A budget Guide to Your Paris Vacation

Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world.  It is on almost every bucket list as a travel destination, however, the price tag is often too much for many travelers.  Here are a few tips that will help make your Paris vacation a reality. 

Eiffel TowerCredit: Taking on previous trip

Bring your own wine and snacks to the Eiffel Tower

The most iconic part of Paris is probably the Eiffel Tower.  The way that it sparkles at the top of the hour in the evening is absolutely breathtaking.  However, to eat dinner at one of the local restaurants in the viewing area, you can expect to be shelling out quite a bit of cash.  Cut these cost by stopping at a local food store on your way over and picking up a bite to eat along with a bottle of wine and have your own romantic picnic nearby.  Not only will you be saving tons of money, but this will probably be one of the highlights of your trip!

Free Hotel

Consider signing up for a hotel-branded credit card that gives you a sign up bonus that would give you a free luxurious hotel on your vacation.  All you have to do is meet a minimum spending requirement that can easily be met by shifting you daily spending (think groceries, entertainment...) to the new credit card until you hit the spending amount and get your free hotel nights.  An example card would be the Club Carlson Credit Card, which gives you multiple options of high-end hotels in Paris.  

Free Flights

Just like the hotels, there are hotel-branded credit cards.  Just meet the minimum spend and you receive miles to use in booking your flight.  Some examples would be American or United.  Flights are often a very expensive part of an overseas vacation, so this could save you lots of money!  Of course, apply for a credit card that is for an airline that departs out of your local airport if you don't want to add in extra travel.  

Just Walk

There is so much to see in Paris.  The museum hold so much beauty, however, if your budget doesn't allow you to be paying for lots of extras, then consider just walking around and looking at all the buildings.  The architecture is absolutely breathtaking!

 Just because Paris is one of the top travel destinations doesn't mean that it has to cost you an arm and a leg to have an enjoyable vacation.  Use these tips and that dream trip of yours can become a reality!