Alright, alright, I’m finally getting around to Paris pictures! I’ve only been back home for how long now? It’s about time I shared.
First off, in the interest of honesty, I want share a few of the “behind the scenes facts” about my trip;
- Fact one; despite the fact that I LOVE to travel, I don’t like to put the label of “travel” on my blog, and this is why; I am mostly broke. Not like broke broke, but broke in the way that I am not able to just jet off to faraway places on a whim. This means that trips like this don’t happen super often for me.
- Fact two, slightly related to fact one; my entire ten day trip to Paris (airfare, lodging, and spending money) came out to $1300. I know, I was blown away too! We bought tickets in November, and tickets to lots of parts of Europe were in the $400-$500 range. They were CRAZY affordable compared to what they normally are.
- Fact three; I traveled with three ladies that I met through blogging! This was a big deal, because I had only really hung out with them separately one or two times before we were spending ten days in a 400 square foot apartment in a city halfway across the world. (spoilers: it turned out awesome!)
- Fact four; I did not take this trip”for my blog”. Meaning, that the purpose of this trip was not to make content (really, none of my trips are). I think if you are traveling, you should focus on being present. While we definitely went out, and shot content related photos, I tried to make sure that doing so didn’t actually affect, or cut in to the time that we had there.
- Fact five; this was by far the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done. Basically I was part of a group chat that offhandedly mentioned wanting to travel, of course I said I was interested, mostly thinking that nothing would come of it. Well, be careful what you volunteer for, because before I knew it, we were buying tickets and booking and Airbnb!
Ok, now that that’s out of the way let’s get on with things! Paris, of course, was amazing. I didn’t get to everything I wanted to do, but I suppose now that means that I will just have to go back (darn). Like I said, I didn’t really know the ladies that I went there with, and that made me really nervous. On top of that, this was my first big trip with friends, before this the furthest I have traveled with anyone but my family was Las Vegas. We ended up getting on so well though, and I am so glad to have a new group of amazing people in my life.
It really helped that I had been to Paris once before (just for four days), so I sort of knew where to start as far as developing any sort of game plan. I have also been using the Duolingo app to learn French for the last six or so months. So even though I am far from fluent, I didn’t feel like I was going in blind (I was even told that my accent was pretty good!) Big props to Duolingo by the way, I know there are probably better ways to learn a language, but I have really enjoyed learn on my own time. It makes it feel like a game, and I actually look forward to practicing every day.
Anyways, I am really excited to share this trip with you guys. I will try to include a few travel tips, packing tips (do as I say, not as I do), and my favorite places we visited while we were there!
Also, side note; it snowed while I was in Paris! How freaking magical is that!?