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After having travelled to France so many times, I’ve accumulated many tips to save you time and money. Whether it’s your first time or 10th time in France I believe there are lots of things that you can learn from my (good and bad) experiences. They range from renting a home in France to deciding whether you should get the Paris Museum Pass. I also write about problems on the road—speeding tickets, toll roads, and roadside assistance— and how to deal with them.
To help you plan your next trip I’ve included:
- links to posts that will help you if it’s your first time to France
- advice and money-saving tips
- a link (Travel Map of Posts) that will take you to a Google Map with the locations of all the places where I’ve had unique experiences or seen interesting sites in France. Click on a city and it will pop up with a link to a post.
- links about accommodations: what kind of accommodations to consider and where to stay. That list only has places I’ve stayed at AND I recommend.
- a link to my Past Travel Itineraries, where you can see the places I visited, stayed, and ate at. The more recent trips have much more detail because, in 1978, my first trip, my journal wasn’t too detailed. They will provide you with the routes I took and some of my most favourite experiences.
- a link to a collection of posts that are about some unique sites to see in France
- a link to a collection of resources that can help with your trip-planning
Here are some of the most popular posts that provide advice and tips:
- 10 Dos and Don’ts In France
- 25 Tips For Women Travelling Alone In France
- Top 10 Helpful Hints
- 10 Costly And Embarrassing Travel Mistakes To Avoid In France
- Getting back some tax that you paid: VAT
- Encountering Debit And Credit Card Problems In France
- Before Heading To Paris: What To Plan In Advance
- Booking Tours Before You Travel
- Advice On Using The Paris Museum Pass
- Paris Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive
- Perfect Places To Picnic In Paris
- What To Expect When You Take A French Immersion Course In France
- Dealing With Toll Lanes In France
- Roadside Assistance: Renter Beware
- Benefits Of Leasing A Car
- Traffic And Speeding Tickets In France
- Your Options When There’s A Train Strike
- Travelling From Charles de Gaulle Airport To Paris: Cheaper Isn’t Better
- Heading Home From Paris: How To Make It Stress-free
- Hiking In The French Alps: What You Need To Know
- Winter (and Summer) Sales Seasons In France
- Ordering Steak Frites Like The French
- Ordering Snails In France (they’re not all garlic and butter)
- Ordering Bouillabaisse (Provencal fish stew)
- Websites and Apps For Travelling In France
- Types Of Accommodation To Consider
Booking.com and Expedia: are the companies I use for finding accommodations.
VRBO: is super for booking apartments and houses.
AutoEurope: is the only car rental supplier that I will use–with the best prices, and they will refund the difference if the price goes down.
Trainline: offers an easy way to book train tickets.
Get Your Guide and Viator: Both offer tours, city cards, tickets, airport pickups, and so many other things you’ll need at your destination.
Orange SIM Card-this is the company I use when I want a physical SIM card
Orange e-SIM and Airalo e-SIM-both companies offer e-SIMS and get great reviews
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