Hindsight is 20/20: A roadmap for future TAPIF assistants or other expats looking for some help navigating France

If you are reading this, I’m sure you are a future TAPIFer or another expat looking for some advice on how to navigate life in France. I know that when I first began my journey as a TAPIF assistant, I scoured the internet for advice on how to manage the impossibly long list of things that I needed to accomplish before, during, and leaving as an expatriate in France. The beginning of the process was immensely stressful. Though I had studied abroad in France, working through TAPIF was my first time actually living, you know, as an adult and such, in a foreign country.

So, I wanted to share some of the insight that I gained while living in France to pass along to future French expatriates, knowing that I would’ve loved to have someone tell me like it is. So, I’ve created a series of posts, titled Hindsight is 20/20, to help you with all of the different aspects of moving to and living in France. Just remember that I’m not an expert and am just simply passing along what I learned along the way. I hope these are helpful, and I wish you good luck!

1.Initial preparations

2. Housing

3. Opening a bank account

4. Choosing a phone plan

5. Legal Paperwork

6. In the classroom

7. Daily Life

8. Traveling – go check out my section on traveling!

9. On leaving France