My Best Recommended Resources & ToolBox

-Resources To Learn French Online

Not everyone learns the same. I've included different courses for different learning styles and budgets which I think should cater to everyone's unique way of learning. 

Learn French with French Pod 101

French Pod 101

Online Course

French Pod 101 is an online learning system and community geared slightly more for beginners, however it has enough intermediate and advanced content to keep you busy and improve your SKills.

  • 800+ Audio & Video Lessons
  • Online Forum-Community
  • Awesome Mobile App
  • Vacabulary Learning Tools
  • Detailed PDF Lesson Notes
  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

3 Monthly Membership Levels

$4-$10-$23 / Month

Learn French online using Rocket French

Rocket French

Online Course

Rocket French is probably one of the most well thought out, comprehensive products I have seen. 

  • Testing For writing skills
  • Interactive audio lessions
  • Mobile App
  • ​Voice Pronunciation Reording
  • ​Grammar Lessons
  • ​Flash Cards
  • Progress Tracking
  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee


Lifetime Access

Learn French with French Pod 101


Online Course

Frantastique is an e-mail prompted French learning course geared towards post beginners that adapts itself to your level. Everyday you recieve a lesson in your e-mail in box. The lessons take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.  Each lesson contains a selection of the following.

  • Audio, Video & Text Exercies
  • Videos
  • Awesome Mobile App
  • Conjugaison Tests
  • Video Lessons
  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • Cancel anytime

$21-$81 / Month

Different membership plans

French Today

AudioBook Stories
(I love this way of learning)

If learning French online with flash cards, video and tests isn't your cup of tea, you should try learning French through audiobook stories. It's kind of genius.  

You get the convenience of listening to your French audiobook anywhere plus the benefit of having the book in PDF form so you can read along and enforce your comprehension. This method of learning French through actual stories creates a more natural way of learning that doesn't seem like learning at all. 

Paris born Camille has been teaching French to adults for over 20 years and has created audio books using this story method to teach you REAL SPOKEN FRENCH.

Simply download the audiobook (in MP3 format) and listen at home or on the go. There is also an English translation, vocabulary list and study guide. I personally love this method of learning.

  • Free 2 hour sample
  • 120 Day Money Back Guarantee

€59 / AudioBook
€34 / Verb Drill Book

Bundles are around €100 


Great for anyone more interested in speaking more than reading and building basic conversational skills

  • Integrated speech recognition to test and practice pronunciation.
  • Review manager tool guides you through exercises.
  • Phone app synchornized with site. (good but not great)
  • Vacabulary Learning Tools
  • Detailed PDF Lesson Notes

$12.95/ Month or
$83 / Year


Great for serious beginners but less useful for casual learners or tourists because it does not really teach conversational skills

Learning happens in the form of quick quizzes, which switch between testing speaking, listening, and writing. High scores unlock further lessons

The quizzes focus on structural blocks, like relative pronouns or certain classes of nouns.  (not conversation).

  • Excellent phone app
  • Integrated speech recognition like to test and practice pronunciation
  • Share scores with friends on Facebook (good use of gamifcation)
  • Unlike most other site, Duolingo is COMPLETELY FREE FOREVER! 
  • The company makes money by charging for text translations, crowdsourced from users.

Free Forever

- Find (short Term Housing) In France-or the world

Here are my best resources for finding housing different types of accommodations in France and around the world.

These are all much cheaper and culturally richer experiences than staying in expensive hotels. Stay a night or stay a few months depending on which place you choose at each site.

Stay With A Local

Homestay is an international platform created in 2013 for travellers who want a more cultural, educational travel experience by staying with local hosts who rent out part of their home or room. (Hosts are present at the home for the entirety of the guest's stay.)

The site works by connecting travellers and hosts with similar interests which is great for guests to experience local, authentic hospitality. Similar to couchsurfing.

If you are interested in becoming a host you can sign up as one here. 

Check out what you can get in Paris from Homestay by clicking here.

  • Mobile App
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs


Rent A House Or Just A Room

MY Favorite

AirBnb is my most favourite site to use for finding accommodations around the world. AirbBnb is an international platform which allows hosts to rent out their entire house, apartment or just a room to would-be travellers. It's a win win situation. Locals make a little money renting their home out to you and you save a ton of money.

Our family of five uses AirBnB a lot. It beats getting 2 hotel rooms and often the places we rent are in fabulous locations. Plus we always have a kitchen at our disposal.

  • Mobile App
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs

Search worldwide to find the best price hostel in one place is a HUGE time saver because It is one of the few website that let's you do price comparison shopping on hostels worldwide (including Hostelworld, and others) so you can see where to get the lowest prices all in one place. 

Search by price or search by country. Here is a link to see hostels in France only.

  • Get direct contact info of hostels
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs

Other sites to consider for finding vacation rentals

-House-sit in exchange for Free accomodations anywhere in the world

Here are my best resources for finding house sitting gigs. 

House sitting is service where you watch someones house, maybe water some plants, feed the owners pets in exchange for free accommodations; allowing you to build financial strength and accomplish your personal goals. WIN WIN!

