Travel Tips

Make a DEPARTURE CHECK LIST and mark the items off as you complete them.

Why not make it easy on yourself by allowing extra time and planning ahead.
Pack lightly. You’ll be glad you did!

Yes, you may have traveled abroad before and although these notes are not complete and detailed, they will spark your memory of what you may want to consider taking on your trip to France…or wherever else you are planning to travel either before or after our Rendezvous in Avignon.

AIRLINE TICKETS

Air Tickets, Hotel, Auto Booking and Insurance are available through Twila Wernicke, Anderson Travel, 760-327-4481 / 760-408-9726 / 760-325-2001, Twilas.Travel@verizon.net.

AUTO RENTALS

Make sure to buy the additional accident insurance. Often your trip insurance can include auto insurance at a lesser rate than the auto rental agencies.  You may want to consider renting a small car. In Europe, small is always better, especially when parking in small areas. Also, air conditioning and automatic transmissions are not standard abroad.

CLOTHES

Travel for comfort. Wear clothing that is easy to pack, clean and wash. Wear layers of clothing for easy on and off if cool or warm.

The Theater and Final Gala evening are the only events where you may want to dress up, not down.

Keep accessories to a minimum such as rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and watches. Use a cross-body bag or a belted waist pack…it is convenient and often works better than a purse.

SHOES: Rendezvous in Avignon is a walking experience. Most events take place within the rampart, (walled city.) Everything is walkable. The Avignon walking tour covers about 1 mile. Also, you will not be simply walking to and from your destination for dinner, you will be enjoying the stroll, the aromas, the sights, the sounds. This is part of the “Live in Provence” experience.

Your shoes will be a major factor in your enjoyment of your visit to Avignon. Wear comfortable shoes that will allow you to walk easily and comfortably over cobblestone streets.

SUIT CASE: Use luggage tags and vacuum space bags…great for condensing items. If you select your clothes wisely, a carry-on bag will most likely hold all the clothes you will need.

FOODS

Consider your diet restrictions, allergies and preferences. Let your needs be known.

HOTEL

There are 1 Star to 4 Star hotels within the walled city of Avignon. They may all be charming, but the guest needs to be aware of the large difference in service levels. The Star system covers that best.

INSURANCE

Trip cancellation insurance including medical, accident and other important options is recommended and is available through through Twila Wernicke, Anderson Travel, 760-327-4481 / 760-408-9726 / 760-325-2001, Twilas.Travel@verizon.net

MISCELLANEOUS

Camera / Phone

Small flashlight

Hat

Medications: Copy your medical prescriptions and carry them with you.

Sunscreen

Rain coat, Umbrella

MONEY

Foreign exchange money conversion. On arrival it is helpful to have a small sum of money in the currency of the country you are visiting. In France it will be euros.

Tipping, restaurants, maids, cabs. In France, gratuities are not expected for meals. When tipping, if the service was above average, a few euro coins are usually sufficient.

Credit Cards: There is a 3% Foreign Service Charge on all foreign credit card purchases. Depending upon your purchase amounts, arrangements to waive this charge can be made with you credit card company.

TELEPHONE

You can make arrangements to take your own phone, change the SYM card out for a local one, so you are only paying on a “Prepaid Card”. If you don’t care about having your own phone number, it’s easier to just buy a “throw-away”, prepaid phone once you are there and email the phone number to your friends back home.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Copy your passport and carry the copy with you. Keep your passport safely stored at the hotel. Make sure that your passports are current and valid at least six months after your return to the states.

Hold a card in your wallet or purse indicating who to contact in case of an emergency.

Weather Averages for Avignon in September

image Temperature 67°F 20°C
image Low Temperature 57°F 14°C
image High Temperature 77°F 25°C
image Sunshine Hours 10 hrs
image Rainfall 66mm
Rainfall days 8 days
image Sea Temperature 70°F 21°C

 

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