As someone who loves to travel, there’s always been one thing that I’ve wanted to do, and that is traveling solo.
[This is a guest post from my lovely friend Taylor of Imperfect Taylor who just went to Paris solo and fell head over heels in love!]
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I’ve been to a few different countries with family and friends, but never anywhere by myself. However, when I’d see other women traveling alone and having an amazing time, I knew I wanted to have a similar experience and challenge myself in that same way.
As I started looking for places to solo travel, one place kept popping up over and over again: Paris. I had a gut feeling that Paris would be a great place to travel solo for my very first time, and I’m happy to report that that gut feeling was right 🙂
I spent 7 days in Paris in October, and this is the itinerary that I followed when I was there. In this post, I will share where I stayed, how I navigated from place to place, and all of my favorite activities that I did and sites that I visited.
If you are thinking about traveling to Paris yourself, I can’t recommend it enough. As a 20-something, I was definitely a little nervous to go to a brand new-to-me country that I wasn’t familiar with and where I didn’t know anyone, but it turned out to be a great experience that I am so happy I did.
Here is my 7 day Paris itinerary. Feel free to follow it exactly as it’s laid out or switch it up to suit your interests. Regardless, I’m so excited for you and I know you are going to have the best time!
Taylor's 7 Day Paris Itinerary Summary
Welcome to Paris! On your first day, you might be a little tired from your travels, but don’t worry – the joys of being in the City of Light will wake you right up!
First thing’s first – a travel tip: if you flew into Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport and you’re thinking about how you’ll get from the airport to wherever you’re staying, you should see if the RER train has any convenient stops for you.
The RER train connects the Paris city center to surrounding suburbs. This is how I got from CDG airport to my hotel. As a solo traveler, I wasn’t too keen on taking a taxi or Uber by myself in a new-to-me country. I decided I’d feel more comfortable taking public transportation, personally, so the RER train seemed like a great option – and it was!
The train ride itself, from the airport to the stop closest to my hotel, cost a little over 10 euros. Once I got off the train, I had a 2-3 minute walk to my hotel. For me, taking the RER train from the airport to my hotel was a no-brainer!
Head to Your Hotel/Apartment/Airbnb
Once you arrive wherever you are staying, feel free to take some time to refresh and get settled.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Paris as a solo traveler, I highly recommend Hotel Le Lapin Blanc in the Latin Quarter (an area in the 5th and 6th arrondissements or districts of Paris). Hotel Le Lapin Blanc is where I stayed for the entirety of my trip to Paris, and I absolutely loved it.
I chose to stay at a hotel for my first solo travel trip because I wanted to stay somewhere that had a 24-hour concierge service. Knowing that there were people at the front desk that I could always go to for assistance if needed made me feel more at ease.
If you are still trying to figure out where you want to stay in Paris for your solo trip, I highly recommend this hotel.
Not only was Hotel Le Lapin Blanc super cute with very friendly hotel staff, but I felt very safe here, which was really important to me. They also had a decent hotel breakfast with lots of croissants and pastries that I frequented most mornings!
Hotel Le Lapin Blanc Address: 41 Bd Saint-Michel in the 5th arrondissement.
To learn more about what to do, eat, and see in the Latin Quarter, check out this local guide.
If you’re too early to check in…
If you’re staying in a hotel or Airbnb and you arrive before check-in time or before your room is ready, head to a nearby restaurant for a meal or for your first drink in Paris!
This happened to me, and thankfully, the hotel was more than happy to watch my bags for me so I didn’t have to continue to lug them around.
My hotel in the Latin Quarter was located near Place de la Sorbonne, which is a really pretty, small square with plenty of restaurants to choose from. I went here for my first meal in Paris.
It was raining, but I opted to sit outside under an awning to eat anyway. Something about Paris in the rain is so charming! And honestly, it was right about this time that I decided I loved Paris already.
Once you check in, head to your first Parisian cafe!
After checking in to your hotel, head to a cafe!
The cafes in Paris are all so unique but all so wonderful. I noticed pretty quickly that there are always a ton of chairs outside for people to sit when the weather is nice. Sitting outside of a cafe makes for great people-watching, too.
For my first Parisian cafe experience, I went to Le Choupinet which was a cafe that was just a few minutes' walk from my hotel in the Latin Quarter.
