Ahoy! Are you ready to set sail to explore new lands? Are you motivated enough to find a nice ship 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!...
We have often been asked this question: "How is your journey organized?"... And we had a hard time answering it: leaving all behind us without a travel guide and traveling day by day, our journey was anything but organized!... So how we build our route? We finally came up with some answers, which I hope will inspire you!
"Cars pollute more than flights" and "we pollute less by flying once a year than our neighbor who takes his car every day". Fake news, truths?... After two years on the roads, we wanted this time to know more: studies reports, calculators, calculation methodologies... As good scientists, we screened all the data found to make them speak - and tell you why, from now, we won't take flight anymore!
"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 or in our tent 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 "overview"! That's good, because since our departure and our first assessment, so many things happened... So what better than to relive with you this 2nd year in photos?
You have decided to hitchhike for your future travel: great idea! We can only encourage and help you to fully live this beautiful experience made of encounters, exchanges and mutual aid!