Four Lessons I Learned Traveling Through the City of Lights

Four Lessons I Learned Traveling Through the City of Lights

By: Bailee Abell

@baileeabell

Paris, the City of Lights, holds a special place in my heart. I recently embarked on my first trip to Paris, and I’m overflowing with memories I will treasure forever.

After falling in love with the food, the sights, and the culture, I wanted to share some lessons I learned throughout my adventures in this beautifully historic city.

1. Embrace whatever weather conditions you encounter.

In my opinion, no time of year is a bad time to travel. Depending on your destination, the weather conditions may vary significantly season to season. When traveling to Paris, it’s important to embrace any weather that comes your way.

In the winter, Paris can be cold and rainy or snowy. Summers tend to be quite hot. Research the weather patterns for Paris during your upcoming travel dates and be sure to pack accordingly so you are not caught off guard. Spring for the checked bag; you don’t want some unexpected weather to keep you from enjoying your Parisian adventure.

2. You can find adventure around every corner.

Speaking of, Parisian adventures, they’re everywhere! The city is filled with gorgeous architecture, breathtaking sights, delicious food, and unique experiences.

I recommend exploring on foot every chance you get. You will have the opportunity to see more of the city by walking everywhere. 

If you have some time, take a half-day trip outside of the city to visit the Château de Versailles or Monet’s gardens in Giverny; you can even spend a day at Disneyland Paris. There are countless places to explore. When you think you’ve seen it all, think again.

3. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

Traveling near or far can bring about new experiences, and Paris has so many opportunities to try something new.

The food in France is spectacular, but don’t limit yourself to only eating foods you know you like. Embrace your adventurous side and expand your palate; some of the best dishes are the ones that may sound the strangest to you.

But don’t limit your adventurous spirit to your stomach. Whether it’s facing your fear of heights by climbing the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe, or embarking on a sunset river cruise, this is your chance to step outside your comfort zone.

4. Always be kind.

Above all, whenever you are traveling to a new country, be kind to the locals. When adventuring out and about in Paris, greet others with a friendly Bonjour! If someone gives your directions or serves you at a restaurant, always express your gratitude by saying Merci!

When traveling outside of your home country or even your hometown, you’re going to encounter people you’ve never met, and it’s important to remember that you are an outsider adjusting to life in this new place. Kindness is universal, so when traveling to Paris or any other new place, be respectful and you’ll be welcomed with open arms. 

My France trip is still very fresh, so I couldn’t wait to share it. But I’m excited to discuss domestic travel as well. There are so many beautiful places right here in the U.S. to explore. Stay tuned!

*All photos were submitted by the writer unless otherwise noted.

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