Why you need to go for Self Drive in France?

Why you need to go for Self Drive in France?

Self Drive in France

Europe is eternally blissful and so are the beautiful French villages. But an important aspect while visiting France is, do you get to witness the real charm of French lifestyle, history, culture, and landscapes while exploring big cities like Paris? France is much beyond Disneyland and Eiffel Tower. And like us, if you’re a part of the squad looking forward to tranquil trails and quaint villages of France, then you need to opt for Self Drive while in France.

Well, that’s what we did and it was for the first time Internationally!

The pristine landscapes, charming views, historic mansions, you explore while discovering your paths, will make your exploration around France, completely memorable.

Though opting for self-drive internationally can be a little challenging, but once you are prepared for it, along with some refresher about the country rules, you’ll be all set in few hours with the controls. To capture this beautiful journey (and not just the destination) provoked us to opt for Selfdrive. And for this, we opted to rent out a car from Avis Rental

Related: Have a look at Car Safety rules while traveling

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Renting a Car for Self-Drive in France

Having a child with us, we took the Child car seat (mandatory for children less than 10years) along with a Navigation system. But in case, you have your own GPS, then it would come in more handy, as you better know how to use your GPS. In case you don’t have your device with an International data plan, then you can go for the GPS Navigation system from Avis Car rental.

1. You have a vast range of booking options, right from Budget category to luxury models, from self-driven to chauffeur-driven, from normal fuel cars to electric cars. Even the Manual and Automatic options are available. Though, we would suggest you opt for Manual ones, as these are more popular and adapted in France, compared to the automatic versions.

2. The booking was very swift and the pickup and drop were really easy. Even the staff at the pickup and drop point were courteous enough to answer all our questions and guide us.

3. We opted for an Insurance package with Theft coverage to be assured of our car and belongings. Avis Car rental has various Insurance packages basis your requisite, which you can choose over the counter itself while picking up your preferred car. Having Insurance got the requisite feel of “safe and secured” while driving Internationally.

4. We had Indian origin license, which worked perfectly there, though it is always advisable to carry International Driving License (we had International DL too)

5. Avis has an array of partners, with which you can earn lots of rewards. 

They have services in 170 countries with apt coverages, so I’m certain, many of our readers would be aware of their flawless services and brilliant car fleet already.

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Saint Mont Michele is an Island🏝 and a #UnescoHeritageSite . One can easily reach Saint Mont Michele but during the days of high tides, basis Lunar cycle (we were there at the time of high tide, and experienced as high as 13mts high tides), it gets cut off from the mainland as it gets inundated with sea water completely. Then there are no people 🚶 or 🚲 but only the 🚣 sail ➡️➡️➡️(Swipe up to see the glimpse) . It was my dream to explore the tiny villages and French mansions during our recent trip to #France . As we traversed through the narrow paths, the colourful nature amidst the mansions, simply left us astonished . And thanks to our decision of renting out a 🚗 from @avisrentalindia . It gave wings to our exploration. #Roadtrips give you so many precious memories . Though the public transportation🚃🚊🚆 across France is robust, but I must say if you wish to explore the untouched pristine beauty, go for #selfdrive , while in Europe. We sang, clapped, laughed out our hearts, we stopped to get clicked and drenched in the rains . Hola, it was simply wonderful. @avisrentalindia services are available at 170 countries and next time if you opt for Self-drive, do check out their deals. Believe me, their services, assistance, car categories, made our days memorable! . . . . . #saintmontmichele #roadtripping #wanderluster #nomadiclife #natureloversgallery #CAOwithAvis #naturelover_gr #aroundtheworldpix #islandsofadventure #europe_pics #landscapestyles_gf #globalpixels #throwbackthursday #travellergram #travelstoked #onthebeach #earth_escape #adventureland #familytravel #momandson #mamastyle #parisparis #chtptzen #dowhatudoz #diwweeklk #aajsabjayenge

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Here are the reasons, why you need to opt for Self-drive in France:

1. Explore the Unexplored:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by” – Robert Frost

If you’re a real explorer, do this! These off-beaten trails in France are simply breathtaking. Our first drive was from Paris to Normandy Region, and the drive was amazingly scenic. No crowds, vast grasslands, tall trees, clear sky, swift roads! Don’t you think it was a treat? We stopped by at our convenience, coz the most stunning landscapes are yet hidden from the normal tourists, and that’s when you meet tranquility. 

Self Drive to explore the real beauty of France. The beautiful french Villages, landscapes, colonial mansions, all can be witnessed choosing to rent a car at France. #France #AVIS #Aviscar #carrental #Paris #Macarons #patisserie
Relaxing adoring the beauty on the way to Saint-Mont Michele

2. Visit and spend more time on less touristy points:

While the world is cluttering the streets of highly touristy lanes, how about you spending most of your time in exploring less known? If you have your own car in France, you can eat what locals eat, like Crêpe at the market stall, instead of a fancy restaurant. Get your hands on the small villages and towns in the Normandy region of France. Visit Saint Mont Michel, on the day of High tides. Pull out a day to visit the beautiful and historic castles of Loire Valley and surroundings. You need not be in the hands of a tour operator for the food and places to see. When in France, see what locals do and enjoy every small moment. 

