La Vadrouilleuse : Young globetrotter to discover

As a web marketer during the week and a traveler on weekends and in my spare time, I decided to create a blog, to share my passion and advise travelers on how to organize their stay. Cintia, 23 years old, I like traveling on my own, because I notice that it encourages contact with the local population.


Why did you decide to become a globetrotter? How long have you been?

I’ve had the opportunity to travel since I was very young. At first I travelled a lot with my family, then when I was 18, with my passport in my pocket, I took off and decided to discover new destinations with my partner.

Which countries have you visited?

Lots of them! I have visited the United States, Croatia, Turkey, Albania, Corsica, the small island of Corfu, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Senegal…
I’ve also visited many cities: Prague, Amsterdam, London, Bruges, Brussels, Venice…

What’s your favourite country and why?

Everyone around me knows that my greatest dream is to return to the USA! I loved this country for the diversity of its landscapes. The Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Sequoia Park are extraordinary places where nature is so impressive that it reminds us how small we really are.

What’s your next destination?

I haven’t decided yet, but it will be a warm country, perhaps South America (Brazil, Peru…).

What is the typical preparation before each departure?

Before each trip, I start by buying both the Routard and Geoguide guides. I like having both because they often have different opinions, so I can make up my own mind. Then I spend long hours leafing through these books, and browsing numerous blogs to organize my journey. To prepare my itinerary, I absolutely need to see photos of the places I’m going to visit, and blogs usually feature beautiful photos that correspond to reality.
Google maps is an invaluable tool for estimating distances and times between two stages, so I use it to enter all my stopping points.
When preparing my trip, I like to mix cultural visits with relaxation (I’m on vacation after all, so I need time to decompress).
Preparing for the trip is such an important part of the escape!

If you had to settle in one country, what would it be?

I love traveling the world, but I think that if I had to settle in a country other than France, it would beEngland: I had the opportunity to study there and I loved the experience.

What advice would you give to other globetrotters?

Each destination has its own particularities, its positive and negative points. You have to accept cultural differences and make the most of your trip to learn new things and discover new ways of life. You need to set off with your eyes and ears wide open, unprejudiced, leaving your usual points of reference behind, to make the most of your discovery.

The last word…

The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page of it.

Saint Augustin
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