Posted: 01/14/19 | January 14th, 2019
Ever since I first set eyes upon it, I’ve wanted to move to Paris. It was everything I’ve imagined it to be. A city that oozed sophistication and history from its cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, cafes, restaurants, and Parisians strolling down the street.
I loved the lights, the food, the music, the people, that special je ne sais quoi.
I know I idealize Paris.
I know living somewhere is a lot different than dropping in for a few weeks at a time.
But I’ve always wanted to be the clichéd American travel writer who wakes up, has his coffee, and writes on his balcony or in some café while lingering over wine for hours.
I’ve always wanted to immerse myself in Paris. To learn the language and everything one could possibly know about the city.
And so, since there is no time like the present, it’s time to finally do it.
I’m moving to Paris!
Not forever. Just until June.
Maybe “moving” is a strong word. Maybe an “extended stay” might be a better term.
I don’t care.
I feel that is long enough to say I’m (temporarily) “moving” to Paris.
It will be my base of operations. My sole domicile. My home.
Next month, I’ll return from Colombia, pack my things, and by the end of the month, be ensconced in the City of Lights.
I know my time there will fly by. I remember the summer I spent in Stockholm and how quickly that came to an end. Right as I started meeting people, it was time to go.
Luckily, Americans get to stay six months in France, so I’ll have a longer time to play with.
I have a lot of plans for that time:
I am going to write — a lot!
I’m going to find a ’20s swing dance group.
I’m going to seek out all the best jazz the city has to offer.
I’m going to visit every tourist attraction in town. Just because.
I plan to learn French.
My 2019 mantra is “do less but better.” I plan to cut down the number of things I do — but go deeper into them.
I’m going to focus on living. I plan to work in the mornings, sightsee in the afternoon, check in with the team, and have long dinners.
Paris is the first step in making that happen.
I’m not over New York. Just over living there.
New York City will always be a part of me, and I’m glad I was here so much this year, but I don’t have good habits in the city: I’m out too often and too late, and I don’t find myself sleeping a lot. I don’t have a productive workspace or a kitchen. Many of my friends have started to move away or are planning to have kids.
The life I want to lead is not found there any longer.
My time there has come to an end.
And I’m OK with it. Since I decided to do this, I haven’t had one moment of regret.
So before June brings TravelCon, July brings my next book and a giant book tour (more on that later), and the fall brings my permanent to Austin, I feel like this is the perfect window to live out all my Paris writer dreams.
It’s only a few months in Paris but at least it’s something.
Opportunity is knocking.
If you don’t answer the door, it will move on to the next person.
So I’m doing it.
I’m finally going to live in Paris!
And I’m pretty damn excited about it!
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Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner or Momondo to find a cheap flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. Start with Skyscanner first though because they have the biggest reach!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. My favorite places to stay are:
- St. Christopher’s Canal
- 3 Ducks Hostel
- Les Piaules
If you’re looking for more places to stay, here for my favorite hostels in Paris. And if you’re wondering what part of town to stay in, here’s my neighborhood breakdown of the city!
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
- Medjet (for additional repatriation coverage)
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Need a Guide?
Paris has some really interesting tours. My favorite company is Take Walks. They have expert guides and can get you behind the scenes at the city’s best attractions. They’re my go-to walking tour company!
If you want a bike tour, use Fat Tire Tours. They have the best and most affordable bike tours in the city.
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