Travel Tips


The Ultimate Paris Address Book – A Book Review

The thing I love the most about creating Distant Francophile is all the fabulous francophiles I’ve met over the years. And one of my favourite fellow francophiles is the very fabulous Jo Karnaghan. I first introduced you to Jo in episode two of The Franco-Files. Jo is the very clever founder of frugal first class travel. […]

Ultimate Paris Address Book

French Travel Tips

My Top French Travel Tip

The world moves in mysterious ways sometimes. Recently I launched a podcast for my coaching practice titled Self.Styled.Life. The feedback on it has been fabulous. And interestingly, because I’ve been sharing how Distant Francophile has been such a part of my own self-styled life, I’ve been getting a stack of questions about my love of […]


Planches & Plonk – A Dream Come True

Squee!!! I’m super excited for this post. Why? Because I get to update you on the success of Planches & Plonk! Planches & Plonk is the dream business of our friends Graham and Damon. Graham and I got to know one another years ago when we started blogging at around the same time. When Scotty […]

Planches & Plonk

Champagne

Another Do-It-Yourself Tour Of Champagne

In the seven year history of Distant Francophile, one post has stood out clearly as the most popular. Since it was posted in 2015, it’s had far more views than any other.  Curious to know what francophiles and travellers are keen to learn about?  Champagne. And specifically our do-it-yourself visit to the Champagne region. Now, […]


How To Find A Perfect French Short Stay Apartment

Choosing accommodation in France can be tricky. Like really tricky. In fact, tricky might not be the right word – especially for first time travellers. Downright challenging might be better. Or perhaps even outright difficult. You see, there are so many choices. Do you opt for a hotel or a short stay apartment? Which part […]

French Short Stay Apartment

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Tips For Your First Visit To Paris

I’ll never forget our first visit to Paris. Although we’d travelled extensively within Australia, Scott and I had never left our home country together. And our joint international travel experience amounted to me visiting Singapore with my parents when I was 16 years old. We honestly had no idea what we doing. We didn’t understand […]


Where To Go Shopping In Paris

Do you want to know a secret? I rarely shop for clothing while I’m Paris.  I’ll occasionally pick up shoes, lingerie or accessories. But I just don’t find myself devoting time to shopping for clothes while I’m in the City of Light. This is despite the facts that I hold style qualifications and that Paris […]

Shopping In Paris

Solo travel in France

My Top Tips For Solo Travel In France

One of the great joys of travelling is the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself. It also gives you a sense of freedom and a chance to try something you might not try at home.  These moments of personal growth are multiplied when you choose to travel on your own. I was recently asked by […]


Beyond Paris

I absolutely love this time of year. Everything has a fresh feel to it, and the Australian summer days are tailor made for slowing down. For me, it is the perfect time of the year to make plans. And this year, I’ve been having a lovely time planning for September and October – the two […]

Beyond Paris

France and the Internet

France And The Internet – Tech Troubleshooting

This week, an email from a Distant Francophile reader prompted two things: A smile from me; and This blog post. So what was so compelling about this particular email? Well, it reminded me of the challenges travellers face when they try to book almost anything for their visit to France online.   Now, don’t get me […]


Planning A Trip To France

Someone asked me the other day about the things that light me up. Once upon a time I might have struggled to respond to that question. But these days the answer flows easily.  And while the list of the things I’m passionate gets longer all of the time, two items are consistently at the top […]

Planning a trip to France

Style and confidence Packing for France

Successfully Packing For France

  As I promised I would be, I’m continuing to ponder the stack of questions I’ve received recently from Distant Francophile readers. One query that I realised I’d better answer in a hurry was around the success – or otherwise – of my most recent vacation packing efforts. I was also asked to share the […]


The Very Best Of Nancy, France

When it comes to visiting France, do you consider yourself an independent traveller? If you happen to be reading this, there’s a strong chance you do. It’s also likely that you enjoy making your own bookings and plans, as well as doing your own trip research. And I’m almost certain your research often involves scouring […]

Nancy

Travelling soloing Paris

Travelling Solo In Paris

More than a few years ago now, I made my first solo visit to Paris. I learned a lot, about travelling alone and about myself. Later, I shared that initial experience over at My French Life™, along with my thoughts on why Paris is an excellent destination for solo female travellers. Nobody will be surprised to […]


More Tips For Travelling Stylishly

Well, our countdown is finally over and I’m writing this post as we travel to Europe, and our first stop, Prague. I promised regular readers that I would let you know the outcomes of my packing decisions, which I’m pleased to report were super easy after I’d sat with my Step Four questions for a […]

Travelling Stylishly