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Seven Tips for Saving Money When Renting a Vacation Apartment in Paris

Jun 28, 2008
According to "Visit Paris Research," more than 80 million tourists visited Paris in 2006. Of those tourists, 17 million visited during the months of October through December, which is considered the "peak" season. In other words, sleeping accommodations cost considerably more.

Tip #1: One of the easiest ways to save money when renting a vacation apartmentin Paris is to rent during the off-season. Paris's off-season falls between May and October, while the peak season falls between November and April. Although temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months, the gentle ocean breezes and close proximity to the water can help you stay cool. If you can stand the heat and humidity, you can save yourself a nice chunk of change.

Tip #2: Vacation with friends and share the expenses. Many Paris vacation apartmentrentals accommodate up to 10 or more people. These larger homes oftentimes provide extra amenities such as swimming pools, Jacuzzis, spas, golf courses, and community clubhouses. While you might not be able to afford to rent a $10,000 vacation apartmenton your own, if nine more of your buddies join in, you could be living the lifestyle of a celebrity for only $1,000 a week. Rent during the off-season and you could save up to 50 percent.

Tip #3: Cook at your vacation apartment rental. It can become quite costly to dine out for every meal during your vacation. Most vacation apartment rentals include kitchen appliances and cookware. Many include outdoor gas grills or patio kitchens. Fresh produce and fish can be purchased year round in Paris. Visit local Farmer's and Fish Markets and indulge in a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood. By cooking just half of your meals in your vacation apartment rental, you could potentially save up to $1,000 or more for a family of four.

Tip #4: Rent from a private individual. When you rent directly from the vacation apartment owner, you have a better opportunity for negotiation than if you work with a property management organization. Property management organizations oftentimes are unfamiliar with the property and unable to answer questions about the property location or condition. You'll want to verify references, conduct research on the area of the rental home, and use additional precautions to insure you aren't being scammed. However, if you use common sense and trust your instincts, chances are good that you will have a rewarding experience.

Tip #5: Rent in non-popular arrondissements. Some of the best vacation apartment rental deals can be found in less tourist areas. An added bonus these neigborhoods are less congested and you can have more peace and quiet.

Tip #6: Invest in a vacation package. There are many travel services available via the Internet, or work with a travel agent to arrange a vacation package. Vacation packages can include airline, rental car, rental homes or hotel arrangements, cruises, sightseeing adventures and more. Oftentimes, you can save 50 percent or more by packaging your vacation needs.

Tip #7: Exchange your home for a vacation apartment rental. Home Exchanges are quickly becoming a popular option for people who love to travel. How it works is you allow an individual or family to stay in your home while you stay in their home. There is no cost involved, making home exchange a win-win situation. There are many reputable home exchange companies available via the Internet. Make certain you thoroughly research the company and understand their policies before committing to using their service.
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Rita Borges, Managing Director, Paris Luxe Apartments http://www.parisluxeapt.com, http://www.parishoneymoonrentals.com
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