Insider Tips For Travelling to France

No matter where your French journeys take you, the most important thing is to savour the moment.

Paris is one of the top travel destinations in the world and is home to one of the most iconic landmarks – “le tour Eiffel.”But there is so much more to this amazing country than just its capital. From the wine in the south to the seafood in small towns off the English channel, there are dozens of other locations in France that will make your trip a delight.

To get the most out of your stay, here are a few must-follow tips you’ll want to know.

Paris Arc De triomphe
Paris Arc De triomphe

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No one wants to be THAT tourist. To avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, try your best to blend in with the locals. French fashion is very simple – less is definitely more. You’ll most likely be walking quite a bit as well, so pack comfortable shoes that are fit for touring. Be sure to check the weather in advance to make sure you’re suitably packed.

Light coloured clothing of loose material is the best for summer, whereas layers are more appropriate for the fall and winter. Scarves are appropriate for every season, though. It’s always a good idea to learn a few words and phrases in the local language, and the French will thank you for your efforts to practice some of your new language skills, eat like a local and try ordering in French.

Don’t be afraid to try some traditional cuisine either. Many restaurants have a “prix fixe menu,” a fixed price menu that has pre-selected options sure to please. Mealtime is much longer than in the United States, and usually, has a pre-meal and post-meal drink.

Take your time and relax while you chat over a cheese plate!

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Outdoor markets are one of the most charming and affordable ways to shop. Pick up some unique items as souvenirs (or keep them for yourself!) and enjoy shopping like a native. If you do choose to visit other areas of France like Narbonne, travelling by train will give you a special opportunity to save money and see the countryside.

As always, no matter where you are, the local food and wine are the best choices to go with as they’ll give you a taste of the specialities of the region.

The museums in Paris are second to none. The Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou…and the list continues when it comes to places to visit and do in Paris.

For some lesser-known sights though, venture outside of the city and visit the lavender fields in Luberon or the historical beaches of Normandy. Travel to the Loire Valley and see the castles of Chambord. Depending on which season you’re visiting France, each place is worth seeing.

No matter where your French journeys take you, the most important thing is to savour the moment. Enjoy every sight, smell, and taste and try not to get too caught up in your itinerary. The stories and memories you’ll have will last you a lifetime.

The infographic from TakeLessons below has even more ideas on how to spend your French “vacances” (vacation), so you can start planning your trip today.

Want to learn some French before your trip?

20 Insider Tips for Traveling to France

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Bon voyage!
If you require to get a visa to travel to France, you can check out this handy Schengen visa guide.

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11 thoughts on “Insider Tips For Travelling to France”

  1. I’ve been to Paris many many times and my personal feeling is that the French don’t care what you wear if you can carry it off with style. They do care if you bother to learn a little French and you’ll get most respect from them by knowing how to ask for that Prix fixe menu and being able to say please and thank you.

    Flat comfy shoes are an obvious sensible move. You’ll see more of the city if you walk rather than get the metro or a taxi

  2. I absolutely agree with you: France is not just Paris or la tour Eiffel! I’ve spent more than one summer on the French Riviera when I was younger and I loved it! Yet I must admit I’m not great at styling so to pass as a French I will have to shop a bit over there. They have a unique fashion style!

  3. You are right, France is so much more than just Paris…. although Paris is a great place to start. It’s always important to learn a little of the language before you visit a place, and the French truly respect those who try. I love the prix fixe menus in France, no matter where you go, there is always a great set menu at a great price!

  4. France is definitely more than Paris. I visited the museums and castles in Loire Valley.
    Missed travelling by train. It was a memorable road trip for us.

  5. I have learned that learning a little bit of the local language always help, no matter what part of the world you’re in. And I agree, travelling by train is a fantastic way to see the countryside! And the museums in Paris are definitely unparalleled!

  6. Paris is one destination that everyone wants to revisit! These tips are so useful especially the part on less is more and carrying scarves that simply change any outfit. I am not too sure as to how much I would like a pre selected menu given my love for A la carte but I would definitely love shopping in those outdoor markets! 🙂 Have heard so much about the French loving their language so knowing a few phrases certainly won’t do harm! 🙂

  7. There’s so much to France than just Paris! I have been to several cities and loved all of them. Even in Paris, there are so many places… strolling on Champs-elysees, boat ride of river Siene, wines, cheese and what not.
    You are right about learning a few words of the local language. We do that always and feel confident if we are able to convey what we want to convey. 🙂

  8. Great advice. I have noticed that when you travel and use even a few words in their language, the locals connect with you easier. And of course, in France, they appreciate it too. I have never thought of ordering in French, but will give t a try

  9. Oh all so good to know! Aside from going to Disneyland Paris and seeing the Eifel tower, now at least I have more fun activities and lists on how to do things! France is such a grand country! Love the wines here, too! they’re the best! Aren’t they?

  10. You got me with your opening statement. i so believe in it. And, I agree France is much more than just Paris. I always follow your tip of using the local language while traveling in France.


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