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Winter Vacations in New York City

Feeling weary of work due to the gloomy weather of winter? It is time to plan for escape room vacation for your family. Want to engage in adventure, sporting, entertainment, or relaxation? Yes! Here are some winter charms in NYC.

Manhattan

Manhattan is a borough of NYC and the most popular attraction for visitors. The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Central Park are the most gorgeous tourist locales. Ice skating, escape rooms, skyscrapers, billboards, road shows, art museums, and parks offer a riveting experience to Manhattan visitors.

Escape the Room NYC

In escape rooms, there will be physical puzzles and riddles, which can be solved using hints, clues, and strategy. You can solve them with your family and friends and this adventurous game will be very exciting.

Ice Skating

Wollman Rink is one of the popular skating centers. One can enjoy a nice quiet skate amidst the crowd. It is an excellent escape room activity to warm up even at low temperature.

Skyscrapers and Road Shows

Times Square is an exquisite location to hang out with your friends or family in restaurants, shopping, events, and movies. NYC folks love cultural events, festivals, and hoardings. That is why people rush and watch the Broadway or Off Broadway shows, including TV shows, ad expos, city shows, and concerts.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

This annual dog show will be conducted in Manhattan in winter. Go for this contest where dog lovers will have a great time showcasing their dog performance. More than 3,000 dogs with wide assortment of brands take part in the show.

Parks

Bryant Park is a park in Manhattan where one can have a pleasant buzz in the cold winter days. There are many snack kiosks open here which will give you a warm welcome in the cold weather. People can enjoy free ice skating and have fun of skiing and other activities in the huge outdoor rinks inside the park.

Staten Island

Staten Island, a borough in NYC, is a land of historic and cultural beauty with its zoos, museums, parks, and beaches. Some remarkable places include Whitehall Terminal, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island Zoo, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and High Rock Park.

Taking a ferry from Whitehall Terminal, Staten Island, is a 25-minute trip that can cover the Lower Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, and the majestic Statue of Liberty.

Queens

Queens is part of Long Island and a borough in NYC. It is the home of rich culture with its fine art museums, restaurants, parks, picturesque lakes, and wildlife sanctuary. Some stupendous sites include MoMA PS1, Fort Totten, Flushing Meadows, Jamaka Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gantry Plaza State Park, Calvary Cementry, and Surreal Elevator.

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 is one of the country’s largest museums. The facility includes a large entrance, two-story project space, and an outdoor gallery.

Fort Totten

Fort Totten is a hidden Civil War fort in the Bayside area of Queens and has become a city park. The fortress is comprised of a museum and some fortifications in ruins. Bird watching in and around the fortress provides a fascinating experience.

Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows is the fourth largest park in NYC. Trailing in the park leads to stadiums like Citi Field and the USTA National Tennis Center, concrete towers in the Pavilion, the Queens Zoo, the Queens Museum, and Queens Museum Theatre.

Brooklyn

Luna Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Navy Yard Center, and Brooklyn Museum are a few likely places of visit in Brooklyn.

The Bronx

There are many historical and cultural destinations in the Bronx. Hart Island, North Brother Island, Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and Van Cortlandt Park Monoliths are among the top list. One may sight cemetery, prison, hospital, and monoliths of a variety of stones.

Side Trips from NYC

As side trips from NYC, you can explore amazing places in New Paltz. Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve, and Minnewaska State Park are the excellent choices. Mountains, forests, fields, and streams are predominantly found in these spots, thus ideal for rock climbing and trekking. In Mohonk Mountain House, visitors enjoy warm up activities like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating.

Have a fantastic escape room winter vacation in NYC!

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Tips When Visiting Chicago Alone

Have you already tried exploring Chicago alone? There are plenty of reasons why it is perfect for you to have a trip to this city.

If you feel you can also enjoy travelling alone, just make sure that you already have the idea of the amazing places to visit and interesting things to do in a particular tourist destination. Despite of being alone, there are plenty of reasons why you can completely enjoy your Chicago adventure.

Are you brave enough travel Chicago alone? If yes, here are the outstanding things you can try when you visit Chicago by yourself.

