My long Voyage around the Globe
I have substantially travelled since 2002 when I did my first backpacking trip in Thailand. At the time, I was travelling in a very different manner compared to what I now do, but this journey clearly got me addicted to the concept of exploring the world, which relates to going places (especially the remote and authentic ones), meeting new people and through them new cultures and languages.
I have visited about 45 countries so far, and worked and lived in 11 of them: France, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, India, Nepal, Japan, Canada, USA , Mexico and Colombia. I could have easily travelled the entire planet by now but I have always been more focused on quality than quantity. One of my most inspiring life adventures was the 27 months that I spent in New Zealand and Australia from 2005 to 2007, which was clearly my first step towards Freedom.
Yet, there is no need comparing experiences for they are all very different from one another. We do not need to judge them and merely need to accept them as they come to us. It seems obvious to me that the more one discovers new places, the more one realises that there are so many other hidden jewels to explore on our beautiful planet. Yet, the concept has also helped me discovered and explored Unknown places in my own Self, by eventually looking inside.
Until July 2012, I had been working as a government school teacher in France (Physical Education and English) and as a University of Cambridge English teacher in Amsterdam. After having worked for more than 10 years in established institutions, such as a professional basketball coach, general educator, Physical Education teacher, English teacher or even as an astronomy teacher in the French educational system, I decided to quit my "normal" life and to hit the road for an overland journey around the world that would last for an indefinite amount of time, with the firm intention to participate as little as I could in the current obsolete monetary system.
I closed my bank account and I started my trip with 400 Euros just for the visas and border crossings on the way, having neither any proper plans nor real expectations of where the cosmic winds would take me. I just knew that I would head towards the East around the globe, permanently adapting and readjusting things and shifting cycles on my way, mainly depending on the possibilities and opportunities I would run into...and on my sensitiveness and/or ability to seize them or not.
I managed to hitchhike 10,000 km through the whole Europe, Turkey, Iran and India for 8 months without spending a single penny, starting on September 22nd 2012. In fact, it even sounds insane to me sometimes. My first idea was that I would travel around the entire globe during about 2 or 3 years without money apart for the border crossings and visas.
However, I knew that I would have to generate some money at some point, hence get a job, but I was not very worried about that when I left for I also understood that the Way would be revealed to me if I learnt to observe the Signs and to See the flow of the Universe. Because overall, it is also my journey towards more understanding regarding the World and the Universe, therefore regarding myself. It is fundamental to understand that after more than 6 years spent on the road away from what I used to call “home”, the spiritual aspect of the journey has long overtaken the geographical one.
After the crossing of Iran in late 2012, I had to slightly adapt my way of travelling because of having reached a point of critical physical and psychological exhaustion. I realised in a practical context that the journey is more important than its destination since I already knew that travelling completely without money around the whole world is utterly impossible just through the fact of having to pay for the border crossings and visas along the way.
Letting go of my resistances about money was part of the lesson I had to learn at some stage; in order to fully accept what my soul had come back for in this physical plane. Since then, I worked and lived in the stunning Himalayas in India and Nepal, journeyed overland through Tibet, China, Mongolia and Eastern Siberia, and somehow arrived in Japan by boat with 17 USD left in my pocket, where I also lived and worked for a while before eventually crossing the majestic Pacific Ocean.
In 2015, I hitchhiked from Anchorage to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, and then all the way to San Francisco through Western Canada during 5 months, for a total of 10,000 kilometres of hitchhiking and camping that year alone. What is more, I developed the prospect of staying in sustainable communities on my way, which I considerably did in Japan, Alaska, Canada and California, in order to learn more about living off the grid and creating my very own community at some point.
I finally reached Mexico in late November 2015 and dwelled there until May 2016, since I worked as an English teacher and just fell in love with the country through its culture, scenery, and people of course. In fact, it might have been my last “official” teaching job for I have decided to simply retire from any type of conventional structures as a new cycle of my personal Path, which, I believe, are a true limitations to our creativity, hence to what we really are beneath the surface.
For the first time of my life, I decided to go back to a country I had already visited before (apart from Europe when I was younger) as I explored Canada again for 3 months and a half and picked morel mushrooms there for a living after leaving my beloved Mexico. I started embracing an even more off-the-beaten-track way of living by undertaking alternative jobs that would come to me along the way so that I would become more self sufficient and also have the privilege to work for myself in the wild.
In effect, I also needed to be able to channel and manifest what I have always be meant to be and to do with a coherent energetical evolution in the meantime. Not only working in the remote yet sumptuous forests of Canada and the USA has guided and led me a step further towards freedom and sustainable living but it also provided me with the financial possibility to be able to start with a project sooner than later.
I have not given up of finishing my journey around the world though, and after 2 years and a half of having put the geographical aspect of my long voyage on the back burner (from late 2015 to early 2018) between North America and Mexico, I am finally on the road again in Colombia and the idea is to get started with the South American journey from Colombia to Southern Chile from Mars 2019 onward. I am excited to eventually be on the (geographical) move again in order to surrender to the Unknown, finally complete the writing of my books, and resume my quest further to the Southern hemisphere in South America and Africa.
For the first time of my long journey, I am willing to share some services according to the many skills I have learnt on my way (check out the "Services" tab).
Yet, these are not plans, there are mere ideas in an Ocean of quantum possibilities that I am now ready to embrace at all times and I have long learnt and accepted that everything is possible when one leaves one’s comfort zone because that is where the Magic happens. And when one is attuned with oneself, inwardly and outwardly, everything becomes possible and one can materialize whatever one needs in life. It is all about the Intention.
So far: 6 years and 4 months (in February 2019), 29 countries, about 100,000 km around the world (about 30,000 km hitchhiking + 70,000 km overland in total).