In July last year I took my amazing Boyfriend of 4 years to Paris for his Birthday present. Being his 30th birthday, I knew I wanted to do something big and special for him so an adventure was first in my mind. It’s hard to find places he has never been so I nudged him for a bit and he said Germany or Paris. In the end we picked Paris because firstly it was far cheaper and secondly because it’s romantic as hell.
Before you get to the pictures, let me tell you a little bit about how I pulled this off on a budget. Firstly, we took the Eurostar which was £36 per person, per way (£144) but unfortunately, as we don’t live in London and didn’t drive, we had to get down to London first which would have been £81 but we have a Two Together railcard bringing it down to £53.50 all together. By the way, the Eurostar is so much easier than flying because you can take food and drinks with you and there’s no massive security queues or big checks. Also, it’s closer to Paris town centre than any airport so we just got a short 5minute Uber on the other side which was far better than it would have been from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The hotel I booked wasn’t the cheapest available but I wanted something nice for his 30th. It was more than I wanted to pay but considering he actually proposed in the hotel room, I’m glad I picked a romantic Parisian hotel! We stayed at Hotel Taylor which was €318.75 for 3 nights (£93.21 per night)
We walked as much as we possibly could and only got a few Ubers when we had luggage (and one time we were running late to meet friends). This keep our taxi costs right down.
We didn’t eat out too much as we aren’t the sit down and date kind of couple, instead we spent our money on adventures, picking up coffees to fuel us and doing touristy things.
Eurostar: £144 Trains: £53.50 Hotel: £280 Taxi’s: £15 Food: £150 Shopping: £50 Tourist: £200 Total Cost: £880
But his birthday present was £424 (Eurostar and hotel) meaning we then only paid a further £230 each for 4 days and 3 nights in Paris to celebrate his 30th birthday and get engaged.