Vineyards of Loire Valley in France.The beautiful french Villages, landscapes, colonial mansions, all can be witnessed choosing to rent a car at France. #France #AVIS #Aviscar #carrental #Paris #Macarons #patisserie #Vineyards #Wine #LoireValley
Random Click as we stopped near a beautiful vineyard

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3. Try out your hands on the exclusive bakeries:

France has ample bakeries, right from the fancy ones to simple, cost-efficient ones. And while you are driving in the lanes of small towns and villages, get your hands on the tarts, Pâtisserie, freshly baked flavored loaves of bread, colorful macarons, and more. The aroma of these bakeries are infectious, believe me. We had our first raspberry tart in the lanes of Étretat and that was a tempting start. Hadn’t we wandering around calmly in those streets, we wouldn’t have ever got this taste.

4. You have all the time for yourself, optimize that flexibility:

Most of the time, for the major attractions (well you can’t miss them too), we were much earlier than the tourists. The reason is simple. We used to leave much before the first bus was expected to arrive. And we had some quality time even at the overcrowded places. With Kids, having a car is the best option. Start from your Airbnb or Hotel room, once your child is comfortable. You can even return back to your hotel if your child feels uncomfortable or wants a small nap. You have all the flexibility to turn out your vacations into a happy one.

Why you need to opt for Self Drive while in France? The beautiful french Villages, landscapes, colonial mansions, all can be witnessed choosing to rent a car at France. #France #AVIS #Aviscar #carrental #Paris #Macarons #patisserie
Morning fun before the tourists arrive at Paris

5. Stop, and enjoy the pristine and unspoiled nature:

This is a tip for the whole of France, and you can enjoy this only if you have your own car. Stopping at nearby Apple orchids, hopping out to get clicked as you spot a perfect landscape, adoring the vineyards, is definitely what you should do while in France. You are your own guide now, so take the privilege to design your itinerary, just the way you like it. 

This self-drive was quite liberating for us. To help you all understand more about the France Traffic and driving nitty-gritty, another post will be up very soon.

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Amrit Kaur

    Self driving is always a good idea to opt while on vacation because we get a chance to explore the beautiful place in our own way. France looks so beautiful place to visit.

  2. Reetuparna Saha

    Self-drive in an international location must be so amazing to have some personalized experience! Avis cars seems to be quite trustworthy with great service. Looks like you enjoyed a lot while on self drive.

  3. Khushboo

    Self drive is really a great option to explore the place. I would love to visit France sometime. Its so beautiful.

  4. Jhilmil D Saha

    I think its best to opt for self drive when on a trip. Its good to know about Avis care rental services from where we can book our cars.

  5. We enjoy renting a car with a chauffer .Since they have that option too I can’t wait to try out Avis rental.

  6. Noor Anand Chawla

    We have always self-driven while traveling around Europe. It really enhances the overall experience. Thoroughly informative post.

  7. Nisha

    I think it’s very convenient to have a self drive car wherever you go. It’s Greta that you can hire such service in France. You can roam freely and stop whenever you want

  8. Siddhi Palande

    When on a vacation people usually talk about must visit touristy places but this one is new and I love the idea of a long drive along the unexplored terrains

  9. Varsha Nitin Gode

    This was like a virtual tour to France through tour eyes 🙂 I love the idea of exploring secluded or serene places. The self-drive option seems perfect, it is like driving in your country feels 🙂 I will make sure to do the same during our international trip.

  10. Ruchi Verma

    I too feel self-driving is the best option to explore more…I loved your pics seems you had a great time!!

  11. Utpal Khot

    Wow a beautifully written and very well explained post. I am sure all traveling to France for the first time will benefit from reading and taking tips from this post.

    Utpal Khot

  12. Shub Bhide

    Refreshing post! France is so beautiful and exploring by road so conveniently is too good.

  13. ujjwal mishra

    you have given me a virtual tour through your post, pics are amazing.

  14. Snehalata Jain

    I believe self drive gives you that extra comfort and convenience that you can enjoy the trip without any restrictions.Such detailed post and lovely photos literally made me lost in thoughts.

  15. Anahita Irani

    Self driving makes you do the things you wish to do. Take that impromptu detour or spend more time with nature Loved your post immensely

  16. Neha Tambe

    I agree self drive can be a great experience. We tried it this time around when we went to Australia and definitely enjoyed the experience.

  17. Pragnya Mishra

    Self-driving around beautiful Europe gives time to explore the places at own pace. My husband also recommends Avis rental he was located in France for years.

  18. Gurjeet Chhabra

    True if you really want to explore ,true france only possible through self ride.

  19. Varsh

    I’ve been following your posts on Instagram and looking at your pics I completely agree that self-drive would be the perfect choice for a France trip! A great way to explore.

  20. Deepika

    I agree with the idea of self-drive. Exploring according to your choices make you feel happier and satisfying.

  21. Roma

    I so buy your idea buddy and will bear your recommendations in mind while planning my upcoming trip to France

  22. Debidutta Mohanty

    Wow!! That was a detailed and informative post on France. Self-drive idea was really nice as you explore the culture , food and place more. Will keep this in mind when we plan for Europe trip.

  23. Shalu

    I agree self-driving is one of the best ways to explore such beautiful places. And the pics look like you guys had so much fun!

  24. Ruchi Verma

    I have seen your stories on Instagram and now reading this gives me an idea of how important it has a self-drive car!!

  25. Tina Basu

    This is good information for all travelers who wants to go on self-driven road trips in France

  26. MeenalSonal

    Followed your France stories, and yes self drive has its own charm and benefits, thanks for honest views.

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