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Paris Metro: Money Saving Tips For The City’s Subway

by on Mar.01, 2011, under France Travel

Traveling on the Paris subway system (Le Metro) is an excellent way to explore the city on the cheap. And like many popular destinations, Paris offers a tourist card called Paris Visite Carte, but as we found out it may not be the cheapest way to ride the city’s subway.

Sure, the Paris Visite Card maybe the easiest way to start using the Paris Metro, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its the most budget friendly. Depending on what day of the week you arrive in Paris, and how long you are staying, a better (cheaper) option maybe to purchase the weekly or monthly pass known as Passe Navigo Decouverte, which is only available through RATP/SNCF ticket windows in the subway and at train stations. One of the main differences between the two passes, is that the Paris Visite Card is valid from the first day of use, while the Passe Navigo Decouverte takes effect at the start of each week or month.

Except for Disneyland and Versailles, Paris’ famous sights and attractions can be found inside subway zones 1 and 2. Check out the fare chart below to see the different price categories for the Paris’ Metro and subway passes. All prices are in Euros.

Le Metro Individual Tickets:

One ticket 1.70

Book of 10 tickets 12.00

Single-use ticket purchased on a bus

Le Metro Paris Visite Carte

Zones 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day

1-3 9.30 15.20 20.70

1-6 19.60 29.90 41.90

* A perk to the Paris Visite Card is that the tourist pass can be used for discounts for various sightseeing tours and attractions in the city, for example, 20-40% admission discounts to Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House and the Pantheon.

Paris’ Pass Navigo Decouverte

Zones Week Month

1 – 2 17.20 56.60

1 – 3 22.70 74.40

1 – 4 27.90 91.70

1 – 5 33.40 109.90

1 – 6 37.60 123.60

*It cost an additional one-time 5 euro fee to obtain the Paris’ Navigo Pass. In addition, A passport size photo, which you can supply or purchase from a photo booth near the ticket window for 4 euro , is also required for your Paris weekly or monthly Navigo Pass, which is transferable between your Paris’ Navigo Pass.

Considered one of the most efficient transit systems in the world, I highly recommend picking up one of the passes for your Paris travels.

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Travel Insurance Tips for Civil Uprisings

by on Mar.01, 2011, under Egypt

Political disorder is not normally covered under standard travel insurance.

For Egyptian travelers this news has come to late, and I am sorry about that. Trust me, I understand how bad it sucks to have to be the example from which others learn. So, in order to empower other travelers who use insurance, I decided to get the word out about travel insurance as it relates to civil and political upheavals.

If you find yourself or trip on a collision course with a political uprising, the first thing to do is check your policy. Some will cover your expenses if your travels are setback because of civil disorder. Though, keep in mind, while most policies do not include cancellation and/or interruption coverage for political unrest, there are a few exceptions.

Carol Pucci, a travel writer for the Seattle Times, explains that travelers who want the extra protection from civil uprisings have a couple of options, including “Cancel for Any Reason” policies. However, these policies are pricey, normally tacking on 50 percent or more to the cost of a trip with a reimbursement of only 50 to 75 percent of your prepaid travel costs. Thats pretty pricey, especially when you consider standard insurance usually only adds 8 percent or less to the cost of your travels.

Another option for travelers looking for political unrest coverage may be the American Express Global Travel Shield classic plan. “It’s coverage, broader than most companies offer, is something to consider for trips to other destinations,” Pucci explains. She adds that the companies coverage relating to Egypt’s protest is no longer offered, because the company views the country’s unrest as a “foreseeable event.”

Have you ever been caught in the middle of a political uprising? If so, or if you have tips for travel insurance, feel free to leave your advice in the comments.

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