Famed for its fashion, picturesque sidewalk cafes, beautiful white buildings, terrific food, and romance, Paris is one of the most visited Cities in Europe and the world. Millions of tourists visit the wonderful French capital every year to experience what it has to offer. Where other than taking a vacation in the City of Lights can you spend time wandering and discovering wonderful buildings, famous landmarks and monuments, unique shops, fashion, art, delicious food, architecture, and cutting edge design?
With so much to explore in the City of Lights, it can be quite challenging when it comes to planning a vacation trip to this vibrant city. Whether you’re coming here for the first time or you’re a seasoned visitor to the city, here are tips to help you plan for your Paris Vacation and make the most of it.
As soon as you arrive at the airport go ahead and exchange those dollars for euros. You’re going to need then when paying for transfer expenses, taxi fees, and tips. It’s often recommended to find an ATM machine just before you leave the airport. If possible, try to avoid Currency Exchange shops as the can very expensive. Consider using bank associated ATM machines as you travel and move around the city.
Beware of Pickpockets and Scams
Walking around the city, wandering, and getting lost is perhaps the best way to have fun and get to know the French Capital. In the event you get lost, simply hop on the Metro. However, when you get on the metro as well as tourist attractions nearby, you want to be cautious. Make sure your luggage or bag is not hanging on your back. Keep it in your hands. Most of the people in the city are harmless. It’s, however, important to note that begging is common here and you shouldn’t just go around helping everyone. Just keep an eye on your belongings as there are pickpockets around the city.
Eat like a Local
Unless you stick to the touristy hotels and restaurants, you’ll generally find better food prices where locals eat. Note that Paris is considered one of the culinary centers in Europe and the food prices in touristy areas can be very expensive. Most of the restaurants in the French Capital operate two strict services- at dinner from 7.30 pm to midnight and from midday to 2 pm. So don’t expect to find them open all day.
Buy your Touristy Tickets ahead of Time
While there are attractions that don’t really need prior planning, some which are a must-see such as the Eiffel Tower might require booking ahead of time. Who comes to the City of Lights and leaves without visiting the city’s most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower? Consider buying your Eiffel Tower tickets a couple of days if not weeks before your Paris vacation. That means you won’t have to wait in line for hours to get your ticket. You’ll go straight to the top.
Book your Hotel Early and go for a Room with a View
As mentioned, the French Capital is one of the most visited cities in the world which means accommodation in hotels in on demand. Hotels can get booked ahead of time. If you’re planning to visit during Christmas, New Year, around spring or summer, be sure to book your hotel early. Consider going for a room with a view so you can enjoy watching the sunset overlooking the city’s rooftops as you relax.