Young people take off

After more than two years of the pandemic, young travelers seem determined to make up for lost time. Those who had to postpone or cancel their plans in 2020 and 2021, particularly due to the health measures imposed by the government, were keen to get back on the plane. Portraits of seven young adults who have decided to go on an adventure.

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Elise Fiola

Elise Fiola
The press

  • Léa Quintana visited Italy in particular during her trip.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY LÉA QUINTANA

    Léa Quintana visited Italy in particular during her trip.

  • In England, the starting point of her journey, the young woman quickly settled in.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY LÉA QUINTANA

    In England, the starting point of her journey, the young woman quickly settled in.

  • Visiting Italy

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY LÉA QUINTANA

    Visiting Italy

  • Léa has joined her father in Finland and then plans to head to southern Europe with her backpack.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY LÉA QUINTANA

    Léa has joined her father in Finland and then plans to head to southern Europe with her backpack.

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A winning combination

“I was really, really looking forward to it the week before I left,” recalls Léa Quintana, 18, who left the country on May 12 with a friend. Although she admits being away from loved ones for the next four months is emotional, she has quickly adjusted to her new way of life in England. “Finally, saying goodbye wasn’t that difficult,” laughs the woman who had been planning her trip since January. When The press joined her, Léa was already preparing to join her father, who is traveling on business in Finland. Equipped with her rucksack, the young woman then embarks on the second part of her journey to southern Europe.

In England it was above all the desire to discover new cities that guided them. When she learned that an acquaintance of her father needed counselors at their summer camp in Italy, Léa jumped at the opportunity. Although the pandemic clipped her wings when she wanted to study in Italy after high school, today she embarks on a new stage that she hopes will shape her journey: “For the rest of the summer I have the impression that there is a certain emancipation. Since I will be alone, I will get to know myself even better. I tell myself that I really need this adventure. »

  • Séréna Byrnes has visited several European countries.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY SERENA BYRNES

    Séréna Byrnes has visited several European countries.

  • The desire to change the landscape prompted Séréna Byrnes to embark on a journey.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY SERENA BYRNES

    The desire to change the landscape prompted Séréna Byrnes to embark on a journey.

  • The young woman visited Turkey, Greece, France, Italy and Spain.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY SERENA BYRNES

    The young woman visited Turkey, Greece, France, Italy and Spain.

  • His next stops?  Maybe Berlin, Amsterdam or Bordeaux.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY SERENA BYRNES

    His next stops? Maybe Berlin, Amsterdam or Bordeaux.

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Good time with friends

What are your plans for the next few weeks? we ask Serena Byrnes. “It’s a big mystery,” replies the woman who, at the time of the interview, had just called the airline to reschedule her return flight. Her next fortnight hasn’t been planned yet but Berlin, Amsterdam and Bordeaux were destinations that have given her a challenge as she has friends who settled there this summer. This is also the reason that prompted her to travel. “I have many friends who traveled to Europe this year. I took the opportunity to see them,” she explains. As well as Turkey, Greece, France and Italy, she stopped in Barcelona, ​​​​​​Spain to join her family who were in transit.

The pandemic and confinement have sparked Séréna’s desire to “change landscapes, meet new people, see something different because so many [elle] Dear Montreal, [elle avait] “I’ve always loved to travel in general, but being locked up for so long has made me even more discouraged,” she says.

  • Vivianne Queenton embarked on her first solo journey, notably visiting Punta Cana, Lima and Faro.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY VIVIANNE QUEENTON

    Vivianne Queenton embarked on her first solo journey, notably visiting Punta Cana, Lima and Faro.

  • She crossed the Atlantic four times, stopping notably in Bordeaux, Porto, Milan and Faro.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY VIVIANNE QUEENTON

    She crossed the Atlantic four times, stopping notably in Bordeaux, Porto, Milan and Faro.

  • It was his first trip at the height of his 18th year.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY VIVIANNE QUEENTON

    It was his first trip at the height of his 18th year.

  • Vivianne Queenton wanted to do a gap year between CEGEP and the university to travel.

    PHOTO SUPPLIED BY VIVIANNE QUEENTON

    Vivianne Queenton wanted to do a gap year between CEGEP and the university to travel.

