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I’m originally from France, and so far I have been to Ireland, England, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, the USA, Japan, Singapore and at the time this blog post will go up, I’ll be spending Christmas 2018 in Bali, Indonesia! So, 10 countries so far! 🙂
Oh my Gosh, this tag is already getting to hard to answer… Well, in fact my bucket list was all reshuffled after this summer 2018, because I went on a world trip with my parents for my 25th birthday/ end of studies/ life turning point and got to visit the USA and Japan, which were ex aequo my two ABSOLUTE number one destinations on my bucket list! You can read all about this mega-trip here 🙂
Therefore, now that two of my absolute dream destinations have been crossed off the list, I would say the number one on my bucket list now is be Australia. I’m actively looking at prices on Sky Scanner to see when it would be the best time to go there from Singapore!
Well, I’ve already written about the 10 Incredible Destinations I Want to Hit Before I Kick It, and from this I will say the other 3 are:
Ummmmm… Let me think about it.
It would for sure be long, a month or two, and it would include discovering a new country and experiencing some kind of a culture shock. Visiting cities, but also incredible untouched sites, with preserved nature. And it would be either with one loved-one, or alone.
The two pictures I cherish the most are those two shots that my mother took of me in New York this summer…
Both those shots are absolutely perfect to my eyes, and bring back so many memories of us being in New York, me for the first time ever, my parents for the first time in 27 years: they spent their honeymoon there before I was born…
It was my absolute dream to go there, for as long as I can remember, and both pictures represent the fulfillment of this dream of mine and make me remember how lucky I was then, and how lucky I still am to be able to continue fulfilling my dreams now.
Yes, I have had to travel for work on several occasions: when I was on internships in law firms during my law studies, I have had to travel to other courts or tribunals in France, for court hearings.
Since I’ve graduated as a lawyer in France, I’ve been working as a junior legal counsel for the Singaporean office of a big french company. So for my first job, I actually moved abroad, to Singapore.
With each of my loved-ones. Where? I don’t know, where the wind will take us 🙂
For the person it would have to be a loved-one, and for the object it would have to be a knife, because I believe you can achieve anything with a knife (fire, create a shelter, make clothes, prepare food, etc.). But the real answer would be something intangible: knowledge about how to survive and nature in general.
Anyone who knows me well knows I absolutely love amusement parks. For example, I have been to Disneyland Paris more than 30 times (I’ve had a One-Year Pass allowing me to visit for free).
I also like going to zoos, but it really depends on the zoo, and I’ve visited a lot of zoos in my life actually, I’m guessing 20 different ones. In France, Ireland, Japan, the US and Singapore.
In France, you can have really nice open-air ones, where animals live freely in reserves, and most importantly not caged. I especially think about a bird park I absolutely love in Villard-les-Dombes in South-east France (website). I also remember visiting a domain where wolfs lived freely but were fed by humans, which allowed visitors to see them during lunch time. This is the kind of “zoo” I like, but it depends on what you’re calling a zoo really.
All I know is that when I see an animal caged and obviously looking like it’s gone mad, turning in its cage, desperate, it brings tears to my eyes. I can’t handle it.
Sea. I’m a beach girl, have been going to the south of France and the Mediterranean sea for all my holidays from 0 to 17 years old.
Well, 2018 will end in one week, but in fact I still have one country to go to this year: I’ll spend the last week of 2018 on the Indonesian island of Bali 🙂
I cannot say anything about 2019… you’ll see 😉 but stay tuned for my adventures to come, because 2019 will probably be the year I visit the most places, ever!
Well, never say never, but I can think of places where there is a war going on, or countries under dictatorship. I can say I’ll probably never go to North Korea.
Kyoto, Japan. 100%, didn’t even need a minute to think about it. If you’ve never been, PLAN YOUR TRIP RIGHT NOW.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Will not go back unless forced to, and you can read all about the reasons why in this blog post: Why Las Vegas Was A Downer & Discovering Sin City | World Tour #8
Well, it was Singapore, because we ended our summer world tour with Singapore, and three months later I was back: now I’m living there 🙂
Japan. 100% again. Hands down. Not joking. If you’ve never been, PLAN YOUR TRIP RIGHT NOW!
Wherever I felt safe, at home, and with the people I love. It has never been attached to a place in particular.
This situation only happens in movies… how nice it would be though! Well, to be really honest with you, I’ll go back to Japan, so the destination would be Tokyo, Narita Airport.
Either Tropical island getaway (which will be what I’m doing for the last week of 2018, going to Bali) or City exploring trip!
A water bottle, a book and a blanket. It’s only with those 3 things that I can survive a 14-hour flight.
All my books, my piano, and really nice camera gear.
Don’t prepare every single thing in advance of a trip: allow yourself to get lost, to explore whatever you wish to and to be surprised!
What I felt arriving in New York City for the first time in my life. I almost cried of happiness, feeling like the luckiest person ever.
Being sick for two days straight in Tokyo, not being able to get up.
