Tips for Traveling to Paris – Part 1

 

I have to admit that six years ago when I made my first trip to Europe, I came to Paris reluctantly.  I had heard it wasn’t friendly for Americans and I just wasn’t excited to visit.  I couldn’t have been more WRONG!  Here are some tips for traveling to Paris – but I think the info applies to any trip you take!

  1. Plan, plan, plan! Being a Travel Professional, I have access to thousands of great opportunities out there to get YOU to the destinations you want to visit!  In fact, I have had a couple of clients take advantage of great deals through one of my favorite vendors for 6 nights in Italy or Paris/Barcelona.  Hotel, round trip airfare and breakfast included for the bargain deal of approximately $800 per person.  YES – you read that right!  Want to know the catch?  It’s winter travel.  Guess what?  It’s winter at home….but the Notre Dame won’t come visit you!

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9.  If you do your own planning, search everywhere and start early – our flights on Norwegian Air cost us a TOTAL for direct, round trip flights between Boston to Charles de Gaulle, $670 TOTAL for both of us!!!! That included us paying for a bag to go under the plane!  It’s not a scam.  Pack a backpack and go for it!!!

8.   Pack light – Packing is always a challenge.  I actually start packing a month ahead of time by slowly collecting things in my bedroom that I don’t want to forget.  They start a hill of random items on my window seat and I slowly weed out the things I really don’t “need” and keep the things I can’t live without.

7.  Packing for Paris – For this trip, since we were traveling on a low-cost airline (Norwegian Air), we had to be overly aware of our luggage. With the lowest fare, we each got a carry on (like a backpack or small rolling suitcase) and a personal item (like a small purse) – both items not to exceed 10 kilograms (22 pounds).  I brought 3 pairs of leggings, 3 tunics, something to sleep in and my unmentionables plus the clothes on my back.  One of the tickets we purchased was the slightly upgraded fare and for that we got a piece of luggage to stow under the plane.  Low cost airlines are FABULOUS – but read the fine print!  Seriously!!!

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6.  Where to stay? If you don’t know, ask a professional (ME) or someone who has been – Paris is HUGE!  And there are definitely better places to stay than others.  Our AirBnB was in Saint Germain-du-Pres – an awesome location with a lot of street life and close to EVERYTHING!  Our AirBnB was around $150 per night (others were less expensive but we loved the location and wanted a place with its own washer and dryer).  There was a gorgeous hotel right across the street for about $150 per night if staying in someone’s apartment isn’t your style.  You can find deals, too – like getting a package price from a Travel Professional (ME).  Just ask!  I’ll give it to you straight!

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Up next, Part 2!  Don’t go too far!

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