Set off on a nomadic adventure!
You want to set off on a nomadic adventure, to take a real break and let fate guide us? Too often, this desire just remains a beautiful fantasy. To avoid that, we’ve tried to eliminate these commonly held views, and met backpackers who’ve taken to the road, either alone or with their family!
Whether your desire for adventure is something dreamt up on a whim or a well prepared and mature project, don’t give up on your dream for the sake of a few lame excuses; it could be a great break, or even the adventure of a lifetime.
> Travelling? It’s too expensive for me!
This is one of the reasons that crops up most frequently. However, depending on where you go – South-East Asia or South America, for example – life in your chosen destination may well be cheaper than the life you currently lead. Analyse your expenditure over the course of a year (accommodation, transport, insurance, food, subscriptions, entertainment etc.) and reduce it to a daily expenditure: you’ll quickly come to more than €30 per day, much more than the required daily budget in many countries. Before your trip, you need to systematically put money aside; it’s a question of making choices and prioritising.
> I can’t leave my work
Having a 6 month gap in your CV or the fear of being unable to find a job on your return are classic concerns. Have you tried discussing a sabbatical with your employer? He might be minded to grant you one. Furthermore, travelling isn’t a gap in a CV. On the contrary, it may help you stand out from the crowd, by showing your independence and ability to take risks. Opportunities may also arise during your travels, steering you towards a job that better suits you.
> I’m too old/ I’ve got a family now!
In both instances, first and foremost, you need to decide to step outside your comfort zone. However, it’s true that not everybody travels in the same way; it depends on your situation and your preferences. Don’t worry about your children; they’ll amaze you by their ability to adapt and it’s absolutely possible make your trip a fun experience without sacrificing their schoolwork.
– Édith, can you introduce us to your family and tell us about your project?
We have three children: Gautier, who is 9, Augustin, who is 13, and Charles, who is 16. It was my husband, François, who initiated this adventure. He was very committed to his work, he was missing seeing the children grow up and wanted to have a break so all 5 of us could get away and create our own unique adventure story.
– How did your children react?
They were very excited and a little apprehensive as it was the first time they’d gone backpacking. The two eldest were a little frightened about leaving their friends for such a long time but Gautier was delighted to spend so many months away from school.
After 3 weeks of travelling, they had already got into the swing of things and everything went fantastically, although the brothers still bickered – even on the other side of the world!
– What did you do when it came to schooling?
We left in the middle of May which meant that the academic year was almost over and then returned at Christmas so they “only” missed the first term. During the trip, they all worked on their lessons: Gautier packed his two books in his backpack and Augustin and Charles’ friends regularly sent them their lessons. And they also made huge progress in terms of learning about language, culture and geography
– What about you, did you have to leave your work?
I’m a housewife and my husband, who’s a company director, was fortunate to have a colleague who agreed to this 7 month break. It was fantastic to be cut off from the rest of the world and not receive a single email.
– Which countries did you visit?
Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Easter Island, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hong Kong, China and Laos.
– What do you remember from this trip?
People’s kindness. But also open-mindedness. When you travel, you leave your prejudices at home and open up to others much more easily. It’s important not to lose sight of these values; it was these little things that really enriched our lives. In addition, we’ve got a ton of memories, lots of really happy moments. Not a day goes by without the children talking about the trip.
Discover in the 11th issue of Hiking on the Moon Eva Martinelli’s trip. At 25 year old, she travelled around Australia for 6 months, behind the wheel of her van. She set out from Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road, then travelled inland to the famous Ayers Rock, and was dazzled by what she saw.