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
- 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.