How to pack “the strict minimum” when you are a girl

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Let’s face it, packing lightly is hard!!! Especially for girls. Ladies, I know your struggle. They tell you to only bring 2 outfits and suddenly you want to take 5. The thing is, it is hard to leave stuff behind sometimes. We create all these scenarios in our head and our imagination makes us think that we will need our whole closet. Well… sometimes we do not have a choice, we need to pack lightly. When you are going camping or hiking for example, a heavy bag can become your biggest enemy so you better pick wisely.

Here are some tips that personally help me when I need to pack lightly: Continue reading “How to pack “the strict minimum” when you are a girl”

5 tips to protect your belongings while staying in a hostel

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Traveling can be risky. I have encountered people who have lost their belongings at hostels, airports and even hotels. Truth is, you can never be too careful. I remember the nauseating feeling after losing my wallet in Italy. We were about to fly to Amsterdam and someone at the hostel had stolen my wallet (I lately understood that it could only be the janitor). Thank God I had put some of my cards in a jacket the previous night and that I never let my passport in my wallet. Nevertheless, it was not a pleasing experience and since then, I am more vigilant while traveling.

If you plan on staying in hostels during your travels, you have even more reasons to be careful as you will most likely share  room with strangers. Thankfully, there are many ways to protect your things and enjoy your adventures stress-free. Here are some tips: Continue reading “5 tips to protect your belongings while staying in a hostel”

Why you haven’t really traveled until you have slept at an hostel

Sleeping with strangers is something that scares many people… in every possible sense. In this case I am talking about sharing a room with people you don’t know, who come from different parts of the world and who are probably going to ask questions about the city and what there is to do there. I am talking about sleeping in hostels. No, not hotels. If you don’t know the difference, it is a sign that you need to put your travel game up by booking a hostel in another country right now. I still remember arriving in Barcelona at night and checking in a room with about 12 bunk beds. I was nineteen years old and I had decided to go to Barcelona alone before flying to Morocco. What an adventure! Till this day, I still thank myself for taking this leap.

The idea of hostels can be scary. Especially for a first timer. Truth is, you don’t really know who you are going to share your room with, you don’t know if there aren’t any thieves in the room and the idea of having people from different backgrounds in your sleeping space might simply be scary. However, as a traveler, hostels have been one of the best decisions that I could have taken on my different journeys. The benefits of staying in  a hostel highly outweighs the fears. Besides, there are always safety measures that can be taken in order to avoid horrible experiences like getting your passport stolen. Here are some reasons why staying at hostels will turn out to be the highlight of your trip: Continue reading “Why you haven’t really traveled until you have slept at an hostel”

Why traveling solo will make you more human

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There are so many atrocities happening in the world that “being human” is often linked to negative characteristics: Selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy and more. Humanity is considered lost by many. Some people even prefer to have pets instead of having to deal with human beings. As a traveler, I find humans to be the most interesting thing to observe. I travel because I want to fall in love with humanity in different ways. Because humans fascinate me and also because I think that human contact can help those who seek it, to discover so many things about life. I have met people who have completely shaken my world and who have somehow made me a better version of myself. It is not about the years in your life but the life in your years. Your existence makes sense because of experiences you make and these experiences will often be brought to you by people:  Strangers who will come into your life and challenge you to think. Here are some reasons why I think that traveling solo makes you more human. Continue reading “Why traveling solo will make you more human”

Mountain adventures : TreeHouse, fresh air and raspberries

If you know me or have been reading my blog, you must know that I am an adventure junky. The more out of the ordinary it is, the more I want to try it. Parasailing, paragliding, bungee jumping, cliff diving, camping, hiking… you name it, I want it. Of course, I might take a few deep breaths, freak out and scream my life away in the process but this doesn’t make the experience less worth it for me. The thing is, since we are not always able to travel far away immediately, we sometimes need to find adventures in our home country. We should not be so focused on going to the distance that we ignore all of the cool things we can do right where we are.

A few days ago, I decided to add something else to my list: Sleeping in a tree house. If you haven’t yet, you should check out my post about Rustik (available here–>) Experience the wild life at Rustik Haïti, this super cool place in the mountains of Haiti made of recycled material. As I mentioned in my post, they have different types of rooms but one that is particularly appealing (to some) is the famous Tree House: A room suspended 20 meters above the ground, between two trees. Pretty cool right? Continue reading “Mountain adventures : TreeHouse, fresh air and raspberries”