Paris: a city of sophistication on a backpacker’s budget

Picnic under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Rex Flores and Christine Amorose

Paris has a reputation for sophistication—and usually, sophistication doesn’t come cheap. The City of Lights is the home of haute couture, Michelin stars and the Mona Lisa, but it’s still a wonderful place for the budget traveler to explore. There are plenty of cultural, foodie and outdoor opportunities that are free or super cheap as a way to enjoy the je-ne-sais-quoi of the French capital.

Antibes: the French Riviera’s best boats, beaches and bars

Antibes protected sandy beach, French Riviera, France

Sure, Paris is the capital of fashion, culture, sophistication. But what do you do when you just some sunshine and a laidback attitude? Head south to the French Riveria. While Cannes and Monaco attract the jet-set and star-studded crowd, Antibes is a fabulous little place to experience the true flavors of the Cote d’Azur without breaking the bank.