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.
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.