While our family jaunt to Paris and London for Christmas was great, it is so good to be home. This trip was six months in the making, and we used a lot of resources to make it happen. One of the most important was the travel section of About.com. Full disclosure: I am starting my second year as the Air Travel Expert for About.com.
About.com has thousands of experts on everything from Frugal Living to Grammar and Composition, and everything in between. But it’s the Travel section that has become my personal addiction — and not just because I’m one of the writers.
When it comes to Paris and London, there are so many things to see and do, but only so much time to do them in. I did a Google search on tourist attractions in Paris and the About.com page for expert Courtney Traub popped up with this great post: What To See In Paris, Neighborhood by Neighborhood, which served as a great jumping-off point.
I knew I wanted to take the kid to one of the myriad Christmas markets that pop up across the city for the holiday season, and Courtney had that covered here. We needed a guide of restaurants that were open for dinner on Christmas, since Paris tends to shut down that day. Again, it was Courtney to the rescue, here. She also had a general guide about spending Christmas in the City of Lights, here. And finally, we got great tips for our Christmas Day excursion to Disneyland Paris here.
So when it came time to plan for the London part of the trip, I went directly to About.com expert Laura Porter. I wanted my daughter to experience a proper English high tea, but I needed one more oriented to kids. Laura covered that in her post, Afternoon Tea in London with Kids. I found a nice list of things to do for free with kids in London, here. I didn’t get a chance to see a theater show while I was there, but Laura did a great article here on how to score cheap tickets.
I have to warn you that the site can be addictive, and you can spend hours checking on all the experts’ great advice. Other Travel experts I recommend include: