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Se faire rembourser par une compagnie aérienne en cas de problème, c'est possible?
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Comment obtenir une indemnisation pour un vol annulé ou en retard?

Est-ce que votre vol a déjà été annulé ou en retard? Ça arrive à toute le monde tout le temps et la plupart d’entre vous ignorez peut-être que ça peut vous rapporter beaucoup d’argent. Voici comment obtenir une indemnisation auprès d’une compagnie aérienne. L’année passée, pour me rendre à Londres, j’ai acheté des billets avec Wow Air, la compagnie low-cost dont tout le monde parle depuis 3 ans. J’étais excitée à l’idée de finalement faire le test. Malheureusement, contrairement aux blogueuses Jennifer ou Béatrice pour qui l’expérience a été une réussite. Pour moi, ça a été un pur désastre. Je vous raconte. Comme je n’aime pas me stresser, je me suis assuré lorsque j’ai acheté mes billets que ma correspondance à Reykjavik était d’au minimum 2h30. Sauf que, deux semaines avant, je reçois un courriel de Wow Air qui m’avise que mon vol de Montréal partira 1 heure plus tard. Il me reste donc 1h30 de correspondance. Une semaine avant le départ, deuxième courriel de la compagnie pour m’aviser que mon vol de Reykjavik partira une heure plus tôt. Horreur, il ne me reste plus que 30 min d’escale, ce qui n’est pas réaliste du tout ! J’appelle immédiatement la compagnie pour […]

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Astuces pour négocier comme un pro en voyage

Êtes-vous du genre à obtenir un bon prix dans les marchés d’Amérique centrale ou à vous faire arnaquer par les chauffeurs de taxi en Asie? En tant que voyageurs, on doit souvent faire appel à nos talents de négociateurs, car dans plusieurs pays, négocier est la norme. Heureusement, même si vous n’êtes pas très doués, tout comme moi, certaines techniques vous aideront à obtenir les meilleurs prix. J’ai demandé à mes collègues blogueurs de me donner quelques astuces et anecdotes pour vous aider. 1. Fixez vous un prix maximum Le premier conseil est de fixer le prix maximum que vous êtes prêts à payer pour l’objet que vous avez en tête. Bien entendu, gardez ce prix secret! À mon avis, pour sortir de bonne humeur du jeu des négociations, le but est d’être satisfait du prix obtenu. Est-ce que ce prix est toujours le plus bas possible? Peut-être pas, mais si vous n’avez pas dépassé le prix que vous vous étiez fixé, vous ne devriez pas être déçus. C’est l’attitude que j’ai adoptée au Grand Bazar d’Istanbul. 2. Utilisez l’humour Rigolez avec les marchands et faites des blagues. Non seulement ça détendra l’atmosphère, mais en plus ça incitera à la […]

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Comment trouver les meilleurs prix pour des billets d'avion
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Comment trouver des vols pas chers sur Skyscanner

Aujourd’hui, j’ai décidé de vous montrer le truc que j’apprends à tous mes amis et membres de ma famille pour trouver des vols pas chers. J’utilise cette technique littéralement à chaque fois que je magasine des billets d’avion. Je tiens à dire que cet article n’est pas un article commandité par Skyscanner. Je n’ai pas été payé pour l’écrire et je n’en retire aucun bénéfice direct. Par contre, il contient des liens affiliés, comme la plupart des articles sur ce blogue. (Un lien affilié me fait gagner une petite commission si vous faites une réservation, sans ajouter de frais pour vous. Ça me permet de continuer à vous offrir des infos gratuitement.) J’ai décidé d’écrire cet article parce que je réalise que la plupart des gens n’utilisent pas les comparateurs de vols à leur plein potentiel. Je vous montre! Si vous êtes sur votre cellulaire ou votre tablette, vous pouvez aussi installer gratuitement l’application Skyscanner pour Android ou l’application Skyscanner iOS. Sinon, commencez par cliquer ici pour ouvrir Skyscanner sur votre ordinateur et suivez ensuite les étapes plus bas. Ne vous en faites pas, vous n’avez pas à accumuler des points ou vous inscrire aux infolettres de toutes les compagnies aériennes pour […]

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En tant que backpackers, faut-il faire affaire avec un agent de voyage ou pas?
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Backpackers: Avoir un agent de voyage ou pas?