I ordered a cappuccino and journaled here for a little while which was super relaxing and enjoyable.
Before my trip, I had read that one of the best things about Paris is that you can really take your time in cafes and that you won’t feel any pressure to leave once you’re done eating (something that happens quite a bit in America, where I’m from).
I noticed this very quickly. I could spend however long I liked at the cafes and restaurants in Paris without feeling like I was being a burden!
Le Choupinet Address: 58 Bd Saint-Michel in the 6th arrondissement.
After journaling about how much I love Paris (lol) I went back to my hotel to refresh and get ready for dinner.
After regrouping, it’ll be time for dinner.
Another thing I really liked about staying at a hotel was that I could ask the hotel staff for recommendations on where to go and what to eat! As Paris locals, they always had the best places in mind. (And if you want to learn a little about dining etiquette in Paris, read up here.)
On Day 1, the hotel staff at Hotel Le Lapin Blanc recommended a restaurant just a short walk away called LouLou. I took their recommendation and ended up going here and enjoying a nice meal and a beer.
LouLou Address: 90 Bd Saint-Germain in the 5th arrondissement.
Once you’re done with dinner, you can explore a bit more or head back to wherever you are staying. You may be a little tired from your travels, so if you want to head back and get a good night’s sleep before your first full day then go right ahead!
Your second day involves a free walking tour, seeing the Eiffel Tower, a famous cafe, Notre Dame, and the Seine for the first time.
Free Walking Tour
The first thing you’ll do today is start off with a free walking tour.
Free walking tours are usually completely free, and then you just pay what you wish at the end! I’ll talk about the guided tour that I did with a company called Free Tours By Foot, but there are so many other tours out there with great reviews as well.
For my particular tour, I paid a $2.50 booking fee in advance. According to Free Tours By Foot, this fee is used to offset the costs of organizing the tours, including reservation system fees, city taxes, and other miscellaneous costs associated with doing business.
Free Tours By Foot had many different kinds of tours to choose from, but I chose their “Paris Landmarks Tour”. According to their website, the “Paris Landmarks Tour” was a good tour for people who had never been to Paris before and wanted to see the main sights and get a good feel for the layout of the city.
I met my tour guide outside the Orangerie Museum, along with 2 other solo travelers and one couple. The tour started at 10 AM and lasted about 90 minutes.
We saw various sights including the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde (a major public square with lots of history), the Ritz Paris, Ladurée (a very popular bakery specializing in macarons), Palais Garnier (a well-known opera house), and so much more.
The tour ended around lunchtime and we all went our separate ways after paying our tour guide. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Paris throughout the tour and talking to the various other tour members who were from all different parts of the world.
I highly recommend a free walking tour in Paris if you want to meet new people and learn a few new things.
After the walking tour, I wanted to spend a little more time at the Eiffel Tower! Of course, any trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without spending a good chunk of time here 🙂
At this point, I took the metro from Palais Garnier (the opera house) and made my way to the Eiffel Tower. If you want to do what I did, be sure to grab a croissant at one of the patisseries (French bakeries) on your way. That’ll make your journey a little more enjoyable (and delicious!).
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The Eiffel Tower was, of course, beautiful and there were many people walking around taking pictures. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hang out on the lawn by the Eiffel Tower because it was under construction. Nevertheless, spending time near the Eiffel Tower was awesome.
At this point, you’ve been exploring for many hours now, and you might want to go back to your place of stay to rest or refresh. When you’re ready, you’ll head to your next Parisian cafe 🙂
Cafe de Flore
After resting at the hotel, it’s time to eat! I asked the front desk at my hotel where I should eat, and they recommended Cafe de Flore, which is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris.
Cafe de Flore is known for the famous people who have visited it in the past, like Pablo Picasso. This coffeehouse was super crowded (and warning: a bit pricey!) but definitely worth going.
If you decide to go to Cafe de Flore, be sure to sit at a table outside or on the bottom floor of the cafe if you can. Cafe De Flore is located in a very upbeat part of the city, and it’s a great place for people-watching.
Cafe de Flore Address: 172 Bd Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Depending on whether or not you eat at Cafe de Flore and what you’d like to do with your time, you could now take the metro or walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a medieval Catholic cathedral located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.
