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How many times have we told ourselves we need a trip? Either being for the purpose of unwinding, or just to take advantage of those extra vacation days we refuse to waste at home. We share the idea with our friends and/or spouse, but it seems everybody is too busy, consequently impeding your desired jaunt. Even worse, urging you to put your plans on hold until they are possibly… maybe on board.
It is almost impossible to sync our plans to other people’s priorities, and sometimes even when you find yourself a travel buddy, is it really worth it? The trip becomes an endless compromise battle. You start ruling out that modern art museum, because your buddy thinks he could have painted half of the exhibitions. You ditch your escargot tasting plans due to your friend’s rigorous McDonald’s diet. Instead of killing the person in your imagination, how about traveling solo?
The mystification of traveling solo is long overdue! ‘But I am a woman…its dangerous!’ ‘I am going to get so lonely!’ or ‘ I will look like a loser sitting in bars and restaurants all by myself!’ These affirmations usually put many of great expeditions on standby if not in its complete oblivion.
It’s time to do it! Put your excuses aside, take a pen and paper and start tracing the first of many solo traveling experiences. It’s addictive! There is no better place to self- analyze all of your irrational fears and maybe low self-esteem than picnicking in the shadow of the Eiffel tower.
Paris: A romantic first time
Paris is one of the most beautiful and/or romantic places in the world. How many times have we heard this sentence? I am afraid as cliché as it may sound; it is just the plain truth. Although people connect the statement to a loving partner, traveling alone to Paris could be that twist to your experience. Being able to either find love or fall in love with this city is something that can be read in numerous blogs online. It is a safe bet!
Step 1: Booking and arrangements
It is an essential yet fun task, which should commence as soon as your tickets’ confirmation is sent to your e-mail. This is my personal favorite, to study the city, to find things that interest YOU, foods, drinks, places YOU would like to experience… For heaven‘s sake you are alone! You can do whatever you want, whenever you want! You can splurge on a luxurious hotel, or book that little charming one of your preference. You can spend a whole day at the Louvre, or sleep in and then go market hunting at 2 PM. Paris is your canvas!
When planning a solo trip, it is important to do your homework before embarking. Spending a few evenings researching addresses of landmarks and emergencies numbers. It will come very handy, especially if the WiFi in your hotel room is not as good as you anticipated.
Make a list of attractions, directions, numbers, and tips you can easily find online about the city. Even if you are not going to follow it religiously, it’s better to be over prepared and slack off than slacking off and being overwhelmed.
Booking a proper hotel is one of the most important tasks, but it is also a fun part of the process. You will book the one that best attends to your personal preferences. Take time, read reviews, choose consciously and from there on you can enjoy without a worry. We have a wide selection, pick one and be happy!
Step 2: Sightseeing: It is not as scary as you think
The best way to sight-see when travelling alone is in group tours. Pick interesting ones and strike a conversation with your fellow rubbernecks, you will be surprised at how they crave for a nice conversation or an exchange of picture taking. If you hit it off, it could even lead to an invitation to this great wine bar friends told them about.
There are also places where you can have an introspective expedition or just some me time. You decide when you spent enough time with Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Milon de Crotone or when it’s time for a café au lait break.
It is also a good idea to enroll yourself in culinary courses or group activities. These would be perfect ice breakers, and an opportunity to meet people from around the world as well as learning something local. You enjoy a nice meal, conversations, wine and laugh about your initial self-spelled loneliness curse.
Step 3: What mustn’t I see?
The real smart people are those who learn from other people’s mistakes. A nice idea would be to ask friends that have been to Paris to tell you places you should not waste your precious time on. This could be different for everyone, of course, but it comes very handy as you can spend your vacation doing only things that are worthwhile.
You are braver than you give yourself credit for. It is OK to feel lonely sometimes, to feel a bit scared sometimes, but the feeling of overcoming these feelings is something that will carry on for way longer than the date on your return ticket. Still in doubt? check many of the solo travelers’ blogs available online for inspiration, they will change your mind.