Blend with the city

So, what does blending with the city means? Blending with the city is all about acting as if you know already where you are going and you actually belong to that city.

In addition, you can take advantage of a map guide so that it would be easier for you walk around the street. Apart from that, you can use your smart phone in order to get familiar with the areas that you plan to visit.

In order for you to create more authentic Chicago experience, you can try attending different workshops or seminars that can help you gain learnings about the place. Therefore, if you really wanted to effectively blend with the city, you have to confidently visit different places while getting deeper understanding of the city.

Talk to other people

Maybe, some people find it hard to travel alone is that they feel of being lonely. To solve this problem, you need to have the courage to talk to other people. If successfully done, you can expect that it would be easier for you to enjoy more things about the city as well as to discover more interesting places.

By simply talking to the locals, you can gain ideas about the hidden places that can bring you surprises. When you visit bars, restaurants or cinema lines, you can randomly have conversations with the people around. That way you can also hear beautiful stories that can bring an inspiration or even you will be able to meet fellow travelers.

Feel comfortable when dining

Although a lot of people find it intimidating to dine alone, if you know how to make yourself comfortable, you will be to enjoy. Chicago serves to be an amazing place to watch people. You can simply sit down and concentrate on your smartphone.

Sometimes, there is no wrong being alone while dining on a restaurant where you don’t need to have someone to talk to. It can actually have time to evenly appreciate the things and the people around you.

Pick the accommodation wisely

Not all hotels in Chicago can give you affordable prices. So, you need to choose a hotel accommodation wisely unless you wanted to have some financial issue during your trip.

With so much amazing things to do in Chicago, avoid spending too much on a hotel room. Before heading your way to the city, make sure that you already have ideas where it is affordable to stay.

Do whatever makes you happy

One of the best ways for you successfully enjoy your trip to Chicago is for you to freely do things can make you happy. Remember, you aim to go to New York for you to enjoy, so make sure that you have enough time to do things that can complete your travel.

Now, after you learn amazing tips that can make your Chicago adventure successful even without a companion, you will definitely have the confidence. Make sure that you stay happy all the time!

 

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“Forget Rome”. An article by Forbes advises Americans other “wonderful places” in Italy (and thanks Air Italy)

Forget about Rome: it’s time to explore the slow and sensual Sicily. This is the message contained in an article by Forbes , written by the journalist Anthony Grant : it is a real eulogy to the new Italian airline, Air Italy , which will be able to get foreign passengers down no longer only in Rome Fiumicino , but also at the foot of little-visited Bel Paese’s jewelery. “It was too expensive for Americans to get to Sicily, but now, thanks to the disorganized Italian aviation system, all this is going to change,” reads the article.

“Exactly – continues Grant – Air Italy, a new airline, is the answer to all your prayers like ‘take me immediately to Sicily.’ Not Alitalia , the national airline that has declared bankruptcy several times over the change of clothes Lady Gaga The new company was born on the ashes of another one you may never have heard of: Meridiana, founded by Aga Khan IV and based in Sardinia, has earned the second place over time “.

After the purchase of 49% of the company by Qatar Airways, which took place last year, things have changed: first of all, underlines the journalist, “non-stop flights will be scheduled from North America, then also from New York and Miami, towards the coolest cities in Italy “. “But the best news is that two fantastic Italian places will soon be easier to reach: Palermo and Catania “. The service from the New York JKF airport to Palermo will start on the first of June, while the one that will reach Catania will start on the first of July.

And, according to the journalist, it is worth visiting both Palermo and Catania: Palermo because it ‘blooms like a rare and exotic orchid in the unique greenhouse of the Mediterranean’ and Catania for its vibrant markets and for the sight of Etna. Prices will range from 900 to 700 dollars, but for an American on holiday nothing more surprising than to get off the plane and find yourself immersed in the true sweet Italian life.

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No more passport or boarding pass: a smile and the time of a photo are enough to get on the plane

To get on the plane no longer require a passport or boarding pass: a smile and the time of a photo are enough. To make this possible it is the airline British Airways , which is experimenting with a biometric recognition system of the face at the gate of some airports.

