So, what do you want to do for your birthday this year?

It's the question that we all have to answer once every year. Maybe you round up your friends for a night on the town, grab dinner at your favorite restaurant, or go on a weekend road trip to an adventurous destination. Or maybe you just want to have a nice relaxing night at home. It's your birthday, right? It's up to you.

I decided that my answer to that question was going to be something a little different this year. I was feeling spontaneous and wanted to travel somewhere for the occasion. So when my fiancée asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I told her that I wanted to go to Paris for the weekend.

After all, there are certainly a lot more dining options along the Champs-Élysées than in my hometown.

Naturally, my response was met with skepticism. Only the rich and famous can drop everything and head to Paris for their birthdays, and last time I checked I am neither rich nor famous. I am pretty good, however, at booking travel for next to nothing so I decided to give it a shot.

I decided I would only go if I could book the trip for roughly the same amount of money I would spend on a weekend road trip. Much to my surprise, I was able to easily clear that goal.

So without further ado, here is how I was able to book a $3,263 trip to Paris for just $266.