AS THE MONTHS GO BY: AUGUST, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2017

In recent months, Japan has put me in my loneliness and this is one of the reasons why I decided to move to Chiang Mai in Thailand. To find a community of digital nomads, to network and just feel more connected with the local community and travelers. But I was luckier than that, since my move coincided with a blogger friend’s trip to Thailand and I had another friend there in Chiang Mai. As soon as I landed in Thailand, I was no longer alone and that changed everything. It’s not just about finding friends, but finding people who have the same job as me, the same aspirations and with whom they can constantly brainstorm, help each other and simply advance. Even though these months have been horribly busy with work, paperwork and other round trips, for the first time in years,

I feel like I’ve put things flat, to have been more productive than ever and to have a direction and an alignment of my projects. Without them, it would not have been possible, so thank you to my incomparable Nastasya of the blog Valiz Storiz and Corinne de Vie Nomade , my rocks, who supported me while I arrived in spare parts of Japan. I also had the opportunity to meet for a night and a guided tour in Bangkok Romain of the blog Thailand and Asia and during a Florine evening blog World Adventure Divers. A friend from Japan was also visiting Chiang Mai and I had my dad visiting Thailand for 10 days on his first big trip. I also spent an afternoon coworking with a Dutch blogger whom I knew by sight. Add to that a flash trip to Austria for a conference of international travel bloggers , where I met many friends and met other bloggers for inspiring and inspiring moments, such as every time I go to a conference of Bloggers and a trip to Kuala Lumpur, where I spent a few days at Pauline’s Graineand you get the picture of very productive, inspiring and rich weeks.

MY TRIP TO KYRGYZSTAN: LEAVE ROOM FOR THE UNKNOWN ..

Here I am in an alley, or a street, call it as you want. No cars or people around except for some barking from stray dogs.
Kyrgyzstan trip

It has been almost half an hour now that a truck driver dropped me off in the center of Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you, I decided to hitch-hike in this country. 
As Georges-Michel says , It’s the simplest means of transport. It is almost an institution in Kyrgyzstan. If you go to the side of the road and you raise your thumb, almost all cars will stop.

In short, to return to our sheep, Cholpon ata is a small village located 1500 meters above sea level of the beautiful lake of Issky-Kul.
Since you must be a bad geographer (do not worry too many months), I’ll help you

I’m standing there, unable to move to where to sleep tonight. I had arrived here without any program, my host at Bishkek had told me to stop there.
And I found myself there, with only my backpacking company, looking in the emptiness around me ..
After an hour wandering the streets, I simply said:

“Nothing to do here, I’ll break, I’ll find better elsewhere”.

So I took my stuff and started to walk to the only intersection of the village, hoping to find a car ready to drop me on the main road. From there, I would find a bus to take me to a bigger city.
I get on the road and a few seconds later I hear the engine of a car behind me, I thumbs up saying that it will save me a good half hour of walking if the person drops me a little further.

The car stops, a woman dressed in a black veil on her head opens the passenger side window:

– Uh, crossroads? (oh shit how do we say crossroads in English), heuuu to the next junction? Bus?
And there she answers me with perfect English
– You want to drop me to the bus station? (translation: “Do you want me to drop you at the bus station?”)

I was quite surprised, since the beginning of my trip I did not meet anyone who spoke English here. There are officially two languages ​​in Kyrgyzstan, Russian and Kyrgyz.

In the car, with a smile on her lips, she asks me where I come from and what I’m doing in Kyrgyzstan. I explain that I am here to discover the country, that I travel alone and that I have not planned anything. Usually I avoid saying that I travel alone, a simple safety rule, but this woman had such a sympathy that I did not need to hide this detail. 
I ask her how come she speaks English so well, she explains that she lived for a few years with her husband in the United States. Today they are back home and have a small guesthouse a few minutes walk from Lake Issyk-Kul.
The discussion continues for more than 10 minutes and she talks to me with passion about her country, the lake and the myths that exist around it. I listen to it religiously, it’s exciting!
Arrived at the bus station she said to me:

Do you have some time? You can come and drink tea at home and meet my husband and daughter.

