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A round the world trip in more than 80 days.

Why this blog ?

Our aim : travel and discover the world during 353 days and through some fifhteen countries. We are hoping that this blog will allow us to share the experience with our family and friends thanks to the posts and photos that we will be publishing and also thanks to their comments.

Currently ...

now. For the moment, we are gently readapting from nomadic to sedentary life.


In short : The itinerary

We have mostly stuck to the list of countries that we had put together before our departure. The main addition was the duo Palestine-Israel. We had also not included the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) and Borneo (Malaysia) in the list. Even if our budget took a severe hit, both places proved worth the trip. We removed Tasmania (Australia) since we heard it is quite close to New Zealand.

Except in South America, where we had a rather precise travel plan, we had decided what to visit next as we moved on.

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We spent an average of 3 weeks in each country. But in reality, our stay in some of them did not exceed 3 days (i.e. Singapore) whereas in other nations, such as India, we spent 45 days to cover only part of the North.

If we had to do it all over again, surely we would spend a bit less time in Southest Asia and Australia (expensive and a little overrated), and we would skip Thailand (too touristy). But overall, we think that our itinerary was quite balanced : we neither got bored nor had the feeling to be rushing after time.

Many people asked us whether at some point we felt like chilling for a while in a place. Truth is we have not felt the need. The closest that we got to sedentary life are the week that we spent in Sidney (Australia) and Sucre (Bolivia). We took profit of those pretty places to do a ‘technical’ scale to organize the following stages of the trip, update the blog, get our clothes cleaned and, of course, get some rest. But each time, after a few days, the appeal of new horizons was too strong to be ignored. However, we met travelers who stopped for weeks, or that even settled definitively in one of the places they had loved during their trips.


Next post : In short : The transportations.

We have come full circle

48 hours after leaving Jordan and having set foot on 3 continents I became aware that the trip was over while dropping my bags at my parents home in Casablanca.

Over the following days, I started realizing that we had been dreaming with our eyes open for a year. More than the unforgettable sceneries we have seen, more than the wonderful encounters we made and more than the yummy delights that still make our mouth water, the most beautiful thing we have experienced is Freedom. Yearlong, we have enjoyed this feeling that was unknown to us before this long-haul journey.

We were happy to see our family and friends once again, even if I was not that keen on taking our flight back home. Not that I wanted to run away from anything but I felt good in this nomadic lifestyle where you see, learn and do something new every day. It would have been great if we could have taken a one month break and then sailed away for new horizons.

Once back home, it took us a while to loose some habits, like checking every 5 minutes our pockets to see if our passports were still there or jay-walking on busy wide streets. Several times a week, when the weather is cooperating, we go for little walks and, like tourists, we shoot anything that is moving. Thanks to the cosmopolitanism of Paris, you get easily a change-of-scenery fix for a Metro fare or a Velib’ ride : have lunch at a cheap Pakistani eatery in “Strasbourg-Saint Denis”, remember the middle-east while cruising “rue des Rosiers” where fresh falafels are fried or feel stuffed after a “Pho Spécial” in XIII° District.

Arriving in Paris on Friday to resume work on Monday made us dive immediately with both feet in the daily routine. It was not easy: we had forgotten what it was like to remain seated all day long, to be pushed around by the crowd in the subway, to be pressured by hyper-consumerism or to feel sick when hearing French politicians.

But thanks to our well-oiled society, we were very quickly back to business. Like everybody, you start dreaming about the next week-end on Monday morning. In spite of all this, the trip charged me up with positive energy and gave me this sweet sensation of being now on top of things.

Today, the question is not whether we will be doing this type of trip again but rather when we will be doing it again.


The places visited in the Middle-East

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