I didn’t personally go inside Notre Dame, but it was certainly very beautiful from the outside. There were also a lot of people hanging out in front of it, and even some street performers, too.
Notre Dame was under construction when I visited, but still very beautiful nonetheless.
The Seine is the river that flows through Paris. It is the second-longest river in France, and you can’t miss it on a visit to Paris. Many art vendors line up along the Seine, too, and it is super interesting and fun to see what they have to offer.
Apéritifs (pre-dinner drinks)
Now’s the best time to stop by a Parisian cafe or restaurant and get yourself an aperitif, or a drink and/or appetizer before dinner.
I personally went to a restaurant called Patrol in the Latin Quarter that I absolutely loved. Truly, I went here so many times during my week in Paris for cappuccinos, cocktails, food, and dessert!
Patrol Address: 2 Pl. Edmond Rostand in the 6th arrondissement.
You will probably find a place that you’ll love to frequent, too!
After your aperitif, it’s time to find some dinner! The options for dinner are endless.
In my case, my hotel was located in the Latin Quarter, so I wandered around near my hotel before stumbling upon a restaurant called Thaiger that served Thai food. There are so many different types of cuisines in Paris that you can really find whatever you’re in the mood for.
Thaiger Address: 16 Rue de la Harpe in the 5th arrondissement.
Caveau De La Huchette
Do you like jazz music? If so, you will love Caveau De La Huchette! This place had great reviews, and since I love jazz music, I just knew I had to visit.
As a solo traveler, I was definitely a little hesitant to be walking around at night time, but I felt very safe navigating here on my own as this jazz club was in a very populated area in the Latin Quarter with lots of people around at all hours.
The doors to Caveau De La Huchette opened at 9 pm, but people were there as early as 8:30 standing in line! I got there at about 8:45 which ended up working out perfectly fine, but I’d definitely recommend getting there earlier if you can.
Tickets to the club were about 15 euros. Once you get inside, you will see a bar. If you’d like a drink during the jazz show, get one as soon as you walk in at the bar, because the jazz club itself is located downstairs and a bit far from the bar itself.
Once you get your drink, you’ll walk down a few stairs and eventually find the jazz club underground. It is a really cool venue, and as long as you get there early enough, you’ll be able to snag a great seat!
If you don’t get a good seat, don’t worry. There’s plenty to be seen and heard no matter where you’re sitting. Additionally, lots of people start dancing when the band starts playing, so if dancing is your thing, you can definitely do that, too!
Caveau De La Huchette Address: 5 Rue de la Huchette in the 5th arrondissement.
Your third day itinerary is all about the Louvre Museum and the Arc de Triomphe.
On Day 3 you will head to the Louvre! This is an amazing museum and so you should absolutely add this to your list! You might as well grab a cappuccino and a croissant on your way, too, because… why not!
Upon arriving at the Louvre, you’ll notice a lot of people taking pictures outside the museum itself.
There are various “blocks” located around the museum that you can stand on top of to get an awesome picture of yourself with the Louvre in the background. If you’re patient enough, you can even try to get a picture that looks like your finger is resting on the point at the top of the Louvre itself!
Before my trip, I made sure to get a skip-the-line ticket so that I had my ticket for the Louvre in advance. This was very convenient because I didn’t have to wait in any long lines at all when I arrived at my designated entry time.
Pro-tip: either print out your ticket in advance or take a screenshot of it while you have wifi. This way, you don’t have to rely on your internet service to bring it up when you need it.
You never know when your internet will be faulty (especially in crowded areas!) so avoid any trouble altogether and be prepared with your ticket in advance.
There is so much to see once you get inside the Louvre. When you get inside, make sure you grab a map. This will be super helpful in helping you find whatever you want to see inside the museum!
I personally walked around for a little while and then made my way to the Mona Lisa. There was a line to see this painting by Leonardo da Vinci, but it moved quickly. When you get to the front of the line, you can take a quick selfie with the Mona Lisa if you so choose.
Spend the next few hours or so wandering around the Louvre to see all of the wonderful pieces of art, from paintings to sculptures and everything in between. It will make for an interesting afternoon for sure.