At that moment, Cholpon Ata went from “boring city” to a place where I would probably spend some of my most beautiful moments in Kyrgyzstan. 
In fact it’s a bit like the definition of travel. I love highs, but lows are important too. I love being disappointed when great surprises await me at the end. And I love the fascinating people I meet during my adventures.

I do not hesitate a second and accept the invitation. I know from experience that the power to say yes can change a lot.

A brief overview of Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Well, let me introduce Cholpon Ata. 
Then there you have the main street:
Cholpon Ata Kyrgyzstan

TIPS AND GUIDE FOR A MOTORCYCLE TRIP IN VIETNAM

Last September I leave to realize an old dream of teenager, to cross Vietnam on motorbike .
On the other side of the world, when midday is midnight or vice versa, the road is his law.
The balance sheet? A fortnight on the roads, as many cities crossed, several stops at the mechanic, a flat tire, sunburns to make a lobster blush, a hundred animals dodged, dozens of buses avoided, thirty breaks cigarette face landscapes of unreal beauty, countless encounters, unforgettable memories.

In short, an experience that I recommend to all.

So I asked my friend GM, GTLA travel blog and who traveled in Vietnam on a motorcycle for a month, to offer a complete guide to prepare and live a trip similar to motorcycle or scooter. You want to know where to buy (or rent) a motorcycle, where to maintain, where to live, where to eat and how much will it cost you? Whether you have experience or not, this article will answer all your questions!

Vietnam motorcycle travel

Why travel by motorcycle in Vietnam?

I usually travel in a backpack when traveling by bus or train. During these trips I met some motorcycle travelers. The more I traded with them, the more the desire to adopt this mode of transport was great.

They travel at their own pace, do not depend on bus or train schedules, and do not just go from city to city. They stop when they want, meet the locals, discover landscapes and wonders that guides do not record. It is this freedom and this immersion that I wanted to know.

Vietnam motorcycle travel and meetings

And it is this experience that I lived. There is only traveling so you can share your meal with 4 Vietnamese who will try to understand why you travel on a motorcycle, which will eventually offer you rice alcohol and take photos before you returned on the road. Only by wanting to go see a field of roses and blocking your motorcycle will you meet a peasant who will invite you to visit his house and taste the fruits of his orchard. And above all it is only this way that you will end up doing a game of billiards with a mechanic who refuses you to pay and who prefers to confront you to his favorite game.

Vietnam motorcycle in a field

Small game of billiards in Vietnam

Why Vietnam?

The motorcycle is the king means of transport. The Vietnamese carry their families, all kinds of parcels and animals on their motorcycles. This is for me the best destination for a motorcycle trip in Vietnam .

Finally, and it is not negligible when traveling alone and without GPS, Vietnam is the only country in Asia using the Latin alphabet.

Traveling by bike in Vietnam

For who ?

For all those who want it. I met mainly young people, alone or with companions I met while traveling, but I also shared a meal with a 50-year-old man who ventured several months on a motorbike in Southeast Asia. I talked to couples who traveled with one or two bikes depending on their driving skills.

Finally, I was able to talk with several women who traveled alone and who continued to do so or were grafted to groups of bikers.

DO I ALREADY KNOW HOW TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE?

No, I had never driven anything before an automatic scooter. It was my salesman who taught me how to ride a motorcycle and shift gears for an afternoon in a quiet place in Hanoi. The next day I took the road with caution and, 3 weeks later, I arrived at destination. And during that time I chatted with several other travelers who had never driven a motorcycle before arriving in Vietnam.

Traveling by motorcycle in Vietnam to several

The Importance of Travelling – Explained

Have you ever wondered, what would it be like if you had only one month to live from the present day? You see death is a great teacher. It reminds you, almost mockingly, that everyone is stamped with an expiration date. Whenever I think about death it provides me a sense of urgency, an urgency to start living. Would you still be working from 9 to 5 throughout the day considering all the amazing, heart warming and delighting things that you can do in that particular time frame and still be left with more time to enjoy with your family?

