The one who sails away.
Who is Poudre d'Escampette? -
the one where I explain some French.
Poudre d’escampette is a French phrase we use to talk about sailing away and taking the road just to feel alive. It’s about unpredictable spirits you won’t never see at the same place for too long. Now, you know about this hard-to-pronounce-blog name… and I will tell you more about the Frenchie behind it.
Hi there! Nice to meet you. I am Ophelie, French-born "poudre d'escampette".
I’m a French girl. Shy French girl actually, until I get Rum and Coke. But that’s a different story. I am above all a solo traveler. A dreamer. The mind always on the moon. And on this travel photography blog, I will tell you more about solo travel, what is awesome and also what is sometimes less awesome. I will show you pieces of the world through my travel photography – I introduce you to Hypolyte, my Frenchie camera.
But first, I will tell you how Poudre d’Escampette started.
” It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
Solo travel, me? Why I thought I would never do that...
Let’s be honest. When I first thought of solo traveling, I didn’t take myself seriously. To go on a solo travel takes something. Courage? Madness? Both of them. It might seem scary at first sight. But there is something even scarier – not trying and having regrets. I guess, I just did let the travel bug take possession of me.
And that happened when I left France at 22 to study languages and marketing in Germany. On my own. The expat’ life immediately thrilled me. Even on a casual day, challenges came across. To make daily Life spicy. Four crazy years in Germany passed. And Europe got too small for me. I needed to go further away. What better than going to the other end of the world, then? I had no plan, not a lot of money – some things never change! I had only one obsession – traveling Australia on a Working holiday visa … solo.
I took off from Germany to Brisbane with only two nights booked in a hostel. It was in March 2017. Two years later, I am still scared of insects and darkness at night, but …
... and why I actually loved it.
… I have fallen in love on paradise beaches, in the rainforest, on top of a volcano or lost in Asian mountains. I have traveled with strangers and loved it. I haved lived like Robinson Crusoe – literally – on a Cambodian island. I have slept in the jungle at the sound of a waterfall. I have worked in the bush in Australia, away from everything, in the middle of Nature. I have taken a lot of planes. And I can be in Sydney one day and in Mexico the next one, it doesn’t impress me.
I have also cried. I have said bye to people I didn’t want to say bye. I have got lost a fair amount of times. Sometimes, I don’t know where I belong anymore. It is the side effect of being a world wanderer.
Truth is, solo traveling is chaotic. Because it is actually about getting lost, taking life how it comes. And following your instinct.
How Poudre d'Escampette became a travel photography blog
My travel photography blog was born in the Australian mountains. After a few months of road tripping and having fun on Australian beaches, I started the famous regional farm work in Australia … on a huge farm in the mountains, 5 hours away from Sydney. I basically lived in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by kangaroos, parrots and a bunch of authentic Aussie farmers, I had enough time and inspiration to write about my crazy travel life. I had also time to photograph the most memorable sunsets and sunrises I’ve ever seen. And because I had so much fun chasing photos, the idea of a travel photo blog seemed a nice one to me.
“Poudre d’Escampette” became later on a travel blog with trip tips because of two things. First, when I realized that tourist tours are aweful. I decided that I should help other solo travellers to get around by themselves. Little tips make big trips …
Second, solo traveling is not a pink pony world every day. And I hope that one of my tips, articles or just some of my words will help another traveller somewhere on this Globe. And maybe, it’s you?
Ask for personal travel Tips.
First solo trip? Poudre d’Escampette is there to help! I am solo traveler, like you. I know how exciting but also challenging it is to travel on your own. Hit me a message for any personal tip about Working Holiday in Australia or general travel questions.