Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paris Trip To Do List - Getting it all done

I've made significant strides this week in finalizing things for my Paris trip. Here's what I've managed to do, day by day.

Monday - Researched and purchased a VPN or virtual private network in order to be able to access all of my USA based sites/accounts without restriction. (Places like banks, Netflix, email, etc. are sometimes unresponsive to an international IP address. A VPN hides your location, and makes it appear as if you are still operating from an American IP address.) I'll only purchase two months of service at roughly $12 each month. I think it's well worth the money to insure that I can access all the sites that I need/want to while I'm abroad. If you're interested in something similar, I ended up going with this VPN.

Tuesday - Researched and purchased a travel insurance plan. After looking at several plans via Insure My Trip, I chose the Global Underwriters Diplomat International. Total cost was $67.08, and it covers trip interruption, terrorism, dental and medical coverage, accident insurance, 24 hour assistance, and repatriation of my mortal remains. When I combine that with the coverage that my regular health insurance covers internationally, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. Of course, I hope I never need to use any of it, but I think it's always good to be safe rather than sorry.

Wednesday - Stopped by Walgreens to get a passport photo made - not for my passport, but for my Navigo Decouverte metro card that I plan to purchase upon landing at CDG in Paris.

Thursday - Researched and reserved train tickets, hotel room, and tour excursion for a side trip to Normandy. I've never been there, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity to explore that area. As a history teacher, I think it's important that I visit some of the sites I discuss with my students, and WWII is a favorite era of mine to study/teach. I hadn't originally planned to take any major side trips, but I feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I want to eke every bit of enjoyment and potential out of that I can.

Friday - Print out and begin penciling in my daily/weekly plans for Paris. I don't want to be locked into a calendar, but I'm afraid I'll miss out on some things I really want to do if I don't begin to formulate some sort of more specific plan.

Saturday - Work through the French practice worksheets that I found online and printed. See how much French I'm actually remembering from all of the DuoLingo practice I've been doing.

My departure date is just a little over two weeks away! Aaaccckkk! There's still so much left to do!


  1. I can't believe it's coming up so quickly!!! You seem to be so organized, Tiffany! I'm excited for you and can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

  2. Thank you for sharing the info about the VPN. My son is spending next semester in Rome. I don't know if he would survive without Netflix, kwim?