Great News – Disneyland Paris has opened its doors again!
I know it's been a tough time for all of us and you might be wondering when Disneyland will be open again? I'm here to spread the best news of 2020 so far (at least for me!) - Disneyland Paris reopened on July 15th! What does this mean to you? Will there be any restrictions […]

I know it's been a tough time for all of us and you might be wondering when Disneyland will be open again? I'm here to spread the best news of 2020 so far (at least for me!) - Disneyland Paris reopened on July 15th!

What does this mean to you? Will there be any restrictions on dates, prices or other rules?

Read on and my article will walk you through all the details (including an exciting package that Disneyland Paris is offering right now!)

What's new at Disneyland Paris?

Cancellation policy

Since many people want to visit Disney other countries, it is very important to have a flexible and fair cancellation policy in place. What if the borders closed (what a crazy world we live in now!) And would you lose what you paid for your tickets or package?

Don't worry, it won't happen! Disneyland has launched an excellent cancellation policy which they call “Guarantee Zen”.

What does this mean to you?

You can change or cancel your stay free of charge up to one week before your visit.

If you decide to cancel or change the reservation, please be sure to call them (the number can be found on your confirmation email). Like I said, please do it 7 days in advance - the sooner the better!

Payment in installments

If you plan in advance, for example, you are leaving in October 2020, you don't need to pay the full price right away, you can pay with just a 15% deposit upon departure and pay the balance. remaining up to 5 installments (full amount must be paid 60 days prior to your trip).

You can do this either on the official website (you will need to have an account) or by calling 00 33 1 60 30 60 53 (Note: international call rates apply + 7p per minute).

Will all the rides be open?

We're so used to a lot of things being only partially open so I can totally understand why this would be a common question. The good news is that all rides will be open, but some experiences will be tailored to ensure physical distance.

Do I have to wear a mask at all times?

Anyone 11 years of age and over must wear a mask at all times, except when eating.

Other security measures implemented by Disney:

Here are some health and safety measures Disneyland has put in place to keep us and our guests and cast members safe:

  • All cast members and guests (ages 11 and over) must wear a mask
  • Hand sanitizers are installed throughout the Resort - rides, restaurants, etc. They plan to distribute 50,000lt per month!
  • The capacity of the theme park will be capped
  • Improved cleaning measures
  • Physical distance - there are clear ground markings indicating 1 meter between guests in the boarding lines
  • Selfie spots with characters replace Meet and Greets
  • All Cast Members have followed a safety training
  • Plexiglas screens in key locations (shops, hotels, etc.)
  • To help keep the lines as short as possible, no single queue and no FASTPASS at this time
  • No fireworks and parades (sigh!)
  • Take-out meals in restaurants are promoted and encouraged

Online reservation system

As mentioned above, the park's capacity is limited at the moment and Disney wants to make sure it won't be too crowded on any given date. So if you have a normal undated ticket, you will now need to register here first. Please make sure you do this in advance, - if you decide to visit on a weekend a day or two before, I'm afraid there is a chance that the system will not allow you to register as the park may already be at full capacity. Just like with Eiffel Tower, they want to make sure that the park can accommodate all the guests while providing safe conditions for your visit!

NOTE: If your ticket is dated or if you are a guest of a Disney hotel (eg: in a package described below) you do not need to register, as they already know this when you visit . More information here.

Once there

I highly recommend downloading this official free app. You will be able to see the wait times for the attractions in real time, view the show schedule, use the map and much more!

Warning: Image does not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face covering and physical distancing requirements. Visit for important details to know before your visit.


Disneyland Paris

I believe the Disneyland team have done an incredible job in preparing for the opening, so that the Resort is ready to welcome you and keep you safe at the same time!

I have also described the package offered by Disneyland for now and have gone through all of its details.

As you can see there are a few conditions in this package, and I have tried to present the fine print in the simplest way so that you can see if you would benefit!

In short, if you were to go to Disney and you were planning to stay at a Disney hotel, this package will save you significantly!

As usual, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section below, I'm always happy to help!

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One of my biggest regrets from the first year of my travels was that I wasn’t brave enough to try any of the local food. I was raised a picky eater and that, combined with debilitating anxiety and an eating disorder, led to me believing that I would either hate or be allergic to anything I hadn’t tried before. I love trying new things, and I’ve found a thousand amazing dishes that I never would have discovered if I’d continue to eat from supermarkets around the world. Trying new food isn’t scary, and you’ll build your confidence up as you fall in love with more and more things.

One of the first lessons I learned on the road was that your orgie will nearly always change. You’ll arrive in a place and hate it and want to leave immediately, or you’ll fall in love with a destination and want to spend longer there. You’ll make friends with a group of awesome people and want to change your plans so you can travel with them for longer, or you’ll find out about an amazing-sounding town that’s nearby and want to head there instead.

Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it. Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.

If you do only one thing before you leave, make it getting travel insurance. I’ve heard far too many horror stories of travellers injuring themselves in remote places and ending up in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because you know those travellers thought that, too. I’ve use World Nomads for my travel insurance provider for six years and recommend them to everyone I know. They were fantastic to deal with when making a claim.

