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Travelogues Around the World



I like to get away every year from Montreal's long, cold winter to discover new places. I fly when necessary but I prefer to go by bus, train and boat for I like to mingle with the local people and see the countryside. I carry as little as possible in a small backpack never weighing more than 10 kilos. I stay in cheap hotels where casual meetings are easy and I travel alone to remain readily available for whatever adventure might arise. I have had such a good time discovering the world that I want to share my experience with others who cannot travel so they might at least dream.

I encourage everyone who can travel, and more particularly retired people who have time, to take off with a small backpack to discover our small planet cheaply. Backpacking is now very easy with Lonely Planet guide books that provide all the information one could possibly need: visa requirements, historical and cultural background, sights not to miss, maps and lists of youth hostels, cheap hotels, and affordable restaurants. Backpacking is exciting and it will get your adrenaline flowing. It is also instructive for there is so much to learn and it can be surprisingly cheap. I have had only positive reports from those who have started backpacking because of my prodding them into adventure. My friend Jocelyne did her first four month solo adventure in the winter 2004. She liked it so much that she extended it three weeks. She has even started a web site to show other retired ladies how easy, pleasant and cheap it is to backpack.

Vote for the new 7 world wonders

I also suggest that you have a look at the Seven New Wonders of World web site that will not fail to interest accomplished travellers.

I hope that the following photo albums will show you how easy it is to roam this small planet of ours. You may also link to specific countries by choosing them from the list of the 214 countries I have visited Feel free to download any photos that might be useful to you if you agree to give me credit for each one with a "Photo by Bernard Cloutier" and a link to my site on yours if you have one



I continue developing this site for the pleasure of sharing the joys of discovery with you. Meeting wonderful people of all skin colours, ethnic origins and beliefs has inspired me to set up the Humanist Foundation of Quebec to promote critical thinking and intercultural tolerance.

You may download and use the globetrotter's photos provided you mention "Photo by Bernard Cloutier" with a link to this site below each photo. High resolution versions can be acquired from our agent



If you feel like it, you may exchange comments and impressions with other readers in the questbook or express them to me privately by the e-mail link. Putting a link on your web site, if you have one, would invite your viewers to enjoy free virtual travel as I hope you did.




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