Tiphaine in her own words:
"My name is Tiphaine, I’m from France and since I was a child my parents took me backpacking in other continents. They’ve opened me to the world. After three years of studies to obtain my Specialized Educator diploma, I felt the urge to explore more of this planet. I went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa for a year. The adventures I’ve experienced there made me reconsider my whole perspective on life.
Inspired by my short cycling trips in Australia and New Zealand, I bought a bicycle and left, in June 2017, on my 23rd birthday. I started from my home in Paris, without a real plan, without a final destination and ended up cycling 20,000 km in 14 months, half of it with Martin (@hi.martin.cycles).
This trip, more than any others, showed me that dreams can come true and that travelling is a matter of motivation. Since then, I dare to live a different life, “unstable”, full of changes, adventures, experiences, that make me who I am today.”
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Who is Tiphaine
Wanting some adventure
Deciding to head to Australia on a working holiday
Wanting to continue living this different lifestyle
Her younger years and spending time backpacking with her family
Not being afraid of travelling solo
Having a plan verses being more flexible and playing things by ear
Wanting to join the Civil Service in France
Rethinking her whole perspective on life
Realising how little you need to be happy
Coming back to Paris after 15 months of travelling
Not knowing what to do next
Paying for her cycle trip and saving up money
Why its cheap to travel by bike
Keeping costs down while on the road
Leaving Paris on her 23rd Birthday
The route and the plan
Meeting Martin in Africa @hi.martin.cycles and deciding to cycle across the Sahara together
Using Warmshowers in Europe
Wanting to explore more of Africa and heading to East Africa for 7 months
Dealing with elephants close to the tent!
Resupply and accommodation in Africa
Route planning and the challenging in Europe
Trying to pick the nicer routes and avoiding the main roads
Maintaining the bike on a long journey
Not knowing how to change a flat tyre at the start
Buying a simple bike for 450 EURO
Learning new skills on the road
Writing her first e-book: Little Miss Pedals: 20,000 km on a bicycle through Europe and Africa
Final words of advice to encourage you to take on your own challenge or adventure.
Why it’s worth it!