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The Basics of Traveling to France with Your Family

If you are looking for somewhere to take the kids for a holiday, France could be the place for you. It is a huge country, with a long and rich history. Each region is different, so there are plenty of choices when it comes to what you do and see while you are there.
Plus, of course, there is Disneyland Paris and several other large theme and water parks for your kids to experience. Including the uniquely French Astérix Parc and Vulcania, which as the name suggests a volcano themed park. It sounds weird, but the French have a knack for offering something different and doing it really well.

Fortunately, as you will see, organizing a vacation is really easy. For example, if you are wondering if you need to get vaccinated when traveling to France? the answer is no. You only have to make sure that the ones you and your kids probably already have are up to date. The list includes measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, polio, influenza and chickenpox. Really, this is just a precautionary measure. Should you need to update any of these get it done at least 6 weeks before you are due to travel.
Currently, if you are not planning to stay in France or other European countries for more than 90 days, you will not need a visa. Provided that is you are a full citizen of the USA or the long list of other countries who are also a part of this agreement. This arrangement is due to change, but not until 2021.
Everyone in the party will need a passport that has at least one blank page. It also has to be valid for 6 months beyond the date of your departure from your home country. 
The local currency in France is the Euro. Make sure that when you arrive you are carrying enough cash to get you from your hotel to your accommodation. Plus, maybe buy a meal and a little extra for emergencies. That way if there are any delays when you arrive, you will not be left looking for an ATM. Most places take credit cards. But, when traveling as a family, it is always wise to be ready for most eventualities. If you forget something, you can always order it online and have it delivered to your hotel. If you're wondering- does Amazon ship to France - the answer is yes!
It is especially important to buy good quality travel insurance that covers every member of the family, in full. Pay particular attention to how everyone would get home if one of the adults were to fall ill. Trying to arrange this yourself would be stressful and could cost you a lot of money. So, it is particularly important to make sure you are properly covered for this eventuality.
You will definitely need some sort of plug adapter. Make sure that you pack enough to enable everyone to charge all of their devices at once. Some appliances may need a converter or transformer. If you are in any doubt, read this article. It very clearly explains what to look out for.

Following the above basic advice and creating a good packing list will prepare you for most trips to France.

1 comment

  1. It would be so incredible to visit France with my family. A volcano themed park sounds really unique and fun. Thanks for sharing this info!


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