London to Paris

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Recently I have moved to Paris with a very tight budget I’m surprised I pulled it off. If you have lived in London you will find that Paris is quite cheap compared to London so it is possible moving out there with a tight budget.

Accomodation

I found my accommodation with eramasu. In Paris the rent and deposit for a studio flat cost me £850. In London it would have cost me £1400 for rent and deposit. This may not the average pricing but this is what it cost me.

Travel

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Today in Paris I bought a weekend deal where I can travel on the metro all day for €3.85. I was very impressed because for a day pass in London it would have cost me £8. For a week pass in Paris its about €20 and in London £37.

Supermarkets

Food shopping in Paris is very different compared to London. In London we have big supermarkets that are local such as Asda, Tesco, Co-op and Morrison’s and I found that very handy as it has everything you need. Paris does have supermarkets but they are independent stores and some are not close by so you can’t always go round the corner and buy everything you need. What is nice about Paris is that you have the individual food stores next too each other which is rare to find in London only in markets. Where I live in Paris there is a Cheese shop next to that is a Fruit and Veg shop and a Meat shop also next door. They are all local produce.

 

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I’m not completely settled in Paris as there are afew things I need to do such as; get a french bank account, get a navigo pass, register to local doctors and learn to speak french. I’m going to challenge myself to speak fluent french in 3months. I’ll make update about that, however so far so good a lot of people speak English which is helpful, the weather is not so great but the city is still beautiful and the Parisian’s are friendly.

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A Life in London vs A Life Travelling

 

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I lived in London almost 21 years of my life, I literally thought I was living in one of the best cities in the world. Everything is easy access in London, you don’t need to travel far to a fancy restaurant or a good night out its all on your doorstep. I didn’t know any better way of living life I thought this was the life! After my 21st birthday I wanted  a change. I had set a goal for myself on my 18th birthday that I would travel around South America when I turned 21. So I decided I had to make it happen. But only one problem, MONEY! Saving money in London is really hard unless you have a decent salary that is paying you over 2.5k a year.

I decided I will have to work to get myself to South America. So I applied to work as a chef on a cruise ship and a week later I got a contract and in a month I was off, my adventure began. I did a world tour, I eventually got South America in December 2015 I was travelling around South America for a month. It was amazing! Travelled through the amazon, I got to see Pink Dolphins! My whole experience was life changing. Even though I had to work really hard travelling around the world I would trade my life in London to be able to travel. Its the best education and life experience you can give yourself. The life in London was not so great anymore. I knew there was other cities and countries that would give me a better, happier way of living life.

 

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Living in London

Pros

  • You will always find work easily
  • Everything you need is local
  • Great transport services
  • Great for a social life
  • Events on everyday

Cons

  • Expensive accommodation for small space
  • Expensive to have a car or to use public transport
  • Having a great night out comes at a cost
  • Not so friendly people
  • Not a lot of sunshine
  • Pollution
  • The weather is not so great which probably contributes to the unfriendly vibe

 

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Travelling

Pros

  • It can be educational and spiritual
  • Most of the countries are cheaper compared to London
  • Cheaper transportation
  • Get to see natural beauty
  • Friendly locals
  • Get to meet other travellers
  • You’ll make life long friends from around the world
  • It will change your life and keep you open minded

Cons

  • Not every place is safe
  • You need to save a couple of thousands to travel
  • You will miss friends and family a lot
  • Not every country will have your favourite food or snacks

I have not decided where I would like to live permanently but since coming off the ship I have not returned to live in London and I probably never will. I am currently packing to live in the French Alps for 3 months.