Tips for Traveling in France

Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. 

– Ibn Battuta

France is a perfect vacation destination for many people, widely recognized as the world’s cultural capital offering an array of food, beauty, and history to fill a trip across Western Europe’s largest country. You won’t regret scheduling a vacation in France, whether for the romantic whimsy of Paris, the sun-drenched coast of the South of France, fairy-tale-like villages of Provence, or a holiday vacation for elderlies at Limoges, Haute-VienneNouvelle-Aquitaine

With its breathtaking scenery, joie de vivre, and delectable cuisine, it’s no surprise that France is the world’s most visited country, allowing travelers to customize their vacation. In addition, France is rich in history, making it home to some of the most world-class museums, famous monuments, architectural feats, and historical sites in the world. Feel the romance while enjoying a foray of French cheese and wine, and be astonished by the culture and history in the fantastic selection of museums, including the Louvre. Whatever your reason for visiting, the country is sure to impress, bearing repeat visits in the years ahead. 

While a big part of traveling is to remain open to new and unexpected experiences, there are a few things a traveler can keep in mind to enjoy a safe and enjoyable visit.

Your Gateway to France

Ristorante Gallo shop, with a dog waiting outside

Various types of visas can be used in France in different situations.

You will need to apply for a different France Schengen Visa depending on your plan: to visit, study, work, or live in France permanently. Since France joined the Schengen Area as a member state of the European Union in 1997, you can apply for a France Visa.  

  • EU citizens are permitted to travel within the Schengen Zone without a visa for an unlimited period, and nationals of countries granted permission, such as Australia and Canada, to travel for 90 days without a visa.
  • Russian, Chinese nationals, and from other Asian nations will need to apply for a Schengen Visa. If citizens of such countries have been granted visa-free travel for 90 days and wanted to stay longer, they must additionally get a Schengen Visa.

Disclaimer: 

In mid-March 2020, France and the rest of the EU and Schengen Area nations issued an EU-wide entry ban on third-country nationals due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Based on the COVID-19 situation in other countries, entry restrictions are frequently subject to change. 

Courtesy is Vital

The French do not speak much English. They are very proud of their native language. In France, customers are expected to greet the shopkeeper and other visitors upon entering a store. As an ice breaker before shifting to English, a simple bonjour (Possibly the most significant term in the French lexicon) and a respectful monsieur/madame/mademoiselle will suffice. 

In a restaurant setting, when you’re trying to get a server’s attention, a polite s’il Vous plaît with a subtle raised hand will do the trick when wanting to gain a server’s attention, and a merci after that is like music to their ears.

Before you travel to France, brush up on your French by learning a few phrases!

France is not just about Paris!

the Eiffel tower and the skyscrapers in France on a sunset view

The country of France does not begin and stop in Paris! Too many visitors come to Paris and then declare that they’ve seen and done everything there is to see in France. France is such a diversified country, with a wide range of microclimates. More off-the-beaten-path experiences may be found in the countryside, such as at farmhouses in Burgundy, fishing villages in Brittany, beautiful communities in the Pyrenees Mountains’ forests, and golfing in Les Bordes, which is located in a calm nook of the Loire Valley. France has a myriad of tourist attractions.

When to Go?

While you can visit France at any time of the year, it’s good to know what to expect during each season. 

Autumn (September-October), spring (April-May), or summer (June-August) (September-October). Springtime is pleasant, with fewer crowds and temperatures ranging from 55 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Autumn is still balmy, with temperatures ranging from 61 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer temperatures can reach 84°F. Unfortunately, summer is also the busiest and most expensive season. Plan a trip in the fall to take advantage of lower airfares. Autumn is still balmy, with temperatures ranging from 61 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get ready your French pocket

Undeniably, France is one of the costliest nations to visit, and it is substantially more expensive overall than other nations. Alternatively, consider planning your trip and expenses more rigidly in advance as booking train tickets a few weeks before your trip. So, you can’t forget to splurge and indulge yourself in all of the food, wine, and beauty the country has to offer!