Guest Notes for Episode 395: How to Enjoy France on a Student Budget

Categories: France How To, France on a Budget

Notes from Joshua Taylor

Itinerary:
Day 1-3: Paris
Day 4: Auvers-sur-Oise, Paris
Day 5: Saumur, Tours
Day 6: Tours, Langeais, Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau
Day 7: Villandry, Amboise, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Day 8: Cheverny, Chambord, Blois
Day 9-11: Toulouse
Day 12: Carcassonne
Day 13: Travel home

Favorite Activities:
1. Chaumont-sur-Loire jardins
2. Musée d’Orsay
3. Jazz Club (38 Riv)
4. Drag Show (Madame Arthur)
5. Paris Ballet (Matz Ek)
6. Blois Son et Lumière
7. Sunrise walk on Île de la Cité

Other Recommendations:
1. Langeais jardins and grounds
2. Chez Paul bistro in Paris
3. Musée des Arts Déco Little Prince Exhibition
4. Boulangerie du Parc in Auvers
5. The People Hostel in Tours

Challenges:
1. Stolen Wallet
2. Missed/Incorrect trains
3. Physical exhaustion
4. Dealing with disappointment and adrenaline crashes

Student Budget Ideas:

1. Take advantage of student deals (museums, music clubs, events, plane tickets)

2. Find money-saving events during the time you’ll be there (i.e. nuit de musées)

3. Find free versions of the things you want to see (jazz club, gardens, museums)

4. Groceries more than eating out (set a daily food budget and keep track)

5. Eat breakfast at the hostel, maybe a snack in the middle of the day and have a meal in the evening

6. Travel agency deals

7. Check multiple websites for train tickets and book in advance quite early if possible

8. Keep an eye on notifications for train deals (ouigo specifically has a lot of these)

9. Carryon if your airline charges for luggage

10. Lunches instead of dinners

11. Take advantage of free cancellation whenever you can

12. Give yourself lots of time to sit down and book so you can check multiple places/apps for the best deals, don’t leave booking to the last minute for anything

13. Overnight trains instead of hotels (once or twice, definitely not every night)

14. Navigo semaine pass

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Categories: France How To, France on a Budget