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looking for some ideas on a brief stay in france

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1. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

i am 24 years old & have never traveled out of the states. i don't have too much money and want to stay in france for maybe a month or two or three(?).
i guess i could describe myself as a young (old soul) hippie gypsy lady who is not at all high maintenance. i would want to stay somewhere quiet where i could stay for a trade. i do energy work... reiki, i am also a writer, i could maintain landscape, take care of animals, cooking... anything is negotiable. this is how i traveled around the states but lately i have had greater wanderlust and don't know how to go about doing this internationally. i had the idea of perhaps posting somewhere that i could do house sitting but i don't yet know how to go about that successfully either. i am looking for ideas... stories...recommendations, anything that would be of help. would like to start in france.
whatever insight i get will be much appreciated.
with much joy and anticipation,
alicia katarina

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

What's your budget??

3. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

well its never constant. like i mentioned i am pretty crafty... doing multiple odd jobs right now.... maybe i would bring a thousand dollars, and then maybe find trades to do there(?). i am not a shopper really. i would just want money for food and wine.... tea, i would probably want to rent a bicycle... so then a small town where that would be more then efficient. maybe a couple nights out for dancing (ballroom/ tango/ anything classical if it exists. i'm not a disco type of person). i most likely would find a cafe to frequent every morning to write... not that much really at most maybe $20 a day? actually i don't know what the expenses are like over there so i don't know what i would need.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Are you thinking of travelling around the country - or staying in one place or region?? Forget the budget, you've answered that bit.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2009, at 14:06 by Redpaddy ]

5. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

hahaha! sorry if i'm all over the place ... i just finished off a whole pot of black tea and am quite hyper. um i think for the most part i would just want to stay in the same place... if i stay for two or three months i may indeed want to venture out but not too far from where i am staying and only for a day... i would probably only do it two or three times at most

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Sounds like you should check out HelpX and WWOOF. Work in exchange for food and stay.

Just note: Since you'll be entering on a tourist visa working (even unpaid) is a legal grey area. You should have a health insurance policy that covers you even if you do volunteer work. (Some insurance companies refuse any work-injury related claims if you were working without a work permit - as you'll be doing.) Your stay is also limited to a max of 90 days - then your visa-free stay will be up.

Expect to pay between 800 and 1500 USD for a return flight from the USA to Paris, depending upon season and place of departure.

As a precaution in case you find yourself without a WWOOF or HelpX place (it has happened) consider bringing a tent and camping gear with you. You'll be paying around 5-10 EUR per day for food and between 5-20 EUR per day for staying on a camping site.

7. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

is health insurance really a necessity ? i am without as i have always been treated with herbal remedies homeopathic remedies and energy work... kind of a spiritual preference. i am aware that accidents can happen however i still maintain that the most natural approach is what resonates with me.... and i would like to keep it that way.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I know for a fact that it is illegal to enter Germany as a foreigner without sufficient health insurance. I am reasonably sure the French have similar rules.

Citizens of some (poor) countries have to apply for a tourist visa before they can come to Europe. When applying they have to show proof of health insurance or they won't get a visa. As a US-citizen you can enter visa-free (because you are from a "rich" country and thus are assumed to be well-off too). Please don't abuse that privilege.

EDIT: Just checked using "Tools" on the left-hand bar. Insurance with World Nomad for 3 months would be 171 USD for you.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2009, at 15:09 by t_maia ]

9. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

thank you ... am researching wwoof now

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