Travel Diary #1 – The Big Departure

 - 01 February 2019 - Travel Diary

He said “let’s hitchhike to Mongolia !”, I told “what about South America ?”, he replied “ok but we go by boat”… I first thought it was a crazy idea but I quickly changed my mind after few researches. 

We decided to go in June, I was about to finish my studies. Edouard was working but he wanted to travel and the envy of crossing an ocean already popped up in his head long time ago. 

The more I digged into it, the more I was convinced : I wanted to do this transatlantic too. What a great way to start this trip ! It would allow me to discover the sea world, to learn about sailing, to leave a great human experience, to avoid taking a plane and… more than anything, to have some time to think… 

I quickly started to review announcements on several websites in order to find a boat. And a month after, we found it ! 

July 16th 2018, our dear captain, Robert, sent us a confirmation message : we just gained our place on the Cuba Libre. We would leave in November. But before that he wanted to meet us in Porto for a week-end. 

We took advantage of that time to think about the objectives of our trip. We wanted to create a real project around this adventure. We set up a website, read a lot of blog articles, explored different travellers websites,  thought about what we had to put in our backpacks, decided which vaccines we should do, what insurance we should take

We also took some time to enjoy our families and friends. It was a great period for both of us, full of love and positive emotions. It seems people are more willing to share their feelings when your are about to leave for a long time. I loved it !

November 1st 2018,  after 3 months of preparations, it’s finally time to go !!! We take our bags and we put our thumps up towards Porto.

Our adventure without money will only start once we will reach South America. However, we decided to only use hitchhiking as a mean of transport during the all trip.

In less than 12 hours, we reach Guimarães, known as the birthplace of Portugal and the day after we arrive in Matosinhos marina, nearby Porto.

Here is the crew, here is the boat ! The big departure is coming and we are all happy to meet again, empty our bags and settle down in our new home.

The excitment goes away when we realise that we won’t be able to set sail before the 12th. We were all planning to leave around the 5th but the weather is too bad. Here is the first lesson of our trip : when you sail, you strongly depend on the wind, so you better be patient !

  • WORLD STORIES #7 - Ed, United States

New live portrait, the story of Ed who we met in Guamal, Colombia when we were teaching english to local kids : https://bit.ly/2XjPnOW «It was in Christmas 2000, I was having troubles with the board of directors of the NGO I was working with and I realized I did not have to do this anymore. Everything I owned was paid for, I could do whatever I wanted to do. 
So one day I woke up and I decided to leave. I have had a very nice and interesting first 50 years and I wanted to share my experience with other people...» Check the full article on our website :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #6 - KERRY, UNITED STATES

We met Kerry during our first volunteering in Ecuador. He bought his farm 3 years ago and wants to demonstrate that a model of sustainable agriculture which does not depend on chemicals or pesticides is possible. 
Take a look at our website to get more information and nice photos ! :) https://bit.ly/2FyqPXQ
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #5 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM LA GOMERA TO MARTINIQUE « "The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…" Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.» Here is the 5th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look to the full blog article on our website https://bit.ly/2L0JNtN :) Kisses from Ecuador! 💃☀ :D .
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  • WORLD STORIES #5 - Albert, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Albert who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia hitchhiking on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2X2Zfvx «When I got 19, I was tired of working in Spain. I really wanted to leave, away from Barcelone. I looked for a cheap plane ticket, I took my backpack et I went to work in Norway. I arrived alone in Oslo. I took a bus for Bergen and I easily found a job. 
There, I met many travellers. They were working to get enough money to go travel again ! It hit me ! I wanted my life to look like this as well : work to be able to travel but not too much to not feel like I am wasting my time !

Now, I want to see everything, to know everything. And more than anything, I want to meet people. It’s the most important. It’s what makes a trip amazing. You meet locals, they can share with you about their country, their region… You discover new mindsets… It’s just magical ! And you can do this everywhere in the world !»
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #4 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM TENERIFE TO LA GOMERA « "Is this a boat that light over there? Wait but there are 2… and even 3… lannnnnnnd in sight ». If there is one thing that marked me during these 4 months in the sailing world, it’s the arrivals. When you just spent several days at sea, seeing the land truly becomes a magical moment!...» Here is the 4th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look on our website https://bit.ly/2JOKQfD to read the rest of the article :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #4 - JUDITH, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Judith who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2JJTgF5 « I went to a theatre and dance high school but after one year I was already wondering what I was doing here. I wanted this to end, I wanted to leave… I was sitting on a chair all day long listening at teachers without learning much.

And everyone was asking « What do you want to do after high school Judith? What are you going to study ? ». I just knew I wanted to take a gap year !

When I finished I was 18 years old and with Albert we decided to find a cheap flight and go without a return ticket. We arrived in Guadeloupe where we stopped for some time. Then, we decided to hitchhike a boat to go to Martinique. We almost stayed a month there and we hitchhiked another boat to go to Grenada. And now we are looking for a captain who could take us to Central or South America.

This is what I love about traveling. You really live in the present. Everyday you can decide what you want to do : « Ok well… today I want to visit the island, or : today I want to stay on the beach doing nothing, or : today I will look for a boat to go to Panama…». You do whatever you want with your life. This is freedom !

And it is crazy because everyone tells you that you should study to learn things. But I feel like I am learning much more since I started travelling.»
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