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A bit of travel destinations tips (I couldn’t resist), more information about my big journey around the world (well, a part of it) and the things that didn’t deserve their own category.

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Random Travel Advice page content: 

Blogging It or Not

Coming Back Home Tips

My ATW Trip

Countries Random Tips

Asia

Central America & the Carribean

South America

Africa

Contact Me

 

Blogging It or Not

Except if making a living out of it is the plan, I think it takes too much time to fully enjoy your trip. I tried a kind of very limited blog and even posting from time to time without much text and few photos took me a bit of time, time I didn’t really want to take so I stopped it after a while.

It would be even harder to keep it if you travel with someone not related to your blog project.

I also think that having a blog giving away all your travel findings, secret places that were still raw and virgin from massive tourism is a bit against what we want. We still want to keep some places empty as they are. So, blogging or not blogging, be careful who you share your tips with when travelling.

 

However, I really enjoyed having a small travel diary. Right, I don’t mean daily written diary, just a book where I kept track of all the places where I slept (with dates) and put some words just to remember few things, stories I could maybe forget one day. And I did forget things and I already did enjoy re-read some of these memories.

I am not into diary at all but yes, this is a long trip and the amount of new information, experiences coming to your excited tired brain is huge so, every little helps…

 

Coming Back Home Tips

  • Try to come back for spring or summer (cf leaving and coming back time section intlink).
  • Plan some money because nope you don’t want to rush to get back to work and nope, you don’t want to have to take the first work opportunity because you don’t have any money to live (and yes, cost of living will be higher again!)
  • Anticipate what’s coming. Try to put you in the mood. There is the homesick feeling when you are away as you can have the travelling blues feeling when back. When back, you might want to see many friends all the time, but they might be busy and have their daily routine. The plan was maybe to spend some time at your parents place but it might be hard after so long on your own free as a bird, etc.
  • To avoid such a big gap, try maybe to keep this travelling mood. Maybe it’s a good time to carry on meeting travellers in your home town, help people travel “like a local”, and you are this “local” now.

 

My ATW Trip

Here is a map with the main areas I visited during my big journey. 2 years and 8 months in South America, the Caribbean, Central America, Asia and Southern Africa.

You will get an idea of the period I visited each country, some were off season but it all went great weather wise.

Feel free to contact me if you have any question.

Open the map on Tripline website

 

Countries Random Tips

Asia

Bhutan
Only way to visit: visa+all-included tour package (and expensive one)

Cambodia
Motorbikes trip visiting waterfalls East and North of the country

China
Convenient train transport – visit Sichuan Tibetan areas

Hong Kong
Nature by the city: nice trek tracks and beaches next to skyscrapers in HK island

India
Train system tips: early booking and do it yourself (never take agencies trip booking)

Indonesia
Long term cheap scouter rental (or buy) for island hopping (taking your motorbike in boats)

Japan
Train discount kippu 18 if good season – accommodation tips: air bnb, manga kissas and love hotel

South Korea
Cheapest accommodation option: jimlibang to take a bath and stay overnight

Laos
Nice motorbike loops (Thakhek loop the best) – Muang Ngoi (if not too touristy already)

Malaysia
Cheap and speak good English – Borneo if DIY renting scouter/motorbikes

Mongolia
DIY motorbike trip camping style, sleeping by a different nomadic family every night next to their yurts

Myanmar
DIY but check areas restrictions

Nepal
Cheap long trek diy quality and price of tea house situation

North Korea
Not to go, don’t do this north korean border tour things, pointless touristy attraction

Philippines
Speak good English – Island hopping

Singapore
Airport – dose of perfect city, Disney World style – check popular neighbourhood for more Chinese style

Sri Lanka
Good road quality, ideal to self-drive – different season north and south

Thailand
Go off season + extremities of countries to be off tourist track

Vietnam
Motorbike: buy one for your whole trip and sell it when leaving (watch out quality when buying)

 

Central America & the Carribean                    

Cuba
Cheapest place I have been if managed well with local currency CUP

Dominica
Hitchhiking and wild island (the most beautiful I have been to in the Caribbean)

Guadeloupe
Big island with a lot to do (treks, waterfalls, etc.), plan enough time

Guatemala
Tikal national park, best wild ancient ruins I have done (can camp cheap next to it)

Honduras
Cheap diving (party place full of tourists but can find Spanish speaking dive centre)

Mexico 
Guanajuato (colourful city) + good mix possible from beach to mountain to ruins

 

South America

Argentina
Cheapest in the North, most expensive deep South – Patagonia enjoyable from Neuquen (North side)

Bolivia
Cheap cheap cheap – go down in the jungle (cheapest side of Amazon) or high (cheapest 6000m+ peak climbing of the world)

Brazil
North: deeper and more authentic Brazil

Chile
Deep south supposed to be even more beautiful than Argentinian side of Patagonia

Colombia
From jungle river to Caribbean side – Tayrona national park by the beach

Ecuador
US dollars: some local stuff cheap but some expensive attractions too (because of currency)

French Guyana
Jungle river and hiking

Peru
Search for local trekking alternatives than Inca trail

Uruguay
Mate addict country – only South American country legalising marijuana

Venezuela
Go with US dollars in cash, dirt cheap due to currency issue (black market exchange rate)

 

Africa

South Africa
See all landscapes in one country, from cliff coast in the West to tropical beach in the East, passing by green lands and waterfalls in the Centre – Not forgetting high-altitude rivers and mountains in Lesotho (enter using same visa as South Africa)

Botswana
Land of the famous Okavango delta in Maun and cheap wildlife opportunities (well, cheaper than other spots) from Kasane

Zambia
South Luangwa park, sleep in Mfuwe, just by the park and see animals from lodges situated just by the river (= free safari 😊)

Zimbabwe
Nice people, very welcoming because they lost many tourists – Victoria Falls town: see Elephants wondering around when walking around town

Malawi
Beautiful mountain trekking in the South before relaxing by the lake – take the boat to travel the lake

Tanzania
Nice train ride from Dar el Salaam to Zambia

 

Oceania

Australia
Only cheap way : doing road trip (cars relocation or finding ride on Gumtree), free camping by the road and cooking your own food (+ CouchSurfing in big cities)

New Zealand
If going for less than a month, pick the South Island only – same tips for costs of travel than Australia