The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?The first time I went to Paris was in the late summer of 2012 and I had just signed up to live there for the next year. My name’s Kate and I am the blogger behind Relokate, where I’ve been sharing the last two years of my adventures around Europe. Paris was one of the first places I ventured to after leaving England to pursue full time travel and it holds some of the fondest memories for me. Today I wanted to share things that I learnt from my time in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and show you guys a few pictures from my experiences along the way.
Forget the metro
If you aren’t in a hurry during your time in Paris, then I highly recommend skipping out on buying a metro ticket and choose to walk instead. My fondest memories are from days spent wandering the streets of the city with no real agenda and although I probably couldn’t tell you where exactly some of these places are on a map, the experiences were just as valuable.
Skip lunch and grab a baguette
If you find yourself feeling a little bit peckish, but not wanting to pay the exorbitant prices of a lunch time meal in Paris, then get ready to do as the locals do. Many locals will opt to grab a baguette from the closest boulangerie and just snack on that whilst they roam around to city. This may sound a little bit dry to you, but just wait until you try a baguette in France! You will soon see that they are so soft and delicious that nothing else is necessary. You’ll also spend a fraction of the cost, particularly if you share with your friend, so it’s an all around win. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of any baguettes during my time in Paris because I was always too quick to eat them! Just goes to show how delicious they are though, right?
The Eiffel Tower doesn’t have the best view
The Eiffel Tower is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, but in my opinion it is best experienced from a distance. Whether you are at the bottom looking up… … or across the city at Centre Pompidou and taking it in from a great distance, you’ll get a much better view of the city and the Eiffel Tower and you can avoid the ridiculously long lines to climb to the top!
Visit the Christmas markets
Most people associate Germany with Christmas markets because, well, they are pretty great. However, France is also home to some absolutely gorgeous Christmas markets and Paris is no exception to this. What I prefer about the markets in France to the ones in Germany, is that they focus a lot less on food (in Germany, you will find a ridiculous amount of food and drink stalls) and more on trinkets, hand crafted goods and the perfect items for gift giving. My two favourite Christmas markets are located at La Défense and Champs-Élysées and they are the kinds of markets you could spend an entire evening browsing (especially when paired with a cup of hot wine). It was at the Christmas market in La Défense that I had THIS cheesy baguette experience that was probably life changing for my taste buds.
Never put your camera away
You never know what you might see in a city that holds so much beauty and character, so make sure you always have your camera at the ready to capture some incredible memories! Kate is British expat who spent the last three years travelling Europe and building a life around adventure. Since leaving England in 2012, they have lived in five countries, got married, kickstarted their careers and completely transformed themselves for the better.
Are you miserable in your current job? Unhappy with the quality of life in your home country? Need a change of pace? Headed down a dead end path? So, you want to quit your job and travel the world?
Kate shows you how to make this a living, breathing reality. All it takes is strength, courage, and a dose of faith. If you dream about a life of adventure at each setting of the sun, this guide is for you.
Learn how to find work while you travel; how to be a ski instructor, au pair, tour guide, teacher or travel blogger. Learn about finding places to stay, couches to crash and how to make homes along the way. Learn how to make friends and most importantly, how to be safe and save money for future travel plans. She proves that you don’t need a college degree if you have the skills to showcase your potential to be great.
Travel doesn’t need to mean escaping life. Travel is where life begins for many.