Many house sitters join several services to increase the number of opportunities available to them. (Here are the popular ones)

House sit in exchange for FREE accomodations anywhere in the world

House Carers has been around since 2000 and is one of the longer running house sitting sites.

  • ​More housesit opportunities worldwide than other sites which also means more competition.
  • Tends to have house sits mainly in Australia, USA and Canada but growing number of opportunities word wide.
  • Good reference system
  • $50 USD per year
trusted house sitters is a where you go to find house sitting jobs

House sit in exchange for FREE accomodations anywhere in the world

Trusted Housesitters launched in 2010 and is no doubt the most popular house sitting services out there. It tends to have 4 or 5 times more house sits compared to it's competitors.  Roughly 100 to 300 NEW assignments every month. But you have to act fast because the good house sits go fast. 

  • Has house sits from all over the world but particularly strong in USA, Australia and Europe (especially the UK and France),
  • $120 USD / Year

House sit in exchange for FREE accomodations anywhere in the world

Nomador started in 2014 and is relatively new compared to the other more established sites but is growing fast especially in France where it has a lot of house sitting opportunities. The site now has thousands of members. 

  • Large selection of assignments are in France or in French speaking parts of the world,
  • Free trial to house sitters: apply for up to 5 house sits allowing you to try it out risk-free.
  • Free Trial -apply to 3 housesits
  • $89 USD / Year

- How To Buy from US retailers who don't ship internationally

Fast Shipping for global shoppers

Sometimes the items you want to buy either don't exist in France or they are much more expensive than they are in your home country so you turn to US retailers. But what if those US retailers only ship to US address -not to France. Enter A service which you can use to ship your item to, who in turn will ship the item to you in France. For a small fee of course. 

- How to protect your data over the internet while travelling

If you'll be using public internet while travelling (hotels, internet café, airports etc) than you may be putting your personal information at risk because anyone on that same network as you could potentially grab your un-encrypted data as it soars through the air. Credit card info, internet cookies and other identifying information are just waiting to be snatched up. A VPN protects you from these security issues. A VPN can also unblock some geo restricted sites. 

VPN's don't seem t work anymore with Hulu, Netflix or BBC iPlayer​. I have a solution for that coming soon!


Private Internet Access is VPN This is the service which I use to encrypt my data. I used to use it also to watch Hulu but it does not seem to work anymore with HULU since hulu started cracking down.

  • Unlimited Data (use it to watch as much as you want)
  • Works on all devices (ios, andoid, windows, internet enabled tv).
  • Can use on 5 devices at the same time
  • Out of this world customer service available 24/7
  • Blocks ad trackers and malware
  • Keeps you save on public wifi
  • $3.33-$6.95/MO
  • 7 Day Money Back

Hide My Ass

UK based: Hide My Ass used to be great, maybe it still is but as of late I've been hearing a lot of negative feedback about them. One big complaint is the 30 day money back is not real. In fine print, they state that you can only use so much data in order to get the refund. FAIL. But if you want to check them out. go for it.

  • Unlimited Data (use it as much as you want)
  • 120,000 + IP addresses in 350+ Locations
  • Works on all devices (ios, andoid, windows, internet enabled tv).
  • Can use on 2 devices at the same time
  • Keeps you safe on public wifi
  • $4.99-$9.99/MO
  • 30 Day Money Back

- Rush passport service


Rush my Passport ​is a service for all you people who found out at the last minute that your passport expired.


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Fund Your Break Or Family Sabbatical! FAST Shipping for Global Shoppers.

Online Shopping

Amazon Premium is basically the French version of Amazon Prime. You get a lot of the same benefits and you can find a lot of things that you might not be able to find locally near you.

-No Fax? No Problem

Sometimes companies will only accept faxes of documents vs scanned docs sent by email. Here are some services online that let you fax any document you have in digital format as a fax.

Hello Fax: Send and recieve faxes from anywhere. First 5 faxed pages you send or recieve are free. After that you pay per page from .05 cents all the way up to .20 cents per page depending on what plan you get on.

-Reading English Books Abroad

English books are hard(ish) to find in France. If you do find an English bookstore, chances are they won't have a very expansive selection of books. A solution is to turn to the internet and get a digital form of any book you can think of.

Audible books are my new love. Audible books have a slight advantage over ebooks because you can do two things at once with audible books. I can workout while listening to them. Play them in my car or listen to them in bed without bothering my husband with a night light. You can try for free for 30 days. Audible Free Trial [Digital Membership]


Electricité de France (EDF)

EDF is the company to contact about setting up your gas and electric in your home in France.

Need help in English? EDF also has a helpful English speaking service should you have questions about your electricity bill, service, problems or to simply change your service. Be prepared, they get pretty busy and you could get a recorded message stating “lines are busy call back”

Outside France phone: +33 5 62 16 49 08

In France phone: 05 62 16 49 08

Disclosure: Some of the links I recommend are affiliate links. It doesn't cost you anything to use them and I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. This helps support me and my family and is how I am able to offer free content. I only recommend products and services that I have 100% faith in because of extensive research or first hand experience. In other words, I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the tiny commissions I make if you decide to buy something. And remember, only buy products if you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

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