A RANDO-LAMA IN THE HEART OF TYROL

On a beautiful sunny day in the mountains of Austrian Tyrol, during a hike lama, I find myself running alongside a llama, holding somehow the rope of the animal. It is also rather him, Simon, the lama, who leads the dance. He seems to like the descent, want to go home or pass in front of others, since it makes regular acceleration, followed by good heart by his relative Ronaldo. I do not complain, I run as well as I can, I laugh and I enjoy the walk. It’s not every day that you can go jogging with a lama.

But what is a rando-lama?

When I read the expression “Lama-trekking” or “Rando-lama” in the list of possible activities to be done during a stay in the Austrian Tyrol , I wondered what it was. Was it about riding a llama, as if it were a horse? Something else? The mystery would remain intact until we arrived at Barbara’s farm in Fieberbrunn. It must be said that I saw few llamas in my life: some in South America, some in zoos and that’s about it.

Barbara and Sabine welcome us with open arms and introduce us very quickly to Loriot, Simon and Ronaldo. Barbara is the master lama, she loves her animals and walks with tourists only to share her passion for her animals. She knows how to transmit it, moreover, just like her friend who translates everything in English. So there are three lamas, all three, four years old. They have different sizes, different coats and different characters as we will soon realize.

You do not ride a llama: unless you are a child under 30kg, they are not made for that. They can carry bags for longer hikes. That day, we will only walk for a few hours and we will only walk in their company, which is already quite an adventure. So we start two people by llama and we exchange as we go, to take pictures and to get to know these llamas.

HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR DUTIES

In our hectic everyday life, we all dream of having a vacation and leaving all the problems behind. However, that sounds like an impossible dream when we compare it to reality. As for as traveling is concerned, we need money, and for money, we have to do something. So if you are the one who loves travel and who thinks about traveling around the world but unable to act upon it due to your duties, then in this piece of writing we have some of the cool tips. Keep on reading this article as we have come up with some of the great ideas to fulfill your travel around the world dream without quitting your duties or job.

Utilize your weekends:

So one of the best ways to satiate your traveling hunger is to travel on the weekends. All you need is the proper planning and pre-booking to avoid the last minute postponing of the plans. If you plan correctly, you have the time from the Friday evening to the Sunday evening to visit your target destination.

Convert festival vacations into travel vacations:

To act upon this tip, you have first to settle your priorities. If you give priority to the traveling rather than celebrating it with your extended family, then you can utilize your festive holidays as travel ones. Furthermore, to extend the fun, you can add your official vacations with the festive ones to create an extended holiday package.

Equip yourself with the local knowledge:

Do you know, what is the most common reason most of the people do not like short travel holidays comprising of 48hrs? Well, because most of them have no proper knowledge regarding the destination and they find it difficult to have a fun filled time at such short notice. So, the best way to avoid this issue is to gain enough knowledge regarding the local areas from travelers to avoid the search and find a game.

Negotiate for remote working:

One of the best ways to keep your traveling dream alive is to negotiate with your boss for the remote work arrangements. If you work as a freelancer, then all you need is a laptop and a reliable internet connection to earn your livelihood. However, before agreeing and convincing your employer for the remote work arrangement, make sure you have gathered enough knowledge regarding the area and the perks and the disadvantages.

There are a variety of expenses associated with the specific area, and maybe you have to pay extra tax. So search for a good tax service near me and discuss the local area tax details and payment methods to avoid future litigations and issues.

Traveling the world is a dream that every individual wants to live; however very few of us have a serious approach towards this. If you love traveling, then make a proper plan for this and then execute it cleverly to live your life to its fullest.

Happy Traveling To You!

ENJOY THE CULTURE OF TYROL IN AUSTRIA

After the effort, comfort. This expression never sounded so good as when I traveled to Austria last spring. After an intense hikellama , an adventurous canyoning session or any other activity that can be done in any season in the area, I needed to savor some simple pleasures. Fortunately, the region is not short of choice and the culture of the Tyrol is rich in small pleasures to discover.

St Johann in Tirol is a very beautiful Austrian city located in the heart of Tyrol, which has many historical attractions and is worth a guided tour. It is also a very cute little town, where it is good to walk random streets, to discover its colorful houses, shops and cafes and other secrets. Do not hesitate to stop at Wirthaus Post for a delicious meal on the terrace and a good Aperol Spritz.

There are many picturesque towns to visit during a trip to Austria and Tyrol. On another trip, I also had the opportunity to visit Kitzbühel , a city a little bigger, but just as charming, as you can see below.

One thing is certain, we eat well in Austria. Sweet, salty, coffee, cheese, pasta, Knödel, Apfelstrudel, beer and other Goulash … Feel free to try some treats and to please you, I personally have never been disappointed. It’s even better to eat with a view! For cheese, I can only recommend a short tour to Kasplatz for a tasty cheese tasting with a view. Do not miss!