Facial scanning technology is developed by the company Sita (International aeronautical telecommunications company), and consists of automated boarding gates with biometric technology. The integration of the US border and customs police systems with those of the airline makes it possible to check the identity of passengers more quickly.

The novelty is now being tested at Orlando International Airport on direct flights to London. Instead, in November it started to be tested in Los Angeles where, explains British Airways, “it allowed to board 400 passengers in 22 minutes, less than half the time normally required”.

“The boarding with a smile” from the Orlando airport is just one of the applications of biometric technology developed by Sita. Biometric self-service gates for border controls are already active in the Italian airports of Naples Capodichino, Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino and at the Marconi airport of Bologna “, commented the president Sita for Europe, Sergio Colella.

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New York: ideas to be scored before leaving

Long Island City – Gantry Plaza State Park gigantic gantries transfer bridges in Long Island City located in the borough of Queens, New York.

New York is one of those places you should be lucky enough to see more than once in a lifetime. Why do not count the days spent doing the turns in Time Square or Central Park. Every time you get home, you will have the feeling of missing something. Not to have seen everything there was to see. And the feeling in effect, it is not so far from reality, given the speed in which the city changes and also change our expectations.

So to start off on the right foot, better to rely on a credit card: there will always be occasions, events and visits to be scheduled at the last minute. Because when you go to New York nothing is taken for granted. And having the ability to manage everything in peace, without having to go around with a large number of cash, is not cheap. In the meantime, we’ve thought of ten destinations, things to do and see, if you’re lucky enough to go to New York in the next few months.

Top of the Rocks, the most beautiful sight

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For the best view of New York and Central Park, leave the Empire State Building for a moment. Better to score another place, to be seen possibly at sunset. The highest point is 70 floors above Midtown, the Top Of The Rock terrace. The 30 Rock, as it is called by New Yorkers, was inaugurated as early as 1933, it was before the RCA – the Radio Corporation of America – and then General Electrics, today it is Comcast, one of the most important media industries in the world, owning the other from NBC and Universal Pictures. 30 Rock is not by chance also a television series dedicated to the television world. Returning to the rooftop terrace, it’s best to book the place first, especially if you plan to go to New York in the high season. Online tickets can be purchased by booking the time of the visit – which can also be changed later -: 34 dollars are charged for adults and 28 for children, while the youngest ones go free for up to six years . To know more: Top of the Rock
Not just Manhattan, discovering Long Island City

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It is the largest district in New York, between Bronx and Brooklyn. Long Island City is the most well-known area, with warehouses converted to art galleries and subway trains traveling on the elevated tracks. It is said that here we can see the authentic New York, the multiethnic one, the one that populated Manhattan before the arrival of Starbucks and company. Long Island City is known in particular for its artistic soul. Here is the Ps1, one of the best museums in New York, affiliated to the Moma. To keep in mind the hours: closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the other days open from 12 to 18. Better to buy tickets online: Moma

The seat is an elegant nineteenth-century school, you enter from Jackson Avenue, all the luggage, backpacks and bags are checked. To be marked also a visit to theGantry Plaza State Park : a beautiful 12-hectare park overlooking the East River, for a spectacular view of Manhattan.

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The 3 wonders of London that only a few know (and worth seeing)

Palm House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Every tourist who gets on the plane to visit London for the first time knows: there are some places that must necessarily appear in the list of things to do once you arrive in the English capital. Buckingham Palace , Hyde Park, Westminster, London Bridge and the most important museums in London are a practically obligatory stage for anyone wishing to understand what the city has to offer, what is the culture of Great Britain and what architectural style reigns over the banks of the Thames.

Yet the capital of the Channel can not be reduced only to this. For those who know how to look carefully, in fact, London can offer much more varied and unexpected travel routes, perfect for travelers who do not want to follow the current. To discover real jewels, sometimes you need to get away from the center, while others just point the view while walking through the city’s busiest streets. Here then are eight proposals to discover a less touristy but equally enchanting London.

