Paris, The City of Love
It’s been three years to the day that we got married, and Jeff and I wanted to share our Paris trip with you. We went on what we lovingly call a “pre-honeymoon” before we got married, because, why not!
While you might count Paris out because it’s seemingly too expensive, we were able to travel to Paris for eight nights for just under $1500 total. While we didn’t stay at a charming 5-star hotel, we did rent a fantastic Airbnb rental in one of my favorite arrondissements. Paris’ neighborhoods are broken down into arrondissements, and each one has a little different flair. The 6th, 3rd, and 4th arrondissement are my favs.
How to Afford Paris
To start, we used airline miles to fly there and saved on paying for bags. We got access to the Club Lounge with our Citi AAdvantage Credit Card, which was a nice perk. We negotiated with two different Airbnb rentals and ended up getting an apartment for 15% less than advertised, plus one free night. The total cost for our scrumptious apartment rental was 700 euros for eight nights.
We skipped many of the overpriced restaurants and opted for cute bistros with prix fixe menus. For breakfast, we found a local bakery that makes good jambon formage (ham and cheese) sandwiches, which cost us 6 euros total for both sandwiches. We splurged on a few outrageous dinners, and had to make a stop at my favorite steak frites restaurant, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte.
If you’re lucky enough to be there on the 1st Sunday of the month, you can get in free to many museums around Paris. That’s a huge saving on the wallet. Other than museums, just walking around and checking out the local culture is amusement enough.
On This Podcast Episode:
- Travel writer, Jeff Game, and I dish all things Paris and why it was the perfect spot for our honeymoon
- We talk about how we were able to afford Paris for under $1500
- Learn about some of our favorite places to visit
- Debunk the myth that Parisians are all “mean”
There’s been some bad news coming out of Paris this last year. I have to admit; the terrorist attacks can make you want to take it off your travel list. I urge you not to. It’s is a beautiful city, filled with so much wonder, that you must simply explore it. In my opinion, life is way too short to start second guessing adventures.
Get out there – explore – you can do it on any budget!
Paris song credit: Le Temps De L’Amour
Shannah Compton Game is a Money Wellness expert, host of the to-rated Millennial Money podcast, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER with an MBA. Millennial Money has over 15 million downloads in 164 countries. Shannah’s years of experience as a skilled Certified Financial Planner have set her on a mission to revolutionize how people think, act, and feel about their finances…and have some fun doing so.