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This blog becomes multilingual!

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Over last week, I din’t write some articles because I was busy…

I was busy to find a solution to increase your experience on this blog. Indeed, I would to write articles in two or more linguages and add a googlemap API. With a free WordPress blog, that’s impossible. So I decided to install wordpress. To do it, I purchased adomain and hosting package on 1&1. Also with a friend, I was able to add new functions.

As I still don’t leave France, there isn’t googlemap API but that’s planned.

I let you discovered it HERE!

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I’ve my plane Ticket

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singapore-airlines_logoAs I mentioned Tuesday, I chose Singapore Arlines company. After comparing plane tickets on Opodo, it’s one of low cost companies. I’ve watched many testimonials about it and many people was satisfied. So I decided to take a flight from Paris (France) to Perth (Australia).

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At first, I thought that take my plane from London was better about price, but it was a mistake. There is nearly € 150 more than a flight which starts from Paris.

With any service, you can find a plane ticket from Paris to Perth for € 650 five months before.

As well, I took my plane yesterday for € 770 with all options (cancellation, rebooking). Indeed, I’ve waited to late to take my plane ticket without options.

flight-planning_Paris-Perth

Why don’t use my stopover in Singapore?

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Since one month, I think about where do I want to land in Australia? I’ve download the Oceania map to think about it. I hope to round the world after make money for one year in Austrilia. At the same time I want to test Outdoor products in wonderful landscape. So I decied to start by Perth.

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Why Perth?

I chose Perth for some reasons:

  • Perth is “less expensive” than Sydney or Melbourne.
  • You are well paid.
  • I research rainforests, waterfalls and not only the beaches of Australia.
  • For the next step (South America), I will leave by East so I will start by West.

Western-Australia-Map

Source: Lonely Planet_Australia_“Perth and Western Australia”_pp 892/893

Lonely Planet

Two friends who went in Australia for a long time advised me to get Lonely Planet Australia. It was their bible over there.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world. Lonely It was founded in 1972. It is headquartered in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Therefore, No one knows Australia like Lonely Planet!

I bought 3 lonely planet e-books (helped by a big promotion on the web) towards my round the world:

Those Lonely Planet will help me to prepare every stay for this project.
I will know Where I’ll be going, What I’ll be seeing and How I’ll be doing it.

Also I checked flight price for 2 months on Singapore Airlines. Now that I know where and when I want to land in Australia, I have to face a choice:

  • Stay at Singapore while my stopover for 1h40
  • Stay at Singapore during my stopover for 12 hours

Then I’ve found my question stupid. I’ll travel around the world, it’s better to have a long stopover in Singapore.

Singapore

Singapore is a nice city with lastly the Marina Bay Sands in June 2010. I don’t know whatever I’ll see!

Marina-Bay-Sands

Moreover Singapore Airlines is one of most safe company. Changi  Airport is one of the best airport of the world for many travellers. Indeed, it has many services.

“In addition to a wide array of duty-free shops and eating outlets, Changi Airport has six open-air garden areas. Open to customers of the airport, each garden represents a different group of plants: cacti, bamboo, heliconia, sunflower, fern and orchid. Changi Airport has numerous business centres located around the airport. Within the international transit area of the interconnected Terminals 1,2 and 3, internet and games facilities, prayer rooms, showers, spas, gym, swimming pool and a hotel are provided. Various lounge areas are provided, some including children’s play areas or televisions showing news, movie and sport channels.” (Source: Wikipedia)

 Also if you stay more than two hours, you will be able to take a free bus to round the city.

I let you discover through this video.

I have my International Driver’s licence

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International-dirver-licence

When you travel the world, you can’t take only your driver’s licence if you want drive nearly anywhere. Indeed it’s only allowed in countries which have sign the Vienna convention of Road Traffic. You must ask to your prefecture to do a international driver’s licence. This administrative procedure is easy and rapid.
You must give 3 documents:

  • a proof of domicile less than three months
  • a photocopy of your driver’s licence
  • two same passport photos
  • To fill in this document. You must download on the website of your prefecture or subprefecture. Also, you can take there.

Two days after, you will be able to get back your International driver’s licence.

This International driver’s licence doesn’t replace your driver’s licence. You need of these two documents together.

It’s entirely free!

Why do I want to begin by Australia?

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why-australia

My first idea

Originally, I wanted to do a world tour for 1 year thanks to a Round the world ticket. This is the best solution to do one when we haven’t much time. The cost is around 2000€ and it enables to do every continents. You have 1 year to take all flights and it’s possible to change dates.

However be carefull and travel in the same direction ( East to West or West to East). Comebacks are expensive.

All of these informations come from the blog of François & Silvain.

Withal, you can’t stay long enough to see everything in each country. May be it’s to hard to establish a friendship link with local people. Moreover you will need enough money to do it because you won’t be able to work everywhere.

Green-Card_Visa-USAFor example, you won’t be able to work in North America (Canada, Alaska, USA) without a green card. Otherwise find an american wife!

Watch out to the green card lottery. Many hackers use these words to scam people. But this lottery does exist and “Each year, around 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through the Diversity Visa (DV) program“.
(Source: Wikipedia: Permanent residence (United States)_Green Card Lottery)

After thought, that’s not the best solution because I have plenty of time and I want to work to make money.

Why do I begin my travel by Australia?

Picture-from-Sebastien-Bigot-PhotographyAustralia is an attractive country. All my friends who have been there cameback enchanted. May be the reason is that I live in the birthplace of european surf culture and many of my friends go surfing!

The nature is more present thanks to rain forest. Kangaroos, cockatoos, BIG SNAKES, SPIDERS, …!

Australia is surrounded by many islands which are really diffrents from each other: New Zeland, New Caledonia, Indonesia and many others.

Wikipedia_Pacific-culture-Areas

In Australia people are friendly, they help each other. Moreover it’s easy to find a well-paid job although life is expensive whit the help to Working Holiday Visa. For French people, there isn’t quota.

It’s the only Visa that you can get online very easily. In 2012, its cost is $ 280. However you have some conditions to fulfil.

So, I’ve decided to take only one way ticket and to use my working holiday visa to make money and cut corners and continue my travel with these.

You will have a better vision of it once I will be over there!

Fan Page

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how can I help?To help you to follow me, I’ve made a Fan Page on Facebook. It is written in French. So, you will be able to understand my project, its goal is to share it with anybody who’s interesting about travelling, outdoor sector and its products.

Currently, my project is preparing step by step. There aren’t many informations about my travel itself. But in 5 months, when I will take my plane, everything will be quickening!

How can you help

This is my first blog. It’s hard for me to have reactions for writting a good article.

I ‘ve bought a book written by Loic Le Meur to help me in this role. I really want to learn how to become a better communicator and bring this experience more interesting for you.

I take this project to heart. I want to lead it in the best way. Your feed-backs interest me, leave me your comments on my facebook fan page.

Click on the picture and travel with me!

I have my passport

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My passportFirst step Oceania

Good news! Yesterday, I’ve received my passport!

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
St. Augustine

After reading a long page about France, I’m going to write my own page about Australia…

To ask your passport at your town council, you must give some documentary evidence:

  • a proof of domicile less than three months
  • a photocopy of your identity card
  • two same passport photos
  • a €86 fiscal stamp

One month later, you will be able to get back your passport at your town council.

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