May 2020. While most borders are still closed and travelers still quarantined, the world alternative traveler community has been shaken by terrible news: Couchsurfing hospitality network is forcing its registered members from "developed countries" to pay to access their profiles - without consultation, nor notification. A decision that led us to question the future of this network...
Alternative Travel is an unconventional way of traveling that we developed for our World Tour. It’s also the main focus of guides, advice, and reflections we share here – some comprehensive posts based on our own experience of Alternative Travel!
While today we have no difficulty in estimating our carbon footprint thanks to the multitude of online calculators (particularly for transport, housing and services), it becomes much more difficult to find reliable figures for more alternative travel modes... Using the few resources available and the expertise of Clément, an energy engineer, we will try to detail, in this post, the calculation methods to estimate your carbon footprint while hitchhiking!
Have you ever heard of "Slow Travel"; this new trend of slowing down the pace of travel in a modern world where everything has to go fast, sometimes too fast...? This is undoubtedly the solution to the eternal problem of travelers constrained by time: a return to the fundamentals of travel; a discovery of the unknown mixed with relaxation. From definition to the real practice, let's focus on... the slow journey!
When you are used to hike in the wilderness, wild camping becomes a child's play. However, even the experienced hikers that we are had to learn, adapt, and make some mistakes during our long journey... What equipment to take, which one to choose? Where to pitch your tent, find a place to wash yourself? We put some answers in this practical guide, based on our own experience!
Ahoy! Are you ready to set sail to explore new lands? Are you motivated enough to find a nice boat and a good captain to make a crossing, despite your lack of sea experience? Look no further! Our Boat Hitchhiking Guide was written to help you sail safely to new horizons!
Somewhere at sea between Hong Kong and the Philippines, we celebrated the beginning of a new year aboard a sailing boat... But we also celebrated a rather special anniversary, our third year spent on the roads. To mark this event, we plunged back into our notes and memories, our projects and dreams for the future with a gentle nostalgia. If we used to say "love lasts three years", the love of travel lasts much longer!...
"Alternative travel": we define our trip like that and yet, the term is vague, subjective, and very "catch-all"! What is meant by an "alternative" type of trip? What are the main characteristics? And why differentiate it from a "classic" trip?
Sleeping at people's house is what makes the taste of our trip: to spend another night on the road is a pretext for encounters, exchange, enrichment... This is what makes our adventure possible and unique, allowing us to reach our ecological, economic and cultural exchange goals. But before we got there, we had to learn how to get rid of our comfort, to talk to others - in a word, to get out of our comfort zone. What was not an obvious step yesterday, has become one today: that's why we created this alternative accommodation guide to help you live a journey out of the ordinary!
A recent study shows that global tourism is responsible for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions (4.5 Giga Tonnes of CO2 emitted in 2013 are directly attributable to tourism). A figure that would not be ready to decline, since tourism is growing by + 4% per year... According to these scientists, transport, shopping and food are the main factors contributing to this pollution. Fortunately, today there are plenty of simple solutions, easy alternatives to reduce our environmental impact while traveling - so we can still enjoy traveling without getting annoyed by doing more efforts or feeling guilty!
No need to draw you a picture: traveling without flight means using all the other means of transport at your disposal. It also means traveling by land and sea exclusively, to give up traveling half of the globe in a few hours. This is also the type of travel we have adopted since few years, choosing to stay grounded. Why, how? We, as no flight travel fans, are always delighted to answer all your questions!
In 2018, we celebrated our two years anniversary on the road: 2 years on the road, to raise our thumbs up and write signs in all languages... And as you know, who says "anniversary" says "yearly overview"! It's the perfect time, since we left our country and made our first assessment, so many things happened... So what better than to relive with you this second year in photos?
Was it luck? A good preparation? A bit of both? Anyway, the day after our arrival on Phuket island (Thailand), we got a message from Crewbay forum: Grant, an Australian captain, offered to call us to get to know each other, and discuss his plans about sailing and live-aboard conditions on his sailing boat, Trident.