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Get the shit done - Tips from a professional doer
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Tips From a Professional Doer

I rarely speak about my 9 to 5 job so probably few of you know that I’m a project manager. I’d even say that I’m a very good one. Yeah, time to brag! Productivity and « getting shit done » is the essence of my job and I try to keep the pace in my personal life too. Co-workers and friends are impressed by the amount of tasks I can accomplish in a day and how I always do what I say I’m going to do in my personal life. My motivation and productivity come from basic principles. I decided to share them with you since I think it totally works to achieve travel goals too. 1. It’s not because everybody wants it that you need to want it too The first tip to achieve a goal is to make sure you really want to achieve it. It sounds obvious, right? But it’s not. We sometimes tend to aim for the same goals as the majority. So next time, ask yourself: do I  really want it for myself? I used to ask myself if I was abnormal for not wanting a house or for not having a burning desire to have the latest […]

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Does travelling alone makes you a better traveller?
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How to NOT Quit Your Job, And Travel the World

This week, I’ll travel for the first time alone. Does this mean I deserve the « Real Traveller » badge now? Is there some kind of new world that is unlocked or something? Being a part of the travel bloggers community now (kind of), I feel more and more pressure to perform, to prove to the world that I am a very special traveller. But I am not. I cannot promise I’ll visit every country in the World, but I’ll try. I am not really enthusiastic about eating insects in some tribes. Seriously, I’d prefer to eat the most common meal. I don’t mind sleeping on a couch, but I sure prefer to sleep in a bed. And most importantly, I don’t think you have to quit your life to enjoy the world. I need to say it, I’m a little sick of the « How to quit your job and travel the world » thing. If that’s what you want to do, that’s great! But please don’t pretend that people who don’t are missing something or don’t understand what « real life » is. Personally, I like to go just as much as I like to come back. I like being in a new place where […]

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How to choose your travel partner
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Ode to My Travel Partner and Tips to Choose Yours

Since 2012, I pretty much always travel with my friend Claude. I lead her to the most dangerous town on Earth, I made her eat rotten shark, a stranger vomit on her in a ferry, and she burned badly, several times, on different beaches. Yet, she still wants to be my friend, and that not only show friendship, but a very strong mind and a huge hearth. The first time we travelled together was in Honduras. Not to the safest place in the World or an easy French country where people would speak our first language. Nope. I chose to bring her to a not very touristic place, where people don’t know a word of English during the overwhelming heat of summer. As soon as we got out of the airport in San Pedro Sula and all the crazy taxi drivers harassed us, she wanted to go back home. Despite her feelings, she stayed. She felt unsafe (although it wasn’t really unsafe), she found the food disgusting, and it was so hot that we were sweating just talking, but she stayed and found a way to enjoy the trip. I never saw someone who can push her limits like that. We all wish to […]

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What to do at Montreal Nuit Blanche 2015
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What to do at Montreal Nuit Blanche 2015

I’m a huge fan of Montreal Nuit Blanche and I go to the event since at least 6 years! Normally, I focus on doing edgy activities but, this year, I planed my itinerary a bit differently. Here’s what to do for a world tour at Montreal Nuit Blanche on February 28, 2015: Canicule Tropicale – Africa, South America, Caribbean A night of dancing on vintage African, South American and Caribbean music from 1950 to 1980, with two DJs. Argentina Tango Night – Argentina An introduction to the basics with experienced teachers!  *No winter boots on the dance floor! Okay?   Photo by Maria Rosaria Sannino (Creative Commons) Tango in the night – Argentina Another chance to try tango! Free trial classes at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Dance demonstrations at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. *No winter boots on the dance floor I said! :) Libertango – Argentina A Tango show with live violin and two dancers to show you the beauty of this dance. …Yeah, there’s a lot of Tango during Nuit Blanche! Is Montreal the new Buenos Aires and nobody told me? Forro, Joy and Happiness for all – Brazil Discover Forró music and dance, a social dance that can be languorous, rhythmic or even acrobatic. […]

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Best moments of 2014

It is almost mandatory to make a year recap when approaching January 1st. There are so many moments I cherish from 2014 that it is hard to choose. Let’s take a look at the kick-ass moments of this year! Taking the metro in Lisbon This one may seem totally insignificant for all of you, but one thing I never told before on this blog is that I’m agoraphobic, and taking the metro is a big thing for me. Before taking it in Lisbon this year, it has been 3 years since I used it! It’s weird when you think that I live in Montreal, where there’s a good metro system. Arriving in Lisbon, I took a deep breath, and I decided that it was about time. That’s what travels are made for. 2014 has been a year of fear beating! *This is actually a train in Porto… but same idea / same smile. Eating blueberries in Montreal I met my friend from Rio de Janeiro for the first time last summer in Montreal. We were sitting in a Café when the waiter brought blueberries with my cup of coffee. It was the first time Igor ate it, and he was fascinated by the […]

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