Paris will always be a good idea. For that reason, in spite of the fact that February is still part of the Winter Season, we decided to book our tickets and spend Valentine’s Day in the City of Lights and Romance. In my opinion, being in a place you’ve never been before will always have its challenges, even if it is as enchanting as Paris. Surpassing those challenges though is what makes it more exciting to travel.
For first-timers, here are some tips to help you save time, effort and money.
1. Plan ahead of time.
I am not a spontaneous person, never been a big fan of Just Do It. For me, it helps a lot if you are organized. If you are like me, make sure to plan in advance before you step your feet to the magical city of Paris. Have your itinerary ready and visit tourist attractions that are near to one another. It also helps to check the weather forecast so you’ll know what clothes to wear and what things to bring. Do your research. Know how far your hotel is to whichever place you want to visit and calculate the time it will take you to get there. In such a way, you can schedule your time and prioritize more important attractions to visit.
2. Book Tickets Online
If you plan to visit museums or explore the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, I advise you to book tickets online. Aside from the fact that it can be cheaper at times, booking tickets online mean you have a sure spot for the day you want to visit and you don’t have to waste time waiting in line buying tickets. Take note that Paris is touristy so there will always be a long queue for every major attraction. Even our bus tickets from Amsterdam to Paris and vice versa were all booked ahead of time.
3. Make Restaurant Reservations in Advance
Since we decided to visit Paris in February, we expected that most of the restaurants will be fully booked. It just feels so good to relax after a long and tiring day in a quiet restaurant with a romantic ambiance rather than waiting in line for other people to finish their meal. For the record, our Champagne was on the house! Lovely!
4. Learn Basic French
I would say this was one of the things I did not do which I recommend you to do if you are going to Paris. Thankfully, Miki did the research. Although some may speak English, it is still vital to learn a few basic phrases in French. Their native language is not that easy to learn but isn’t it fun to study a new language?
5. Start Early
The early bird gets the worm. Being punctual is an advantage. If you want to get a picture of the Eiffel Tower without photo bombers, rise from bed early because once the sun is up, famous places will get crowded. The lines for museum entrance will get longer and longer as the day goes by. Aim to be one of the earliest so you will have more time to spend and you will not be in a hurry to leave the place. For us, because we have chosen the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus tour, being punctual means we get to choose the best seats and we get to see all the attractions we wanted to explore.
As you can see, we enjoyed our first trip to Paris and we cannot wait to visit it again. Hope this article has been helpful to you and come back to share tips as well after your trip to the City of Love.