#MILES OF HAPPINESS
Sometimes, it can be a holy mess to travel by yourself, as a woman. Or to travel with a baby. Or, well, to live as an expat in a city where you don't know anybody, alone with your lover-forever, which will become, choice to you, either your best-friend or your worst enemy.
At times, you'll want to plan your trip to make sure everything will be smooth and easy. Then you'll realize that one of the best way to get the infos are blogs. We've spent hours online, trying to prepare our adventures in Indonesia, to know what to take for our road trip in New Zealand, or to figure out what to do during our stop-overs.
After miiiles of traveling, we've decided to make our experiences useful for other travelers.
*Why this name ?
We love that feeling of extreme freedom on the road, watching landscapes passing by, with the perfect music going through the radio. To us, traveling rhymes with miles. And, obviously happiness.
Who's behind the screen? Meet Marie, her husband G and their little milk-drinking machine Noah, a serial expat family passionate about outdoors, arts and traveling.
I was 21. So far, I had realised many of my dreams. Living abroad. Being graduated from Art School. I had just moved to Paris to work in an advertising agency. Working on fascinating projects. Living in a big apartment with my best friends as roommates. On top of that, I had just met the guy. It was all perfect. Until one day, I asked myself a question: WHAT'S NEXT? My life was great, but I was in search for more challenge. How could I take it to the next level? I wanted to go on the direction of my fears. To grow. Discover. Become that girl.
Despite the fact that a fabulous career opportunity was opening to me in Paris and that I was madly in love with him, I applied for a Working Holiday Visa and bought a ticket to New Zealand. The day I hopped on that plane, I realized lots of things. Why I left everything to go solo. Why I really needed that trip.
I was on my way to stop waiting and start doing.
After a few months traveling solo, my LFF* (*Loved Frog Forever) surprised me by showing up on my door step, in Motueka, NZ, something like 18.500 kms away from home. Since then, we've been traveling together, living in France, in Indonesia, got married in Paris before moving to Hong Kong, had a baby then recently moved to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam!
Traveling soon became a lifestyle. Today it's been 7+ years since we're on the road, and wouldn't trade our life for a world.
2012: The beginning of the Adventure - in NZ
2013: We're moving to Indonesia !
2014: A wedding and a bucketlist
2014: We're moving to Hong Kong !
2014: Japan: love at first sight
2014: Our trek in the Nepal Himalayas
2015: A trip back to the roots in South France
2016: Our first time in Africa: Bonjour Maurice !
2016: Running with the gods in Angkor temples
2016: A dream come true: New York baby!
2017: An epic ski trip in Honshu, Japan
2017: (Another) dream come true: Cape Town
2017: New in the tribe, Noah has arrived!
2018: The tribe in a paradise island in Cambodia
2019: Launch of my book Hong Kong L’Essentiel
2019: We’re moving to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam !
#dreams/plans for 2019/2020
A beach trip in Bali, a getaway on the Mekong, a frozen journey in Finland, a break in the French Pyrenees and why not coming back where it all started?! Stay tuned!
#It's not just about luck!
We haven't won the lottery, and nobody helped us financing our trips. We've just decided to make travels our priority in life.
Luck implies some sort of random chance. And circumstances outside of your control.
Everything we’ve done so far, we did it because we wanted to. We made a conscious effort to travel around the world and took hard decisions like selling our stuff and moving away from home, leaving friends and family behind. I have a pretty normal life. With work, routine, nappies, and bills.