Won’t you think of doing the activities that call for the brilliance in you, activities that change your perception about life, activities that let you experience the beauty of nature, activities that make you feel good about life? In my opinion one of the few things that elevate the human soul to the peak levels of happiness is traveling. It is the essence of traveling that has motivated humans through ages to seek out for the unexplored and the less trodden paths. Traveling changes the perception of a person about life. It vastly increases the plethora of human emotions and experiences for a person. It shows that life can be much bigger and broader than one can ever think of. The surest way to make more of your life is to become more aware of what’s out there and to expand your definition of what’s possible. The best way to do that is? Travel.

Your problems, tensions, daily issues will vanish after some time and will not be of any importance to you after a point in your life but the experience of meeting and having a lunch with a person belonging to a different culture, experience of watching snowcapped mountains with mesmerizing lakes will not leave your side till your last breath. As Ibn Battuta rightly said – “Traveling is something which leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.” When you travel, you meet different people, you understand their culture, you immerse yourself into the vibrancies of the beauty the nature has to offer us, and you become someone else. Travel is important for everyone to know themselves at core, to explore and grow themselves into someone who is more wise and experienced. A picture speaks a thousand words. The moments captured in those journeys will stay with you for your lifetime.

Some Overlooked Facts About Travel

Whenever one goes or even thinks about going on a holiday, there is one issue which makes things look like a nightmare. Yes you got it right. I am talking about hotel booking. It scares and haunts travelers beyond their wildest imaginations making them think many times before taking a trip. Any trip seems undesirable without appropriate accommodation and that is something which travelers consider quite difficult to locate. Sometimes even if a suitable hotel has been spotted, the rent specified is so high that travelers tend to forget about it the moment they hear of it.

Traveling becomes such an issue with hopeful travelers due to this reason. Airline tickets too can be problematic. Very often travelers find it quite difficult to get a flight back home in case of emergencies. Any sort of traveling can take up to days of preparation among which many hours are devoted to the airlines. But if traveling is so much trouble, how do we see so many travelers going across the world every single day of the year? Wondering why they don’t face the trouble regarding hotels and airlines? They certainly do have some trouble, but the trick involved in these cases is that they know the right hotels and airline companies’ that promise to deliver.

In every vacation the tourists face some kind of problem or another. These problems are quite often unpredictable and can easily throw you off the track. The thing to do is always make a plan before you leave for the trip. If you have covered up all the basic requirements in the field of traveling, there should be no problem.

Key Facts About Travel – Summary

Traveling is very popular amongst people nowadays. Those who consider themselves travel enthusiasts are usually considered better workers too. They are not under duress and are in high spirits when you meet them. Even scientific researchers encourage traveling now because, according to their findings, traveling relaxes the mind and results in an increase in the productivity of the people. However, if you are still not convinced that traveling is good for you, then read this article. Nevertheless, we should warn you – you may want to grab some international airfare deals before you read this. Because we guarantee that you’ll want to fly out to your favorite travel destination when you get to know the many perks of traveling.

They say that from the time of birth to our last breath, every single action revolves around the acquisition of knowledge. And if you are someone who values the learning experience, then traveling is just the thing you need. Traveling will open your mind up to so much more than you ever knew – things that you’ll never find in a book or even in a classroom. These are the lessons that you learn when you experience life and you can’t learn them any other way. You can learn about different cultures work, because every place you visit is a new place that will introduce you to another completely unique culture.

If you are shy or have a problem communicating with people, traveling may be the best thing you can do to improve your communication skills. Traveling gets you in touch with people from different cultural backgrounds. You interact with people who don’t know your language but you learn to communicate with them. This communication will help you improve your non-verbal skills and your body language, which is very important if you want to go ahead in your life.

Traveling to a new place will allow you to release pent-up tension and live a stress-free life. This, in turn, will help you create memories that you can cherish for life. People who travel with their loved ones strengthen their bonds with them and learn to appreciate the value of relationships. Everyone have characteristics that define themselves and traveling helps you realize the importance of individuality. Moreover, traveling creates a repertoire of memories that really do last a lifetime!