For a traveller backpacking is all about seeing as much as possible on a budget. While touring any country it is important to experience and absorb everything that interests you but that can’t be possible without spending a particular amount, so you need to smart while booking your flight tickets, searching an accommodation and spending on various activities.
You need to save those Euros to be spent on precious experiences rather than on materialistic luxury. Being little clever and trying few smart ways like a savvy spender, you can save a lot. Here are few tips how you can be a smart backpacker in Paris.
Get Your Metro Pass
You can save money right after arriving at Gare du Nord by opting for a 1, 2, 3 and 5-day pass as per your requirement. Usually if you don’t do so it can a daunting experience for you if you are visiting Paris for the first time. Knowing which ticket to get is not an easy task and being in hurry many backpackers tend to buy a single ticket straight to their destination while figuring out the rest of the journey cost later. But, purchase passes, which cover either zones 1-3 (excellent for central Paris) or zones 1-6 (if you want to visit Versailles, the airports, or Disneyland).
Understand and work out which pass or passes you need before you arrive. This way you’ll surely avoid over spending and get hold of the only pass you need.
Big Lunch and Small accommodation
When eating out, always opt for a good lunch than dinner, since dinners are quite expensive in Parisian restaurants as compared to lunches. You can choose from some set menu lunches and then eat a lighter dinner. Ask for plain tap water rather than paying for a bottle.
Staying is hotel is very expensive in Paris, hence it is good option to look for a flatshare or holiday rental serviced apartments. For backpackers staying in these rental units will surely cut down on travel budget since we spend a huge chunk of our travel budget on accommodation than anything else. Thesquare.re is great way to look for rented serviced apartments in Paris neighbourhoods like Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Marais, Montmartre, Opera and Saint-Germain.
Time Your Visit Well
Plan your visit to Paris early and try to make on the first Sunday of the week if you are keen on exploring popular sites at extremely lower cost. First Sunday is the golden opportunity to see all the major Museums and other attractions at free of cost. Some of the sights where you will enjoy various arts for free are the Centre Pompidou, , Musee D’Orsay, Rodin Museum, and even the most visited Louvre. If you want a free entry to Louvre, visit the Museum on Friday nights ( free for aged 25 and younger.)
If you are touring Paris in between the month of October and March, this first Sunday deal will also include free visit to the Towers of the Notre Dame, and the Pantheon.
So, fix your visit well, start the day early and you can save a bundle.
Let the Paris Greeters Guide You
To see a different side of Paris, making Paris Greeters your tour guide will be more authentic as compared to looking for a guide at any of the major tourist sites. These volunteers will offer a free walking tour of picturesque Paris, which is difficult to tour otherwise. Paris Greeters are so passionate about their city that they won’t charge anything for their service. They like to meet new people and share their love for Paris and knowledge of intimate Paris secrets absolutely free of cost.
About the Author-
I am Krishna, a traveller by heart and blogger by profession. I like to dream, meet new people, explore places and share my experiences. Currently, I am working with London-based travel company-thesqua.re that offers premium serviced apartments on rent to business and leisure travellers. The company has its presence in cities like London, Paris and New York.