If you’re looking for a new place to travel to, Monaco is a good choice. It’s becoming an increasingly popular destination for travelers and if you’re hoping for something a bit more upscale than you’re average Disney trip, here are five secrets you’ll want to know:
Stay in France
If you’re visiting Monaco from the United States, it may seem odd to stay in one country if you’re visiting another. But if you travel to Monaco, you may want to consider staying in France. The fact is that Monaco and France are close to one another and this way you’ll get to visit for a little bit in both countries. A hotel on the border of France and Monaco gives you a short journey to either country and you may even save some money in the process.
Don’t Plan on Driving
Globally, it’s estimated that more than a million people die in road crashes annually and millions more are injured. Driving in Monaco can be tricky and there’s the potential for accidents since the roads are congested. Instead, skip the car and plan on doing a lot of walking or biking. Most of the things you’ll want to see are close by and you’ll get a workout because there are elevation changes along the way.
If you don’t want to walk, you can take public transportation. One great thing about Monaco is its public transportation system and you can buy a ticket for multiple trips.
Prepare for the Climate
If you travel to Monaco, you’ll find that the climate is fairly mild. More than 80 percent of U.S. homes have some sort of air conditioning. If you travel to Monaco in January and February, you likely won’t need AC while you’re visiting. If you live in the Midwest United States, the mild Monaco weather can be the perfect escape from a Midwest winter. But, if you visit during the summer, you’ll likely find Monaco to be very hot. Either way, plan accordingly, and that way you’ll stay comfortable.
Prepare for Shopping
If you travel to Monaco, one thing you’re sure to find is that it’s home to some of the most unique shops in the world. Many of the stores you’ll find here are locally-owned small businesses. As you shop, you’ll find some unique items and some bargains along the way. But, it’s important to know there are some tradeoffs. One of these is that many shops have irregular hours, so pay attention because you may miss a chance to visit.
Monaco is a small country, but costs can add up quickly during your visit. In Monaco, you’re not likely to find budget hotels. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you’re likely going to need money, so it’s important that you budget accordingly before and during your trip. Traveling to Monaco can be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life, but you want to make sure you don’t run out of money halfway through your trip.
Whenever you go to Monaco, make sure you enjoy yourself. If you’re religious, consider visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, a church that’s over 100 years old. There are over 2.4 billion Christians worldwide, and the cathedral is really a sight to behold. You should also take time to enjoy the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix if you visit during that weekend, as it is one of the most prestigious races in the world. You can even get travel packages built around the Grand Prix.
So enjoy your trip to Monaco and take in all the sights and sounds. It’s sure to be one of the most unforgettable trips you’ve ever taken.