*Visiting France Travel Guide: Scroll to the bottom to head straight to my France city guides – Paris itinerary coming soon*
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What To Expect When Visiting France
French people are often given a bad rep. They are mean, pushy and rude. I found all this to be true on my visit to France, honestly, yet I still loved the country so much. You really can’t not like Paris. France is a stunning country from the countryside into the city. Just expect French people to be more curt to you than locals are in other countries and you won’t be upset. They have a short patience and I did find it difficult when the language barrier was strong. For the most part of my time visiting France, though, I didn’t have an issue. As long as you know going in you are good!
The Euro. While France’s currency used to be the Franc, it has now been on the Euro since 1999 which makes it easy for traveling within and from Europe!
French, duh! I love listening to this romantic language even though I can’t understand it. Most people in Paris though do speak English so you should be okay, but I still recommend learning some basic French, I did run into some language barriers while traveling alone and eating at small local restaurants!
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Other Tips For Visiting France
- Travel Insurance: When visiting France, I highly recommend getting travel insurance. You never know what may happen to your flights, a death/personal emergency in your family, or an accident happening while traveling (think: getting mugged, falling while hiking and spraining your ankle, literally any accident than can happen ANYWHERE!). World Nomads makes it super easy and I never leave for a trip without getting their insurance. Most importantly it’s extremely affordable: get your World Nomads travel insurance before your trip here!
- Check out some reasons to visit the French Riviera as one of your stops in France.
- Read this guide for a detailed list of the best souvenirs to buy when visiting France.
FRANCE PACKING TIPS: Looking for help packing for France? For all of my travel/packing essentials I bring on any trip compiled together, head to my influencer page on Amazon here for a complete list or my descriptive carry-on packing guide here or my favorite travel gear here!
VISITING FRANCE CITY GUIDES: PARIS ITINERARY COMING SOON!
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Rachel Shulman is the owner of From East To West and a seasoned traveler having been to 45+ countries and no intention of stopping soon. She is obsessed with planning and specializes in creating detailed, efficient travel itineraries and guides so you don’t have to when planning your next destination.