Chart of flights to the TGV station of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

Take off again

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I will leave again. At the end of June, I fly again towards the Orient. It was enough for me to receive the e-ticket on my mail to feel wings.

At 540 € round trip Paris-Kuala Lumpur, on KLM, I cracked. I will never find the best price for Asia ...

Chart of flights to the TGV station of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
Chart of flights to the TGV station of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

The only prospect of a new beginning, materialized by the purchase of this ticket, plunges me into abysses of bliss. Leaving, coming back, leaving again. The very flavour of existence seems to me to be entirely suspended from this pendulum swing. Am I normal?

Because of the crisis, the majority of people prefer not to leave. Or do not go far.

The crisis helping, I'm crazy with joy when I manage to go back to the other side of the world in spite of everything. By aiming for places where the standard of living allows me to go for long weeks without paying too much. Is it indecent?

I spend whole nights on the internet juggling airline schedules, fares and connections. I deliciously immerse myself in the blogs of travellers who look like me. Those who are not afraid to leave a little room for improvisation, for chance, who rely on their lucky stars, who trust. For them, for me, being elsewhere is always exhilarating. By what miracle?

I keep thinking that one day I might not come back either. All these "parentheses from elsewhere" put together over so many years make up a little piece of existence that sometimes seems so much more precious than anything else... Does that make sense?

Sipadan Island, near Borneo, Malaysia. July 2006.
Sipadan Island, Malaysia. July 2006.

I do not know exactly where I'm going to hang out my flip flops in July from Kuala Lumpur. Preparations, but not too much! Only certainty, I'm going to return soaking my fins to Sipadan, off Borneo, accessible from a wing shot with Air Asia. After ... I'm still at the stage where everything is possible.

It's so good to be sure to leave again, soon.


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  1. I envy you, I will love to go away with my man and my two little guys. No money at the moment, it will be for later. It's not just the crisis but here ... You're right to enjoy it. I will continue to dream watching your blog.

  2. My only regret is that ... .This time, I will not be able to read your blog because .... me too I'll be gone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES !!!!!!
    We are lucky anyway !!!!!

  3. Un conseil pour Sipadan : n’oublie pas ton casque, car le choc frontal avec les tortues est le risque le plus fréquent dans le secteur 😆
    Otherwise on Borneo, apart from the area around KK, I did Miri where the dives are not terrible, but where the parks around are nice (Gunung Mulu, Lambir hills ...) although very well equipped and with fewer critters than in Papua

  4. @Cathy: Yes, not easy to move to four. For me, of course, it's easier: no family constraints. I just need to save the ticket price. Once in Asia, I spend much less to eat and stay than if I stayed in France ... Anyway, thank you for your little note, it always touches me a lot to know that I manage to share a little dream through this blog.

    @ Helen: Yes, I can see how lucky we are to be able to go to the other side of the world for our pleasure. I think you should still find a bike or two during your journey to connect, give and take news ... Good preparations!

    @Alimata: Ah, il me tarde de retrouver mes copines les tortues qui hantent en pagaille ces eaux fabuleuses!!! Sur Bornéo, j’ai le projet encore un peu vague de passer la frontière indonésienne et d’aller du côté de Derawan… (Aux dernières nouvelles, les mantas sont de retour autour de Sangalaki, 😈 )
    Then I would make a jump to Alor, returning to Bali on the return ... But I have to study this ambitious project closer (budget / time / links).
    For the rest, I'm not too fan of impenetrable jungles full of critters. The parks "landscaped" that suits me well. We will see.

  5. I have the impression that I could have written the same feeling (less well expressed!) ... it's weird to read his own thoughts written by another ...

    My budget N ° 1: travel and diving ... find good plans ... places where you can enjoy life with a smile for not much ... and leave!
    The rest is incidental ... and then it does not matter, I do not like going to the restaurant, I love pasta, I do not need a classy furniture, a nice car or a large home ... in short all these material aspects do not matter to me, just as to save for an unknown future or for a retirement which could only be illusory ... and if tomorrow one decided to ask elsewhere? I've done it for a few years ... the hard part is not to leave ... but to return ... and if one day we do not return?
    In the meantime, I leave and I come back with a smile, because I'm sure to leave again for new discoveries, adventures and encounters.

