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1. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Sorry to keep posting these threads about wanting peoples ideas about all of my ingenious travelling trips.

But I don't want to wait any longer. I need to get out of this town. If I want to go with a friend, I've got another month to wait, and I can't be doing with that.

I have about £300 in my bank lol. Firstly, I want to go to France- maybe only france. I've never really been to Paris, so that would be a nice place to start- but with this severe lack of money I know I'll need to get a job. I'll do anything, preferably for cash in hand!

I do have a family member in the south of France that I will work my way toward, before maybe heading home, or somewhere else.

Basically, I'm looking for some advice about finding a job quickly in Paris, even if it's just for a few days- or any other way of making money?? How hars is it going to be? How much can I expect to get paid for say, washing up for a night?

Also, hostels- can anyone recommend a cheap, friendly hostel in Paris that I can stay at?

Many thanks again!

ps. My french skills leave a lot to be desired. I speak very very very broken french.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 9, 2007, at 11:58 AM by philo ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

If you are that low on cash, invest some of it into a tent, a sleeping bag, a mattress and stay the f*ck away from hostels. If you have a bicycle, consider taking it along with you and use it to get to Southern France.

If you are staying at hostels, all your money will be gone after 15 days because a hostel is usually around 20 EUR per night - camping in the wild is for free. This way you can put all your 300 GBP into food, so your trip will last you around 80 days.

That should be enough time to get to Southern France even on a bicycle, because if you are resonably fit you can easily cover about 50 km per day on a bike, thus in 80 days you should be able to cover 4000 km. (25 km in the morning and 25 km in the evening.) Scotland to Southern France is roughly 2500 km, so this is feasible.

Bicycle panniers are available for cheap on ebay. And you could skip on the tent if you are willing to help yourself out with large trashbags - the cheap tents for less than 40 GBP have a tendency to leak under heavy rain anyway.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 18, 2007, at 7:29 AM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Have you ever thought about staying with the locals for free? Try couchsurfing. :)

4. Posted by majaDK (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

maybe you should try checking with the hostels to see if you can do some handy man/woman whatevs work. i have no idea about paris, although i've been there, i had enough cash, ahaha, but a hostel in holland offered free room & board for volunteer work, so yeah, maybe you should check that out, unless you already went! :)

5. Posted by QQRYQ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hello first I must sorry for my English but I didn`t use this since a 3 years.
So I live in Poland and know that our country is not expansive and not dangers ( but I know that people from west think that). 300 Pounds it's about 1650 PLN (1 Ponund = more or less 5.60 PLN . "Returned" Ticket by bus from scotland to for example Cracow cost about 600 PLN , cheap private acomodation - agroturistik about 20-25 PLN by night eating I think that 10 PLN for a day is good. and the best information for you in Poland we need many Eanglish teachers from eangland

6. Posted by Alfa75 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

I think Maia, is totally right.

Good luck with biking.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah, do what T_maia says.
But skip the tent. It is easier to find someplace to sleep, if u dont have a tent. U will be less noticable. People often disapprove of people sleeping rough, so it is a good thing, to be discrete.
A tip on where to sleep. Sleep in childrens playgrounds, in residental areas. These will usually be safe. Also, they often have something that will provide some type of shelter. Slides, playhouses, etc. Go to sleep after dark, and get up early, to avoid people seeing u and complaining to the police. ;)

I like Hiens idea too, but u would probably have to have a house or appartment too, to offer, so people can stay with u, while they are in your town.

It will be difficult for a non French speaker, to find work anywhere in France, so dont rely on it.

Mel

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

LOL Mel, if he travels with a bike it should be easy for him to find a place in the fields.

No need to sleep on playgrounds and all that - a clean meadow where only the cows can bother you is much nicer. No police and if you have a backpack and don't look like a wino you can always ask a farmer nearby if you can use his barn.

(Yes, I've travelled like that - I'll always pick the outskirts of a city of the true country side with or without tent above a playground in a city.)

Do a weekend tour with a bike Mel and you'll know what I mean - even if you choose to stay in a hostel.

9. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

I'd rather carry a tent than sleep in the kids playgrounds, but that's me.

With a tent you can always go to a camp site in case some problems appear along the way

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

LOL Mel, if he travels with a bike it should be easy for him to find a place in the fields.

No need to sleep on playgrounds and all that - a clean meadow where only the cows can bother you is much nicer. No police and if you have a backpack and don't look like a wino you can always ask a farmer nearby if you can use his barn.

(Yes, I've travelled like that - I'll always pick the outskirts of a city of the true country side with or without tent above a playground in a city.)

Do a weekend tour with a bike Mel and you'll know what I mean - even if you choose to stay in a hostel.


Yeah, I have done the cost free sleeping, a few times. I travelled in Romania, when the iron curtain was still in place. In one place, the campsite advertised in the travel book I had did not exist, or at least would not let us in. Me and my ex slept in a tent, in the middle of some trees. There was howling in the woods around us, all night. The next day some locals told us we should not have slept there, because there are wolves in the woods. We thought the howling was domestic dogs.
We slept in train stations and airports too, one July when all the hostels were full. It was OK, because there were lots of other foreigners doing the same. Sometimes people even took us home with them, to their houses, and we slept in their living rooms. But this was a long time ago. 1989. My ex used to sleep in playgrounds, when he was travelling with a friend.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 26, 2007, at 3:27 AM by Mel. ]