Every year millions of tourists flock to France, which is one of the most visited vacation destination spots on the globe. When you take a close look at all that the country has to offer, it’s no surprise why it’s such a popular choice amongst travelers.
Before boarding a plane, it’s in your best interest to know some of the best tips for ensuring you have the most enriching experience possible.
Rent a Car
There are all sorts of places to see outside of the cities that may not be accessible by public transportation. Renting a car ensures that you can explore small villages and natural settings that are off the beaten path.
Just make sure that you familiarize yourself with local traffic laws and regulations. The last thing you need is to get into an accident while traveling. The good news is that the French drive on the same side of the road at least!
Learn Some Basic French Phrases
Regardless of how long you plan on being in France, you should always go equipped with some basic phrases. Anytime you go to another country that doesn’t speak the same language as you; it’s courteous to learn phrases.
Many Americans fail to learn any local phrases before traveling, which gives the rest of the world the idea that we are entitled. Make an effort to show that you’re trying to respect their country rather than demanding they speak your language.
Be Prepared To Do a Lot Of “Kissing”
The way that French people greet each other is known as “la bise.” This entails a cheek to cheek kiss. Depending on what area of the country you’re in, this can range anywhere from one to six kisses!
You won’t be kissing your cashier or waiter, but if you are introduced to someone as a friend, you’ll be expected to kiss on the cheek.
Don’t Skip Paris
Don’t skip one of the most iconic places in the world, gay Paris! Or as the French pronounce it, “Pah-ree.” You’ve never really experienced France until you’ve seen the Eiffel Tower sparkling under the night sky.
In addition to the Eiffel Tower, you’ll also be able to see other beautiful structures and sights. You’ll also be doing yourself a great disservice if you fail to check out the amazing shops!
The key to enjoying yourself is to prepare yourself ahead of time and respect the culture. French people may be more reserved than Americans, but they are quite friendly if they feel that you’re making an effort to respect their country. By getting acquainted with the basics of France before you leave, you’ll be able to ensure that you experience la France to the fullest!