9 mistakes people make when traveling to France.

A trip to France will always be unforgettable. After all, there’s a reason why its capital is the most visited city in the world! However, to make sure that your visit is nothing short of perfect, we give you some common mistakes that foreigners make when they visit that, if avoided, can make your experience even more incredible:

Not being polite

Politeness is extremely important to the French. In fact, many of the times when French people are rude, they’re really just responding to your rudeness. If you enter a place and don’t greet people with a “Bonjour”, expect the famous cold French stare.

Not learning basic French words

You don’t have to travel around reading Proust out loud in perfect French, but learning basic words like “Hello/goodbye, Please/Thank you” (Bonjour/Au revoir, S’il vous plait/Merci) will really make your experience better. French people appreciate when foreigners make the effort to speak in French, and correspond to this effort with all their charm.

Not looking out for their valuables

Especially in big, tourist cities it is VERY important that you become a little paranoid. Make sure that all your valuables are not within easy reach of any pickpocket. Stuff your valuables on the bottom of your bag, never put them on the front pocket, and while on the metro keep your bag in front of you. I’m serious, French pickpockets are like ninjas!

Being loud

It’s cultural. French people like to speak softly and not invade other’s conversations with their own. They find it very rude when people from louder cultures invade their conversations (remember the politeness thing?).

Not waiting for everyone else during dinner

Politeness strikes again! You should never ever ever start dinner or drink your wine before everyone else is sitting down and ready to eat. As a general rule, wait for the “Bon appetit!” before starting.

Paris France
Paris France

Assuming France is just Paris

France has mountain ranges, the tallest sand dune in Europe, caves, vineyards, countryside, Mediterranean towns, volcanoes, glaciers, forests, countryside, medieval towns, castles, beaches, and so much diversity, only sticking to Paris is a huge mistake!

Popular Hotels In Paris

Hotels Paris: Popularity

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citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon

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Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

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Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

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-22%

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Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera

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-11%

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Novotel Paris Les Halles

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-16%

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Molitor Paris - MGallery

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ibis Styles Paris Mairie De Clichy

★★★

-8%

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Hôtel D'Aubusson

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-60%

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Hotel Design Secret de Paris

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-15%

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Le 123 Sébastopol - Astotel

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-8%

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Le Meurice – Dorchester Collection

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-38%

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Virgina

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-24%

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Okko Hotels Paris Porte De Versailles

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Hotel Opéra Richepanse

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-15%

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Novotel Paris Centre Bercy

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-16%

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Hotel The Peninsula Paris

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-37%

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Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse

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-13%

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Hôtel de la Bourdonnais

★★★★

-6%

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Le Littré

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-30%

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Staying on the touristy spots

Let’s face it, the tourist spots are must-sees, but don’t limit yourself to them! Dare wander around random streets, enter that tiny boutique/bar/restaurant that intrigued you, look for those hidden places that will bring you an unforgettable side of cities and towns.

Not drinking enough wine

It’s France! Even if you’re on a budget and have to buy 3 euro wine, it is important to enjoy the country’s most famous product- accompanied by a wide array of cheeses of course! If you’re a wine enthusiast consider doing a wine tour through French vineyards, or do the wine route in the Alsace region.

Street crepes in france
Street crepes in france

Only trying street crepes:

Street crepes are amazing, not gonna lie! And they’re the perfect on-the-go food. But they’re an invention made for the convenience of tourists. The French eat crepes in crepe restaurants, and accompany them with cider. Don’t miss out on this heavenly experience!

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