Holidays in France: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid
France is an extremely poplar destination for holidaymakers from around the world and especially from the UK. The short journey by air, sea, rail and road means that plenty of British holidaymakers make their way to France each year. If you have recently booked a holiday in France, here are 5 mistakes to avoid.
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Contrary to Britain, in France people drive on the right hand side of the road. Driving on the left hand side is not merely a mistake it could prove fatal. While driving you should pay attention not only to which side is which but also to your speed as speeding tickets are required to be paid on the spot and tend to be expensive to deter speeders.
Paying too much for accommodation
French hotels are expensive. They are even more expensive if your party consists of many people, for example on a family holiday. There are a couple of tips that will help bring this cost down. Before placing a hotel booking always check the last minute ads even for hotel star rating that you previously considered as out of your budget. Additionally look at other types of accommodations such as cottages and villas in France as it is common for local people to rent holiday homes for tourists.
Using your mobile phone excessively
Traveling to France by rail and road may give the impression that you are close to home and while physically you might be, using your mobile phone and smart phone apps can be expensive. Either switch off roaming or get a plan from your service provider that makes using your mobile phone overseas affordable.
Forgetting about EHIC
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a must have piece of mind card to retain while traveling via the EU. Carrying one helps ensure you get the same level of government-funded health care that a citizen of that European country gets. The EHIC is free to all UK residents and if you already hold one check prior to your travels that it is still valid.
Exchanging money while in France
Strictly speaking you will probably get a better exchange rate back in the UK. There are so many offers nowadays from your local bank to the post office meaning that a good deal is around the corner. Exchanging foreign currency in a competitive rate could help you save a small fortune.
Guest article by Affair Travel. For more holiday tips read the Affair Travel blog.