People laughed at me when I said that I was carrying around a dozen spare passport photos, but they’ve been incredibly useful and saved me a ton of time and hassle. Who wants to wander the streets of some rural town in Cambodia searching for someone who can take your photo ? Friends of mine had to do this !

I’ve used them to apply for visas around the world, to get a new passport when mine expired while I was on the other side of the planet, and I even needed one to buy a local SIM card in Nepal ! Having spares in my backpack meant that I didn’t have to waste a day researching and then wandering around a city to try to find someone who could take a passport-sized photo of me.

I’m fortunate to have never had to deal with lost luggage, but I did have my backpack ripped open on a flight and I was grateful to have not had anything valuable in it at the time. I’ve also been on dodgy buses in Southeast Asia where we’ve arrived at our destination and people have had items stolen by someone hiding out in the luggage hold while we were transit.

If there’s anything I’d be upset to lose, I keep it in my daypack, which is always by my side on travel days. For me, that’s my passport, laptop, dashcam, external hard drive, a debit card, and some spare cash. As long as I have all of these, I can survive indefinitely.

When you travel, you’re in the sun more than most people thanks to months of island-hopping and beach time, as well as entire days spent outside exploring. Wear sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather and temperature, because you really don’t want your trip of a lifetime to result in skin cancer or a body that’s blanketed in leathery wrinkles.

There have been so many times when I’ve been too shy to ask someone to take my photo in a place and I’ve almost always regretted it. After eight years of travel, I probably only have around 200 photos of me around the world. Photos of the beautiful places you visit are great and all, but when you get home, they’re not all that different to the ones everyone else has taken there, too. Photos with you in them are special and they’ll mean a lot more to you when you look back at them. You’ll gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hi, please, sorry, and thank you. On that note, remember : if you don’t speak the language, it’s your problem, not theirs. And please don’t start speaking louder to make yourself understood. Try miming instead, or using a translation application on your phone.

Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunk backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud bars nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep. I’ve been using Sleep Phones to block out light and listen to podcasts and I love them.

I’d always been all about the packing cubes, until I discovered vacuum-sealed variantes of them ! You throw your clothes in, seal the bag, then roll it up to push out all the air. I can literally fit twice as many clothes in my backpack when I use these ! Even if you don’t want to carry more things in your bag, it frees up so much space that if you need to pack in a hurry, you can just chuck everything in.

Sometimes your bank will block your card, sometimes your card won’t work in an ATM, and sometimes you could even lose it or have it stolen. Bring at least three debit/credit cards with you that are all linked to different accounts ( with money in them ! ) Keep one in your backpack, one in your daypack, and one on your person.

I carry a spare 300 USD that’s split up in various places in my backpack, daypack, and occasionally, my shoe when I’m nervous I’ll be robbed. It means that in a worse-case scenario, I can pay for some food, a dorm bed, and a Skype call to my family to get an emergency wire transfer until I can get back on my feet again. I went with U. S. dollars because it’s the most widely accepted currency around the world and easy to change.

When I decided to see if it was possible to visit the Maldives on a budget back in 2014, information was so sparse that I couldn’t even find a photo of the islands I’d decided to visit. Well, that trip was one of my highlights of the past eight years and I’m so glad I went, despite not being able to find any information online. And the advantage to that lack of information was getting to be the only tourist on an entire island — I had the whole beach to myself ! If you know it’s safe to travel somewhere, but can’t find out much else, go for it. It’s probably far easier to get there than you think. And if not, it makes for a good story.

I’m definitely testament to that ! But expecting everything to go perfectly on your trip is only setting yourself up to fail. Nobody goes travelling and comes back without any stories of mishaps. No matter how prepared you are, at some point you’re going to get lost, get scammed, miss your bus, get food poisoning, injure yourself… the list is endless ! Expect it to happen, and don’t beat yourself up when it does. In a month’s time, you’ll find it funny rather than frustrating.

It achieves absolutely nothing and makes you look like an asshole. Instead, calm down, put a smile on your face, think of how this will make a great story one day, and rationally figure out an solution plan. This too shall pass.

What happens if you arrive in a city, go to grab your fax confirmation for your accommodation, and your phone and laptop are out of battery ? I always make sure I have a hard copy of my guesthouse name and their address, as well as directions if I won’t be taking a taxi. Once I arrive, I’ll grab one of the hotel’s business cards, so I’ll always know where I’m staying, and can show it to locals to ask for help with finding my way back.

So many people will tell you not to travel with pantalons, but if you wear pantalons all the time at home, you’ll want to wear them while travelling, too. I didn’t start travelling with pantalons until my deuxième year of travel, and guy, I missed them so much ! They’re not *that* bulky so you really don’t need to worry about the extra space and weight. And in many cities in Europe, you’ll want to wear pantalons to fit in with the locals — you don’t want to look like a grubby backpacker in Paris !

Checking out is when you’re most likely to lose something. Whenever I check out of a place, I check the bathroom, I check under the beds, I check the desks, and then I make sure I have my passport, laptop, camera, money, phone, and external hard drive. I’ll be fine if I leave anything else behind. Having a routine that you go through every solo time will help you keep track of everything. I learned my lesson with this one when I left my passport behind in a guesthouse in Bagan, then left it in an apartment in London two months later.


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