Pack your bags, put your brave face on and explore!
Don’t even think about leaving your kids at home when you visit Europe this season. While Paris may seem like an adult-oriented city at first glance, the “City of Lights” offers a plethora of activities for children of all ages. Take in one or more of the top kids attractions in the city or sign up for one of the organized children’s program that proliferate in Paris and let him explore on his own.
One of our primary motivations to travel is the chance to witness different cultures. If you’re more of a thrifty kind of traveler, you may delight in the chance to kill two birds with one stone. You don’t have to go to China to experience Chinese culture. Just follow our guide to the best Chinatowns around the world.
The city of light and love has so much to offer, it boggles the mind. Proposing at the Eiffel Tower, shopping on the Champs-Elysées, or enjoying some Haute Cuisine in a Seineside restaurant; Paris will keep you occupied for several lifetimes.
This alphabetical introduction, courtesy of Eva, is not enough to cover all of Paris’ beauty, but it will give you some insight and ideas for your next trip to France.
Arc de Triomphe
At the western end of the renowned Champs Elysées you’ll find one of Paris’ most famous monuments, the Arc de Triomphe. With its impressive 50m height, this arch is one of the largest in the world. Don’t risk your life crossing the Place Charles de Gaulle (one of the busiest roundabouts in Paris), but instead take the ‘passerelle’ tunnel to have a closer look at the inscriptions on the arch and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or to admire the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower and Grande Arche.
April marks the beginning of Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary celebrations. The park opened its doors twenty years ago on 12th April, then still called Euro Disneyland.
The French are proud of their cultural heritage – and they have something of a right to be. Paris is the second city in the world in numbers of museums and the range is wide; from art to literature, from science to history…even a hunting museum: nothing is too unusual for Parisians. Join us on a guided tour through a selection of Paris’ finest museums.
A vacation should be an experience that, from start to finish, is fun, exciting and special. Minibars and flat screen TVs just don’t turn me on anymore. I want to be wowed.
Luckily, I’m not alone. A number of hotels now offer a choice of unique designs and decor, ranging from romantically themed rooms to upside-down mirror suites. Some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Come with us on a tour of ten of the top theme hotels around the globe.
Comics Guesthouse, Rome
You might have scrimped together enough centimes to take yourself off to Paris, which is an impressive enough feat in itself. However, unless you’re Marty McFly or some other time-travelling wise guy, you’ve probably only seen the city in its present state. Not many of us can say we’ve played witness to the City of Light during the Dark Ages (see what I did there) or the Roman occupation, or through the French Revolution.
Here’s a chance to compare some of your favourite attractions as they look today alongside how they looked roughly one hundred years ago. Sometimes the changes over the past century are only slight; sometimes they are monumental. Our tireless investigator Sandrine has done her best to find perspectives that match as closely as possible in order to provide the best comparison. Hold on to your corset as you step back into the past with us.
Europe might be full of foreigners, small hotel rooms and questionable border security, but one thing it really does have going for it is the depth and breadth of history throughout the continent. Like tropical rainforest is for plant and animal species, Europe is an area of immense cultural richness.
What follows is an introduction to UNESCO-listed attractions in Europe. In this post I’ll concentrate on the most famous ones. However, it’s definitely worth looking beyond the obvious to uncover less well-known destinations.
Let’s move from west to east, so it will feel a bit like we’re travelling forward in time.
Some people like to patronise chain hotels because they offer a standard level of accommodation. It can be reassuring to know what level of service and facilities to expect when you stay in a Hilton or a Holiday Inn. Conversely, if you stray off the beaten path you’re forfeiting the kind of reassurance that comes with brand standards.
However, sometimes taking a risk can pay dividends. Take the following hotels, for example; if names are anything to go by, what kind of fun extras might they offer?