Now that the crisp frosty mornings and dark winter evenings have started to arrive, I can’t help but daydream about escaping on our first adventure next year when Spring rolls around again. It’s this time of year that I start to feel that post-summer slump. I miss the light nights and warm weather, which is why planning your Spring budget holiday is the best way to beat the wintery blues.
I know that these next couple of months are the most expensive of the year, with all the presents, tasty treats and numerous parties to pay for, but there are ways to escape on an adventure early next year without dipping into the Christmas fund! Here are my 3 key hacks for getting your planning underway for a budget friendly getaway – and why Paris is perfect for the purse strings!
Pick Short Distance Destination
The best way to plan your first budget trip in the Spring is to pick a short-haul destination, so that you spend less time travelling and more time exploring. The less distance you travel, the less money you will need to spend on flights, trains or fuel. Paris is a great destination for a quick city break from the UK – it is so close that we are spoilt with many travel options to suit different budgets. Flight, ferry, train – you can choose to suit you!
Select Great Value Accommodation
Planning out your budget is really important so that you don’t overspend. Carefully selecting your accommodation will ensure that you enjoy your getaway without breaking your bank account. Select reasonably priced accommodation options such as the camping parcs in Paris. If you’re on a tight budget, you can take all your own equipment and camp in the beautiful parcs at a great value price. For a little more luxury, try one of the wooden villa lodges which come equipped with fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms so you will be sure to get a good night’s sleep! There really is something to suit everyone and every budget.
Find Fun Free Activities
There is so much to see and do in Paris for free. You can fully immerse yourself in French culture and enjoy what the city has to offer without forking out on expensive tours. Many of the museums in Paris are completely free, such as the Musee d’Art Moderne de Ville de Paris, where you can get lost amongst modern and contemporary art. If architecture is more your thing, why not visit the Basilique du Sacre Coeur, a breath-taking white marble church in the Montmartre district. I would also highly recommend taking a stroll in the fresh air by visiting the Jardin des Tuileries, a picturesque park filled with sculptures and fountains.