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France is Expensive

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France is Expensive


France is Expensive. I have not yet been to a more costly country on the planet. I cannot comprehend how people can live here, let alone travel. I live and wander as a pauper who goes in the guise of a king. Here, I am only a pauper. . . like everybody else.

An item that could go for two dollars in the USA fetches five here. A forty minute train ride costs $12, a fifteen minute cab journey will costs $45, a cheap beer in a bar- $5, a hotdog- $5.50, entrance fee to an archaeology site- $15. I cannot report here how much a meal in a restaurant will costs, as I have not had the balls to try one; nor can I tell you how much any recreational activity will run, as I have just been absconding in the home of my Chilean friends in Anduze. But I can tell you that it will be expensive- everything is. The cost of living in France is absurd.

Usually, staying with friends and in people’s homes is a sure way to travel the world cheaply. But here in France I am graciously taking free hospitality while, at the same time, dropping more money than I ever had in any country on this planet.

France is not for travelers. France is not for the working class. France is not for anyone.

My friend Sergio is making $6,000 a month, and he still cannot make ends meet.

I bought a round of beers for myself and two friends and dropped nearly thirty dollars.

Thirty dollars is two to three days of travel almost anywhere in the world- Gone in the time it takes to empty a pint.

I am in disbelief.

Come here with pockets the weighted down with lead . . .

Leave here as light and poor as a bird.

France is Expensive.

Wanderjahr Jill– Without money and angry in France

$5.50 cheap hot-dog in Nimes, France

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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Anduze, France
December 11, 2007

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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