There is no doubt that France is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. It has everything from the beautiful streets of Paris to the lush and green wine region, the glamorous beaches, the snowy Alps, Disneyland and much, much more. France is also a great destination for travel for older people in particular, with all kinds of great discounts and savings opportunities throughout the country. These are our best tips for seniors traveling in France.
Save on train travel. France has one of the largest railway networks in Europe: it can reach from almost anywhere in the country to almost any other place. The Senior Carte of the SNCF (French state rail company) gives people over 60 years of age discounts of 25-50% on all train trips, even if you don't book in advance, for a whole year. The card also offers a 30% discount on train travel in 22 other European countries. Better yet, save more if you book and pay for your train pass before leaving your home country.
See all the great museums. Many of France's many museums and monuments will offer a discount for older travelers, in some cases up to 40%. Some sites start the discount at age 65, but if you are over 60, always remember to ask just in case, and bring your passport or other identification in case you are asked to prove your age. The Louvre has a special special ticket of € 6 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. at 9:45 p.m.
Bring a phrase book. While most of the tourist sites, restaurants and hotels around Paris will have English-speaking staff, if you venture further in France, you may encounter some difficulties. But between a few basic French phrases of yours and at least some English language skills by the local person, you should be able to get by. I lived in regional France for a period and love Australians. Before saying anything, he spoke in French "I'm sorry, I'm from Australia, I don't speak French." Learn to say this in French: they will love you for it.
Exchange houses You may not have much press, but smart travelers have been saving tons of money by changing their home for one at their destination for decades. HomeExchange.com It has 29,000 homes worldwide, including France. You never know, you could end up with a castle in Bordeaux for a song!
Watch the world go by. One of the favorite activities of the French is to sit outside a cafe and discuss the affairs of the day while having a coffee. Try it yourself and you will be sure to get an excellent taste of the local atmosphere no matter where you visit France. This is one of my favorite activities. Choose a place frequented by the locals and it will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Fly through France at a low price. Air France offers seniors a 10% discount on internal flights throughout the country. The airline also offers a 10% discount to people over 62 on selected international flights; Be sure to ask when you book.
Stay safe. Users of the popular Tripadvisor website recently voted Paris as the fifth most common pickpocket city in the world, so look at their valuables in the City of Lights; unfortunately I can attest to this