Each year, millions of tourists flock to Paris to enjoy a warm baguette and a stroll down The Seine. Tourism is a major source of income for the City of Light, and it continues to rank as one of the world’s most visited places. Whether you’re visiting Paris for the first or fifth time, it helps to go prepared. Discover how to enjoy the city like a local!
Speak French (even if you only know ‘bonjour’)
Whenever you travel to a new country or city, it’s considered a sign of respect to speak the native language. If you don’t know French, consider learning a few words or phrases before your trip. Free apps like Duolingo help users gain foreign language pronunciation and vocabulary skills necessary for traveling abroad.
Dress the Part
New York City and Paris have one important thing in common: fashion. Street fashion isn’t just an option in Paris; it’s a way of life. If you want to blend in with the locals, consider wearing your best attire. Peruse photographs of the autumn/winter 2018 fashion week shows, but don’t be afraid to incorporate your personal style.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
The locals may be fashionable, but they still tend to travel everywhere by foot. Paris is a walkable city, and walking is a convenient way to get around. Often the most interesting and charming aspects of Paris aren’t listed on the map, but you can come across them when you explore.
Take Your Time
Whether you spend two weeks or two days in Paris, it’s important to take your time. Pick the sights that you want to see, and spend the day committed to those locations. Don’t rush through the Louvre just because you also want to see the Notre Dame before sundown. Ensure that you have enough time to enjoy a coffee at a local cafe, and to explore the small parks in the nearby neighborhoods.
Explore France With AESU
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!