Sylvie et Emeric Autour du Monde

Back in July, two of David’s friends took off on a tour du monde (trip around the world). This seems to be pretty common as I’ve heard of many French people/couples who do it. I have no idea how they afford it though!

Sylvie & Emeric started their trip in New York, with visits to Boston, Baltimore, Montreal and D.C. Then they flew down to Chili, Bolivia and Argentina. Currently, they’re in French Polynesia. Then after a month in Australia & New Zealand, they’ll spend 4 months traveling throughout several Asian countries. Finally, they’ll finish with a few days in Finland and Sardinia before returning to France nearly an entire year after they left. They are keeping a blog throughout their trip (if you read French or just want to see pretty photos): SEAM…

I love to travel, but not for more than a few weeks at a time. I miss home too much. I miss my cat, my books, my own bed – just the familiarity of things, really. I’d love to visit all those countries too (and many others), but not in one trip around the world. Plus I would have a really hard time deciding which countries to go to and which ones I couldn’t possibly fit in because of lack of time or money. Basically, I want to go everywhere and see everything.

I’m pretty fortunate that I have already visited several countries: Canada, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France (just Paris, Provence and my own région though), Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Egypt. And thanks to my siblings’ weddings and friends who live overseas, I will be visiting these places in 2009:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Turkey
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland
  • Washington D.C. (and maybe Boston)

The European destinations are really cheap thanks to low-cost airlines and free accommodation. The ones across the ocean – not so much. But those are for the weddings, so seeing family is more important than saving money.

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  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    My husband and I did an around the world trip once but in three months. It ended up being cheaper that way by booking it as around the world. We wanted to go to the States and Australia, so decided to include some other countries along the way, such as Malaysia and Thailand. It turned out to be way more flying that I like-got so tired of airports. If it had been spread out over a year, I think it would have been better.

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    My husband and I did an around the world trip once but in three months. It ended up being cheaper that way by booking it as around the world. We wanted to go to the States and Australia, so decided to include some other countries along the way, such as Malaysia and Thailand. It turned out to be way more flying that I like-got so tired of airports. If it had been spread out over a year, I think it would have been better.

  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com/ Andromeda

    DC is where I’m from! Well, the suburbs. The best part is all the FREE museums! So an even cheaper trip for you! Though the spy museum costs money, it’s totally worth it (well, if you are spy crazy like me). I like 7th st for eating, it heads right into Chinatown too, and there’s all the galleries . . . I’m going home for Christmas, can you tell I’m excited? lol

    Andromedas last blog post..Special Delivery

  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com Andromeda

    DC is where I’m from! Well, the suburbs. The best part is all the FREE museums! So an even cheaper trip for you! Though the spy museum costs money, it’s totally worth it (well, if you are spy crazy like me). I like 7th st for eating, it heads right into Chinatown too, and there’s all the galleries . . . I’m going home for Christmas, can you tell I’m excited? lol

    Andromedas last blog post..Special Delivery

  • http://off-thebeatentrack.blogspot.com/ India J

    Interesting post – I can’t say it’s something I’d want to do; I’m a xenophile but not at all interested in travel of the “here today, gone tomorrow” type…living out of a backback!
    I like to visit to a country and really get the feel for it by getting to know the people, the language, customs…etc – but in small doses – I can’t imagine not having my entire wardrobe at my disposition for days on end, par exemple..!

    Now, I know Christmas is a long way off;
    but, I just couldn’t wait…

    I’m in the midst of gift-wrapping an extremely early Christmas present for all my delightful favourite bloggers -
    it’ll be ready this evening –
    so, if you’d like to pop by my blog anytime after that, you may pick it up and enjoy..:)

    India Js last blog post..The Wisdom Project…

  • http://off-thebeatentrack.blogspot.com/ India J

    Interesting post – I can’t say it’s something I’d want to do; I’m a xenophile but not at all interested in travel of the “here today, gone tomorrow” type…living out of a backback!
    I like to visit to a country and really get the feel for it by getting to know the people, the language, customs…etc – but in small doses – I can’t imagine not having my entire wardrobe at my disposition for days on end, par exemple..!

    Now, I know Christmas is a long way off;
    but, I just couldn’t wait…

    I’m in the midst of gift-wrapping an extremely early Christmas present for all my delightful favourite bloggers -
    it’ll be ready this evening –
    so, if you’d like to pop by my blog anytime after that, you may pick it up and enjoy..:)

    India Js last blog post..The Wisdom Project…

  • http://www.joujoulovesyou.blogspot.com/ JouJou

    Ah, I spent a month in Turkey for my 21st birthday and it was divine!! You will LOVE it!

    JouJous last blog post..GET YO SHI* and GET OUT.

  • http://www.joujoulovesyou.blogspot.com JouJou

    Ah, I spent a month in Turkey for my 21st birthday and it was divine!! You will LOVE it!

    JouJous last blog post..GET YO SHI* and GET OUT.

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