    I am aware of having the chance to make this choice and to share it with my partner.
    Crisis? Life is day to day with what we have ... If we have to reduce the travel budget, it will diminish ... but I do not plan to dream any day to leave again!

  6. Ne t’inquiète surtout pas. Tu es normale. Ce balancier qui rythme ta vie est salutaire. Tu t’enrichis de ces voyages et si un jour tu reviens moins, c’est que tu auras fait le choix. Je connais des gens qui sont allés et venus, repartis et rentrés et qui ont fini par ne presque plus revenir. Ils ont une vie riche. Ce serait dommage que tu te freines. Je pars en août pour l’Inde. En juin, je vais voir les Pyramides, il est temps que j’aille visiter ces merveilles, des fois qu’elles s’enliseraient… A chacun ses plongeons. 🙄

  7. Derawan ... the dives are quite expensive on the budget side. But if you push until then it is absolutely necessary to do the jellyfish diving on the island of Kakaban! Indescribable…

    For me it's direction the Maldives next week ... 8)

    So I hope the mantas, impatiently! ...

  8. @ Manta: You express very well what I feel too. We have the same philosophy about material things ...

    @ Nono: Ah, it would surprise me a lot that I'm braking! Except big worries of sub ... But here I am reassured. I am normal!!! Besides, you too often leave.

    @ Marie-Ange (A world elsewhere): Yes, I remember well the story you had made of the expedition to Kakaban ... Count on me, if I go there, to try this unusual experience.
    As for accommodation, there is apparently a way to stay cheap in Losmen in Derawan. For the dives themselves, I was given a contact. It will probably be necessary for me to join other divers, to share the fuel costs of the boat ... We'll see. I will take a closer look at the issue these days, send emails. If the outings are expensive, I will do less, that's all!
    In the meantime, I wish you wonderful dives in the Maldives. And I must admit that I envy you. (But I, too, will go, one day!) I am convinced that the mantas will be at the rendezvous! Make the best of it.

  9. I adhere to 500% me too I think one day I will not go back !! We will be on the same side of the globe at the same time, by then a good blog! Sonia

  10. 540 euros? C’est passer à côté qui n’aurai pas été normal. 😉

    "... I'm still at the stage where everything is possible". I like to believe that in travel, anything can happen, especially the best.

    Pour le reste, ai-je besoin d’ajouter que je comprends totalement l’état dans lequel tu te trouves? 🙂

  11. @ Marie-Julie: Ça m’aurait étonnée que tu ne captes pas l’état d’esprit qui est le mien en ce moment… 😉
    I finally have a few days of rest in front of me, so I'll have a little time to imagine the stages of this new trip.

  12. Hi Corinne!
    Well if you pass by the Perhentians in late June, I should be there until 29 a priori!
    A l’heure où je te parle, nous sommes à 1 mois, 6jours, 14heures, et 32 minutes du départ !!! C’est génial ces widgets wordpress !!! Tout ça pour dire que c’est trop dur d’attendre !!! Comment tu fais à chaque fois??? 😡

    Ah oui… on t’as battu… nous on les as eu à 530 euros… aaaaaaahhhh c’est bon la crise !!!! 😆

    See you soon ! 8)

  13. @Anthony: Ah… je ne pense pas repasser par les Perhentian, et puis je décolle de Paris le 29 juin, donc ça risque d’être dur de se croiser… 😉
    En fait, je n’ai toujours pas arrêté mes projets pour ce prochain voyage. Je vais commencer à me pencher sur la question, et je reviendrai en causer dans quelque temps. 😀
    One month and six days? Ah there, you hold the good end !!! 8)

  14. I just discovered your blog thanks to a friend on facebook and I love your style, I will regularly follow your projects and watch your videos. I am happy with a few hours of apnea and only film with a Gopro (I am rather a photographer "terrestrial"), but I am desperate to see the perishing of the coral surface, in Thailand and Malaysia ...

    1. @Stéphane: bienvenue sur mes Petites Bulles d’Ailleurs ! Ravie que tu t’y plaises ! 🙂

      Yes, I also noticed, the coral is no longer in very good shape in Thailand and Malaysia, alas ... I'm leaving soon in Indonesia, where we still find beautiful funds. But until when ?

      Good continuation !