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LAX to CDG- worth it for a week?

Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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LAX to CDG- worth it for a week?

Trying to plan a trip...I am working all sorts of angles and I am wondering if doing LA to Paris for a week is worth it. I see so many take these weekend trips to europe and it sounds silly to me. Is a week long trip to Europe just as silly?
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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It should be obvious that the longer you stay, the less your fixed expense represents on a per day basis. You also have to factor in the variable cost of air travel throughout a week.

The optimal schedule for a quick trip is usually to leave on a Monday and return on Thursday (weekday rates in both directions), which gives you 8+ days on the ground.

Sometimes it's possible to stay on the US east coast the first night, take a daylight flight to Europe the next day and still come out ahead (by leveraging US weekend rates). This spreads the jet lag adjustment over two days, which many people find more comfortable. So instead of leaving LA on Monday evening and arriving Paris Tuesday morning, you would spend Sunday night in DC or suchlike, and arrive in Paris Monday evening.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Do you have a nonstop flight?

It's a lot easier for people on the East coast to do short or weekend trips to Europe than people on the West coast. That said, many on FlyerTalk.com routinely fly 15-20 hours each way to spend a weekend somewhere.

For me it wouldn't be worth it - I want a minimum of 10 days coming from the West coast.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:31 AM
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No, no, and no.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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I meant that to mean that I do not think it is silly.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:37 AM
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I think it is absolutely worth it for a week! As long as you stay in one place the whole time, you will have a nice amount of time to enjoy that location. Coming from San Francisco, I would love to stay longer, but often we can only take off for a week. I try to stretch it to 9 days though so that I have a week after travel time, but even a week with travel time is worth it.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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A weekend from the west coast is hard - but a week is fine. You end up w/ 6 days "in country". The first days is pretty jet lagged - but you still have 5 days in Paris.

If I lived on the east coast I'd take lots of long weekends in Europe - but from out here in CA, 7 or 8 day trips are about my minimum.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 10:05 AM
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No it's not silly 1 week is worth it! But then I think a 3-day-weekend -- Paris to Boston -- is worth it
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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It's totally worth it. I've done it. CDG is easy for me because I can take a nonstop flight on AF from SFO.

But I don't think weekends are silly, and would definitely do them if I were on the east coast.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 10:27 AM
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I've done it for a weekend from CLT, if you have the chance, by all means take advantage of it.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 10:27 AM
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Absolutely not silly. We spent a week in late December 2001 (from L.A.), and it was really relaxing. Celebrating New year's Eve in Paris was terrific. We are planning to spend Christmas in Paris this year, but so far the only thing holding us back is the airfare (hoping it will come down a little this month).

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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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I visited Paris from Vancouver for 6 nights in May, so the two travel days equalled eight days away from home.

For family reasons I no longer can be away from home longer than that. It was absolutely worth it for me - saw lots, relaxed lots, didn't clean one toilet.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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Maitaitom- are you flexible on the dates and where you can fly into? I have come across some pretty good deals.. "deals" is so relative I know..
Continental seemed to be offering some good stuff early to mid dec.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 11:11 AM
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As an extension to business trips I have often spent only 2 or 3 full days and nights in a city. I have never failed to have a wonderful time. You get a feel for the city and culture, see some sights and make decisions about your ultimate return.

If you get an amazing airfare - do it.
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Old Oct 5th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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"Maitaitom- are you flexible on the dates and where you can fly into? I have come across some pretty good deals.. "deals" is so relative I know.."

Unfortunately not flexible. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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