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08.03.15

So proud of Dan and Phil!!!

And my MCM is Francisco Lachowski. (*☻-☻*)

Classic chic. Always tendance.

anonymous asked:

I want to go backpacking too! Where have you been and do you have any tips?

Oh wauw okay, let me think for a minute. 

I am the ‘comfortable’ backpacker, my sister is the adventurous backpacker who just takes her things and is dropped off somewhere in China or Australia (she’s in tourism so it’s kind of her thing). I’m nothing like that, but if you want tips on how to COMFORTABLY backpack for people with anxiety issues, I can share you my many days and nights of obsessive research.

It’s been almost 2 years ago now, and my route was this: 

Rome -> Florence -> Siena -> Bologna -> Padua -> Venice -> Milan -> Genova -> Nice -> Cannes -> Toulon -> Avignon -> Lyon -> Paris -> Brussels -> back home in the Netherlands

To the experienced backpacker, that’s not the most impressive route. It took almost 4 weeks. But for your first time, that’s more than enough. So here are some tips for comfortable, stressless backpacking: 

Tip 1: Start early. Especially if you want to book hotels, start at least 6 months in advance planning your trip to make sure you won’t stress out.

Tip 2: Set a budget. Set a budget that’s lower than your actual budget. Prepare to not meet your budget and make compromises. Remember that even when you planned everything, there’s still meals and unexpected expenses. Travelling from city to city is an experience so treat yo self, but make sure you won’t run out of cash (you can use the ATM machines but check your current bank account, I had to make a switch to be able to take money without paying a bigger fee. Also, get a creditcard for booking hotels).

Tip 3: I booked all my hotels before I left. That’s not the typical attitude of a backpacker, but it DOES guarantee that you won’t be stranded at any time, and you know exactly where to go once you arrive in the city. Remember that for some areas, you’ll NEED to book beforehand. The South of France will be full unless you book in advance. Do whatever you want to do but keep in mind the peaks in tourism.
Print maps, directions, names, addresses, metro and train lines, just go ahead and print exactly the route you want to take. You’ll thank yourself later. 

Tip 4: Going by train? It’s easy and accessible. Remember that there are long-distance trainlines through Europe that you can book in advance that will take you from one place to the other in no time! Remember that you are crossing borders, you’ll need those special trains, they’ll have set dates AND times. 
Extra tip: Italy has got fast trains between main cities, you can buy tickets on the station before they leave.
Extra tip: Some train stations in France only offer service in French and I’m sure that’s the case in more countries so take those little travel translation books with you if that’s going to be a problem (but take them with you anyway).
Extra tip: Official train websites often come in English as well. Before you leave, make sure you can go from one place to the other by train!

Tip 4: Choose between hotel and hostel. Hostel rooms are usually shared with 3-9 other people (often of the same gender). There’s less privacy and you’re taking a risk (they might suck). But, it’s much cheaper. If you don’t want to book hotels in advance, google the locations of the hostels before you leave because they will probably be your best/only options. HOSTELS OFTEN WANT THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF YOUR STAY IN ADVANCE AND IN CASH, INSTEAD OF TAKING CREDITCARDS. I embarrassingly had to go find an atm machine.

Tip 5: Some days will suck. They will fucking suck. You’re sick in some hotelroom in some old shitty town in France, but you’re forced to keep on moving and it rains and the train station sold you the wrong ticket so guess what, that’s 50 euros without refund, and the plastic of your sandwich broke in your backpack so everything gets dirty and you’re standing there in the rain because they gave you the wrong directions and why are you here why did you do this wtf. 
Or you got a picturesque little hotelroom somewhere in Italy but there were SPIDERS AND BUGS AND SPIDERS CRAWLED IN YOUR BACKPACK AND YOU OPENED THE WINDOW FOR FRESH AIR AND SUDDENLY THERE ARE MOSQUITOES EVERYWHERE AND NOT THE SMALL KIND BUT THE KIND THAT LEAVE TENNIS BALLS ALL OVER YOUR BODY AND IT’S GIVING YOU A FEVER AND YOU’RE UP ALL NIGHT LIKE A MADMAN WITH A SHOE IN BOTH HANDS KILLING INSECTS ALL AROUND YOU.

But it’s fun I swear. 
I mean……..
No it’s fun.
It’s fun, really.
It’s great, you should do it.
Don’t book hotels next to rivers tho. 

Tip 6: Seriously plan in days where you do nothing. Don’t think you can do whole cities in a day, or that you will WANT to do that. Take breaks to just sleep in and take a walk later. Allow yourself to relax in between travelling. Be spontaneous and visit villages and cities close-by. Walk over the rocks beside the sea and see where that takes you. Have fun but be safe. 

These are really the most important things for me. I hope you’ll enjoy your trip and tell me where you’re going! 

Maybe one day I will be able to afford Yves Saint Laurent clothing…

Just bring your fav things and your day will be the best …

Graffiti in Richmond, Virginia

Good night ! Which is your favorite look ? Me : 3rd guy !

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