If you do some planning, it’s quite easy to have a luxurious French holiday on a low budget.
5 ways to save money on holidays to France
1. Shop around to find good deals
Hotels often have deals available on their own websites, however, you can often find better prices when you use different sites, so always shop around.
Booking.com is a useful site to try for good prices plus they sometimes have added bonuses too, such as being able to cancel your reservation for free very close up until the day you’re staying.
You can find some great value budget hotels that don’t feel like they’re a cheap hotel at all such as the Mercure Lille Metropole Hotel.
You can sometimes find great value deals for luxury hotels in France on Secret Escapes too – sometimes they do packages with added extras included such as free breakfast, complementary gifts and free use of spa facilities. You can often find deals on there that include Eurostar travel, so that’s worth bearing in mind if that is how you would like to travel.
2. Stay at both budget and luxury hotels
If you’re planning on visiting a few different places in France and you want to watch how much you spend but you also want to enjoy some luxury, mixing budget and luxury stays is a great idea.
Perhaps when you’re visiting cities, book cheap budget hotels – when you’re visiting a busy area where there is lots to do and see, it’s often the case that you’re going to only be sleeping in the hotel, so it makes sense to book somewhere cheap.
It makes a really nice mix to stay in some cheap hotels to keep to a lower budget, with a luxury stay to look forward to later in the week. This way, you’re still indulging in some luxury but keeping your overall spend for the holiday down.
3. Travel for free on the Eurotunnel or ferry
If you have a Tesco Clubcard, you can save up your vouchers and use them to pay for Eurotunnel tickets, or for the ferry. Tesco vouchers are currently worth triple the value for these partners, so vouchers can go a long way. It’s an easy way to get free or very cheap travel to and from France.
4. Find the free attractions
There are plenty of free things you can do in France. A good tip is to search on TripAdvisor for things to do in the area you’re looking to visit. By doing this, you can find good ideas of what attractions you can visit for free, plus helpful information from other visitors about the sights and activities. There are so many free parks and gardens to visit, cathedrals and monuments and much more.
Planning your visit to coincide with free admission dates provides another way to have free days out. Throughout France, there are many tourist attractions you can visit for free on the first Sunday of the month. An example of this is the Chateau de Fontainebleau, which is usually costs 11 Euros per person to visit.
5. Have a picnic
France is renowned for it’s plentiful fresh bread, delicious cheese and wonderful cakes. Instead of going out for lunch every day, having a picnic is a great way to save some money. So much of France is picturesque and green that it’s often easy to find scenic places to sit and have some lunch.
The grounds of beautiful attractions like Pierrefonds chateau make perfect spots – you don’t get a backdrop quite like that for a lunch date very often!