Believe it or not, it is still possible to go on a cheap holiday to France, which is not the case with many other European countries. Of course it will take proper planning to be able to do this. At some of the hotels in France the price will be cheaper compared to hotels in the UK, and in other cases better quality hotels can be had for the same price. Part of the reason for this trend is because the Sterling has increased in value compared to the Euro. In fact if you do some research, it is possible to find some hotels that will cost as much as forty percent less, compared to what can be found in the UK or other European countries.
There are basically three different types of hotels in France used by budget travelers. They are the motel chains which are the cheapest, the bed and breakfast places known as “chambre d’hotel”, and the usual small hotels found around the country. The bed and breakfast establishments are not hotels in the traditional sense, but they offer great value for money. Most of them will either offer breakfast or dinner as part of the package and they are quite clean. Bed and breakfast hotels are good if you are planning on staying more than just a couple of days.
There are 3 different ways to travel to France and they are by air, train and ferry. Even though traveling by air and train has grown in popularity over the last few years, it is still quite popular and cheap to take a boat. If you haven’t considered taking the ferry to France, then it is definitely worth considering. What makes taking a ferry to France practical is that it is possible to take your car or van with you. As far as finding a good bargain on ferries, the best time is to book is away from the holiday season. The good news is that taking a ferry in many cases is actually cheaper compared to the alternatives.
Dover, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Folkstone and New Haven are the five major ports to catch a ferry to France. Ferries from Dover go to Calais and Dunkerque, from Portsmouth ferries go to Le Havre, Caen, and Cherbourg. From Plymouth you can catch a ferry to Roscoff.