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 way compared to what I now do. Yet, this journey clearly got me addicted to the concept of exploring the world and the understanding that there exists something much beyond the idea of travelling at the geographically level.
Indeed, It relates to not only to going to beautiful places and meeting new people, cultures and languages, but also to the concept of delving into deeper layers of consciousness and re-encountering our true essence through the process.
In a world that constantly generates separation, I have attempted at putting all the pieces of the Puzzle together in order to attune to my own balance so that I would thrive in both my human and spiritual experience.
And in the end, it is always all about the people we manifest along the way.
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 surely 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 the Freedom of my mind.
On the other hand, there is no need comparing experiences for they are all very different from one another. We do not need to judge them as "good" or "bad", as we merely need to accept them as they come to us. Because there is always a lesson to learn in everything as well as in nothing if we want to keep moving on through our life cycles (and beyond).
It seems obvious to me that the more we discover new places, the more we realise that there are so many other hidden jewels to explore on our beautiful planet. Yet, the concept has also helped me discover and explore 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 made the spontaneous decision to quit my "normal" life and to hit the road for an overland journey around the world. It would last for an indefinite amount of time, with the firm intention to participate as little as I could in the current monetary and societal model.
I closed my bank account and started my trip with 400 Euros just for the visas and border crossings on the way.
I had 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 overland around the globe, permanently adapting and re-adjusting things and shifting cycles on my way, It would depend on the quantic possibilities I would run into, and how both my heart and the Universe would guide me on my path.
I began my quest on September 22nd 2012 from Nice, France, and managed to hitchhike more than 10,000 km through the whole Europe, Turkey, Iran before getting in India, where I then stayed for a while. Meanwhile, I did not spend any of my money aside from a couple of very rare exception (such as the Iranian visa in Turkey or its extension later in Iran).
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.
Yet, I was not very worried about that when I left for I have long 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. In effect, 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 that I have 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 was 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. Indeed, I believe that the constant distractions that we are subjected to on a daily basis are truly a limitation to our creativity, hence to the emotions 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 has also provided me with the financial possibility to be able to get started with a new approach of Teacher on the Road.
I have not given up of finishing my journey around the world though.
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 South America and feel truly delighted to surrender to the magic of the Unknown again as I also complete the writing of my books and share some healing services along my way. (check out the "Services" tab).
I have long learnt and accepted that everything is possible when we leave our comfort zone because that is where the Magic happens. And when we are attuned with ourselves, both inwardly and outwardly, everything becomes possible and we can then materialise whatever we need and especially love in life. It is all about the Intention.
So far: 6 years and 11 months (last update: August 2019), 30 countries, about 100,000 km around the world (about 30,000 km hitchhiking + 70,000 km overland in total).