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Arc de Triomphe
One of the most famous monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is a must-see as well, and this is where you’ll go next.
You’ve probably seen this monument many times before in TV shows or movies – it really is a Paris staple!
Another pro-tip: When you arrive at the Arc de Triomphe, you will notice that it is placed in the middle of a roundabout (where many streets converge) and you will see many people run across the roundabout and into oncoming traffic to get to the Arc de Triomphe. Please note that you do NOT have to cross the large street in this way to get to the Arc!
Instead, look for something that looks like an underground metro stop with signs for the Arc de Triomphe. When you find it, simply walk down the stairs, and this entryway will take you under the streets and back up to get you right in the center of the roundabout where the Arc de Triomphe is!
I had read many times that the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe is one of the best views in Paris (some say even better than the view at the top of the Eiffel Tower!), so I decided to go to the top.
I hadn’t planned to do this ahead of time (it was a game-time decision) so I didn’t have my tickets ready in advance. I do recommend getting your tickets in advance if you want to do that, though.
I didn’t wait in line too long (maybe about 25 minutes or so) but having your ticket in advance will save you that time!
Once you get your ticket, you will climb up a decent amount of stairs to get to the top, but it’s not too bad.
The view at the top was absolutely worth it, and you should totally get someone to take a picture of you at the top with the Eiffel Tower in the background!
After visiting the Louvre and the Arc De Triomphe you might be pretty tired (I know I was!) so I headed home to my hotel and rested a bit before heading out to dinner.
For dinner, I headed to a popular Italian restaurant called “Il Gigolo”. It had great reviews. Those same reviews mentioned the importance of making a reservation in advance so I made sure to do that.
This restaurant was another one that was close to my hotel making it very convenient. It was also delicious! I highly recommend this spot if you are craving some Italian food during your trip to Paris.
Il Gigolo Address: 11 Rue de la Huchette in the 5th arrondissement.
Day 4 is all about crepes, the Pantheon, Emily in Paris, and the Luxembourg Garden.
Crêpes for Breakfast
Have you had a Parisian crepe yet? If not, you have to try one!
I went to La Creperie and it was delicious! I ordered a Nutella crepe and a cappuccino. The service was great, and the decor within the restaurant was really nice, too. I highly recommend this spot if at this point in your trip, you haven’t yet had a classic crepe!
La Creperie Address: 12 Rue Soufflot in the 5th arrondissement.
On your fourth day, why not stop by the Pantheon? The Pantheon in Paris is where many writers, philosophers, and filmmakers have been buried.
I didn’t personally go inside, but now I’m wishing I had! Apparently, there is a really great view from the top, and of course, it’s jam-packed with history.
Tickets for the Pantheon are only about 12 euros for adults.
Emily in Paris Restaurant
Right next to the Pantheon, you will find the restaurant where a lot of scenes from the hit Netflix show Emily in Paris were filmed! In the show, the restaurant is called Chez Lavaux, but in reality, it is an Italian bistro called Terra Nera.
I didn’t eat here because I arrived hours before it was set to open for the day, but it has great reviews! If you want to eat lunch or dinner here, be sure to make a reservation well in advance. Emily in Paris has made this restaurant quite popular!
Terra Nera Address: 18 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques in the 5th arrondissement.
Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden)
After visiting or eating at Terra Nera, why not head over to the Luxembourg Garden?
The Luxembourg Palace, located in the same location, was constructed after the assassination of King Henry IV by his widow, Marie de Medici. The garden was constructed shortly thereafter.
Luxembourg Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris, stretching almost 60 acres wide. It is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and boasts various fountains, beautiful scenery, incredible landscaping, and those famous green chairs.
I highly recommend visiting this garden and seeing the Luxembourg Palace if you have the time!
Here is a great guide for what to see, do and eat in and around the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris’s 6th Arrondissement.
For dinner, you’ll head to one of the most popular restaurants in Paris right now, Pink Mamma. When I was researching where to eat in Paris, this restaurant came up again and again for its food and decor.
It is best to make a reservation for this restaurant because if not, you’ll be waiting in a very long line for a while. If you aren’t able to make a reservation in time, you can still get a seat (I did!). I probably waited in line for about 30-40 minutes.
