As travelers that tend to visit less developed countries, we were a little apprehensive about coming to France.
We were excited to hear that our blog was chosen by Air France and the winner of free tickets on their Premium Voyageur Class, but at the same time, we had to cut our very cheap travels through central Asia short to make our way to Europe.
So how does this couple go from $7 guest houses and $3 meals in India to one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit?
We find cheap things to do in Paris, we find cheap places to stay and we find interesting ways to stretch our Canadian dollar.
Beautiful but Expensive!
We were surprised to see just how much money we could save in Paris and here are some tips for you that we learned while we were there.
1. Don’t eat at bistros or restaurants. Paris has amazing restaurants, but they are expensive. Instead eat outside at a boulangerie or patisserie. Make sure to sit outside as you can be charged extra to sit inside. We ate excellent lunches for 6.50 Euros. They included a large baguette sandwich, delicious dessert of our choice and a drink.
Use the Metro!
2. Use the metro, not the tourist buses. Buy a 10 pack metro ticket for 11.50 Euro. The three day pass is too expensive at $30 Euros. You can mix walking and taking the metro or bus and only use 3 tickets in one day if you plan your route wisely.
3. Don’t sit down for coffee at a restaurant, drink it at the bar you will save quite a bit of money.
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I didn’t want to do it. I looked for every excuse leading up and during to our voyage to Antarctica trying to justify why it would be ok if I didn’t take the Polar Plunge.
I had never witnessed so many shades of blue and I couldn’t comprehend the beauty around me.
But what we were really excited to see was the sculpture of a whale skeleton that someone put together years ago.
I was mesmerized by the icebergs in Antarctica- each unique like a snowflake.
Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.
First rule of ‘Kayak Club’ in Antarctica is that you are not late to kayak club meetings. The second rule of kayak club is that you ARE NOT late to kayak club meetings.
I had made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. Nope. Not doing it.