544 days. Almost 1 and a half year. Many things happened in that time. It would be impossible to recap my trip in just one post. But there are several things that I want to share with you.
So here is my first post about the recap of my trip. I will talk to you about the route I’ve taken.
I mainly spent all my trip in the Carribean (~6 months) and in South America (~17months).
A big part of my trip was to leave space for the unexpected. And unexpected it was ! I started this trip with one condition : Hitchhiking. At first I wanted to circumnavigate the world without taking the plane. I gave up the idea on the pacific ocean when I saw this would mean spending 8months to a year on a boat. I was not ready for that, and decided to head back the other way to Africa. It couldn’t make it at the end, but that’s part of the unexpected.
I ended up spending many months in the Carribean, after what I reached in south America after 6 months ! My first plan was to travel for about a year. And after a year I was feeling like I had done so few !
I started travelling alone, and after a year, Mathilde joined me for about 6 months where we travelled together.
The only thing that didn’t change was to hitchhike. Speaking about hitchhiking, I took note about my trip, and here is my biggest achievement :
I hitchhike over 50,000km in about 950 differents vehicles.
So far, the easiest country to hitchhike in was Grenada. Not so far behind was Chile and Ecuador.
I have been in 18 different countries. Not a lot I would say if I compare to my 4-months Europe tour where I went to 22 countries. But in South America for example, the countries are huge. I also spent much more time in these differents countries.
I really enjoyed spending more time to be able to learn more about the people, the culture and the language. Speaking of, I learned spanish. I never had any spanish class before I left and now I can speak it pretty fluently.
In all the countries I have been, it was always a new experience and new vibes. I cannot really tell if I prefered one country in particular. Maybe one day I will publish a list 😉
Here is the top 5 of the countries I have spent time :
- #1 Peru : 3½ months (102 days)
- #2 Colombia : 3 months (93 days)
- #3 Argentina : 1½ month (44 days)
- #4 Martinique : 1½ month (40 days)
- #5 Bolivia : 1 month (35 days)
I know Martinique is not a country, but it is different enough from France to consider I was not in France during this time.
This trip was mainly a great human adventure. I met so many people. I made so many friends. Sometimes for just a few hours. Sometimes a few days. Sometimes several months. But each person I met made this trip a little bit different
One thing is sure, This trip would have been totally different without you.
And finally, I have made a short video which try to recap my journey a bit. You can see it here, enjoy 🙂