Once you get inside, you’ll see why it has such great reviews. The atmosphere is cozy, with interesting decor and happy patrons galore. And the food is fantastic, too! I had a creamy ricotta pasta that I loved.
Everything at Pink Mamma is homemade. All Italian products that they use are imported from Italy, and anything else that they use is French. You can tell that Pink Mamma really values getting their ingredients from only these two places.
Pink Mamma Address: 20bis Rue de Douai in the 9th arrondissement.
Day 5 will be a little more flexible. This day is all about exploring and doing whatever it is that interests you!
Go for a run along the Seine
After eating breakfast at my hotel, I went for a long run along the Seine. This was a great way to get some exercise in, but also a great way to see so much of the city that I hadn’t noticed before.
While on my run, I saw so many little patisseries and, of course, all the art vendors once more.
I also saw the Eiffel Tower again in the distance which is always fun and ran by the Notre Dame Cathedral once more.
The sites of Paris, I don’t think, ever get old.
Holybelly 5 for Breakfast
My guide from my free walking tour recommended this lively restaurant for breakfast in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, so I knew I had to check it out.
Holybelly 5 is another restaurant with fabulous reviews and a really great vibe. The food was delicious! I got pancakes and a latte and I am so happy I ended up stopping here.
The music in the restaurant was also great (lots of hip-hop if you’re into that sort of thing), and their menu had pretty much any sort of breakfast food that your heart may desire.
Holybelly 5 Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix in the 10th arrondissement.
L'œil ouvert République (Art Shop)
After eating breakfast at Holybelly 5, I stumbled upon an art shop and decided to go inside. Let me tell you, I am so happy I did!
The entire art shop was filled with art by French artists and the prices of the art varied widely, which I appreciated! I got a beautiful piece of art (an Eiffel Tower made out of a map of metro stops) for about 47 euros.
When I was checking out, I noticed that a bakery across the street had a super long line. When I asked the woman at the art shop about it, she said that the line for that bakery was always out the door and down the street.
The name of the Bakery was Mamiche and it has great reviews. You should check out this bakery for a baguette if you are in the area!
L'œil ouvert République Address: 1 Rue Lucien Sampaix in the 10th arrondissement.
Mamiche Address: 45 Rue Condorcet in the 10th arrondissement.
Afterward, I headed over to the Champs-Élysées, a chic neighborhood known for upscale shops and lots of dining in the 8th arrondissement.
I personally went to the Boutique Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) which is the flagship store in Paris for Paris’ soccer team, Paris Saint-Germain. Here, I got my partner some gear since this is his favorite international soccer team!
If you like to eat and shop, you will love this area of Paris. Not only is the Arc De Triomphe in the distance, but you will find so many shops such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc.
The Champs-Élysées is known for its upscale shopping and it’s easy to see why!
What do you do at the end of the day when you’re too tired to go out to eat but you’re hungry? You get takeout cheesecake from your favorite restaurant, of course! 😛
I ordered takeout cheesecake from my favorite place right down the street from where I was staying (Patrol) and it’s safe to say that I had no regrets!
This was my last full day in Paris, so I wanted to make sure I checked off everything that was left on my to-do list! That involved the Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre.
So many people recommended Sacre Coeur to me, so I knew I had to check it out.
On Day 6, I went to the train station and hopped on a train to Sacre Coeur. Once I arrived at the closest metro station, it was a bit of an uphill walk that took about 10-15 minutes.
After the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur is the second highest point in Paris so it has an incredible view. According to ParisDigest.com, “Sacre Coeur is one of the most famous churches in France” and it attracts about “10 million tourists per year”.
I loved going here, seeing the view, and taking a ton of pictures. When I went, it was pretty crowded but not too overwhelming. I highly recommend visiting this monument. In fact, it was easily one of my favorite things that I did in Paris.
If you want to go inside the church, you can. It is free to enter.
Place du Tertre
Another great reason you should go to Sacre Coeur is that it’s a very short walk from Place du Tertre which is a beautiful square lined with active artists (painters, portraitists, etc.) and lots of little shops and restaurants.
This was also easily one of my favorite places in Paris, and I hope to get back here someday!
