Need some practical travel tips now that you've got your ticket, booked your lodging and you're about to pack? Here are a few to make your trip go a little smoother.
First, let's talk about how to have a great vacation in France. Time slows down, as it should whenever you are on vacation.
You need to waste time while on vacation. I know, I know - that doesn't sound right.
You need some hints about what to pack? That depends on where you're going and what you'll be doing there.
For a quick overview, go to “What to Pack, What not to Pack, and thus, What to Wear or Not”. You'll find some fashion suggestions which will help to ensure that the locals don't stare you down as if you've just arrived fresh from the moon.
What about how to pay for things? Should you take travelers checks, cash, or should you just pay for everything with your credit cards? Some useful dos and don'ts..
Let me explain the Euro here, and also all about tipping in France here.
And what about your passport? This same page will give some helpful hints about what NOT to do regarding your passport and other I.D. Cards.
Bringing along anything that needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet? What about adapters?
There's definitely some stuff you need to know before using those and melting your curling iron onto your head resulting in all the fuses in the hotel blowing.....hmmm, now that sounds familiar!
Staying in a B&B? Cool, but there might be just a couple of points of etiquette you should know about before arriving. You will after all, be staying in somebody's house, and in France!
Sounds silly, but bathrooms aren't exactly the same as in the USA, so having a quick overview of what to expect could save you from pretty embarrassing moments when the maid shows up, causing you to leave her a very large tip.
And finally, toilets. Yes, there's quite a lot you need to know about toilets before you leave home. This may sound ridiculous but if you don't read up on this, the ridiculous part just might be you.....
Some French Language Tips - Here I explain one example of the intricacies of verbal interaction in French - an important explanation of the use of "tu" and "vous".
So those are some practical travel tips for you for now. I will continue adding to these as questions come in.