Travel Tips: France
PACKING for a holiday in rural France is easy. Whether you prefer camping or staying in a château this region is very casual with respect to attire. If you plan spending time on our rivers bring some good waterproof sandals or slippers and compliment these with some comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. Another tip: Pack some Ziploc bags in various sizes for stuff you want to protect as these are difficult to find here and will prove very handy if you’re kayaking or canoeing. Ahhh, c’est la vie en France!
YOUR STYLE is your own but be sure to check our weather link to see what temperatures you might experience. Generally, we’d suggest you think layers, don’t forget a good polar fleece and the rain jacket. There are large supermarkets throughout all major cities and rural areas of France so there will be no problems restocking sundries and other personal necessities during your stay.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT here is not expensive and you can eliminate the hassles of both transport and baggage costs by purchasing your gear locally. Our best outfitter superstore chain is: Decathlon.
LEAVE MOST THE CASH AT HOME it is becoming increasingly hard to exchange foreign currencies and travelers checks for Euros in French banks. You will need cash while here because many rural businesses don’t accept credit cards. We suggest you pull Euros out of ATM’s, as required, so don’t forget to bring your credit or debit cards’ PIN numbers with you.
DRIVERS LICENSE yours if valid works in France. There is no need for an International Drivers License.
MOBILE TELEPHONE is yours a tri-band or smart phone? Call your provider to find out if it will work in Europe then request the unlock code. Once in France you can easily purchase affordable pre-paid rechargeable ‘sim-cards’ at both major supermarket chains here: Carrefour and L’Leclerc. These cards are a perfect low cost solution for calls within France and start at: €15.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL? Is whenever you can escape! When asked… we suggest you try and avoid the peak summer holiday period which runs from the 3rd week in July through the last weekend in August. Outside that period, from spring into fall, you’ll enjoy having the rivers, villages and other rural attractions virtually to yourself and you’ll find the airfares much more favorable as well.