- By John
- On Nov 8, 2018
- Travel Tips
Explore the town centers and local museums to get a real feel for small-town French culture and history. From big cities to small towns, beaches to countryside, museums, nightlife, and more, there is something for everyone in this chic European country.
Tips for a Family Vacation in France
France has some of the best weather around, but it’s important to be mindful of the powerful sun if you’re enjoying a beach holiday or the low temperatures if you’re up high in the mountains. Pack sunscreen to protect your kids from sunburns and skin damage while enjoying the warm, sandy beaches of the French Riviera. Don’t forget water toys, like snorkeling masks or flippers, if your little ones want to go exploring.
If heading to France in the winter, remember to pack warm clothing and lots of layers to keep your kids toasty for a day on the slopes. Bring your own ski equipment if you have it, or save yourself the hassle of lugging all that heavy stuff around by renting equipment when you arrive in the resort. You’ll also save on airline baggage fees.
If you want to keep your trip simple, consider booking into a holiday complex, where meals are provided and activities are planned to keep kids busy and entertained. You’ll find these dotted along the southern coast.
Shopping in France
For the best shopping on your trip to France, look no further than the capital of fashion. The wide boulevards of Paris are lined with domestic designer names like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. If glitz strikes your fancy and budget is no issue, browse along the Champs-Elysees.
For funky souvenirs and home décor, try St-Germain des Pres, where you’ll find Paris’s original department store designed by Gustave Eiffel himself, Haribo Museum. Bookworms should stick to the Latin quarter, and those in search of a good bargain should check out Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, a large flea market in the city’s northern end.