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Travel the world

Vivianne Queenton returns from her first solo journey which lasted a total of eight months. “In the beginning when I left I had no idea about my schedule. I had little ideas, but I went freestyle there. Guided by the weather and the cost of living, she crossed the Atlantic four times. Montreal-Bordeaux, Porto-Punta Cana, Lima-Milan, Faro-Montreal.

Despite having very little experience of this type of travel at the age of 18, Vivianne had known for a long time that she would take a sabbatical between CEGEP and university to travel. In the past year she had worked very hard to be able to afford to be away for so long.

  • Félix Bouffard deepens his knowledge of the English language in Western Canada.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY FÉLIX BOUFFARD

    Félix Bouffard deepens his knowledge of the English language in Western Canada.

  • Félix Bouffard deepens his knowledge of the English language in Western Canada.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY FÉLIX BOUFFARD

    Félix Bouffard deepens his knowledge of the English language in Western Canada.

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Tourism and Immersion

Félix Bouffard, 21, chose the Explore adventure: an immersion in another region of Canada to learn English. For the luckiest of the enrolled, much of the subsistence cost is covered by the government. Such is the case of Félix, who landed in western Canada. “I saw that it was a bit of an all-inclusive experience: learning English gives you the opportunity to experience what you’ve been missing in recent years. You have time to visit Vancouver, Canada’s most expensive city, with some paid amenities. That’s interesting,” he says, aware that he probably wouldn’t have traveled otherwise.

Anyone who says they are not a “mile muncher” realizes that it is nice to travel and be confronted with new cultures, even if you don’t change countries.


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Gabriella Viero flew to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

sun and relaxation

Gabriella Viero calls us live from the airport, relieved that the stress of the day before is finally over. The 23-year-old is one of hundreds of Quebecers who queued at passport offices all night. Relieved to have passed security, she encouraged herself by imagining that in a few hours she would be resting by the pool, under the rays of the sun, possibly with a sweet, fruity drink in hand, to make up for her lost hours of sleep catch up small camping chair. “I can’t wait ! All the more so because I’ve waited so long,” she says.

She and her mother are flying to the Turks and Caicos Islands for ten days. Leaving during the pandemic was not an option for Gabriella. It is therefore this mother-daughter journey that heralds the return of travel.

  • For two weeks, Philippe Granger traveled through the metropolises of Europe - London, Paris, Barcelona - and explored the Côte d'Azur.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY PHILIPPE GRANGER

    For two weeks, Philippe Granger traveled through the metropolises of Europe – London, Paris, Barcelona – and explored the Côte d’Azur.

  • He also made a stop at the Cannes Film Festival.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY PHILIPPE GRANGER

    He also made a stop at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Philippe Granger stayed in youth hostels during his trip.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY PHILIPPE GRANGER

    Philippe Granger stayed in youth hostels during his trip.

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Travel to celebrate

Philippe Granger is back from a little over two weeks of traveling. With a friend he found on school desks at UQAM, he traveled through the big cities of Europe (London, Paris, Barcelona) before exploring the Côte d’Azur and stopping at the Cannes Film Festival. Like Séréna, Philippe’s first mission was to meet friends who had gone on exchanges. “Destinations were quickly defined depending on the situation,” says the 22-year-old traveler.

“We didn’t have anything in the hold, all our belongings were in the cabin and we drove to youth hostels,” summarizes Philippe. This trip allowed them to “celebrate the end of the session and [se] recovering from two and a half years in the pandemic, time spent at a distance ‘while the two friends studying together couldn’t see each other, he believes.


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La Marbella Beach in Barcelona, ​​​​​​Spain

Holiday in preparation

Valérie Nguyen prepares for her first trip with friends. She will fly to Spain with her two university colleagues in July and then come to Italy to stay with a childhood friend for a week. For the first part of the trip, the travelers “made an Excel file with a fixed plan, departure times and everything else”. “We organized meetings zoom to book our Airbnbs,” she says. “I used everything I could learn with my first group of friends to better organize the second part of my trip,” she adds, laughing.

At the moment, Valérie doesn’t have high expectations. She hopes this trip will allow her to “be more independent, have fun with friends and have new experiences”. “These aren’t necessarily destinations that I’ve had in mind for a long time, but it’s vacationing with friends that pushes me to go away. »

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