The moment I left France again, to go and live in Asia. I cried, and in fact I’ve filmed it: you can watch my departure vlog here!
Well I can’t remember one in particular, but it always has to be with not understanding what a person is saying to me, usually talking in English but with a strong accent from somewhere.
Las Vegas, again. You can read all about the reasons why in this blog post: Why Las Vegas Was A Downer & Discovering Sin City | World Tour #8.
San Francisco, California, USA! I’d never really thought about this place, but staying there and exploring this city was actually so nice! I’ll definitely go back to California in the future.
Well, this is a hard one because I’ve been eating food from all other the world since I was a child so for the moment I didn’t discover any food during a trip. However, I recently discovered Chinese Bao, at the Yam’Tcha teahouse in Paris, the small restaurant of Adeline Grattard’s husband, as seen on the third episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table: France.
I loved the baos I ate there, and I’ve seen lots of restaurants specialised in baos here in Singapore, so I’ll definitely eat some baos again!
Probably the hardest question of this tag. I will give the short answer, because I’d really like to extensively express my deepest thoughts on this topic in the future, on this blog.
I guess I travel because I’m looking for something, which I haven’t found yet. A place, someone, peace within, answers to my questions, truth? I don’t know.
I’m already getting so used to Singaporeans “Lah” to mark the end of their sentences, and “Can” or “Cannot” instead of answering yes or no, I’m sure I would have picked those in about a month!
A special someone I haven’t met yet.
City: Kyoto, so far. Country: Japan, forever. (repeating myself here, am I not? Have you booked your trip there yet? What are you waiting for?)
All the hats I own. They’re from all other the world, and I love them all.
If it’s a lack of money, then take time to look at all the budget travel tips available on the internet today: you won’t hesitate after doing that.
If it’s a lack of time, then really think about it: I am 100% sure you can find a way to take some time off whatever is keeping you from traveling (work, family, life in general).
And if it’s a lack of courage, which probably is the main reason for everyone, then meditate every day over this quote:
“In the end, what you will regret aren’t the things you did, but the things you never had the courage to do.”
Taking aside the obvious (identity papers, phone + charger and money), I would say a travel guide or a physical map.
My passport stamp from the US.
Oh yes. Along with its expiration date.
Cars, 100%. I’m all about road trips, even though I absolutely love planes and trains as well. I also cherish boats, and buses. Any kind of transportation really.
Hotel or AirBnb. Sharing a bathroom and a bedroom with strangers is my idea of hell on Earth, so hostels are NOT for me.
I’m both. I want to go to all the places I’ve never been to, but also come back to my favourite places.
I read a lot about the destination, its culture and history, but I don’t plan the exact things I’ll be exploring or doing when I get there.
I don’t really have one. What I’m all about are vlogs on YouTube, from youtubers like Louis Cole (Fun For Louis) who’s been to almost every country on Earth. I’ve been watching his vlogs around the world for almost 7 years.
Otherwise, I look at travel guides, and read travel blogs when I need information.
Tokyo, Japan. Because anyone from anywhere in the world will for sure be getting a huge culture shock in Tokyo. This place is absolutely incredible, and it can be everything you wish it to be.
Dublin, at the beginning of September 2011, when I was 17 years-old, to go and live there for 2 years.
Backpack. So much more convenient.
I always go out of the place I’m staying at, choose a direction, and walk or take transportation in that direction not knowing what I will find. This is how I’ve stumbled on amazing sites, discovered amazing restaurants, met locals, etc.
In fact, this is probably the best travel tip I could give to anyone, but to do this you’ll need to be absolutely care-free.
Yes, and I make a point out of it. I need to connect with locals, because this is how I like to travel. Otherwise there would be no point to explore the world for me.
Yes: this is the time when I’m most feeling whole and complete, and not wishing to be somewhere else. I live in the present and am fully aware of the peace I’m feeling inside.
I would like to experience 3 to 6 months of living and working in different places, in one country or many… and I can’t tell much more because nothing’s settled yet. 🙂
Until next time,
Keep Calm & Travel!
aka The French Hat
So we left Las Vegas with a somewhat sore feeling. After being forced to get a cab from the hotel to go to McCarran International Airport, when no other option was left to us, and waiting for several hours at the airport (where we felt more at ease than anywhere else in Vegas at that point), we eventually took off and escaped from the Nevada desert, happy as ever to leave the sounds of the slot machines behind us.
It was Monday the 23rd of July, and on that day I set foot in Los Angeles for the first time in my life.
We had almost 24 hours until our next plane, which would carry us in more than 10 hours, to Japan.
Things went smoothly, so we didn’t have to think about it. From the airport, we took the free shuttle to our hotel (what a change after Las Vegas!), checked in the huuuuge beautiful room we booked and we proceeded to chill out.
