Dividing time between London and Paris

Dividing time between London and Paris

In the wake of Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada, we thought we’d take a look at the lives of those who split their time between two countries

We spoke to Harry Pringle, the Head of UK Development at The Curiosity Collective, and a part-time resident of both London and Paris, to learn more about the benefits and challenges of dividing time between two countries.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you are dividing your time between two countries

“The company I work for hosts Airbnb experiences for tourists in Paris and has recently expanded into the UK. As a result, I moved back to the UK in November 2019 and have been dividing my time between the two countries ever since.

In a typical month, I’ll spend one week working in France and three weeks working in the UK. While this can vary due to client meetings and other commitments, I try to stick to this routine to provide some stability to my life.”

 

What are the benefits of splitting your time between two countries?

“The move has been very beneficial for me professionally, allowing me to help my business double the market share of potential clients with the addition of London to our locations.  

On a personal level, I also find I get to enjoy the best of both worlds in terms of what London and Paris have to offer. I still have many friends in Paris, which makes the regular trips back enjoyable, while I’m always happy to return to French cuisine and the Parisian nightlife every month.”

 

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced?

“While some people may think I have a really cool job, the constant moving back and forth can become quite tiring at times. Quite often, I’d prefer to stay in one place a bit longer and put some roots down.

Another challenge of the move is that Brexit has constantly been at the back of my mind and posing uncertainty for both my professional and personal circumstances.”  

 

How easy has it been to manage your finances between both countries? 

“As things stand, I’m currently paid my salary in euros to my French bank account. While this means I can make my monthly payments for accommodation in Paris, I also need to make regular overseas payments to my UK account.

This is made more difficult by the uncertainty regarding Brexit and the fluctuating exchange rates. As a result, the value of my salary when converted to pounds is unpredictable and can change each month.”

 

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