It's that time again: Valentine's Day is coming! I’m sure some of you are racking your brains still for things to buy your Sweetheart. If you had a plan and are totally prepared, why not start thinking about a romantic getaway later in the year or even as an anniversary, birthday or next Valentine’s Day “Wow” vacation? I’m talking, of course, about the most romantic city in the world:
. While others may disagree with this title, I think more people than not still want to travel to Paris to see what they’ve been missing all this time. From the sidewalk cafes to Notre Dame, France is really a magical city. There’s so much to see and do that even if you don’t find it extremely romantic, you will find it extremely tourist friendly, with something to see or do around every corner. Paris
It’s pretty easy to get around town on public transportation. While it’s not as easy as it is in
and other big cities, mostly just because there aren’t as many stops, it’s still a great way to get from one place to another and also get your walking and exercise in once you arrive at your destination. London is a wonderful walking city. With everything to see, you won’t even realize how many miles you’ve put on your walking shoes…until you finally decide to sit down and get lunch somewhere. If you don’t invest in a Paris , get yourself a daily or weekly Metro pass. It will save you money from buying each pass individually and make it much easier to keep track of. Paris Pass
- TopTable.com: Not only can you make reservations online with TopTable, but you can see diner reviews, menus, get big discounts and accrue points for each reservation you complete to earn your way to a free dining certificate. Even if you’re already in the city and want to have lunch in an hour, make your reservation just to get the points credited to your account when you check in.
- Groupon: Sign up for this deal-a-day site and get emails each day with the new deal. It can be entertainment, dining, personal services, shopping or more. The point is, there is plenty that Groupon has to offer that might be relevant and useful to your trip. Many of the selections are 50% off, so already that’s a significant saving on one aspect of your travel day.
- KGB Deals: Another great deal-a-day site like Groupon. I've seen many great deals for dining in Paris.
So, you didn’t already plan a getaway or buy a gift and you can’t put together a trip to
in two weeks? What’s that? You’re not made of money? Don’t worry. Most of us aren’t, which is why this blog exists. So, for those of you that need a little help to stretch your dollars further, I'll be posting deals on Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks and on Saturday, I'll have a great blog post on last-minute getaways that are both affordable and romantic. You can even bring your kids...if you have to. Paris
In the meantime, check out the 10 best budget boutique hotels in Paris from MrandMrsSmith and GlobalGrasshopper's list of 10 best budget hotels in Paris. I totally want to stay in all of these and the rates are super reasonable. I'll definitely be looking into which one works best for us when we get down to seriously planning our trip for fall.