1. Leighton House Museum

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If the period in which Queen Victoria reigned was, for Great Britain, one of the most serene and productive of all time, even from an artistic and architectural point of view, the nineteenth century gave priceless wonders to London and to all of England. One of the least known places, but one that can not fail to impress deeply, is the house-museum where the artist Lord Frederic Leighton lived , located in the prestigious district of Kensington. It is an imposing and majestic dwelling, in which the English noble housed the leading intellectual and cultural personalities of Victorian society, but which at times opened the doors even to ordinary people – when the aristocrat was not at home – to show the world all its magnificence.

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Today’s visitors particularly appreciate the golden Arabic Hall – inspired by the Arab-Norman palace of Zisa , in the province of Palermo -, which was decorated with 600 different Damascan majolica tiles and which is full of mosaics, gold and precious carpets, as well as hosting at its center a fountain. In other rooms tourists can also admire works by Tintoretto, finely worked columns and various statues. Finally, there is a room entirely dedicated to silk.

2. The Walthamstow district

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Not only famous museums, surprising botanical gardens or places of worship that are a masterpiece of architecture: the beauty of London is the possibility of getting lost in entire neighborhoods and discovering the most artistic and sensitive soul of the metropolis. Among the boroughs that have changed their face in recent decades and have managed to show the best of them is Walthamstow, located in the north-east of the city and easily accessible with the Victoria Line of the Tube. Among shopping people and parents who bring children to school, you can come across impressive graffiti, made by different artists over the years in many of the walls available in the neighborhood. Every year in the first two weeks of June, then, Walthamstow hosts the E17 Art Trail(E17 is the postal code of the area), a real touring tour among the treasures of the neighborhood. Finally, for this occasion, several inhabitants choose to open their doors and host the works of art of local artists at home, allowing access to visitors too. A sort of Montmatre in British land.

3. Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

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The Kew botanical gardens will change their minds to those who believe they can only identify London with hard work and pubs. The gardens founded by Princess Augsburg of Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg in the eighteenth century – now UNESCO heritage – are a real oasis for those who love nature. The visit time of the whole complex is quite long, better not to take too many commitments to get lost among the rare plants that it contains in itself.

Inside there are currently about forty buildings, including many greenhouses (7 in all) with plants from all over the world: Africa, the Indian Ocean, America and Asia. In addition to the beauty of the flora, in any case, visitors are also in front of a Japanese pagoda, a walk in the void at 18 meters (the so-called Treetop Walkway), the “Marianne North Gallery” gallery (with more than 800 paintings ) and finally an innumerable series of statues and fountains, which make Kew Gardens a sort of paradise on Earth.

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HOW TO CROSS BORDERS?

To avoid being bothered, the basic rule is to buy a motorcycle with a Vietnamese plate. You can buy it in Vietnam, but you will also find in Laos or Cambodia no problem, because many “motorcyclists” end their trip and resell their motorcycle in these countries.

Some customs officers being corrupt, you will sometimes have to pay a bribe to spend with your bike. (See our tips to avoid problems with customs officers and the list of the most common border scams ).

It is theoretically possible to enter Thailand with a motorcycle from Laos or Cambodia, but it is very complicated. Indeed, your name must appear on the blue card, which involves lengthy steps in Vietnam to put the bike in your name.

In addition, the Thai authorities will ask you to fill out shipping information, a crew list, a passenger list and a temporary import and export form. In practice, it is very rare for travelers to continue their motorcycle journey from Laos or Cambodia to Thailand.

Cambodia border – Vietnam

You can cross by motorbike via one of these five border posts:

  • Bavet / Moc Bai
  • Kaam Samnor / Ving Xuong
  • Phnom Den / Tinh Good
  • Prek Chak / Xa Xia
  • The Thanh / O Yadao crossing

Laos border – Vietnam

You can cross a motorbike via one of these six border posts:

  • Sop Hun / Tay Trang
  • Na Maew / Nam Xoi
  • NamCan / Nam Khan
  • Nam Phao / Cau Treo
  • Dansavanh / Lao Bao
  • Bo Y / Ngoc Hoi

Laos border – Cambodia

There is only one border post to cross on motorbikes:

  • Veun Kham / Dom Kralor

Beware, although nothing legally prohibits passage with a motorcycle between Laos and Cambodia, corruption is a real problem at this border post. Some backpackers have been denied passage.

visas

Depending on the country, you may need a visa to enter the territory.

