gives you more power over it. You are the one in charge. YOU decide. Not […]

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20 Ways to Write a Creative Travel Journal

No matter where we are, there are always interesting things to write about, and that is even more true when we are travelling. To avoid the boring  »I’ve been there and I’ve done that… » I give you 20 ways to boost your creativity while writing your travel journal. How to Write a Creative Travel Journal 1. Use your 5 senses. Write what you see, smell, feel, hear and taste at this moment. 2. Describe the sidewalk (Have you ever notice they are very different from a country to another?). 3. Go to a public place, close your eyes and write pieces of conversations. If it’s not a language your understand, try to write sounds. 4. Note the names of the streets where you walk. 5. Document what people wear. 6. Collect 5 pieces of paper you find on the ground and put it into your journal. 7. Do a vox pop with local. Ask them a simple question and note their answers. 8. Write a short story about the secret life of the stranger sitting beside you. 9. Note what you are missing from home, and what you like from where you are now. 10. Draw 5 new things you tasted. 11. Investigate how this destination […]

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Let's go!
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An accidental Social Experiment

My English is improving everyday as I practice more and more, writing for this blog and reading other amazing bloggers, but it has not always been the case. There’s a question I used to ask people I met along my way around the world: « What are you? » And though this question is grammatically incorrect, unless I wanted to be sure they were human, it has became a social experiment. Now, even if I know the question is incorrect, I keep asking, just to see what people answer. Meeting a lot of people from Americas and Europe, and less from Asia and Africa, my « experiment » is based on those two regions of the world only. So, when asked the question « What are you? », here’s a few answers I got: From a woman from United States: « I’m a teacher. » From a man from Mexico: « I’m an engineer. » From a man from Italy: « I’m Italian. » From a woman from Germany: « I’m German. » From a woman from Canada: « I’m a student. » From a man from England: « I’m British. » And so it goes… None of them asked me what I meant by my question: if I wanted to know their nationality or what they were doing for […]

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Guide du débutant pour Airbnb
Nomade, Travel Tips

Astuces pour avoir la meilleure expérience Airbnb

Je ne m’en cache pas, je suis une fan finie du service Airbnb. C’est LE site numéro un où je cherche mes chambres en préparation d’un voyage. Ayant réservé des chambres et appartements dans plus de 15 villes de 10 pays différents, j’ai cru bon de vous partager mes quelques trucs pour avoir la meilleure expérience possible. Cliquez sur ce lien pour obtenir un crédit de 25$ sur votre première réservation! (Les conditions changent selon l’humeur d’Airbnb…) Je garde d’excellents souvenirs de chacune de mes nuitées et je tiens à vous partager ces infos afin que vous aussi, vous mettiez un peu de côté les hôtels dispendieux pour découvrir cette façon humaine, abordable et amusante de voyager. 1. Envoyez des messages à plusieurs hôtes potentiels Comme n’importe quel site de booking, c’est premier arrivé, premier servi. Afin de vous assurer une place dans la ville de votre choix, je vous conseille de sélectionner plusieurs hôtes potentiels et de leur envoyer un message pour vous présenter, leur poser des questions sur eux et sur la location. Parfois, certains hôtes peuvent prendre 2 jours pour répondre, et si vous n’avez pas envoyé d’autres messages pendant ce temps et que la réponse est négative, vous […]

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