I was eating lunch at a little cafe in this square when a few artists came up to me to ask if they could draw a portrait of me. I said “no” a few times before thinking, “if someone comes up to me one last time, I’ll say ‘yes’”. Just a few moments later, someone did come up to me once more, and they drew a portrait of me in about 15 minutes while I sat there.
It was a little awkward at first, and certainly something only tourists do haha, but the portrait came out so well and I am so happy I was able to mark my first-ever solo trip to Paris in this way!
I am going to have this portrait forever and plan to frame it and hang it in my home soon! I highly recommend saying “yes” if someone asks to draw you while you are there.
It only cost me 30 euros and that’ll be a memento that I have for the rest of my life!
Last day and travel day!
On Day 7, I headed home. I took the RER train to the airport (a breeze!) and ended up stopping at a Pierre Hermé cafe for some macarons for my family before I left.
Pro tip: if you want to bring back some macarons to your family or friends, you can get them at the CDG airport if that’s the airport you plan to fly out of! That way, you don’t have to lug your macarons from the Paris city center to the airport with you, worrying about whether or not they’ll get smashed in the process!
When I got to the CDG airport, I looked back on the amazing time that I had in Paris. Going into this trip, I didn’t really have too many expectations. I just hoped I wouldn’t feel lonely, unsafe, or want to go home early. It’s safe to say that I didn’t feel any of those things and that I am so glad I chose Paris for my first-ever solo trip.
If you are planning to solo travel in Paris and you’re looking for some safety tips, check out this blog post that’s all about 18 safety tips that are sure to bring you peace of mind in the City of Light!
And if you need tips for your first trip to Paris, check out this post.
Other things to add to your itinerary in Paris
Here are a few other places and activities that I didn’t do but that you can absolutely add to your own 7-day Paris itinerary.
- Take a food tour: Get tickets to one of the many food tours that Paris has to offer to ensure you taste as much of the Parisian cuisine as possible!
- Moulin Rouge: Attend a world-famous cabaret in Paris.
- Musée D’Orsay: Visit this museum located near the Seine that holds the largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces in the world including the work of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
- Seine River Cruise: Take in the beauty of Paris from the Seine with a river cruise experience.
- Disneyland Paris: If you love Disney, this Disney park is only about 20 miles east of Paris.
- Tuileries Garden: A botanical garden located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
- Palace of Versailles: Before my trip to Paris, so many people recommended that I take a day trip to Versailles. Versailles is a former royal residence built by King Louis XIV. You can take a day trip to Versailles from Paris, and one way there is only about a 33-minute train ride.
- Sainte-Chapelle: A church/cathedral known for its 6,458 square feet of stained glass that illustrates 1,130 figures from the Bible.
- The Conciergerie: Right next to Sainte-Chapelle, this is a former prison where Marie Antoinette was once held.
- Enjoy the view of Paris from a rooftop bar: Another thing I wish I did that I didn’t get the chance to do! Enjoy the view of Paris with a drink in your hand from one of the many rooftop bars in the city.
- Musée Rodin: A museum dedicated to the work of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
- Paris Catacombs: Underground ossuaries that hold the remains of more than 6 million Parisians. It was opened to the public for visitation in the early 1800s.
- Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck: An observation deck that offers a panoramic, 360-degree view of Paris.
- Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann: If you like to shop, you should visit this 750,000-square-foot megastore containing hundreds of brands.
- See The Eiffel Tower sparkle at night: Something I wish I had done but never got around to doing! The Eiffel Tower sparkles beautifully at night and is something that you don’t want to miss!
- Pont Neuf: The oldest bridge in Paris.
As you can see, after one trip, Taylor is ADDICTED! She already has her wishlist for trip 2 going!
Taylor is a personal development blogger for women over at ImperfectTaylor.com, where she blogs about the topics of Mindset, Money, Health, and Career. Taylor lives in Jacksonville Beach, Florida with her partner David, chocolate lab Bogey, and loves to attend Orangetheory workout classes, visit coffee shops, and look for shark teeth at the beach when she’s not blogging!
I met Taylor when we were both working for the same company and we connected on our passion for blogging. True story, the day she was landing in Paris, I was taking off to return to the US after a one-month trip!
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How about you? What did you do differently on your first trip to Paris? If you stayed 7 days, what was your itinerary like? Have you ever been to Paris solo? Do tell!
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- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).