  • Laos: You must obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days. It costs $ 30.
  • Cambodia: You need a visa that will be valid for 30 days. You can get your visa on arrival ($ 30) or ask for an e-visa ($ 37) before arriving at the border (which avoids having to pay a “supplement” to the customs officer)
  • Vietnam: You can stay 15 days in the country without a visa. If you plan to stay longer, you can apply for a 30-day e-visa (€ 25) before you arrive. You can also make a visa on arrival that can be valid for 30 or 90 days for one or more entries ($ 45 to $ 95). See our visa file for Vietnam .

You will find more information in our visa file around the world .

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HOW TO DRIVE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?

Must I already know how to ride a motorcycle?

No, it is not mandatory. Many travelers drive a motorcycle for the first time in South East Asia. They are very easy to take in hand and the person to whom you buy it will teach you willingly to drive and shift gears. However, if it is the first time you drive a motorcycle, be very careful on the road, especially in big cities.

If possible, avoid driving in a location with heavy traffic or rush hour traffic. If you want to put all the chances on your side to avoid having an accident, you can pass your motorcycle license at home, before leaving.

Safety on the road

In shorts, flip-flops and without a helmet, the perfect example of what not to doIn shorts, flip-flops and without a helmet, the perfect example of what not to do

Do not hide it, driving a motorcycle in Southeast Asia is dangerous. The traffic can be dense, the code of the road is little respected, the roads are sometimes in very bad state and are slippery when they are wet or dusty.

In Laos and Cambodia, there are not many people and people drive quite quietly. In Vietnam, however, you will face a real swarm of scooters. They tumble from everywhere in the big cities.

The road along the coast of Vietnam is also very busy. Apart from the Hue – Danang section which offers beautiful scenery, it is better to take the road that passes inside the country. The traffic is much quieter there.

Here are some tips to minimize the risk of accidents:

  • Choose a good helmet and always drive with it, even if it’s hot.
  • Do not leave part of your body apparent. Wear a jacket, pants and closed shoes.
  • Do not put your bag too far in the back of your luggage rack, it will unbalance your bike. It must be between the saddle and the luggage rack.
  • Do not drive too fast and pay attention to the road constantly.
  • Never drive at night.
  • Take breaks regularly.
  • Do not drive when you are too tired and / or drunk.
  • Always drive as far to the right as you can from the road, as the vehicles in front of you have an unfortunate tendency to bite on your side of the road.
  • On descents, especially on wet, sandy or dusty roads, downshift to use your engine brake.
  • Do not brake too sharply, especially with your front brake.
  • Follow the rule of “the biggest vehicle wins”. Act as if cars and trucks always take precedence over you.
  • When a vehicle is doubling in front of you, it will sometimes be necessary to deport you on the roadside. Decelerate to avoid slipping.
  • You will often see motorcycles or scooters driving against the meaning. Be vigilant and obviously do not do like them.
  • The locals have the unspoken rule of dealing only with what is going on in front of them. Again, do not look like them and look around.
  • Do not hesitate to use your horn to warn of your approach, indicate that you double, etc. In South East Asia, the use of the horn is an integral part of the driving style and often replaces the use of mirrors.
  • Really slow down when approaching speed bumps (groups of five or ten transverse white lines). They can be very slippery.
  • Pay particular attention to debris on the road, potholes and stray animals.
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TRAVELING TO VIETNAM MOTORBIKE, LAOS AND CAMBODIA

Motorcycles are the most used means of transportation for people in Southeast Asia. Many travelers therefore choose to discover the region by bike.

Navigating the countryside, coast and mountains of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on your motorcycle is perhaps the best way to explore these countries.

In this folder, we explain in detail how to buy your bike yourself and move to Southeast Asia.

WHY TRAVEL ON A MOTORCYCLE?

