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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) 8y Star this if you like it!

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) 8y Star this if you like it!

What's your budget??

3. Posted by aliciakata (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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) 8y Star this if you like it!

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) 8y Star this if you like it!

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 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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) 8y Star this if you like it!

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 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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) 8y Star this if you like it!

thank you ... am researching wwoof now

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