France is the most visited country in the world with approximately 89 million visitors each year. While millions of curious tourists explore the variety of landscapes, mountains, beaches or ski resorts that the country offers, one French city remains on everyone's bucket list: Paris. The city of love is the world's second most visited city with a little more than 19 million visitors in 2018. If you plan to visit the French capital, discover 7 common travel mistakes you can avoid in order to make the most of your trip!
Traveling in high season
Because France's capital is the world's second most visited city, it can quickly become crowded with tourists during high season. If you feel like truly enjoying Paris without being surrounded by hundreds of other tourists, the best and smartest solution to visit the beautiful city is to avoid peak season. A significant number of tourists come to Paris from June to August. Although the weather may be better during those summer months, arriving out of season and avoiding holiday periods will save you a lot of time, energy and money!
Believe us, driving is rarely a good idea in Paris! With countless traffic jams and angry drivers, driving in Paris can become a real challenge, even for locals. And finding a parking spot in the streets of the city of love is miraculous! We definitely recommend you to take advantage of the French capital's system of public transportation that will take you almost everywhere you need to go. You'll save a good amount of stress, money and time by taking the city's numerous buses, metros or trams, or simply by walking in the city's lovely streets.
Missing the great views
Many tourists rush to the Eiffel Tower to experience the monument's iconic view of the rest of Paris. But few know that the Eiffel Tower isn't the only place where visitors can enjoy stunning views of the city. It's actually even better to enjoy a view of Paris with the Iron Lady in it! Make sure to head for the heights of Paris to the beautiful Sacré Coeur basilica. You'll discover an amazing view of the city of love from the top of the Montmartre hill. If you want to get a unique view of the iconic Champs-Elysées avenue, climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe: it's a very touristic place, but the view is definitely worth it!
Falling for scams
It is no surprise that tourists that explore the second most visited city in the world can be easy targets of scams. Naive travelers sometimes fall into the trap of experienced scammers, and it's important to be careful while visiting such a big city as Paris! Unfortunately, pickpockets often target foreigners, so make sure to always keep all your important personal belongings close to you and in safe spaces. Scammers use different other techniques, but it's genuinely possible to enjoy your vacation and make the most of your stay in Paris without being scammed. You just have to remain careful!
Not learning a few French words before your trip
Although many Parisians can speak English and even if Paris is a very touristic city, some people will appear reluctant to speak English. Don't take this personally, but rather see it as an opportunity to improve your level in French. Of course, you don't have to be fluent, but learning a few key French words or short sentences will definitely make your trip easier! Employees in the service industry will often appreciate if you attempt to speak their language, and you could even avoid the infamous Parisian rudeness...