Some Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Hidden Fees

The cheapest flight or hotel price is not always the best deal. Most time the lowest prices for places come with quite a few hidden fees such as checked bags, resort or hotel fees, etc which could put you over budget.

Not Buying Travel Insurance

Many people opt out of buying even the most affordable travel insurance because they think that nothing will happen to them or overall, it is just not worth it. But, travel insurance can protect your luggage in case it is lost which happens more than you think. It can also pay for lost hotel reservations or even medical expenses you may endure.

Third-Party Discount Scams

Third party scammers typically push you to book using their services by tempting consumers with one-time only deals. Usually, these scammers take your money and do not follow through with services promised. One way to avoid this is to read the fine print and ask a lot of questions. Or just avoid third-party companies all together.

Currency Exchange Fee

Make sure to only go to credible currency exchange places and not some corner shop. Although

Free Vacation Offers

Scams on the internet and over the phone are extremely common, just remember that unless you enter some sort of credible sweepstakes there is no such thing as a free vacation in exchange for your credit card information. So, protect yourself from scammers as one of the red flags to look out for is a free vacation offer.

Famous Places in France

Some of the most famous places in France are in Paris!

1. La Tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exposition, is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist attractions in France.

It’s amazing to think that the Eiffel Tower was, for a time, seen as an eyesore and even ugly; it was almost knocked down in 1909.

2. Musée du Louvre
The Louvre museum, once a royal palace, is now one of the most well known art museums in the world, featuring paintings such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as spectacular artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael and, Botticelli.

3. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Next in line is the beautiful Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame, built from the around 1163 to 1345, visited by more than 12 million people a year, and one of the most famous french monuments.

4. Arc du Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe and magnificent Ave des Champs-Elysées, are spectacular to see. The Arc was commissioned by Napoloeon to commemorate the victories of his armies; the tomb of France’s Unknown Soldier lies here, and every evening a memorial flame is lit.

5. Versailles
If you can, try and visit the Palace of Versailles, built during the reign of Louis XIV – known as the Sun King (Roi Soleil) to display his wealth and power of the monarchy at that time. Versailles can be easily reached as a day trip from Paris. It is without question, absolutely spectacular, and one of the most dazzling things you will probably every see.

Holidays in South of France

France is divided into 27 administrative regions, many of which are household names due to the popularity of exploring everything the country has to offer. From Normandy and Brittany in the North, to Champagne in the east and the Pyrenees in the South, France is a country both varied and diverse. Family holidays in the south of France can be unique and exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly, France is a world-renowned centre for art and culture. Whether it’s fashion, art or literature, France has led the world through its development of culture and art which is ever-present in the big cities, but also beautifully distilled throughout the many small towns and hamlets. The south of France offers a number of excellent attractions for art lovers including numerous examples of Romanesque architecture.

If on the other hand you’re looking for a family holiday with a bit more action and adventure, then the south of France has plenty to fit the bill. With the Pyrenees mountains offering some of the best skiing in the world, and the west coast of France providing excellent fishing and watersports opportunities, one thing you can count on is not being bored during your stay. The west coast of France plays the role of regularly hosting many prestigious international sporting events including sport fishing tournaments as well as the highly anticipated ASP world surfing tour in Hossegor.

The south of France is also home to some excellent golf courses if you prefer to swing a club before retiring to the clubhouse in the afternoon. Why not finish the day off with a relaxing visit to one of the many superb vineyards in the area – or take a trip to Bordeaux itself, one of the wine capitals of the world. The historic city of Bordeaux is also interestingly a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its outstanding urban and architectural qualities.

Reasons to Visit France

Many of the reasons for visiting France in general, and Paris in particular, are ones that you already know. Friends and family who have traveled to France may have brought home stories that kindled your curiosity and your desire to visit for yourself. You have seen the pictures, and the movies. You have heard about the marvels of the Eiffel Tower, rising up like a giant erector set, with an elevator to take you to the top for views out over the Seine and the city. You know about the exceptional art museums, the Louvre and the Orsay, that house stunning collections within buildings that are themselves historic, architectural treasures, one a former palace and the other an elegant turn-of-the-century train station, built for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

Likely you also have heard about the food and the wine, and the supreme pleasures of dining well, optimally at an outdoor table, at charming restaurants that carefully attend to every detail of your experience. Perhaps you have heard about the beauty of the countryside, with drifts of lavender and towns on hillsides, immaculate farms and spectacular mountains and coasts. Certainly you’ve heard about the history and the architecture, the fashion and the style.

So what more can be said that would add to these and other motivations you already have in mind for making a visit to France? These five reasons are ones you may not have thought about, yet. Possibly they could tip the balance in favor of your taking your own trip, and hasten you on your way.

The French Are People You Will Love to Experience and Get to Know
Put aside what you may have heard about the French being unfriendly. This is simply not the case. However, the French are extremely polite, and have stricter and more formal social codes than Americans. This can make them come across as a bit aloof and distant. But it is possible to move past this apparent social wariness by knowing just a bit about how French communication and interaction works. When travelers approach them with equal courtesy, the French respond in kind with friendliness, warmth, curiosity and charm.

Even a minimal effort to speak the basics in French–hello and goodbye, please and thank you, excuse me and how are you–yields high levels of returns. And, yes, the French will attempt to speak English with you once you have broken the ice by attempting to speak even a little French with them. Experiences of connecting with the French can become lasting and treasured memories.

French Towns and Cities Are Themselves Living Museums and Living Art
A visit to France offers many opportunities to wander through outstanding museums. But notable remnants of French history are by no means limited to the museums. As you explore the streets of old town, walk through a park, visit a town market, or pass through the vast stone gates of a walled city, you will be surrounded by the life, history, architecture, and art of days gone by.

And what a vivid history it is. In Avignon, you will sit on a bench in the courtyard before the Pope’s Palace, where seven successive popes resided, beginning with a French Pope who declined to move to Rome, preferring to continue to live in France. In Arles you will walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh, and visit the actual spots, now marked by easels and depicted on a walking tour map, where the unbalanced genius stood to create his celebrated Starry Night and Café Terrace at Night.

In Amboise you will visit the elegant palace of Françoise I, and then walk across the street and up the hill to the lovely villa Françoise gave to his beloved friend, inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci, with a secret tunnel connecting the palace and the villa so the two of them could visit back and forth at will.