There are incredible views in every corner of the region. From a café, the terrace of a restaurant, at the end of a hike, up a cable car. The breathtaking views are easily accessible from many places and it is not necessarily necessary to get tired to access them. Best of all, it’s feasible in any weather. The view from the Gipfel Restaurant at the top of Hohe Salve (reachable by cable car) is beautiful and can be savored with a coffee … or in the toilet! I let you discover it for yourself …

THE PATH OF THE IBEXES

A good breakfast later and it’s time to put on our hiking shoes. This time we have to go down more than 1,000 m in two or three hours and the walking sticks will not be too much. This is the Bouquetins Trail (Stebok-Weg, in honor of the largest colony of ibex in Europe). No ibex on the horizon, but two marmots who watch us suspicious.

The descent is hard, my knees had trouble following and I twist my ankles. It has been a long time since I had done something so complicated, but I enjoy the beautiful landscapes of mountains and forests available to us. Hiking in Austria is choosing variety, in difficulty levels and in the landscapes crossed. We can not say that we are bored. We meet some hikers and cows, but no ibex. Pity.

I am happy to arrive in Dalaas (yes, yes), shower, rest and enjoy a delicious burger at our hotel Gasthof Post. The afternoon is well advanced and I can not really put one foot in front of the other, so we leave quietly to discover Dalaas, its river and its picturesque houses. It can be said that life is peaceful here and that the place is a good base for resting or hiking. The hotel, in an old style, is very comfortable, the food is frankly delicious and typical and our hostess is adorable! That and a little schnapps to get us back, as well as we needed that.

The night heals evils or creates aches for those who have forgotten to stretch. Guess which category I fall in … Clopint-clopant, I enjoy a last Austrian breakfast and we leave by train, far from the tranquility and charming villages of Vorarlberg. This time, I do not sleep on the train and enjoy our crossing of Liechtenstein, before returning to reality in Paris, to my reality of return.

HIKING IN AUSTRIA IN VORARLBERG: THE LECHWEG

We go to the Freiberger Hut Hütte that evening and the hike to get there is quite simple, with a small drop, but nothing more. It’s also very well signposted and you can do it for yourself. This hike is actually the first leg of the famous Lechweg and is located in a national park. Another advantage for small walkers, a bus runs on a road near this hike and others also. You can take it for a while, get close or even close to the refuge and its lake. The road is only accessible for this bus, for local farmers or for tourists paying a fee to enter the National Park, but it is very quiet.

We take the path and the guide explains many anecdotes and interesting facts about the history of the region, the fauna and flora. She knows the area well and is in love with her area. We quickly understand why. Our steps lead us quickly to the lunch we will take at Gasthaus Alpele. The place has been completely restored and was founded more than 300 years ago. The place is charming, traditional and popular and I feel that we will feel good. I can not help but choose Käsespätzle, the homemade pasta with cheese and onions that Sarah taught me to cook and that I sometimes cook while traveling. They are delicious and melting to perfection, the cheese is strong and perfect. I enjoy it. Annalisa chooses the dessert and then arrives a giant pan filled with a kind of apple and plum crumble (Kaiserschmarren ). It’s just to fall. It will be very difficult to hit the road after that.

We take the bus to advance a little and begin the rest of the hike. The weather is threatening, but the weather is nice and we chained the pretty views and other waterfalls. It’s nice to be so, alone in these film landscapes.

HIKING IN AUSTRIA IN VORARLBERG: STORY, TIPS AND GOOD ADDRESSES

After a wonderful stay in Austrian Tyrol last year, I was looking forward to seeing the sights and the Austrian calm for a weekend. This trip coincided with my return to Europe after my PVT in Argentina and would allow me to have a soothing and adaptive break, before returning to France and live the classic blues of return. This time, not from Tyrol, but from Vorarlberg, a rather unknown region of the country, at the western tip, very close to Liechtenstein. The program was simple: discover the magnificent panoramas of the region and hike in Austria, in the region of Vorarlberg.

It is not easy to go to this corner of the world or at least the trip is never really direct. From Madrid to Zurich, I take the plane, then the train to Austria. We go along several lakes and cross sublime landscapes. I fall asleep despite everything, lulled by the train and my jet lag, always present. I wake up in Austria and meet my fellow travelers for the next three days. There is Richard and Franck from One Day One Travel that I know well and Céline, the Globetrekkeuse and his spouse Pierre. A taxi ride and we finally arrived in Lech, an adorable and typical Austrian small town. We take our quarters in a comfortable hotel, overlooking the hills, savor our first beer and our first meal. What a pleasure to find Austria, its beauty of postcard, its flavors and its calm. I would sleep well that night, finally settling my jet lag and enjoying my serene mountain sleep. The trip was long and the adventure begins tomorrow.

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