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 grounded travelers, are always delighted to answer all your questions!
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!
After graduating as an engineer, Clément, Julien’s little brother, undertook (also) a world trip by hitchhiking with a friend. On the road, Clément developed a reflection on transport and ecology, a subject that is close to his (and our) heart… Not having a blog but things to say, we wanted (with his blessing) to share his thoughts, giving him total freedom of speech – for a result that reflects its author: punchy, scientific and totally offbeat!
When we finally crossed Thailand border, we knew that the next step of our trip was going to be much harder: we soon had to find a boat to continue our hitchhiking adventure, a sailboat on which we could learn how to sail; while crossing the oceans to reach other continents… With zero experience and a bit of nerve, we finally got on board to hitchsail for the first time!
When we left our Parisian life back in 2016, we also said “goodbye” to our routine of eco-friendly city dwellers – a shame, you tell us, when we often went on flying trips . We admit it: we didn’t question ourselves about our flights impact and then, as we read somewhere “driving cars pollute more than flying”, or “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 road, we wanted this time to be sure: studies reports, calculators, calculation methodologies… We screened all the data found to make them speak – and tell you why we stopped flying!
In 2018, we celebrated our two years anniversary on the road: two 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?
When we started to travel, we weren’t hitchhiking: Julien experimented hitchhiking for the first time by chance, and introduced me to the practice later on! From that first time we hitchhiked, who would have thought that we would have made hitchhiking our main means of transportation for our great world tour? Certainly not us at that time, and yet… Without this very special experience, we wouldn’t be here today!
We have often been asked this question: “How do you draw your way on a daily basis? How do you manage to plan it?”… And we had a hard time answering it at first: leaving all behind us without a travel guide and traveling day by day, our route was anything but meticulously planned!… We then asked each other the question: “How did we choose our point B from a point A? How did we draw our way after that?”
At the end of our first year spent on the road (we left France on October 17, 2016), it’s time to look back: What about our challenge France to Australia without plane? Where are we now? What are the lessons we learned from this trip?… Let’s summarize our first year of adventure in this overview!
Would you like to hitchhike to travel? What a great idea! We can only encourage and help you to live this great experience made of encounters, exchanges and mutual aid! Whether you’re just a novice, curious or passionate, we hope this guide will give you… a little help to move forward!