As the months, get warmer and the days go longer, ones thoughts turn towards summer vacation. And just because one is on a budget, doesn’t mean that one cannot enjoy the city of lights – Paris, France. Read below for ideas on visiting Paris while sticking to your budget.
A really good book guide to France has been created by Let’s Go. Their guide “Let’s Go France: On a Budget is filled with wonderful tips on saving money in France while still enjoying all the city has to offer. Especially helpful is their list of the top ten ways to save money in France. Purchasing food at open air markets rather than in restaurants, renting a bicycle rather than a scooter, using coupons that are available in weekly newspapers and taking advantage of free admission to museums and other sites of interest are some ways that Let’s go suggest to maintain a budget.
There are also several great websites that share ideas for those interested in a summer visit to Paris, France while maintaining a budget. Transitions abroad has wonderful tips such as traveling to France during the tourist off season. Not only will you encounter lower prices, but also will have more contact with Parisians. This website also provides a link to Gites de France, which provides information on beds and breakfasts and rural farmhouses that can be booked to provide relatively inexpensive lodging for individuals staying in France. When dining in France, as stated earlier, purchasing food from a local market and perhaps having a picnic can be an excellent way to save some cash.
While in France, one must take in the sights and sounds of the city, while visiting popular attractions. The Louvre, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is free on Sunday, but arrive early or prepare for a long wait to enter. If you plan to visit multiple museums, it might be worth it to investigate the Paris Museum Pass. The Paris Museum pass offers access to the permanent collections of approximately 60 museums. Other popular inexpensive Paris attractions include the Notre Dame cathedral (which is free to enter) and taking a stroll along the Seine River. For those interested in visiting many other different attractions such as the arc de triumph and the Paris opera house the Paris Pass would be of interest.
Another source for information regarding accommodations for those planning a summer trip to France while on a budget is aol.com. This article lists several hotels, such as the Grand Hôtel Nouvel Opera and The Altona Hotel. The Grand Hotel is located within walking distance of the Bastille and offers continential breakfast for its guests. The Altona Hotel is simply and brightly decorated and rooms come with satelite tv. At the time this article was written, the price for a single room was 65 euros (approximately $84) per night.
The resources in this article, should provide a good foundation for planning a summer vacation to Paris, France while not breaking your budget.