Posts by Ariane

Kuching Travel Guide: The City You Never Want to Leave

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Countries, Malaysia | 0 comments

Kuching Travel Guide: The City You Never Want to Leave

Summary: There are so many things to do in this peaceful city that it is really difficult to do them all, especially if you don’t have much time. We stayed 40 days in Kuching (we could have stayed even longer), enjoying the Sarawak River, the city and its dense ethnical diversity background, as well as the surrounding parks. Here is how we experienced Kuching: $1=RM (MYR) 3.21 When we first arrived in Malaysia we had planned to stay on the peninsula without visiting Borneo Island, but when we found out that the flights were that cheap (there were flights on Air Asia starting at $10!), we didn’t hesitate much. We had already been deprived of the Perhentian Islands...

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Bako National Park Step by Step

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Countries, Malaysia | 4 comments

Bako National Park Step by Step

Summary: One of the best places to see wildlife in Sarawak is Bako National Park. The place is very easy to reach, the management is competent and the park is beautiful. Here is a step by step guide to how we visited Bako (including how to go there, what information you should have before you go and what to bring). $1=RM (MYR) 3.21 How to Get to Bako National Park: Transportation You can easily go to Bako National Park by yourself—you don’t need to take a tour. You will need to take a couple of different modes of transport, but it’s an easy journey and will save you money. You will take: 1.Bus 2.Boat Which Bus to Bako National Park? You need to take bus number 1 from...

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Planning | 0 comments

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Summary: Tips on how to stay healthy and in good physical condition while traveling, and how to avoid sickness and keep your energy high. Traveling is one of the healthiest things ever when it comes to psychological wellness, but the other side of the coin is that it will seriously challenge your body. Traveling being the opposite of the routine that usually allows you to stay in shape, you will have to constantly adapt to different climates, food and lifestyle. Should You Get Vaccinated? From our own experience, the bottom line is YES, get your vaccines. Depending on the countries you’re visiting, you will need to get vaccinated to avoid serious diseases. If you don’t...

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How to Screw up Your Phi Phi Island Visit

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Countries, Thailand | 0 comments

How to Screw up Your Phi Phi Island Visit

Summary: Phi Phi Island is known as one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand—maybe in the world. Check out our crazy “one-day trip” to Phi Phi to avoid the mistakes that we made, and make your visit a really good one. After almost three weeks working in a hotel room or lobby, going out only at night to get food (just like vampires!), we finally decided that it was time to have some fun. So we checked out the prices for Phi Phi Island, as it was the only trip where they offered snorkeling and that’s usually what we’re looking for. The girl at the booth was really nice and she told us that we could go with a speedboat or with a cruise boat....

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8 Countries, What Did We Like More? People vs Attractions

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Planning | 0 comments

8 Countries, What Did We Like More? People vs Attractions

Summary: Travel is all about places and people. What attracted us more in the countries we visited? Sometimes the places, and sometimes the people. Sometimes both! Needless to say, the people in a country are not all bad or good. You usually need more than a few weeks or months to get to know people well enough to judge them. Our intention here is to share our general impression of the places we’ve visited. Nevertheless, people are often a strong element of your travels and really “make the place.” This usually has a real impact on your stay. We’ll start with places where people had a small influence on our opinion of the country, and end with...

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Four Things You Need to Protect Your Belongings From

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Planning | 0 comments

Four Things You Need to Protect Your Belongings From

Summary: How can you protect your precious belongings while traveling? Here are four different things that could happen to you while traveling, and that you need to be prepared for to avoid extra expenses or frustration that could spoil your travels. Long-term travel is definitely a different way of life—not just because you keep moving from one place to another, but also because you rely on what you have, and what you have is basically what you can carry. It is like carrying your home with you—in fact, we’re almost like turtles. Of course, you can also rely on insurance if you have good coverage—but no one likes to have their laptop or favorite clothes damaged or...

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Seven Mistakes that Make You Pay Extra

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Planning | 0 comments

Seven Mistakes that Make You Pay Extra

Summary: What kind of mistakes make you pay extra, and how to avoid them—learn from our experience! Here is some advice that will prevent you from paying more than you should. After more than a year of travel, we now have less money but more memories, more wisdom and more skills related to planning than when we started. On the way, we have made many mistakes that could have saved us time and money. Most of them could have been avoided if we had just had a little bit more patience and experience. So we’ve decided to share our mistakes with you so you can avoid making them 1- Airplane Booking Don’t only check the price, but also the timing. This isn’t to say that...

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Don’t Visit France Until You Read This

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

Don’t Visit France Until You Read This

Summary: France is a beautiful country to visit. Nevertheless, for different reasons it needs good planning. Below are six things to consider in order to not screw up your trip to France. Although France is my native country, I’ve started looking at it with a traveler’s eye since I’ve been living abroad and traveling for quite a long time. Traveling has made me conscious of things about my own country I would never have thought about before. If you’re planning a trip in France, just like for any other country, there are several things you need to take into consideration to make your trip more pleasant and enjoyable. Check the weather prior to traveling...

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Why Is Rouen Such an Attractive City?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Countries, France | 2 comments

Why Is Rouen Such an Attractive City?

Summary: One of the most attractive cities in Normandy —and our favorite—is Rouen, where we had the chance to spend five weeks. What is so special in the city, and what kind of treasures does it hide? Let us tell you about the city where Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille, and Gustave Flaubert fulfilled their destinies. “Rouen has an unique historical heritage, but the thing the visitors will feel above all is the soul of the city.” This is the first sentence of the summary written on the tourist map of the city, and I must admit that I can’t find any better way to describe Rouen. Indeed, every traveler knows that a city is not only a collection of people, streets, history,...

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The Four Norman Cheeses

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Countries, France | 6 comments

The Four Norman Cheeses

Summary: Here are four famous Norman cheeses that we recommend you taste if you’re in France. So if you’re a cheese lover, this post is for you. This almost sounds like a book title! Well, with more than four hundred kinds of cheese in France we could write a book about French cheeses, couldn’t we? But we’ll just introduce you to four kinds of Norman cheese here, as we spent most of our time in France in Normandy. If you’re not French, you might need some time to appreciate our cheeses. It took Bassel four trips to France to take the first step and taste a “real” French cheese! Here are tips to not screw up your French cheese experience: First point You have to get over...

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