Planning A Bike Trip To France: The Exchange Rate

You’ve done all your planning, you’ve saved all fall and winter and you finally arrive in France for your perfectly planned bicycling trip. You go to exchange your money for Euros, and you almost fall to the ground when you are told what your American dollars are worth in Euros! I had that feeling today when I arrived in Lyon. I wasn’t expecting a lot, as I had last exchanged money in July. How much worse could it possibly be? The European economy isn’t doing much better than the American economy, so I was expecting close to the same exchange rate. Wrong. For some reason, the Euro continues to gain strength against the dollar, and this impacts my vacation as well as a trip you may be planning next year.

Unfortunately, I can’t improve the exchange rate, but I can help you understand how to get the most out of your vacation dollars by providing better ideas of how to save money on lodging and food when bicycling in France. So stay tuned on more tips on where to travel to get the most for your money’s bicycling in France.

Tomorrow we set out for Vaison la Romaine and our first day of bicycling. I’m excited but a bit nervous about the terrain. It definitely will be an adventure.

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.