- Idea: How did you think about doing this trip?
I always wanted to do a Round the World Trip. First, I visited France a lot, then I did a Europe Tour for one month, I studied abroad 4 times in the USA and Spain. So it was just natural, that after finishing my studies, being single, having no responsibility and having saved some money, I would go around the World.
- Preparation: How did you prepare for it?
I didn’t prepare very much for it actually. I decided I would go in February, made some research on the internet, register to a travel association called ABM, went to some meetings and Round the World conference, booked my round the World Flight in may and started my trip in june, all in the same year.
- Top 10 experiences / Most incredible stories:
- – Going to the Olympic Games in Beijing, finding free tickets and partying with the athletes
- – Enjoying the biggest carnival in the World in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- – Riding a horse next to the moais on Easter Island
- – Doing a camel safari in the Rajasthan desert in India and seeing the Taj Mahal
- – Dancing until sunrise at the full moon party, the biggest monthly party in the World, in Koh Phangan, Thailand
- – Snorkeling and swimming with lemon sharks in Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- – Going to Ushuaia, Argentina, the end of the World
- – Visiting the Machu Picchu in Peru
- – Hiking to the top of an active volcano in Pucon, Chile
- – Leaving New Zealand in the afternoon and arriving in French Polynesia the day before!
- Top 5 Preferred places and Why:
- – Easter Island for the beautiful moais and people and the mystical energy I felt there.
- – Rio de Janeiro because it is such a trepidant and beautiful city with hot people with great bodies.
- – Thailand and especially Koh Phi Phi: I love the landscapes, the buddhas, the atmosphere, the food, the friendly people. This country has everything.
- – Bora Bora, French Polynesia because it is the pearl of the Pacific, so beautiful.
- – India because it is so different.
- How was the return?
Very good. After following the summer for one year, I came back to Europe for the summer. And as soon as I came back, to Paris, I went to the Cannes film festival, to enjoy my other passion: films, which I had been missing during my trip. The return became harder 6 months later when winter came. That year, I decided to skip winters and live a life of travels, mostly in the sun.
- What changed in you after this trip? What did you learn?
Not much and a lot at the same time. After this trip, I tried to have a “normal” life, well not really. Anyway, after one year in Paris and not being able to stand the cold of the winter, I decided to go travel again for 19 months this time. And after this, I decided my life would be travelling and I started my blog.
Also during my world trip, I met my best travel companion: Sarah, with whom I travel a lot now. So I keep traveling either solo or with Sarah.
- Books, DVD´s launched after (if any)?
With Sarah, we did a documentary about our trip hitchhiking from Paris to Moscow to see U2 in concert, the film was presented in France in several travel festivals. You can see the film in English here: http://vimeo.com/75263758. I also made several videos about my trips that you can see on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmilyzTravelandFilm. And now, in 2014, we’re doing videos about our trip in Brazil before and during the World Cup, you can see them on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/emilyandsarahtravels.
- Favorite travelling quotes:
- “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” actually, it’s not only a travel quote but a way of life quote for me! Anyway, travelling is my way of life.
- “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal” by Paulo Coelho.
- “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” by Augustine.
- Inspirations: (Movies, Books, People…)
Movies: lots of them, I love movies and they have definitely always inspired me to travel.
The Beach, Thelma and Louise, Into the Wild, Motorcycle Diaries, The Spanish flat (L’Auberge Espagnole), etc.
Books: “Around the World in 80 days” by Jules Verne, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “Vagabonding” by Rolf Potts.
- Any other idea to share: Just do it! Go for it!
- Before going Prepare the trip, but not too much, meet other travelers, read some books, look on the internet, read travel blogs…
- During the trip: Enjoy the trip and follow your instinct.
- After the trip : Good luck. Go back to your normal life or not. I think it is different to everyone. But plan something you like and fun. So if you don’t like the cold, come back for summer. If you missed your family a lot, come back for Christmas. Come back for something you like or love as well.