We didn’t even go out of the hotel to explore Los Angeles a bit, but honestly we weren’t in the mood to do so. Things are a little blurry but from what I can remember, we went to the hotel restaurant and ate very good food, and then I watched a movie my father had told me about on the flight that day, which I had wanted to see ever since it was released in 2004: ‘Flight Plan‘ with Jodie Foster, a thriller set on a plane which was interestingly written, but scared me about planes when I wasn’t even scared…
All I could think about was counting the hours separating me from leaving the US and FINALLY landing to Japan, and seeing it for myself, after so many years of wondering how it would be like.
For the record, I have been learning Japanese for almost 2 years now, and obviously learning about the culture as well, from many different sources (YouTube, books, TV shows, Netflix, documentaries, social media and so on). So I already knew a lot about Japan. In fact, in some ways even more than I knew about the US… That’s something I’ve already talked about, but what I knew from the US before our trip all came from 70s to 90s TV shows and movies. Nothing current.
I had the same level of excitement for Japan that I got for New York City, which is saying something because I had wanted to go to New York since before I could even have memories… I can’t even describe how happy I was.
That night I couldn’t sleep very well either, which was expected…
I knew well enough how much of a disorientation and culture shock we would feel when arriving in Japan, and what’s more, in Tokyo. I tried to explain it as much as I could to my father. I remember I told him about:
He listened alright. And as I talked about it, I tried my best to really think about it. But in the end, neither of us was truly prepared for what was coming.
Ever wondered where Sofia Coppola got her title from for her famous movie? Well I’ll just leave that quote here for you to think about…
“Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation.”
Until next time,
Salut Rémy ! Alors raconte-moi un peu ton expatriation/ voyage/ aventure ?
En effet c’était tout ça à la fois ! En fait, j’ai fait 1 an et demi de voyage, backpacking, pour partir à la découverte d’un autre mode de vie. J’ai pu le faire suite à un arrangement avec mon employeur, en cumulant la pose d’un congé sabbatique + d’un congé sans solde !
Ah oui quelle chance ! Qu’est-ce-qui t’avait poussé à demander ça ?
Quand un ami m’a dit qu’il était ok pour partir aussi : à ce moment j’ai su que c’était sûr que je partais !
Tu as ressenti quoi ?
Beaucoup d’excitation !
Qu’est-ce-qui t’a fait choisir l’Australie en particulier ?
Un ami pouvait me trouver un job dès mon arrivée.
Tu étais où ça ?
A Perth exactement.
Tu parles quelles langues ?
Français et anglais, et j’ai des bases en allemand et italien.
Du coup tu connaissais la langue du pays dans lequel du partais. En quoi cela t’a aidé ?
Pour tout : trouver un boulot et un endroit pour vivre, me faire des amis et simplement pour le quotidien. Trouver un boulot a tout de même été la chose la plus compliquée.
Est-ce que tu conseillerais d’apprendre la langue avant de venir ?
C’est un plus mais il n’y a rien de mieux que d’être sur place pour apprendre.
Quelle a été la partie la plus difficile de ton expatriation ?
La gestion du budget pour alterner travail et voyage.
Qu’est-ce-que tu aurais fait différemment à ton arrivée sur place ?
Mieux caler la date d’arrivée sur la date de début du job (saisonnier)
Où as-tu trouvé le plus d’infos sur l’Australie ?
En faisant des recherches Internet, en allant consulter des forums, etc.
Le jour où tu es arrivé, est-ce-que tu t’es senti perdu ?
Non, j’avais bien préparé mon arrivée.
Est-ce-que tu as réussi à te faire facilement des amis ?
Oui je m’en suis fait des tas !
Plutôt des locaux ou des expatriés ?
Les deux !
Est-ce qu’il est facile de se fondre dans la masse en Australie ?
Quel conseil donnerais-tu à quelqu’un qui voudrait venir vivre en Australie ?
De bien gérer son budget !
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster à la nourriture ?
Oui, le fromage me manquait 🙂
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster aux gens ?
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster à la législation ?
Pas spécialement non plus.
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster au climat ?
Un peu, le climat est plus chaud.
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster à l’habillement ?
Pas spécialement non plus !
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster à la façon de travailler ?
Oui, les jobs réalisés étaient beaucoup plus manuels que celui exercé en France.
Est-ce-que tu as du t’ajuster à la façon de vivre ?
Oui, j’ai du m’adapter à la vie en mode backpacking !
Eh bien en fait je ne suis pas resté en Australie les 1 an et demi : j’ai aussi fait 6 mois de backpacking en Asie !
D’accord ! Je comprends mieux !
Oui mon expérience est davantage une vie de voyage plutôt qu’une expatriation à proprement parler 🙂
Je vois ! Le retour a du être vraiment difficile.
Oui, le retour au train train quotidien n’est pas évident.
Et tu penses déjà à repartir ?
Oui, mais plus sur des périodes de vacances (déjà reparti 3 semaines en Inde) pour ne pas nuire à ma vie professionnelle.
Je te remercie de tes réponses Rémy, je pense que tout cela intéressera pas mal de personnes ! A la prochaine !
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