Most first-timers are likely to make some stupid mistakes on their maiden visit to Paris city. A lot of people save up for years just to be able to fund such a trip, and that leaves absolutely no room for ridiculous mistakes. While a few minor errors in judgement would not ruin the overall experience much, there are ones which could make your first days in the French capital very tough. Such mistakes can cause you to burn through hard earned money, as well as time. Given below are some of the common mistakes that you must avoid at any cost on your Paris walking tours.
Spending Euros on Bottled Water
Obviously, you would have to drink a lot of water in order to stay hydrated while on your Paris walking tours. Note that the tap water in Paris is quite good, and decidedly drinkable. You can save Euros by consuming this instead of buying pricy water bottles. Ask for ‘carafe d’eau’ at any of the French bistros, and you will get a pitcher filled with tap water. Use the Euros you save this way to buy some of your favorite desserts instead.
Purchasing too Many Passes
Parisian public transit cards and museum passes are really useful for saving time as well as money, especially from long tiring queues and transportation options. However, that does not mean you must always purchase multiple passes in a go. Sometimes, the weather outside is really pleasant, and suited to a lazy stroll, and you would not want to be guilted by any unused metro passes in your wallet. Avoiding that opens up options for lingering at the picturesque French gardens, as well as a dozen other relaxing places. Plan things well before purchasing your passes.
Trying to Cover it all
You probably planned on covering every important landmark in the city, simple because that is what tourists are supposed to do after they show up. That mindset is all well and good, but it fails to serve when you are only in Paris for a week or less. If you have very little time to be squandering, then you need to plan your itinerary wisely. For this, focus on the main spots, and then some underrated yet stunning attractions like the Rodin Museum, Montparnasse Tower, etc. Throw in a few the top-rated options such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, etc. This way, you can fit in a quite a few good experiences and not risk getting winded by the end of the trip, or sooner.