Advantages

Driving in the open air, in the winding mountain roads, in the midst of beautiful scenery or in the crazy traffic of the big Asian cities is a unique experience that provides a good dose of adrenaline.

Traveling on a motorbike allows you to explore more easily the most remote corners, where public transport does not go. Unlike the bus, you always have a 180 ° panoramic view and can stop when you want to enjoy the scenery or take pictures.

You are also closer to the locals. You ask for directions, talk during your stops and are invited to exchange with garage owners to maintain and repair your vehicle.

The motorcycle is an extremely flexible means of transport. You can easily change programs, make a detour, stay longer in a place you like or shorten your stay and quickly go to your next destination.

You are not constrained by public transport schedules and can visit countries at your own pace. It is also a relatively inexpensive means of transportation because a used motorcycle is not expensive and does not consume a lot of fuel.

The inconvenients

The motorcycle trip is not only a part of pleasure. You have to deal with sometimes chaotic traffic, pollution, accident risks and bad weather.

You must also pay attention to where you leave your vehicle when you are not on it so you do not fly it.

It is a fairly lonely means of transport, because even if you travel to several you can not discuss when you drive.

Traveling on a motorcycle can also be tiring. You must be constantly attentive and can not rest like in a bus or plane.

You will also face additional costs to go to the islands, because you then need to transport or store your bike.

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I am afraid of culture shock

Even if you are an open-minded person, it is possible that the confrontation with poverty and a culture very different from yours will destabilize you. Cultural shock usually occurs a few weeks after arrival in a country. At first, you are fascinated by this new culture, but after a while, some things that seemed normal to you become unacceptable to you. You feel betrayed and it generates frustration and anxiety in you. No worries, it’s a normal process. To minimize it, find out about the countries you visit, prepare yourself mentally and plan to stay in touch with your loved ones.

I will be homesick

It is possible that you have a little blues after a few weeks or months of travel. Your loved ones will miss you and you will have a little negative vision of your trip. Certain circumstances, such as an event in your family (birth, marriage, death …) or the fact that you are very attached to your loved ones, can amplify homesickness. Traveling too fast can also be a cause, as you will lose some of your bearings. In this case, ask yourself a moment in a place where you feel good. Homesickness often goes away as quickly as it came.

To travel is to flee the real life

For some, there may be a part of flight in wanting to travel. It is sometimes an argument of your family that is afraid to see you go so far and so long. The click that pushes you to go around the world can come from a breakup, the death of a loved one, a dismissal … The trip is not the miracle solution to solve all your problems, but it can be a great source of personal enrichment. It is often also a nice parenthesis which allows to relativize your problems.

I will feel lonely

One of the biggest obstacles to traveling for single people is the fear of leaving alone. Many think of finding a traveling companion before departure, but ultimately very few do. In fact, many tourdumondists, women or men, go solo. Paradoxically, traveling alone favors meetings. You have to go to others. It may seem odd to you if you have not traveled a lot yet, but when you go solo, you finally spend quite a bit of time alone. And, if you are a natural introvert, this is a great way to overcome your shyness.

Are we going to support each other?

For couples, it’s more the opposite question: “Will we get to live together h24 without farting the lead?” There, we can not guarantee you a success rate of 100%. We have heard about couples who broke during a world tour. But it’s finally quite rare and often there was already some tension before departure. In most cases, the couple comes out reinforced. Sharing so many extraordinary experiences is a unique binder.

Find your balance of couples on a tripFind your balance of couples on a trip

I am afraid for the education of children

Leaving with children means no school, often during a school year. However, families of Turdumondists do not give up the education of their children. Parents usually give a few hours of lessons a day during the trip. Sometimes the teacher is even seduced by the project and agrees to do a little remote monitoring.

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WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS THAT PREVENT YOU FROM STARTING?

How many people dream one day to go around the world, but never act? Indeed, it is very easy to find excuses to postpone this project, sometimes indefinitely. Here are the excuses that come up most often.

It’s too expensive

On average, a round the world costs € 15,000, but this is only an average. Tourdumondists arrive to travel a year with a budget of less than 7 000 €, limiting the number of plane tickets and choosing countries in which life is not expensive. In some parts of the world it is possible to travel with less than 10 € per day.

