What It’s Really Like Being An Au Pair

Hello hello and apologies for my 3 month hiatus! A lot has happened and I am very behind, but I am excited to get back into things! I get lots of messages from girls who found my blog and want to talk to me about the au pair experience, which is what inspired today’s blog post. Most of the girls who reach out have similar questions: how do you live on the small wage? Do you find you have time to travel? What are the hard parts no one talks about? Do you think I should do it? I love […]

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Non-Cliché Foods You Must Eat In Paris

The number one question I get asked by people visiting Paris is also the question I used to have the hardest time answering: Can you recommend some great restaurants? This question always stumped me, in part because I haven’t even made a dent in the vast restaurant culture of Paris, but also because I am not what anyone would consider a “foodie.” I’m more like a “it tastes good and it’s here -ie.” Between living on the tight budget of an au pair and being admittedly very easily impressed by everything I eat in France (because let’s be real, the food […]

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13 French Phrases You Need to Know When Visiting Paris

Coucou everyone! Today I want to talk about the 13 key French phrases you should know if you plan on visiting Paris, and how to pronounce them. I love France and I want every single American who visits this beautiful country to have a positive experience. While I strongly disagree with the stereotype that the French dislike Americans, I will admit that a guaranteed way to make a bad impression when visiting France (or any country) is by not making an effort to learn the language. No one is expecting you to say everything perfectly, but showing you’re willing to try […]

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Since Moving to France as an Au Pair I have…

Had to sweet talk my way out of paying a €50 fine for putting my feet on the seat while on the train, due to Paris’s strict transport rules. Tasted over 15 different types of cheese, my favorite being comté. And grown accustom to eating cheese after a meal, never before. Eaten rabbit, duck, and fowl. And once learned halfway through a meal that the beef I was eating was actually horse meat! Had to vehemently insist on speaking French on dates, to the dismay of several men who were hoping I’d be their English tutor. Tasted the best dessert I […]

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How to Travel When You’re Poor

How do you afford to travel so much? Boy do I get asked this a lot! The answer is simple: you can afford anything if you decide you want to. Even if you’re super duper poor. Really, really! Poor is basically my natural state so I’ve become somewhat of an expert at traveling while broke. In the last year and a half I’ve gone on 9 trips and visited 5 countries, all without breaking the bank. Read on to learn how you can travel on a tight budget. You have more money than you think …you just spend it on […]

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What happened when I let someone pick my travel destination for me

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I never know how to answer that because although I like to think of myself as a pretty spontaneous soul, nothing I’ve done stands out as being overly crazy. But if I had to pick something, my craziest thing would involve Amsterdam. And not in the way I bet you think. 😉 Travel Roulette Once I was bit by the travel bug I kinda couldn’t stop booking trips. Especially last-minute cheap trips, those were my favorite. One day at work last September I was having one of those really bad day where everything […]

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My 1st Trip to Paris

Paris, the most visited city in the world. The City of Light is usually one of the first places a new traveler will visit, so you might not be surprised to learn that it was my first international trip. But what most people don’t know is Paris has always meant so much more to me. Paris was my unicorn A person’s first time traveling is always going to be meaningful, but I felt extra affectionate towards mine. You see, I’ve studied French since 6th grade and being able to speak French has always been the one thing I can do […]

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