Bucket List Trips You Can Actually Afford
Bucket trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but they also cost buckets of money. Here's how to afford your dream vacation...
The opera, the fountains, the croissants with slabs of dark, gooey chocolate inside—there's just no substitute for Paris. But the little-known secret about this world capital is that—unlike, say, London—there are plenty of affordable, lovely accommodation options. Skip a night at the famed George V
and go for a smaller, family-run hotel de charme. If you're aching for some palatial digs, spend the last three or four days in the Loire Valley (a 35-minute trip by high-speed TGV train to Tours), where you can pass the night in an honest-to-God castle for $150
or even less if you choose one officially deemed a "guesthouse
" instead of a "hotel."