Even without a great salary, it is quite possible to put money aside by limiting as much as possible all your superfluous expenses: living in a roommate or at your parents’ home, traveling by bike or public transport, limiting your going out to bars and restaurants, quitting … everything is a matter of priority.

It’s too dangerous

When you look at the news on TV, you sometimes have the impression of living in a world so hostile that you do not have to leave home. The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also quite alarmist. Of course, some areas or countries are to be avoided. But they are finally quite few.

It is in fact mainly a fear of the unknown. The barrier of the tongue scares. But in reality, in most countries of the world, you can travel by simply applying the basic safety rules. Of the thousands of Turdumondists who leave each year, very few are victims of problems that actually endanger their physical integrity.

The country security card of the Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe country security card of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

It’s bad for my career

Going around the world is not seen by employers as a sign of a lack of motivation. On the contrary, it is often a positive point on a resume. Someone who has made a long trip usually has initiative, has good resistance to stress and has a good ability to adapt. It’s appreciated by the employers. Most Tourdumondists find work quite quickly on their return.

You can also take a sabbatical leave or put yourself on standby and thus have the assurance of finding your job when you return. A world tour can also be an opportunity to mature a new professional project, such as starting a business or starting a business.

I do not know where to start organizing myself

For some, planning a world tour seems insurmountable. Indeed, it takes a little organization, but nothing really bad. Our site is here to help you. We did a detailed schedule of tasks to be done each month before departure. Our thematic files should normally answer almost every question you ask yourself. And if that’s not enough, you can ask your questions to other tourdumondists in our community on Facebook .

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To discover other ways of living

To have time

When we ask someone how they are, how often do we hear “It’s a bit of a race right now!”? We live permanently at one hundred per hour. We go on, transport, work, shopping, cleaning, outings, holidays, without really taking time for ourselves. When we make a long trip, the relationship to time and totally different. There are no more constraints. You can take the time to do a two-week trek if you want to, admire a sunset or do nothing, simply.

To be free

When traveling, we do not have to answer to anyone: no leader to ask us where is our project. There is almost no time constraint and nothing attaches us to a place. Every day everything is possible. This freedom of the traveler is deeply felt. It’s an exhilarating sensation that usually appears after a few months, when you realize that this trip is more than just a vacation.

We are free to change plans as we want, maybe even zap a program country. We no longer have the social pressure that encourages us to behave as people expect it. One is free to be oneself, simply.

To disconnect

How many hours do we spend in front of a screen for a day? Computer, tablet, smartphone, we constantly have our eyes riveted on it. We need our regular dose of notifications: email, Facebook, Snapchat … Travel is a great way to leave our cyber-life a little to discover that the real world is not bad either.

It's still fun to watch the stars, no?It’s still fun to watch the stars, no?

To discover other ways of living

Traveling around the world, we meet people from very different cultures who share with us their conception of the world, their values, their spirituality and their way of life. Doing couchsurfing or woofing allows you to get a better idea of ​​the daily life of people from the countries you visit. It’s an unparalleled personal enrichment. It inevitably gains greater openness and a better understanding of the world and its operation. The meetings challenge our own models.

To meet other travelers

In our day-to-day life, we tend to rub shoulders with people who are ultimately very similar to us. Traveling allows you to get out of your social context. It is much easier to go to others when we know that we will probably never see them again. A world tour is therefore conducive to meetings, sometimes even in love.

The Mayan site of Tikal, in the jungle of GuatemalaThe Mayan site of Tikal, in the jungle of Guatemala

To see beautiful places

A life is not enough to see all the places in the world that one dreams of visiting just by taking a vacation. Go around the world is to see the wonders of nature and those built by man. We feel the place using its five senses. They are discovered in their cultural and geographical context. You can see what is outside the postcard. It is often believed to have already seen everything through the prism of screens, but many incredible wonders are still unknown, completely ignored by the media. The pleasure of surprise is still possible. It’s exhilarating to play the explorer and even, why not, to follow in the footsteps of true adventurers.