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jpkgllr wrote: $1200 a month in Ensenada, BC is comfortable. Rent $350, car paid for, insured in Mexico and California, utilities including cable, internet $50, food $200, smartphone $120. Pretty comfortable if I don't go out much, biggest expense is $100 - $120 for trips to San Diego which I love but have to limit.
Assuming you just get a room in Paris, I think you're going to need $600 - $800 for rent, just check out craigslist and airbnb. Without a car but with a smartphone and internet you probably need at least $1500 - $2000 a month depending on how often and what kind of places you go out to. You'll have lots of time to figure out how to cut back and find the best dining and drinking establishment that have specials on different days. I do the same in San Diego.
One thing I forgot to mention --- IMPORTANT
Scope out the international calling plans.
Big one - you can get seriously reamed by the phone companies.
Both Voice and Data - international charges can be outrageous. I was paying over $200 a month ago ATT when I later found out I only had to pay $115 ( $85 - data in US only ).
Make sure you find out BEFORE YOU LEAVE what your phone charges international and what different kinds of plans they have.
You will definitely need a phone ( voice ) when you get there to make appointments, call your bank, family back home whatever.
Data is a different matter. Data is a tremendous help when you a new to a place and want to pull up Google Maps and all that good stuff.
Seriously, ATT tried to charge me over $ 19 a megabyte. In 3 days of only checking email and real quick web searches, my data charges were OVER $200 and my monthly bill was up to $350.
You are in a much better position before you leave. Tell them you will change service providers unless explain fully what plans are available. You shouldn't have to pay more that $120 for about 400 minutes daytime ( mine can be US or Mexico ) and 1000 minutes nights and weekends. 300 MB Data US or Mexico.
I ended up WASTING close to $500 on ATT, money I would much rather have had for the good things in life.
When I complained that ATT did not explain their service plans fully to me, the said it was too late but gave me a $25 "courtesy credit."
Just trying to help you save your hard earned money for the fun stuff dude.
Don't be a loser like me and get reamed by ATT.
Another thing - kind of important - call your bank ( s ) before you leave to let them know where you are traveling. Also RECORD your credit card numbers ( account, exp date and 3 digit code, EXACT spelling of your name on the card ). I kept xeroxes in 2 different places.
Banks get suspicious of people suddenly using your cards overseas and you might get declined at an inconvenient time.
I'm starting to feel like your mom ( or Rick Steves ) but these things can wreck your fun if it's late and you're having fun and find out your pocket has been picked. Or you find out at the end of a meal with people that your card is declined and you have other way of getting cash. Checks don't mean a thing outside the US.
Cheers. This is the exact type of stuff I was looking for. Thanks.
Thanks for bumping then post, KK. I totally missed GLL's post.
Thanks for the shoutout GLL and the advice. I'm definitely going, but I changed my mind about the location. I'm going to montreal instead. Quebecois girls for the win. They're legendary. There's a cool music scene in Montreal as well, so I won't hesitate to try and start a band. I've always wanted to join a band. Might as well try.
Looking forward to hearing how it works out for you. I'm actually close to doing the same. Ended a 6 month relationship that circumstantially left me living at home, jobless and going to school for some dumb shit. About to hopefully get a car sales job, save up money over the summer into winter, then line up another sales job or something in a real city. If I get this job, i'm dropping from school and going full time into sales.. Looking to be on my way to greatness by the end of 2015.
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