Schuldi’s World: A life of globetrotter and mother!
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I was born in Alsace, where I lived a good part of my life, before moving, 5 years ago to Franche-Comté to live with my lover. In 2013, we went on an 8-month trip together through Asia and Oceania. Then in 2014, on our return, we decided to move to New Caledonia. We’ve been there since January 2015 and since June we’ve been the happy parents of a little globetrotter! Since the beginning of my adventures, my travels, I keep a blog, which allows me to share my discoveries, to keep a valuable link with mine and above all to make wonderful encounters!
Why did you decide to become a globetrotter? How long have you been?
The trip is a family thing, since I remember it, we went on vacation every year with my parents, or even twice a year. I moved a lot with my grandparents too, they were members of the French federation of popular sports, which includes the walks. So they traveled a lot to hike and I followed them! The journey must be something that is inscribed in my genes maybe! ah ah
More seriously, until 2013, I went on vacation a lot, over short periods, but after having had professional setbacks, we decided with my friend to leave everything to travel the world! What a wonderful idea! Since then we have been living in perfect harmony with our desires.
Which countries have you visited?
Since 2013, I have been fortunate to have spent time in India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, Turkey, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Canada. Before that, I had already traveled to Morocco, Kenya, the USA, Tunisia, to name but a few and many in Europe, where it is so easy to get around! Soon I’m going to discover Japan, a country between modernity and tradition, I can’t wait!
What is the typical preparation before each departure?
Preparation is already part of the trip,it’s such an exciting part! Knowing that you are leaving, preparing your bag or suitcase,doing some research on the destination, but not too much to leave room for chance, surprise, counting the days before departure. I’m careful to equip myself well, especially if I go hiking or a lot of walking and I try to find good addresses and responsible activities. I pay special attention to eco-tourism, to responsible travel, so before each departure, I prepare myself as best I can not to leave a significant impact behind me.
If you were to land in a country, which one would it be?
I dream of living in India! I fell in love with this country, where I spent almost 3 months between 2013 and 2014. I didn’t think I’d feel so good in such a complex and disruptive country. But what a revelation! People as complex as they are authentic and so interesting. I don’t know if I would support living there full time or working there, but I would love to try my luck. Especially with our daughter, to offer her a wonderful adventure and instill tolerance, curiosity and wonder.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Great difficulties, I thought a lot about this issue but nothing came to mind! I encountered pitfalls like everyone else, failed trains, bad meetings, a bank card swallowed and more money, shabby and overpriced hotels… but nothing too bad! Nothing insurmountable or that marked me, except, maybe the pee room! Yes, as a girl what a pain! To remedy this, I go on a trip with a small accessory that allows me to pee standing up… It sounds weird, but what a comfort! We’ve probably been very lucky.
Recently, you became a mother, how did you organize to manage the arrival of your child?
Having become a mother away from mine, 17,000 km from the metropolis, we had to manage the arrival of our daughter alone. A great adventure that I do not regret at all, it brought us a lot closer with the dad and our loved ones also finally because even far away they were there. Our organization must look like that of all future parents, build a room, provide enough clothes, equipment… We also look to limiting our ecological impactis not only a story of travel but also of daily life, so we opted for washable diapers, homemade wipes, wooden toys…
Can you afford moments for yourself?
The question that kills! lol Time is so precious, you realize it when your child arrives. Divided between the desire to spend all his time with him and the need to have a little freedom for himself and for his couple! I also made the choice to breastfeed, so time for me at the beginning I had none at all, now that my daughter at just over two months, that breastfeeding has set up well, I take time! We also take some time to go out with our family and we’re going on weekends soon!
What advice would you give to other globetrotters?
Not to forget to take pleasure, not just photos to stick on social networks, to respect their environment as natural as cultural, to continue to travel, to take full eyes, to see the countries with wonder such children, to meet the locals, to be respectful and to talk about their travels to make everyone want to go to meet each other! I would also advise them to be always vigilant, to follow his intuition and to prepare well for his trip before (financially, insurance…).
The final word…
Two quotes I love:
“Every adventure starts with the word yes!”
“When nothing is planned, anything is possible!”
You can follow his adventures through his blog: http://www.schuldisworld.com/