Five things travelers wish they’d known before traveling around Europe’s cultural capital, France.
5 Things Want To Know Before Going to France.
1. Compliment the French
Randy Le Grant from GoAbroad says, “Compliment the French on the way they look, on their food, on the way they look, on the glass of wine you’re drinking, and on the way they look. Otherwise, they will curse at you. They love to hear wonderful things about their country.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the language, the set lunch menu is a great place to start your order. Just watch out for prix fixe faux pas, which could leave you out of pocket.
2. Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Rental Car
Loren Siekman from Discover France shares her tips for travelers visiting the countryside, “If you’re traveling by rental car, never leave valuables in plain sight when parking in tourist sites and villages. Aix en Provence, for example, is a must see, but also one of the worst for petty theft by criminals preying on rental cars. My advice is to take all valuables from the rental car, don’t leave anything important inside.”
3. When in France, Say Bonjour
Samuel Daams from Travellerspoint says he wishes he’d learnt to speak French before going there, “The French typically do not like speaking English – even if they can. Respect this, and learn some basic French beforehand.”
4. “The Ring Trick” in France
Matt Scott from Matador Network warns us about a common scam in France, “As you’re walking around enjoying the sights, someone passes you and appears to pick up a gold ring off the floor. They ask if it’s yours, saying ‘It must be your lucky day,’ as they give you the ring. Then they ask you for money, and their ‘family’ may also appear at this time to pressure you into paying. The fake gold ring is nothing more than a piece of brass or copper, and is totally worthless. You only realize this, of course, once you’ve handed over your cash.”
5. French Transport Tips
Nomads Tristan Rutherford and Kathryn Tomasetti recommend taking the train. “It’s the safest – not to mention quickest and cheapest – way to travel in France. Services run until very late in the evenings, and are often manned by security guards. We’d think nothing of eating out and getting a train home at midnight,” they say.