Récemment, une histoire m’a donné envie d’écrire cet article. Une de mes amies s’est payé un voyage en Grèce, destination dont elle rêvait depuis un bon moment. Elle a acheté ses billets d’avion en ligne, fait des recherches sur les meilleurs endroits à visiter et les découvertes à y faire. Le jour de son départ, elle se rend à l’aéroport comme prévu, trois heures à l’avance. Puis, c’est la galère… impossible pour elle de prendre son vol, car son passeport n’est pas valide trois mois après la date de son retour. Comme c’est une exigence pour entrer en Grèce, aucun passe droit possible. Elle a perdu son vol, beaucoup d’argent, mais surtout du temps précieux de vacances. Fâchée contre la compagnie aérienne qui lui a vendu son billet, elle voulait porter plainte. Je la comprends, j’aurais été assez en colère moi-même! Malgré cela, rien à reprocher ici à la compagnie aérienne qui lui a vendu son billet. Il est de la responsabilité du passager de respecter les exigences d’entrée et de sortie du pays qu’il visite. Sitôt que j’ai entendu son histoire, je l’ai contactée et en essayant fort fort de ne pas empirer la situation, je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher […]

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Tips for driving abroad
Belgium, Iceland, Travel Tips, United States

How to Drive Safely a Rented Car When You’re Abroad

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. On my side, 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’s a few lessons Pascale and I learned from our experience of driving in another country. 1. Learn to drive manual vehicles It’s better to learn to drive manual at home where you know the streets instead of trying while you’re discovering new traffic laws. It’s also way easier and cheaper to rent a manual then an automatic car in most of the countries. 2. Learn or write down cities’ names in their original language Pascale got lost in the Flemish part of Belgium, 30 minutes away from her hotel and she couldn’t recognize one city name. She had driven around several times before, but she thought that that one time […]

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Travelling with Agoraphobia
Honduras, Travel Tips

On Travel and Agoraphobia

I never realized how close the Montreal Olympic Stadium was from my place. I biked West, going to a friend’s home and I kind of « randomly » encounter this mythical place. It’s like knowing you live in the same town than a friend, but still being surprised to meet him on a street. And sitting where all these athletes fought their fears, I couldn’t help but think about all the battles I won. Truth is, I slowly recover. When I was 23,  I quit my job, quit university, and stayed put in my basement apartment for almost a year. At this moment, my social anxiety had reached a level so high that going out to the grocery store 300m away from home was a challenge. When you reach this point, you kind of loose the ability to evaluate distance. Sheep in wolves clothing If you don’t know what agoraphobia is, it’s a fear that makes you feel unable to leave the house. You feel like if you go out, something terrible will happen. Basically, it’s the fear of fear. Symptoms vary but mainly involve panic attacks. Panic attacks so intense that you’re sure you are dying. I had my first one driving my car home from school. I […]

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Blog, Travel Tips

Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb: From Guest to Host

Sheets are clean, a map is hanging on the wall behind my bed, and the Wifi code is written in a frame on the nightstand… Yep, I’m ready to become the perfect Airbnb host! I was juggling with the idea since last year and I finally took my decision. A lot of people I know want to do the same, but can’t make up their mind. That’s why I made up this beginner’s guide including: My answers to the 3 most common questions about hosting How to be the perfect host How to be the perfect guest 1. Does it bother you that strangers live among your things? The answer depends of the relation you have toward your possessions. On my side, once I removed my laptop, my camera and my cellphone from my apartment, there’s nothing of monetary value. Of course, there are objects that have a sentimental value, but I detach myself from them more and more everyday. For me, the decision to rent my place to strangers is a part of my process to value experience more than possessions. I prefer to meet new people and to welcome them in my home than to protect my belongings. Also, it is important to remember that […]

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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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Beacon Hill in Boston
Amériques, Destinations, United States

Boston – The truth About Love and Entrepreneurship

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 […]

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Rio de Janeiro Travel Tips
Amériques, Brazil, Destinations

8 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Rio de Janeiro

If you like cities, beaches, colorful places and good food, Rio de Janeiro is probably on your travel bucket list. There are some tips you need to know to get around and save money in the biggest city of Brazil. 1. Call the Bus In Rio de Janeiro, you need to call a bus just like you would do with a taxi. Even if you’re at a bus stop, it won’t pick you up unless you raise your hand and manifest your interest. What I really appreciated during my trip: there’s someone in the bus to give your change back! I don’t know if it’s common in your home town, but in Montreal we never get our change back in a bus. Something I learned because I was with a local: yellow seats are for disabled persons, elderly or pregnant women. It’s not really clear and you need to know that… Locals make fun of it and use to say: « Yellow seats are for old person… or tourists ». Don’t be that tourist. 2. Take the Metro The metro is super clean! Seriously, I would give it a price! I didn’t take it at night, but during the day I felt safe. I […]

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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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How to choose your travel partner
Blog, Thoughts, Travel Tips

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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