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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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…
- 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.
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.
Only way to visit: visa+all-included tour package (and expensive one)
Motorbikes trip visiting waterfalls East and North of the country
Convenient train transport – visit Sichuan Tibetan areas
Nature by the city: nice trek tracks and beaches next to skyscrapers in HK island
Train system tips: early booking and do it yourself (never take agencies trip booking)
Long term cheap scouter rental (or buy) for island hopping (taking your motorbike in boats)
Train discount kippu 18 if good season – accommodation tips: air bnb, manga kissas and love hotel
Cheapest accommodation option: jimlibang to take a bath and stay overnight
Nice motorbike loops (Thakhek loop the best) – Muang Ngoi (if not too touristy already)
Cheap and speak good English – Borneo if DIY renting scouter/motorbikes
DIY motorbike trip camping style, sleeping by a different nomadic family every night next to their yurts
DIY but check areas restrictions
Cheapest DIY long trek, having accommodation and food in tea house along the way
Not to go, don’t do this north korean border tour things, pointless touristy attraction
Speak good English – Island hopping
Airport – dose of perfect city, Disney World style – check popular neighbourhood for more Chinese style
Good road quality, ideal to self-drive – different season north and south
Go off season + extremities of countries to be off tourist track
Motorbike: buy one for your whole trip and sell it when leaving (watch out quality when buying)
Cheapest place I have been if managed well with local currency CUP
Hitchhiking and wild island (the most beautiful I have been to in the Caribbean)
Big island with a lot to do (treks, waterfalls, etc.), plan enough time
Tikal national park, best wild ancient ruins I have done (can camp cheap next to it)
Cheap diving (party place full of tourists but can find Spanish speaking dive centre)
Guanajuato (colourful city) + good mix possible from beach to mountain to ruins
Cheapest in the North, most expensive deep South – Patagonia enjoyable from Neuquen (North side)
Cheap cheap cheap – go down in the jungle (cheapest side of Amazon) or high (cheapest 6000m+ peak climbing of the world)
North: deeper and more authentic Brazil
Deep south supposed to be even more beautiful than Argentinian side of Patagonia
From jungle river to Caribbean side – Tayrona national park by the beach
US dollars: some local stuff cheap but some expensive attractions too (because of currency)
Jungle river and hiking
Machu Picchu : forget the Inca Trail, search for local trekking alternative around and do DIY Machu Picchu on its own – Huaraz : Glacier and 5000m+ treks, cheap alternative to expensive deep South Patagonia ?
Mate addict country – only South American country legalising marijuana
Go with US dollars in cash, dirt cheap due to currency issue (black market exchange rate)
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)
Land of the famous Okavango delta in Maun and cheap wildlife opportunities (well, cheaper than other spots) from Kasane
South Luangwa park, sleep in Mfuwe, just by the park and see animals from lodges situated just by the river (= free safari 😊)
Nice people, very welcoming because they lost many tourists – Victoria Falls town: see Elephants wondering around when walking around town
Beautiful mountain trekking in the South before relaxing by the lake – take the boat to travel the lake
Nice train ride from Dar el Salaam to Zambia
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)
If going for less than a month, pick the South Island only – same tips for costs of travel than Australia