#TravellrStories: Getting Lost (On Purpose) With Guillemette & Monica
Guillemette and Monica quote themselves as the sort of travellers to have always wanted to drop by the airport and book the first flight out of town. That’s exactly why the idea of travelling with Anywhr appealed to these spur-of-the-moment travellers.
The duo, hailing from different parts of Europe, met while studying in Lausanne, Switzerland and gravitated to each other because of their free-spiritedness. After learning about us on Youtube, they booked a weekend vacation mid-semester to somewhere in Europe!
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Sitting down to have a chat with Guillemette a couple weeks later, she spilled to us about all their travel experiences. Believe us when we say she wasn’t short on exciting stories to tell!
UNPLANNED KARAOKE NIGHT, ANYONE?
Picking our Experience-Themed trip, Guillemette and Monica spent their weekend vacation making connections with the other travellers in their shared hostel. In fact, they hit it off so quickly that after Happy Hour and playing cards, everyone decided on a Karaoke night adventure!
The group filled with travellers from Canada, Brazil, Mexico and heaps more went for a karaoke sesh where they ended up spending most of the night singing in different languages, telling stories and creating memories to treasure forever. Talk about the quickest way to forge bonds on the first night!
Guillemette mentioned that they even spent a couple of hours back at the hostel having heart-to-hearts with a couple of Brazilian travellers they’d just met.
On a sidenote: Everyone was treated to pancakes the next morning in the hostel. That is, if they could wake up! (Guillemette retreated to a hammock for a nap after being woken up by Monica).
NO MORE STEREOTYPES
As fellow Europeans, the duo tended to have certain stereotypes of the locals in the destination we sent them to, from what they heard through the grapevine. After a day of strolling along the streets to check out street art and quaint neighbourhoods (and getting lost on purpose, Guillemette adds), they were pleasantly surprised by how lovely, and laid-back all of the locals were that they crossed paths with.
She revealed to us that she presumed everyone would be uptight and stiff. Boy, was she proved wrong! After having the time of her life, she’s super keen to even take a trip back.
MINGLING WITH THE LOCALS
Mind you, their interactions with the locals didn’t just stop at asking them for directions on the street. Our Travellrs took every opportunity they could to get to know the locals (as what most Travellrs on Experience-Themed trips do), such as the owners of the hostel they stayed in!
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They spent hours chatting with the hostel owners who turned out to be a passionate husband-and-wife duo. From sharing stories of the origins of the hostel, to how they kept it up and running for the past 10 years, Guillemette mentioned that these conversations were mini intangible keepsakes that she could bring back with her.
Fortunately, Guillemette who’s French and Monica who’s Spanish, had a knowledge of a bunch of other European languages under their belt. Thus, language barriers were barely an issue for the two. The deep conversations with the locals, or even the other travellers learning about each other’s cultures are always what she truly treasures about travelling.
Guillemette mentioned she had a lightbulb moment mid-trip. After knowing her travel buddy only for a few months while in school, she felt going on the trip took it a step further and their friendship leveled up.
They could now appreciate a comfortable silence with each other. “We didn’t have to constantly speak to each other to enjoy the time we spent together.”
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Without a doubt, your traits and quirks play a role in how you travel, as illustrated by the incredible experiences our Travellrs had on their vacation.
Going on a trip with Anywhr mirrored their style of travelling so well that they were met with zero obstacles! Without the need to plan or decide on the location for their gallivanting adventures, Guillemette revealed that they felt booking a trip with us was the equivalent of giving a gift to themselves!