Trip Around the World




You become an expert of the happy hour schedule in each town. From 3 to 5PM head left: it’s pub time! From 5 to 7 go to the beachfront: it’s tapas time! From 7 to 9 go… home! Happy Hour is over and so is your night out.

Your diet depends on the list of countries you will be visiting. China: definitely dieting. USA: if only that was possible. Colombia: I’m doomed.

You know you will always get questions when you hand your customs declaration entering a country. There is always THE confusion moment with the list of “countries previously visited”. Turkey, Australia, New-Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, China, USA, Colombia. No, I’m not a smuggler, nor a drug dealer, nor a CIA agent… I am just a homeless, jobless traveller with no plans! Hummmmm that doesn’t sound very good does it?

You find out at the check-in counter that you actually need a way-out ticket to enter some countries. What do you mean if I have a ticket out from New-Zealand? I am on a trip around the world and we just want to enjoy your country and we have no idea how long we are staying. You don’t care? Where is my ticket? Ok, ok, ok I am buying one, but do you have wifi?

You are so so so happy to see your sister bringing cosmetics from France. Hair conditioner has just entered the top 5 of the most important material goods you have in your life. Along with 48h deodorant.

You hate the German-style sandals. They really are unfashionable, but curiously enough they look sexier than a Louboutin after walking 2 hours under 35°C in your walking shoes. And right now, you wish you had one pair.

You become not only a professional traveller, but a time traveller. You manage to leave Seoul at 7 AM in the morning and land in NYC at exactly the same time. Who said you needed to be a wizard to master time?

You map your friends on Facebook and decide where you are going to go according to whom has a place for you to sleep. An ensuite room would be greatly appreciated. Anyone??

You got over your serial shopper addiction. Everything you buy is an adventure you will not be able to pay for later. One pair of cute sunglasses = no-day-trip-in-a-paradisiac-island-for-you-Miss. And you have to carry what you shop, and you don’t want to do that. Trust me.

You actually enjoy walking 3 to 4 hours a day. It’s like going to the gym but instead of looking at the sweaty t-shirt in front of you you are actually admiring the Forbidden City. And it’s free. And it makes you save the transportation money. And that my friend, is priceless. 1 bus ticket can make the whole difference on your budget!

For more fun facts about being on a trip around the world read the Part 1!
You can also read how it feels like to be a thirty-year-old on the road.

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  1. Cecile

    German walking- sandals are the best, you should get a pair 😉

    1. Author

      I am thinking about it, although I might have to cut the bottom of the pictures so there is no existing proof out there! ;)))

    1. Author

      Hi Melissa, thanks for the laugh 🙂 Nothing can make me happier than making people laugh, this is why I love writing.
      Thanks again for the support!
      PS: love your writing 😉

  2. Rachel Rueckert

    So fun! I just finished a trip around the world and I totally relate to the customs declaration questions and the time traveling. So classic. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

    1. Author

      Hi Rachel, thank you so much for your message 🙂 We do live some unique experiences on a trip around the world ;). How is the coming back going?

  3. Gemma

    Haha! brilliant post, it actually made me chuckle! Somehow saying I’m a traveler sounds so cool and exotic, when the reality is more like I’m unemployed with no plans and little money, please let me come into your country?!

    1. Author

      Hi Gemma, I am soooo sorry for this late reply!!!First of all the last 2 months have been crazy road-tripping in the US and now Canada. Secondly I have received a lot of spam in the comments and your message got lost in there! I am so glad you have liked it 🙂 I have just published a more serious one about being a thirty-year-old today, if you are interested. Hope all is good with you!!

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