France remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The reasons are obvious. From the bustling city of Paris to the French Riviera beaches, and French Alps, this beautiful country has so much to offer. Be sure and explore the castles in the Loire Valley and sip some wine in the countryside. Some people choose to visit one or two highlights in the region before continuing on to the rest of their European tour. Others spend a month or more in this country, soaking up everything it has to offer, from its small towns to its world renowned cuisine.
Because of its popularity, the price of travel here can be high, but there are some great tricks to help you save money. If you're on a particularly tight budget, couchsurfing can be an excellent opportunity. Particularly in the larger cities you'll find plenty of opportunities for couchsurfing. Many hosts speak English and they're often eager and willing to show you around. You can also save a lot of money by shopping at local markets and picking up local produce and cheese or bread. This will help you enjoy a great picnic of local specialties without the high cost of eating out. Dinner in particular can be quite expensive at restaurants. Consider eating a nice meal out at lunch and preparing your own dinner. Many restaurants has specials at lunch and you can enjoy a three course meal for a fraction of the cost that you would pay at dinner time. French food is acclaimed the world over with good reason. Taste the fresh cheeses and fruits. Settle down to a rich meal with a glass of wine, and don't miss the decadent desserts. If you plan ahead you can experience it all for far less money than you would expect.
Both transportation and hotels in the area can be expensive. It's best to book ahead at by at least several weeks. Prices go up with time and you may find yourself paying almost twice as much for train tickets on the day of your trip. While this doesn't allow you the flexibility you may desire, it is generally well worth the money savings.
This structure was built around 19 BC and is representative of Roman architecture. It was originallydesigned to carry water between Nimes and Uzes.
Probably the most famous French sight, the Eiffel Tower was originally built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition in commemoration of the centennial of the French Revolution. Today it sees thousands of visitors every day, many of which make trip to the top for the views overlooking Paris.
This is an arrangement of large granite rocks dating back possibly as far as 4000 BC. While the meaning is not known today, it is thought that they may be religious in nature or relate to the astronomical calendar.
: This slow cooked French style stew is similar to a casserole. It is usually made with a meat and white bean sauce which have cooked long enough that the flavors have intertwined. It's a popular dinner dish, but it can also be found on occasion in restaurants during lunch time.
: This is a type of white pork sausage usually made with liver and heart parts and softened with milk. The sausages are usually prepared by either sauteing or grilling them.
: This is a smaller version of andouille sausage made with pork, onions and seasoning. It often has a very smoky and spicy flavor. While many forms of andouille sausage is found around the world, true andouillette is rarely found outside of France.
The Month of August
By backpackguru on Nov 18, 2011
When you're planning your vacation to France, remember that most French take off for the month of August for their own vacations. These means many of the smaller shops close up completely for the month. If it's a touristy place, things will likely stay open, but if you plan to step outside of the most popular destinations, this could pose a problem.
Mountain areas are most popular during two peak seasons. During the winter months they fill up with skiers, while in the summer months they cater to hikers and sightseers.
Holidays on budget in France - Cheap accomodation
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Accommodation
Search for a cheap accomodation, go for compromises!
Dont bother to search a lot just use Airbnb which offers the best cheapest accommodation options. This site allows you to rent a room or entire apartment cheaply. I love it as this is a cool alternative to the hotel. And on top of that, if you live in an apartment during your holidays rather than in a hotel, you get such a freedom in terms of cooking, using things, and feeling like at home. Obviously you loose on a service that the hotel offers you so you need to clean yourself 😉 but at least it is cleaning after you. But I also apprecite the fact you might still prefer the hotel, in this case go to the most comprehensive hotel search accomodation site which is booking.com. But lastly I have came across the very comprehensive hotel search engine which includes the 2 above and many more hotels providers, its called: Alltherooms. Check it out! If you need more info visit my shopaholicfromhome.com
Travelling in France on A budget
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in International Transportation
Find the deals and offers for traveling to France!
You can get to France by car, by air, by train and coach. Search for the latest deals and offers on each of the transport means. I tend to use: VoyagesSNCF and well known Eurostar. If you travel by car, you need to make sure your car insurence covers France, you need to check the road f ees and you are ready to go! If you come from England and crossing some sea…you need to check Eurotunnel which offers the fastest way! For coaches, check Eurolines, together with National Express, operate regular services within France.
Holidays in France Cheaper
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Local Transportation
Take a car.
It gives you freedom and more luggage storage! So either use yours or hire once you arrived to France by plane, train, coach it is always the best option to explore France rather then to be depended on the trains and coaches. It can also be an economical way of doing a holidays in the country when you travel with more people or even at least similar in the comparison to some very cheap public transport offers but it gives a lot of freedom indeed.
Save on eating out when on holidays in France
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Food
Organize your eating.
So what i learnt is that if you don’t plan in advance you might end out with spending too much money not needed. So what worked well for me is that I do the supermarket shopping, stuff the fridge in the place i rent and make simple and easy dinners on the evening, I pack food to the car for lunches and in this way I avoid wasting time on searching for a decent restaurant and paying for a service. Easy, yummy, healthy and on a budget!
Use Voucher Code Websites to get the best deals
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Living Expenses
Search for voucher codes and offers on the voucher code sites and local deals on the Groupon website, You can find discounts for shopping, restaurants, activities and entrance fees as well as hotels and transport.
Visit Tourism Offices When on Holidays
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Living Expenses
Visit the tourism offices to get your free maps, brochures and learn on where the FREE toilets are! For example ONLYLyon provides free toilets in the center of the city and its clean and good to use.
Save on souvenirs when having a holidays in France
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Souvenirs
Dont bother with getting souvenirs. Take loads of photos and then again dont bother with developing all the prints but create the Colorland Photobook which is a nice compact souvenir from your holidays.
Online Research Before Holidays in France
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015
Do online researches before going on holidays in France.
Firstly, check the reviews on Tripadviser which is the most compact place to find reliable recommendations for the places you want to visit Then go to the online tourism center and the town/monument website. Search for free maps, brochures and read the actualities. So you make sure everything what you want to do is open, if there are any FREE events to take part in. Explore online local blogs where you can learn small tips about the city and things to do for FREE there. For example I live in Lyon and I shared 25 Top Free Things You Can Do In Lyon: shopaholicfromhome.com/25-free-things-to-do-in-lyon/!
Have your insurance always with yourself when travelling
By jadorelyon on Sep 7, 2015 in Health Care
Make sure you are insured so you can sleep well and if anything happens you will not spend a lot of money and especially be able to get medical help.
What i noticed is that if you buy a one year cover it is always cheaper then getting insurance each time per trip and holidays, Consider BUPA for travel insurance. But also get yourself a FREE European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E11 form). You are then entitled to the free medical treatment in other EU countries. Its easy to use and very helpful when you need doctor abroad
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