Goooood morning everyone! It's 10:30am and the weather is clear. :)
After years of dreaming and saying "I wish I could...", it is finaly happening. I AM GOING BACK TO THE STATES!
In this article, I'll try to detail everything regarding this voyage. Starting with what I have already planed. After months of research, Simon, my friend from north of France is coming with me. We met last year in germany and we are still keeping in touch with each other ever since we split up: him in the north studying to become an engineer and me nearby Paris studying the hospitality industry.
1) Plan the road and look up your budget!
This year's trip, I've decided to travel on the east coast from Boston to Washington. I absolutly wanted to go back to NYC because, this city had took my breath away the first time I went to the United States. I remember exactly how I felt when our flight landed... there was this huge skyscrappers and it just seemed so foreign to me. In France, the buildings are just so small haha.
So, we leave France on August 2nd. We will fly to Copenhague, stay there 17hours and land in Boston on August 3rd. This cost 400€. Afterwards, we will travel all the way down to Washington DC by bus. I did made some plan on what we should visit in each city but there are just so many things. I can't figure out how to select which one are best.
On August 23rd, Simon will take a plan back to France and I will keep traveling alone to California. I have found a plane from Washington DC to Fresno which cost an extra 200€.
The last airplane is from San Fransisco to Paris on August 28th. It's 307€. That hurts haha. Even through I had planed to go to the States a very long time ago, airplane tickets are never cheap.
About the accomodation, we will travel with the CouchSurfing network. I have to make contact with families across the east coast but I think this is the best way to really embrace the culture. Also, it is free. Over the last few weeks, I've been to two CS events in Paris. The people in the community are really simple, cool and nice. I felt good around them and I really hope it can work out in the States as well as it does in Paris.
Now, the rest: food, laundry, credit card, phone, pocket money.... honestly, I will write another blog when I know more about all those. In order, you start with chooseing where you go, then buying the tickets and find out where you will sleep. I haven't completed the last part so, I will get back to you when this is fulfill.
2) From dreaming to reality!
I think this is the hardest part because you have to give up somethings and make the jump. I started saving money 3 years ago. I now have around 4000€ (minus 900€ for the tickets). To make up my parents mind about this trip, I had to be very convincing. Obviously, they were not okey to let me go at first but I worked my way with them. I never gave up and that's what matters. Dreaming is important but, acting is what matters. It's just like when we say "words don't mean nothing, actions are what matter".
This trip is the beginning of much bigger dreams I have. If it all work out, some things are gonna change. Like, I would really want to work in Thailand, I'd also like to live in New Zealand... We all have dreams, right? We also all failed in achieving all our dreams. I failed at sports, I failed at playing the ukulele, but I succeeded at buying on my own my very first airplane tickets! I guess we have to make choices in order to reach greater things.
It's 5:45 pm, I had a crazy day. Earlier this morning, I made a videochat with a friend from California. We talked and somehow, he ended up saying that he might come to France in April! I'm very excited about that. I really hope it can work out :) .