• America,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  USA

    7h stopover in Las Vegas (United States): a Giant Amusement Park

    To make Mexico City – Paris, JB found an atypical but economical and interesting route: Mexico City – Las Vegas – Paris with a 7h stopover in Las Vegas. At the beginning, I just wanted to rest quietly in one of the lounges at the airport (because we have the Priority Pass with the American Express), but JB encouraged me and convinced me to go out and visit the city a bit. I admit that I had a rather negative preconception of Las Vegas, but after a few hours of stopover there, I changed my mind. Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary The arrival…

  • America,  Around the world,  Country Guides,  During the World Tour,  Florida,  TDM,  Tips,  Top Destinations,  USA

    14 days Road Trip in Florida: Itinerary, Budget, Car Rental & Tips

    We just finished our 2 weeks road trip in Florida. They were very intense but full of adrenaline and surprises. We saw alligators, wild dolphins, polydactyl cats, saw a rocket take off, visited a huge miniature circus, got a tan on the most beautiful beaches of Florida, kissed Mickey and swam in hot springs. Here is the itinerary that I propose to you (the program below is an optimized version of what we visited) Part 1: Itinerary Here is the link to the Google Maps map. To use this custom map (with different layers, day by day itineraries) on your smartphone, I have already shown here how to do it…

  • America,  Around the world,  During the World Tour,  TDM,  Tips,  USA

    [ESTA] Maximum duration, Boundary countries, Traps… What no one will tell you about ESTA

    If you don’t go to the United States very often, you don’t risk falling into the ESTA “traps”, but if you go there a little too often, or if you’re around the world and travel a little too much in North America, here are the traps you risk falling into, and the consequences can be serious, both financial and administrative (from the loss of airline tickets to prohibition of ESTA application, prison, deportation to France…) Most French people apply for an ESTA to travel to the United States because the process is simpler and cheaper than applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy. There are a lot of unofficial…

  • America,  Around the world,  Country Guides,  During the World Tour,  Europe,  France,  Germany,  Göreme,  Iceland,  Tips,  Turkey,  USA

    How to use my Custom Google Maps

    I put online personalized Google Maps for : florida (blog guide, Google Maps link) cappadocia (blog guide, Google Maps link) iceland(blog guide, Google Maps link) morocco (guide on the blog, Google Maps link) the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico (guide on the blog, Google Maps link) china (guide on the blog, Google Maps link) new Zealand (blog guide, Google Maps link) france (guide on the blog, Google Maps link) germany (blog guide, Google Maps link) With day by day itineraries and recommended order (A, B, C…). If you’re not familiar with this type of tool, here’s a guide to show you how to use it. Note: you need an Internet connection…

  • America,  Around the world,  Country Guides,  During the World Tour,  Florida,  TDM,  Tips,  USA

    10 things to know about Universal Parks in Orlando (USA)

    1. There are 3 Universal parks & one free access space The three theme parks are as follows:- Universal Studios (main park but quite small)- Universal’s Islands of Adventure(recommended)- Universal’ s Volcano Bay (water park) You can access Universal Citywalk for free, it’s a space full of Universal souvenir stores, restaurants and cafes 2. Admission starts at $115/day and parking is $26 You can buy tickets online. Please note that all prices marked on the site are exclusive of taxes, you have to add about 6,5% more:- 1-Day 1Park (access to one park, 1 day) from 115$- 2-Park – 1-Day Ticket (access to two parks, 1 day) for 170$ Be…

  • America,  Around the world,  Beauty,  Female Travellers,  TDM,  Tips,  USA

    Cosmetics to buy in the United States and where to buy

    Today, I bring you to discover some of the cosmetic brands to bring back during your trip from the United States. Don’t hesitate to complete the list as a comment, because I’m much less expert on North American products than on Asian cosmetics 😀 (less expert but able to write 3000 words, dixit JB) Please note: all prices displayed in stores or on sites are always EXCLUDING TAX. You have to count about 7% more taxes, unless you are in one of the 4 following states: Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon Where to buy cosmetics / beauty products? In drugstores & pharmacies: CVS, Ulta Beauty, Duane Reade… i liked…

  • America,  Florida,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  USA

    Attend a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral (USA) – Road trip in Florida #8

    The best thing about traveling is that sometimes you have incredible experiences without having anticipated them Last Monday evening, I logged on to the Kennedy Space Center site in Cape Canaveral, which we visited the next day. The purpose of this connection is quite simple: to see if I can get cheaper tickets online than on site So I discover completely by chance that on Wednesday (the day after our visit), there is a rocket launch planned to put a GPS satellite into orbit. This launch is organized by the company United Launch Alliance (ULA). Ouahou !!!! It seems so crazy to watch a rocket launch that I didn’t even…

  • America,  Florida,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  USA

    Kennedy Space Center, Hollywood Beach – Road trip in Florida #7

    This article is part of a series of articles on our road trip to Florida. If you haven’t done so, read the previous notebook here. Program Day 11: Leave Orlando for the Kennedy Space Center Day 12: Return the next day to attend a “rocket launch”: placing a satellite in orbit at 9am. Drive to Hollywood Day 13: Swimming in Hollywood Beach. Return the car to the Miami airport. Departure for Colombia Day 11: Kennedy Space Center The visit of this center is very important for JB who has been talking about it for months. The day before, I ask him to organize the visit because the conquest of space…

  • America,  Florida,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  USA

    Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando (USA): Our favorite theme park – Road trip in Florida #6

    If the travel diary to Disney parks is in vlog format (read more here), I absolutely want to show you the Universal park we visited on the blog. It is the park we preferred among the 3 theme parks in Orlando. I will explain why. Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary This isn’t the first time we visit a Universal park, we went to Universal Studios in Singapore (with very few tourists) and liked it very much, even if the park seemed small to us. I don’t know why we missed the one in Osaka but as we will go back there next year,…

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    [Practical Travel Guide] Disney parks in Orlando (USA): Top Attractions, where to stay, Fast Pass: Road trip in Florida #5

    So, it’s already been a week that we are on our Road trip in Florida (read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). There are about ten amusement parks in all in Orlando but we decided to spend only 3 days: 2 at Disney and 1 at Universal. Being very tired, we didn’t prepare much for these magical days, apart from buying the tickets in advance. And we’re wrong to come in “I’m living in the moment” mode because there’s a lot of planning to do, especially when you spend so little time in Orlando. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. In this guide, we share some tips…