Common Tourist Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Common tourist mistakes can make the difference between the worst and best vacation, especially in cities like Paris with different languages & currency.  Here’s a list of some common mistakes & how to avoid them.

1. Making a short visit:  Paris is a huge city with thousands of things to do/see, so be mindful that shortening your visit to 3-5 days may leave you feeling too rushed and unable to truly enjoy the vacation. Instead, forgo the cheap hotel weekend & settle in a luxurious Paris apartment rental where you can feel at home and experience all Paris has to offer at your leisure.
2. Touring in high season:  If you’re a crowd-fearing traveler, visiting Paris (especially the first time) between June and August could leave you feeling smothered and possibly broke!  Yes, American summer vacation is also peak tourist season throughout Europe, so be ready for the crowds or travel during the winter and see the beauty of Paris in the winter.
3. Staying in the wrong area:  While there is hardly a bad place to stay in Paris, there are some to avoid in certain situations.  For example, staying in the 19th or 20th arrondissement with children isn’t ideal. Research each arrondissement thoroughly, or ask your travel agent which Paris vacation rentals or hotels are ideal for you.
4. Overdoing guided tours: Guided tours can be great for getting a feel for the city, but don’t overdo it. There are many hidden treasures around Paris that can be stumbled upon by just exploring on your own. Even avoiding cliché hotel accommodations and going for cultural Paris rental apartments will give you a more fulfilling experience of Paris.
5. Packing too much: Try to pack light.  European hotel closets are not as large as American closets, and you don’t want to feel squashed.  If you are planning for an extended stay, you may be more comfortable in a Paris vacation apartment where space is a little more available.  Besides, why bring a lot of clothes when there is Paris fashion to explore?
6. Renting a Car:  You don’t want to drive around in the mayhem of Paris traffic; after all you’re on vacation.  Paris is notoriously one of the most difficult and stressful places to drive in.  Taxis are even an unnecessary expense as the public transportation systems in Paris are easy and inexpensive.  Paris can easily be explored on foot as well and walking gives you a great excuse to indulge in chocolates and croissants!
7. Not being aware:  As with any busy city, pick pockets are common and they tend to steal from distracted tourists.  Keep your travel documents & valuables close in hand or even in a strap around your waste.
8. Avoiding the language:  You’ll find Parisian locals a lot more accommodating just by attempting to speak the language to them, even though it may elicit a chuckle or two! Even something as simple as asking a Parisian in French to speak English will help.  You can say “parler vous anglais s’il vous plait?” which sounds something like “parlay voo onglay see voo play”.  Try it out on your hotel concierge or your Paris rental apartment booking agent and see how you do!

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  1. thanks to the author for taking his time on this one….

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