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Day Trips From Paris To Normandy

Are you are visiting Paris and thinking about a day trip to Normandy?

If so, keep in mind that it will involve a lot of travel time.

Day trips from Paris to Normandy can take anywhere from five to eight hours by car.

You can also take a train to Caen from the Gare St. Lazare station.

Once you get there, just rent a car to finish up your day trip from Paris.

The closest car rental company to the train station is Hertz.

Tour companies out of Paris also offer day trips to the Normandy beaches.

If you book a tour, expect it to take a total of 12 to 14 hours. The average price you can expect to pay for a Paris to Normandy tour is around 150 Euros.

Normandy, France

Normandy, France by seangraham

Road Trip Checklist

Getting ready to take a day trip?

If so, you can travel by bus, car, train or bike. You can even travel by plan if you like.

Taking a day trip by car is most common.

If you’re traveling by car, you may need a road trip checklist.

A checklist can help you make sure you have everything that you need for your day trip. It will keep your day trip stress free.

And, you can reuse the road trip checklist for all of your day trips.

Here are some items for your road trip checklist:

  • Map or GPS
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets, if it’s cold outside
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Car emergency kit
  • Coins, for parking meters or tolls
  • Plastic grocery bags, for trash
  • Pain medication, such as ibuprofen, and anti-diarrhea medications
  • Extra clothing sets, in case someone’s clothes get wet or soiled
  • Cat litter or sand, in case you get stuck in snowy or icy weather
  • Music
  • Games to keep kids occupied
  • Camera

6 Ways To Eat Healthy While Traveling On Your Day Trip

When you plan your day trip, food may not be on your mind.

Eating while traveling can tend to be unhealthy.

This is due to eating on the run, and eating what you can find when you are hungry.

A lot of times, that means fast food is the meal of choice.

Fortunately, you can plan so that you and your family have healthy meals on your day trip.

Here are 6 ways to eat healthy while traveling on your day trip.

1. Pack a cooler with water and drink it regularly. Not only will have a cooler full of water save you money, but it will keep you hydrated and healthy.

2. Make and pack healthy snacks for your day trip. Avoid the pre-packaged snacks, which can have unhealthy additives. Instead, focus on dried fruits, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables with dips such as organic peanut butter and hummus.

3. Don’t go crazy and eat a lot junk food just because you are on a mini-vacation. A little ice cream or other small indulgence won’t hurt you, but stick to healthy choices when you are in restaurants.

4. Try to not stress on your day trip because stress releases cortisol, which increases your appetite for sweets. If you feel yourself getting stressed, practice some deep breathing techniques.

5. Focus on eating nutrient-rich foods, such as whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. And for desserts, opt for items that are fruit based.

6. Eat at grocery stores instead of restaurants. Some grocery stores have salad bars and hot bars. You can also usually get things like pre-made salads and sandwiches at most grocery stores. In the U.S., you can find a lot of quick, healthy options at Whole Foods grocery stores. In Europe, try to find a Marks & Spencer grocery store for a healthy selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads.

Berlin to Potsdam Day Trip

If you’re visiting Berlin, Germany for a few days, you may be looking for some nearby places you can visit while using Berlin as a base.

Potsdam, Germany is a great place for a day trip from Berlin.

It is located just 20 miles from Berlin and accessible by train.

The main attraction in Potsdam is the Sanssouci Palace.

Called the Versailles of Germany, the Palace was built as a summer home for Frederick the Great in the 18th century.

The town of Potsdam itself is located along the Havel river.

When you’re done visiting the Palace you can wander around this over 1,000 year old city.

Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany

Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany by clg20171

Berlin to Spreewald Forest Day Trip

Known simply as Spree Forest in Germany, the Spreewald Forest is a favorite day trip from Berlin for locals.

Spreewald Forest is situated around 50 miles from Berlin.

This UNESCO biosphere features waterways and forests.

When you go day trip to Spreewald Forest from Berlin, you can take a boat tour, walk or hike around the area or just cycle around.

The forest covers a 250 square mile area.

To get from Berlin to Spreewald Forest, you can take a train.

The train from Bahnhof Zoo takes an hour and 30 minutes and the train from Ostbahnhof takes around an hour.

Spreewald - Burg-Lübbener Kanal, Germany

Spreewald – Burg-Lübbener Kanal, Germany by DerFussi